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Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (part 3)

Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (part 3)

Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (part 3)

So far i’ve written two other blogs on this topic about Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan. If you’re coming to Japan i’m sure you want to try out all of the good food. But from experience I know that it can be very confusing when you dine out for the first time in Japan. So to help you up i’ve put together a guide that has a few helpful words you can learn so that you won’t have as much difficulty when dining out.

As I mentioned in the previous blog when you order your meal they will usually also ask you what you would like to drink. Many restaurants bring water to your table when you first arrive but if not then you will have to order it or order whatever beverage you would like.


Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (part 3)

(source: https://gururepo.jp/shinjuku-izakaya-openbar)

Some places also have an all you can drink service which is known as nomihoudai. For this sometimes they have it at a family restaurant which is all you can drink soft drinks, tea and coffee or they also have nomihodai at an izakaya where you can order as many alcoholic drinks or soft drinks in a certain amount of time.

If you are looking for all you can eat places these are tabehoudai restaurants and there are a lot of them in Japan. You will often also hear people yelling nomihoudai or tabehoudai outside of the restaurant then they will also usually say for how long it is all you can drink or all you can eat. And if you like the offer you can tell the person you are interested and they will take you inside.

Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (part 3)

(source: http://cris2016.co.uk/mens-bathroom-sign.html)

When you are in the restaurant some places the bathroom will be pretty obvious as there will be a sign. However, some restaurants are less obvious or they may not even have a restroom inside of the restaurant. This is often the case if it is a restaurant inside of a department store or sometimes in the countryside the restaurant is located outside the restaurant but this is very rare.

If you are looking for the bathroom and you would like to ask the staff where it is then all you have to say is toire wa doko desu ka? This means where is the bathroom? Then the bathroom will usually have a men or women sign on the door. Make sure to go to the appropriate one.

Basic Japanese for Dining Out in Japan (part 3)

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When you finish eating and you would like to ask for the bill you can say okaike kudasai. Which means can I get the bill. Sometimes if you say check or bill they may understand what you are saying. Some restaurants leave the bill on the table and then you’ll have to take it up to the cash register. Other places you will need to ask for the bill.

When you pay most restaurants will allow you to pay separately so that when you are out with friends you can just pay your own bill. To ask for separate bills say betsu betsu. And they will ask what you ordered and then you can pay.

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