eki station eki
densha train



(ex: Yamanote-sen, Keio-sen, Tobu-sen, Shinkan-sen)


~ gate/exit
(ex: minami-guchi, higashi-guchi, chuo-guchi)

~gawa e no tsuro passageway to the ~ side (of the station)
kippu uriba (jido) ticket machine kippu uriba

cancellation button on a ticket machine

yobidashi service button which calls a station attendant to help you at the machine
ni mai/futari

the ticket machine button which gives you 2 tickets of the same price

chizu map


seiriken numbered bus ticket
keito bango bus route number

basu noriba

bus terminal
basu tei/teiryujo

bus stop

takushi noriba taxi stand taxi noriba


information, look for a green and white sign with an 'i' on it
machiaishitsu waiting room
koin rokka coin locker
owasuremono uketamawarijo/ toriatsukaijo

lost and found

midori no madoguchi place where you get ticket reservations,
look for the green and white sign


I put money in, but no ticket came out.

Okane o ireta desu ga, kippu ga demasen.
I forgot my bag.

Kaban o wasuremashita.

Where is the bus treminal?

Basu noriba wa doko desu ka? *
Is there a bus stop nearby?

Kono hen ni basu no teiryujo ga arimasu ka. *

Does this bus go to Kyoto station? Kono basu wa Kyoto eki e ikimasu ka? *
Please tell me when we get to Kinkakuji.

Kinkakuji ni tsuitara, oshiete kudasai.*

Please take me to Tokyo Tower. Tokyo Tower, onegai shimasu.
Please stop over there. Asoko de tomate kudasai. (point)
Here is fine.

Kono hen de ii desu.

Where is the passageway to the Keio(line) side of the station? Keio-gawa e no tsuro wa doko desu ka? *

* Sentences which would be more polite if begun with 'Sumimasen'.



Remember: don't tip taxi drivers or anyone. Doors on taxis open and close automatically

Shibuya station is hellish; expect to get lost.

Buses are usually late, especially when it rains. Some use seiriken, some are one price for any destination. All day bus passes are available at Kyoto station for 500Y and their foreign information center (enterance on the east side of the Kyoto tower building) is wonderfully helpful.

Don't forget about Silver Seats for seniors on busses and trains. If you sit in one, offer it to an older person, if one comes by. Be nice, though; make sure the person you offer it to might want it/ is really geriatric. I have embarrassed people by offering my seat to someone who wasn't old enough to be a 'senior'. ^^'

When looking at schedules, be careful about possible differences on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays.

The JR rail pass works on some buses and ferries.

Be careful about which kind of ticket machine you use; some are for norikae tickets.