Buses and Taxis

All licensed commercial vehicles including buses and taxies have green license plates with letters and numbers in white.

If you see any hired vehicle with a white license plate with green lettering, they are operating without licenses.

 

> Local Buses バス

In Tokyo, Osaka and some other large cities, buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation, complementing the train and subway networks. In cities with less dense train networks like Kyoto, buses are the main means of public transportation. Buses also serve smaller towns, the countryside and national parks.

Most local buses are operated by one driver only. You pay the fare as you enter the bus. Most local buses charge one price per ride.

 

> Highway Buses 高速バス

Highway buses provide alternative means of long distance transportation to rail and air. So-called Highway Buses operates between cities like Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka overnight at very reasonable prices. On top of the savings, you will be able to skip one night at the hotel. Buses are clean and comfortable and some are equipped with flat beds.

 

> Shuttle Buses シャトルバス

You see many shuttle buses at any international airports. Those buses provides reasonable price transportation to and from airport to destinations like hotels and train stations. For instance, the shuttle bus from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station runs between 1,100 ~ 3,300 yen depending on the company. Shuttle bus fare includes toll charges as well. There is no tipping for this service.

 

> Tour Buses ツアーバス

If you wish to tour specific places, there usually are tour buses to take you there and back. There are many tourists that can provide you with the tour bus services. Ask your travel agent or look online to find the tour bus companies. There are tour buses operating with English and other languages as well.

 

> Taxis タクシー

Taxis in Japan are very clean with most cabs open left rear door by the drivers. Taxi fairs start around 400 yen to 800 per the first 2km. Because of the heavy traffics in metro Tokyo and other cities, taxis may not be the fastest transportation. In large cites with a good subway system people tend to travel by subway to save time and money. If you ask a taxi to use toll roads, the toll will be added to your total charge. No tipping is needed for a taxi ride.

虹にじを見みると、他ほかの人ひともみていないかな、と探さがしてしまいます。

Nijiwomiruto hokanohitomomiteinaikanatosagasitesimaimasu.

When seeing a rainbow, it makes us look around to see if other people are seeing it too.

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ジェットコースター

ジェットコースターは下したから見物けんぶつするのも面白おもしろいです。

Jettokousutaawa sitakarakenbutusurunomoomosiroidesu.

The roller coaster is also interesting to watch from below.

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たわし

最近さいきんは昔むかしながらのたわしを見みかけなくなりました。

Saikinwamukasinaganotawasiwomikakenakunarimasita.

These days, the traditional Tawashi is not seen so often.

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Japanese Online Newsletter Vol. 76 敬語(けいご)

日本語(にほんご)を勉強(べんきょう)する中(なか)で難(むずか)しいことは沢山(たくさん)あると思(おも)います。例(たと)えば「ひらがな」「カタカナ」「漢字(かんじ)」「ローマ字(じ)」があると同時(どうじ)にそれらが同(おな)じ文(ぶん)章(しょう)内(ない)で混在(こんざい)する点(てん)や、同(おな)じ発(はつ)音(おん)でも意味(いみ)が違(ちが)う言葉(ことば)がたくさんありますし、男性(だんせい)と女性(じょせい)では話(はな)し方(かた)が違(ちが)います。さらに日本語(にほんご)を難(むずか)しくしているのが「敬語(けいご)」ではないでしょうか。目上(めうえ)の人(ひと)、年上(としうえ)の人(ひと)、先生(せんせい)や先輩(せんぱい)などには敬(けい)語(ご)を使(つか)います。この敬(けい)語(ご)が日(に)本(ほん)人(じん)でも難(むずか)しいのです。友達(ともだち)同士(どうし)で使(つか)う配(はい)慮(りょ)・遠慮(えんりょ)のない言葉(ことば)を「ためぐち」と言(い)います。「〜〜〜だよね。」「〜〜〜だぜ。」「〜〜〜だわ。」といった文末(ぶんまつ)はため口(ぐち)で目上(めうえ)の人(ひと)に使(つか)ってはいけない言葉(ことば)です。目上(めうえ)の人(ひと)には「〜〜〜だと思(おも)います。」「〜〜〜ではないでしょうか。」「〜〜〜ございます。」と言(い)った言(こと)葉(ば)を使(つか)うのが正(ただ)しいです。大切(たいせつ)なことは「〜〜〜だ」とすべてを決(き)めつけるのではなく、相手(あいて)の意見(いけん)を確認(かくにん)する言(い)い方(かた)の方(ほう)が優(やさ)しく聞(き)こえます。敬語(けいご)は、自分(じぶん)の意見(いけん)を直接(ちょくせつ)相手(あいて)に伝(つた)えるのではなく、相手(あいて)の気(き)持(も)ちを確認(かくにん)しながら話(はな)す話(はな)し方(かた)です。また、日本(にほん)の社会(しゃかい)では目上(めうえ)の人(ひと)に対(たい)する配(はい)慮(りょ)なのです。日本語(にほんご)を勉強(べんきょう)する場合(ばあい)は敬語(けいご)にも目(め)を向(む)けてください。KeigoMany things are difficult when studying Japanese. For example, there are hiragana, katakana, kanji, and romaji. On top of that, they are all mixed in the same sentence. There are many words with the same pronunciation but different meanings, and men and women speak differently. What makes the Japanese language even more difficult is "Keigo". We use honorific expressions for superiors, teachers, seniors, and so on. This honorific language is difficult even for Japanese people.The term “tame-guchi" is used to describe a word used by friends without consideration or discretion. The end of a sentence such as "〜〜da yo ne" "〜〜da ze" and "〜〜da wa" are tame-guchi and should not be used with superiors.Keigo is a prefectural way of speaking that confirms the other person’s feelings, rather than directly telling that person your opinion. Also, it is an important consideration for superiors in Japanese society. When studying Japanese, please pay attention to Keigo.

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イカ焼き

イカを炭火すみびで焼やくと、香こうばしくてよい味あじになります。

Ikawosumibideyakuto koubasikuteyoiajininarimasu.

Grilling squid over charcoal gives it a nice, savory flavor.

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タクシー待ち

雨あめ の日ひはタクシー待まちの時間じかんが長なくなります。

Amenohiwa Takushiimachinojikannga nagakunarimasu.

On rainy days, the waiting time for cabs gets longer.

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砂浜

砂浜すなはまの波打なみうち際ぎわに裸足はだしで立たつと、海うみを感かんじることができます。

Sunahamanonamiuchigiwanihadasidetatsuto ucmiwokanjirukotogadekimasu.

Standing barefoot on the sandy beach with the waves lapping at your feet, you can feel the ocean.

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Japanese Online Newsletter Vol. 72 おもてなし

日本(にほん)にはお客様(きゃくさま)に最善(さいぜん)のサービスをするという意味(いみ)で「おもてなし」という言葉(ことば)があります。来(き)ていただいたお客(きゃく)さまに心(こころ)からリラックスして楽(たの)しめる時間(じかん)を過(す)ごしていただくことがこの「おもてなし」と言(い)う意味(いみ)なのです。「おもてなし」とはどういうことを言(い)うのでしょうか。わざとらしい態度(たいど)でお客様(きゃくさま)に対応(たいおう)する、あたかもサービスしていますよという態度(たいど)は「おもてなし」とは言(い)えません。相手(あいて)が自然(しぜん)に感(かん)じる環境(かんきょう)を作(つく)ることが大切(たいせつ)です。また、「おもてなし」はサービスする側(がわ)の個人(こじん)の対応(たいおう)でもありますが、会社(かいしゃ)としての取(と)り組(く)みも大切(たいせつ)です。ただ、「おもてなし」のすべてをマニュアルに書(か)き出(だ)すことは不可能(ふかのう)ですし、「おもてなし」はお客様(きゃくさま)の見(み)えるところだけでするものではありません。たとえばホテルなどで隅々(すみずみ)まできれいに掃除(そうじ)されていることなども「おもてなし」なのです。日本(にほん)にはチップという制度(せいど)がありません。ですから「おもてなし」をしたからといって収入(しゅうにゅう)が増(ふ)えるわけではないのです。「おもてなし」とは、次(つぎ)もお客様(きゃくさま)に来(き)ていただける環境(かんきょう)を作(つく)ることなのです。
OmotenashiIn Japan, there is the word "Omotenashi" used to describe giving the best possible service to customers. “Omotenashi" is to make your guests feel relaxed and enjoy their time with you.What does "Omotenashi" mean? First of all, it is important to respond to customers with a deliberate attitude. It is not "Omotenashi" to act as if you are providing a service. It is important to create an environment where the other person feels it naturally. “Omotenashi” is not only about the individual who provides the service, but it is also about the company as a whole.However, it is impossible to write down all of the aspects of hospitality in a manual, and hospitality is not just about what the customer sees. For example, when a hotel is cleaned to the nth degree, it is also a form of hospitality.In Japan, there is no such thing as a tipping system, so it does not mean that you will earn more money by showing hospitality. “Omotenashi” is about creating an environment that makes it easy for customers to come back the next time.

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セミ

セミの鳴なき声ごえにもたくさんの種類しゅるいがあります。

Seminonakigoenimo takusannoshuruigaarimasu.

There are different types of cicada sounds.

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