Travel is exciting. We plan our vacation itinerary. We make advance bookings before the best deal runs out. We check for the weather forecast. We spend much time for preparation and we think nothing should go wrong. Then it’s time to explore, but getting to your destination seems to take a longer time than expected. This is especially true for first-timers in Japan. Then, most of us will whip out our smartphones to look at the map.
What if your answer was not to be found in maps or the Internet, but in asking? Let’s face it, online maps do have limitations. Some places in rural and urban will not show up on the map due to lack of information. On top of that, hidden places are common in Japan, so how are you supposed to find them? This is why asking directions from a local will help you – a lot.
Wait, speaking? But I don’t speak Japanese. Body language works to some extent, but if you need to communicate a specific information, learning some survival phrases will save you hassles. In this article, I will share with you some conversation tips and some useful Japanese phrases.