MOST Japanese people speak or understand at least some English, since all secondary school students study it for at least six years, and many working adults take English conversation classes in their spare time.
While communication is nearly always possible, for those times when a combination of basic English, gestures, and hand-drawn diagrams just don’t cut the mustard, knowing some basic Japanese phrases can be very useful. Aside from which, memorizing even just a few words of Japanese will be hugely appreciated by the Japanese people you meet on your trip.
Here are a few words you may need at the airport . . .
Passport - passpoto, ryoken
Air ticket - kokuken
E-ticket - e-chiketto
Luggage - nimotsu
Hand luggage - te-nimotsu
Suitcase - sutsukesu
Where is . . . ? - wa doko dess-ka?
I'd like . . . , please. - o onegai-shimass
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