Places in Japanese // 100+ Common & Useful Words (Beginner)

Places in Japanese (Beginner Level)

Places in Japanese

Learning about places in Japanese will be our focus today!

This vocabulary article will help you navigate some common places for your next trip to Japan.

You can then spend more time on places you are most likely to visit, such as the bank or the school.

If you are a LTL Student, feel free to ask your Japanese teacher for help in learning more specific words for a given place.

Places in Japanese | Common Places

Places in Japanese | Bank

Places in Japanese | Hospital

Places in Japanese | School

Places in Japanese | University

Places in Japanese | Post office

Places in Japanese | Home

BONUS | Test your knowledge

Let’s begin with the most important word for today:

Place in Japanese is 場所 (ばしょ) Ba sho

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Common Places in Japanese

Here is a list of the most common places to learn in Japanese.

If you just started learning Japanese, make sure to familiarise yourself with the three Japanese alphabets first:

Ready? Let’s go!

EnglishJapaneseHiragana scriptRomaji
Bank銀行ぎんこうgin kō 
Casinoカジノかじのkaji no
Cathedral大聖堂だいせいどうdai sei dō
Church教会きょうかいkyō kai
City hall市役所しやくしょshi yakusho
College大学だいがくdai gaku
Drugstore, pharmacy薬局やっきょくyakkyoku
Embassy大使館たいしかんtaishi kan
Gas stationガソリンスタンドがそりんすたんどgasorin sutando
Hospital病院びょうういんbyō-u-in
Hotelホテルほてるhoteru
Information office案内所あんないじょan naijo
Library図書館としょかんtoshokan
Money exchange両替りょうがえryō ga e
Mosqueモスクもすくmosuku
Movie theater映画館えいがかんeigakan
Museum博物館はくぶつかんhaku butsukan
Nightclubクラブくらぶkurabu
Operaオペラおぺらopera
Optical store眼鏡屋めがねやmeganeya
Parking lot駐車場ちゅうしゃじょうchūshajō
School学校がっこうgakkō
Store店みせmise
Subway地下鉄ちかてつchikatetsu
Synagogueシナゴーグしなごーぐshinagōgu
Temple寺てらtera
Theaterシアターしあたーshiatā
Travel agency旅行会社りょこうがいしゃryokōkaisha
University大学だいがくdaigaku
Zoo動物園どうぶつえんdō butsu en

Bank in Japanese | 銀行 (ぎんこう) ginkou

If you ever need to go to the bank in Japan, here are a few verbs and nouns that could come in handy.

Make sure to bookmark this article, so you can come back to it whenever you need it.

EnglishJapaneseHiraganaRomaji
Bank clerk銀行員ぎんこういんginkōin
Banking account銀行口座ぎんこうこうざgin kō kō za
Account number口座番号こうざばんごうkōza bangō
Checking account当座預金口座とうざよきんこうざtō zayokinkouza
Savings account普通預金口座ふつうよきんこうざfutsū yokin kō za
To open an account口座を開設するこうざをかいせつするkōzawokaisetsu suru
To close the account口座を閉鎖するこうざをへいさするkōza o heisa suru
To deposit into the account口座に預金するこうざによきんするkōza ni yokin suru
To withdraw (v)引き出すひきだすhikidasu
Wire transfer電信送金でんしんそうきんden shin sō kin
Credit cardクレジットカードくれじっとかーどkurejittokādo
Codeコードこーどkōdo
Credit card numberクレジットカード番号くれじっとかーどばんごうkurejittokādo bangō
ATMエーティエムえーてぃえむētiemu
Checkbook小切手帳こぎってちょうkogi tte chō
To apply for a loanローンを申し込むろーんをもうしこむrōn o mōshikomu
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Hospital in Japanese | 病院 (びょうういん) byō-uin

Hopefully you will never have to use these words in a real life situation, but just in case, it’s always useful to know some of them.

Even though hospital employees in Japan will be happy to help you find your way around, you can start by learning some today.

Bandages, first aid kid, in need of a doctor? Make sure to save this list of useful words, just in case.

EnglishJapaneseHiraganaRomaji
First aid å¿œæ€¥å‡¦ç½®ãŠã†ãã‚…うしょちōkyÅ« shochi
Bandage包帯ほうたいhōtai
Scissorsはさみはさみhasami
Gauzeガーゼがーぜgāze
Ointment軟膏なんこうnankō
Wheelchair車椅子くるまいすkurumaisu
Blood test血液検査けつえきけんさketsuekikensa
Surgeon外科医げかいgekai
Sick person病人びょうにんbyōnin
Doctor医者いしゃisha
Nurse看護師かんごしkangoshi
Sickroom病棟びょうとうbyōtō
To leave hospital退院するたいいんするtaiinsuru
To be in hospital入院するにゅういんするnyūin suru

School in Japanese | å­¦æ ¡ (がっこう) gakkou

If you are studying Japanese in a classroom setting, then you probably know the following words.

In any case, it is never a bad idea to review some vocabulary and make sure to retain them forever.

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EnglishJapaneseHiraganaRomaji
Teacher先生せんせいsensei
Pupil (boy)男子生徒だんしせいとdanshiseito
Classroom教室きょうしつkyōshitsu
Lesson授業じゅぎょうjugyō
Recess/Break休憩きゅうけいkyūkei
Grade成績せいせきseiseki
Cheat sheetカンニングペーパーかんにんぐぺーぱーkan’ningupēpā
Homework宿題しゅくだいshukudai
Dictionary辞書じしょjisho
Pencil鉛筆えんぴつenpitsu
Bullet point penボールペンぼーるぺんbōrupen
Fountain pen万年筆まんねんひつmannenhitsu
Colouring penカラーペンからーぺんkarāpen
Markerマーカーまーかーmākā
Eraser消しゴムけしごむkeshigomu
Folderフォルダーふぉるだーforudā
Glueのりのりnori
Scissorsはさみはさみhasami

University in Japanese | 大学 (だいがく) daigaku

Japan has many well-renowned universities, and many foreigners try to enter an exchange program every year.

This vocabulary will be helpful, even if you don’t go to Japan for a study program.

EnglishJapaneseHiraganaRomaji
Student 大学生だいがくせいdaigakusei
Lecturer先生せんせいsensei
Lecture hall講堂こうどうkōdō
Graduate卒業そつぎょうsotsugyō
Diplomaディプロマでぃぷろまdipuroma
Dissertation論文ろんぶんronbun
Laboratory実験室じっけんしつjikkenshitsu
Lecture講義こうぎkōgi
Course mate同級生どうきゅうせいdōkyūsei
Scholarship奨学金しょうがくきんshōgakkin
Academic degree学位がくいgakui
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Post Office in Japanese | 郵便局 (ゆうびんきょく) yuubinkyoku

How will you send those postcards to your family and friends back home if you don’t know how to navigate the post office in Japanese?!

Here’s the most important words to know to make the experience a bit easier:

EnglishJapaneseHiraganaRomaji
Mailman/Postman郵便配達員ゆうびんはいたついんyūbin haitatsuin
Letter手紙てがみtegami
Postcardはがきはがきhagaki
Parcel小包こづつみkzutsumi
Money transfer送金そうきんsōkin
To receive 受け取るうけとるuketoru
To send 送るおくるokuru
Address住所じゅうしょjūsho
ZIP code/Postcode郵便番号ゆうびんばんごうyūbenbangō
Sender送り主おくりぬしokurinushi
Receiver受取人うけとりにんuketorinin
Envelope封筒ふうとうfūtō
Postage stamp切符きっぷkippu

Home in Japanese | 家 (いえ) ie

Home is where the heart is, so they say!

After studying these, you’ll be able to describe your home in a more detailed manner the next time your teacher asks:

EnglishJapaneseHiraganaRomaji
Basement地下室ちかしつchikashitsu
Bathroomお風呂場おふろばohuroba
Toiletトイレといれ toire
Dining Roomダイニングだいにんぐdainingu
Bedroom寝室しんしつshinshitsu
Kitchen台所だいどころdaidokoro
Officeオフィスおふぃすofisu
Downstairs下の階したのかいshitaokai
Upstairs上の階うえのかいuenokai
Garageガレージがれーじgarēji
Study書斎しょさいshosai

Now you know how to talk about most of the important places in Japanese!

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

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PLACES IN JAPANESE – FAQ’S

How do you say Hospital in Japanese?

Hospital in Japanese is 病院 (びょうういん) byō-u-in

How do you say Bank in Japanese?

Bank in Japanese is 銀行 (ぎんこう) ginkou.

How do you say School in Japanese?

School in Japanese is 学校 (がっこう) gakkou.

How do you say Embassy in Japanese?

Embassy in Japanese is 大使館 (たいしかん) taishi kan.

How do you say Gas Station in Japanese?

Gas station in Japanese is ガソリンスタンド gasorin sutando.

How do you say Nightclub in Japanese?

Nightclub in Japanese is クラブ kurabu.

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