Japanese Vocabulary: How To Tell The Time In Japanese

Written byIchika Yamamoto

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Time in Japanese

Time-(時間)-(じかん)-( Jikan )

Time Elements
English Kanji Hiragana/ Katakana Romaji
Minute ぶん Bun
Hour 時 間 じかん Jikan
half past ... はん ... Han
Day Hi
Week しゅ Shū
Month つき Tsuki
Year とし Toshi
Morning あさ Asa
Afternoon 午 後 ごご Gogo
Evening よる Yoru
Nightナイト Naito
p.m 午 後 ごご Gogo
a.m 午 前 ごぜん Gozen

What time is it? -(今何時ですか?)- (なんじかんですか)-(Nan-jikan desuka)

Time Kanyi Hiragana/katakana Romaji
3:00 三 時 さん じ San Ji
4:00 四 時 よん じ Yon Ji
1:00 1時 いち じ Ichi Ji
6:00 6時 ろく じ Roku Ji
8:00 8時 8-じ 8-Ji
11:00 11時 11-じ 11-Ji
2:30 二時 半 に じ はん Ni Ji Han
1:15 一時 十五分 いち じ じゅうご ふん Ichi Ji Jūgo Fun
7:25 7時 25分 しち じ にじゅうご ふん Shichi Ji Nijūgo Fun
2:26 2時 26分 に じ にじゅうろっぷん Ni Ji Nijūroppun
3:38 3時 38分 3-じ 38-ふん 3-Ji 38-Fun
9:27 2時 27分 9-じ 27-ふん 9-Ji 27-Fun

NOTE: When you read numbers there is a rule with the final number in the minutes. If the number finish in ... at last you have to say ....

1 - ippun 6 - roppun
2 - ni fun 7 - shichi fun
3 - san pun 8 - happun
4 - yon pun 9 - ku fun
5 - go fun 10 - juppun


  • It's seven o'clock.

  • それは七時です。

  • Sore wa nana-jidesu.

  • It's quarter to two.

  • これは、二四半期です。

  • Kore wa, ni shihankidesu.

  • It's twenty past six.

  • その六時二十。

  • Sono roku-ji ni jū.

  • it's twelve o'clock

  • それは十二時だ

  • Sore wa jū ni-jida

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