Japanese Vehicle Vocabulary 1 – Cheat Sheet

There are many types of vehicle (のりもの) in Japan. Most of the demographic prefer to use public transportation such as trains and busses, although you’ll not find it uncommon to see a few people driving for business purposes. In this cheat sheet, we have listed the most common vocabulary on Japanese vehicles, including those for emergency transport services.

When living or visiting Japan, you need to be mindful of the Japanese pronunciation for various transportations. The country is known for its highly sophisticated (but also complicated) public transportation system, so you’ll have to prepare yourself when you’re lost or in need of assistance.

Interested in learning more? Make sure to continue to part two of our Japanese vehicle vocabulary for the complete guide!

Japanese Vehicle Vocabulary Sentence Examples

Here is how you form basic sentences with the terminology:

Example 1:

まいにちじてんしゃつうきんしています。

maiasa densha de tsūkin shite imasu.

I commute to work by bicycle every morning.

Example 2 :

きんじょしょうぼうしゃがたくさんってました

kinjo ni shōbōsha ga takusan hashitte mashita

There were many firetrucks in my neighborhood

Japanese Vehicles Vocabulary –

Japanese PronunciationMeaning
のりものnorimonoVehicles
くるまkurumaCar
じてんしゃjitenshaBicycle
オートバイōtobaiMotorcycle
スクーターsukūtāScooter
ばしゃbashaCarriage
バンbanVan
ふねfuneBoat
ひこうきhikōkiAirplane
タクシーtakushīTaxi
ヘリコップターherikoputāHelicopter

Emergency Transport Services – きんきゅうはんそうサービス

JapanesePronunciationMeaning
きゅうきゅうしゃkyūkyūshaPatrol car
しょうぼうしゃshōbōshaFire truck
パトカーpatokāAmbulance

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