If you are in Japan without a car, the chances of getting stuck somewhere are great. Despite the thousands of train lines, once in a while, you will end up needing a taxi, especially if you missed your last train. In this article, we will see tips and step by step on how to take a taxi.
Where to find the taxi
If you’re at a train station, big or small, there will always be several taxi drivers outside waiting for passengers to show up. If you are far from a station, you must make a call.
To get a taxi driver's number you can follow these tips:
- Write down the number of a taxi driver near the station.
- Search the Internet for: タクシー (takushii) but the name of the city. The results should show some places and the phone number for contact.
- Search taxitaxi.jp or taxisite.com. The site is in Japanese, but it is quite easy to use.
- Click on the prefecture you are in;
- On the page that opens, click on the city;
- Sometimes, you may also need to click on a wing;
- A list of taxi companies will appear, write down some numbers;
- If you are with a co-worker, or in a hotel, just ask them for help. Just say: タクシーをよんでください”(takushii o yonde kudasai);
Calling the taxi
This can be the most difficult part, if you have no knowledge of Japanese. Below we will leave a dialogue, of the connection with a taxi driver.
When answering the phone, you can say:
- Omukae ni kitte moraemasu ka?
- Could you come and get me?
After he says yes, he will probably say:
- Juusho wa doko desu ka?
- What is your address or where do you want to get it from?
Tell him your Japanese address (or the address you are from, or a landmark in the area).
In response he may say:
- Ima kara omukae ni kimasu.
- I am on my way .
The taxi driver will give you an estimated time of when you will arrive.
Of course, the phone conversation is not going to be exactly that way. If you do not understand what the taxi driver said, you can ask him to repeat, or speak more slowly.
- Mou ichido itte kudasai
- Repeat please;
- Motto yukkuri itte kudasai
- Speak slowly please;
Arriving at the place where you intend to go
Once you are in the taxi, the driver will ask:
- どちらへ?( dochira e? )
- どちらへいきますか?( dochira and ikimasu ka?)
Tell me where you want to go. You can say the name of the place more “おねがいします” (onegaishimasu = Please) which is the most polite way to ask.
You can show the address by saying “ここへ行ってください”( koko and itte kudasai = see here).
If the taxi driver is having trouble finding the location, or you don't know the address, but you know the streets and where you have to turn, you can help him by saying:
- Turn right here, please.
- Migi ni koko Magatte kudasai;
- Turn left here, please.
- Hidari koko ni Magatte kudasai;
- massugu itte kudasai;
- Go ahead, please.
- It is next to _______.
- _______no tonari ni arimasu;
- It is through _______.
- _______ no mukai ni arimasu;
- It's near_______.
- _______no Chikaku ni arimasu.
- Kouban no tonari ni arimasu.
- It is next to the police station.
Then when you arrive at the place you want to descend, say:
- Desu ii koko.
- Here is good;
It is not difficult to take a taxi in Japan, it is also worth remembering that taxi doors usually close on their own, so do not try to close the door on your own, so as not to be embarrassed.
If you are interested in knowing more about the Japanese taxi, click on this link and use the translator.
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