A few kanji to know for traveling in Japan 日本旅行で役にたつ漢字

Kanji dictionary

Kanji Dictionary


Useful ideograms

Learning a few kanjis or Chinese ideograms can be useful during a visit to Japan!



  • Where is the train station?

You look at your Tokyo metro map in the Latin alphabet: Shibuya, Harajuku, Yoyogi, Shinjuku... The names of the stations scroll by. In Japanese, these names will often be followed by 駅 (eki), which means station, or station. We will thus say 渋谷駅 Shibuya-eki or 代々木駅 Yoyogi-eki. Also, if you are lost and looking for the nearest station, you can show this kanji to a Japanese person or look for it on a neighborhood map.

See also: The words to know to take the train in Japan


Gare d'Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro Station




  • Stop!

While strolling in the streets, you will surely step on an enormous kanji painted on the asphalt. It is the ideogram 止 which means "stop" or "stop". It is equivalent to our stop sign - it is also sometimes found in the form of a sign in its complete form: 止まる(tomaru). This kanji will also be useful to you when using certain electronic products on which there is the "off" function or to stop the toilet bidet. It is also found in the expression 立入禁止(tachi-iri-kinshi) which means "no entry".




Panneau stop

Stop sign


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