Learn Japanese easily! When you visit Japan, you will surely do a lot of sightseeing. It will be a lot of fun, but there are a few things you need to know first. For example, you’ll need to know basic words for “tourism” and “tour bus.” You may not even think about it, but it’s important that you can say, “I’d like to go sightseeing.” And knowing the times will prevent you from missing your tour. This Japanese for Beginners article is packed with everything you need for fun and educational sightseeing in Japan. Find out how we use the Japanese kankoo to form words from “tourist” to “tourist” and “tour bus.” As a bonus, you’ll find charts that provide a helpful review of Japanese times: AM, PM, hours, and minutes. This real-world Japanese article contains plenty of example sentences and review information to make your Japan tourism a breeze!

Vocabulary: In this article, you will learn the following words and phrases:

kankoo – “Tourism”

gaido – “guided visit”

yotei – “plans, arrangements, schedules”

me – “speak, say” (V1)

mazu – “first of all, to begin with”

kitakamakura – “Kitakamakura” (name of a place)

Engaku-ji – “Engaku-ji Temple”

Meigetsuin – “Meigetsuin Temple”

kamakura – “Kamakura” (name of a place)

tsuku – “to reach, reach” (V1)

ichi jikan – “an hour”

goro – “especially”

chikaku – “close”

Grammar: In this lesson you will learn the following words and phrases:

Vocabulary and useful phrases

kankoo “Tourism

Review the meanings of the following vocabulary words.

  1. kankoo-kyaku – “tourist, tourist, visitor”
  2. kankoo basu – “tourist bus, tour bus”
  3. kankoo-chi – “tourist area, tourist site”

kankoo is a noun, but when we add it Oh, of course Prayed Of coursebecomes a verb.

kankoo(o)suru ]- “go sightseeing, go sightseeing

mazu “first of all”

sorekara “and then after that

We often use these words to explain procedures.

For example:

Mazu, kankoo or shimasu. Tsugi ni, ranchi or tabemasu. Sorekara omiyage or kaimasu

“First, we will go sightseeing. And then we will have lunch. After that, we will buy souvenirs.

goro “above all

time expression + goro = “around ____, around ____”

For example:

  1. roku ji goro

    “around 6:00”

  2. ichi gatsu goro

    “around January”

Examples of Sentences:

  1. Mainichi, shichi-ji goro (ni) okimasu.

    “I get up around 7:00 every day.”

  2. Mainichi, juuichi-ji goro (ni) nemasu.

    “I go to bed around 11:30 every night.”

Grammar review:

In this lesson, we are going to review:

  1. how to tell time
  2. Verb conjugation: dictionary form O –masu form

kuji han desu

“It’s 9:30”

I time OR SEE Nihongo Doojoo: Welcome to Style You” Articles 16 and 17

o’clock (hour):

Weather / Japanese

1:00 / ichi-ji

2:00 / ni hee

3:00 / san ji

4:00 / i hee

5 o’clock / go hee

6 o’clock / roku-ji

7:00 / shichi-ji/nana-ji

8:00 / hachi-ji

09 am / ku-ji

10:00 / juu-hee

11:00 / juichi ji

12:00 / june-hee


Weather / Japanese

:01 / ippun

:02 / not funny

:03 / saint pun

:04 / very funny

:05 / Have fun

:06 / roppun

:07 / fun-girl

:08 / going

:09 / kuu funny

:10 / juppun

:30 / sanjuppun Prayed say oh

am and pm:

Weather / Japanese

AM / Gozen

PM / galore

For Example:

  1. gozen juu-ji sanjuu sanpun


  2. gogo ku-ji juunana-fun



Say the following times in Japanese.

  1. 12:30 p.m.
  2. 4:56
  3. 9:00 pm
  4. 7:18 a.m.
  5. 16:27

doko of taberu?

Tabemasu eki no chikaku.

II. Conjugation of the verb Ò SEE articles 19 -22 of “Nihongo Doojoo: Style You and Beyond”

Class 1 verbs:

dictionary form EITHERmasu form:Change the final –a a-me masu-masu form EITHER dictionary form: Change ending –me masu a-a

“English” / dictionary form / -form masu

“meet up” / a / aimasu

“speak” / hanasoo / hanashimasu

“stand” / tattoo / tachimasu

Class 2 verbs:

dictionary form EITHERmasu form: change ending your a masu

masu form EITHER dictionary form: change the final masu a your“English” / dictionary form / -form masu

“to eat” / taberu / tabemasu

“sleep” / neru / nemasu

“Get down” / oriru / orimasu

Class 3 verbs (unequal):

“English” / dictionary form / -form masu

“to do” / Of course / shimasu

“to come” / kuru / kimasu


Fill in the blanks to complete the chart

“English” / dictionary form / -form masu

“get” / tsuku / ___

“to eat” / ___ / ___

“to carry out” /___/ ikimasu

“go to see landscapes” /___/ kankoo shimasu

“tell” / me / ___

“to say” (honorific) /___/ mooshimasu

Convert the following informal speech into formal speech:

  1. Watashi wa ku-ji ni okiru. Ku-ji han ni asagohan or taberu. Juu-ji ni gakkoo ni iku.

Convert the following formal speech to informal speech:

  1. Watashi wa roku-ji goro uchi ni kaerimasu. Shiji-ji kara hachiji made benkyoo or shimasu. Hachi-ji kara terebi or mimasu.

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