"Let's Go" in Japanese - Multiple ways to say the phrase (2023)

In this lesson we will learnHow to say "let's go" in Japaneseand other useful expressions for your daily life.

"Let's Go" in Japanese - Multiple ways to say the phrase (1)

Let's go vocabulary covers a wide variety of situations, including inviting your friend to a party or making a plan for next steps. (Soredewa hajime mashou! | Let's begin!)


  • How to say "Let's go" in Japanese
    • 1.1 Casual ways to say "Let's go" in Japanese
    • 1.2 Formal ways of saying "let's go" in Japanese
      • 1.2.1 More formal ways to say "Let's go" in Japanese
  • 2 Other Ways to Say "Let's Go" in Japanese
    • 2.1 "Let's go"/ "Let's go" in Japanese
    • 2.2 "Let's go out" in Japanese
    • 2.3 "Let's pass" in Japanese
    • 2.4 "Let's go back" in Japanese
    • 2.5 "Let's go home" in Japanese
    • 2.6 "Let's do our best"/"Keep it up" in Japanese
  • 3 How to use "Let's go" as a verb + verb phrase in Japanese
    • 3.1 "Let's see"/"Let's see" in Japanese
    • 3.2 "Let's eat" in Japanese
    • 3.3 "Let's meet"/Let's see" in Japanese
    • 3.4 "Let's do something" in Japanese
  • 4 How to use "Let's go" in conversations
    • 4.1 How do you say "vamos" (to a place)?
    • 4.2 How do you say "Let's go (at the same time)" in Japanese?
    • 4.3 "Come on" with an additional word
  • 5 Sentences That Sound Like Let's Go, But Mean Something Else
  • 6 Is there a slang for "let's go" in the Japanese language?
    • 6.1 Let's go and more? The English sentences were turned into Japanese words.
  • 7 closure

How to say "let's go" in Japanese

The English expression "Let's go" (yes, you hear that in a Mario game too) is used in everyday conversation to express a wish, a request or a suggestion to leave. The basic idea is almost equivalent in Japanese and the associated sentences are simple and short.

You can quickly memorize them and use them in different situations.

The next two sentences are the dictionary form of "Let's go" in Japanese.

  • Ikou (Ikou | Ikou | a casual way of saying "Let's go")
  • Ikisho (Ikimashou | Ikisho | a formal way of saying "Let's go")

Casual Ways to Say "Let's Go" in Japanese

The voluntary way of inviting someone or proposing something has some variety in Japanese. Let's take a look at other ways to say "Let's go" in Japanese.

  • -You can not go? (~Ikanai? | How about we go~? Let's go~?)
  • ~ Why? (~You? | How about walking~?)
  • Not you? (~Shimasen? | Shall we go~?)
  • Would you like to try~? (~Shite mimasen ka? | Should we~? Why not you~?)
  • ~How do you like it? (~Ikaga desu ka? | How about ~?, Would you like to~?)

For example:

  • Would you like to go camping with me again? (Mata issho ni kyanpu ni ikanai? Are we going camping together again?)
  • How about a karaoke afterwards? (Kono ato karaoke ni iku no wa dou? | How about karaoke afterwards?)
  • would you like to go next time (Kondo nomi ni ikimasen? | Shall we drink next time?)
  • Why don't you take a look at the backstory? (Kono mae hanashita mise ni yotte mimasen ka? | Why don't we stop at the store I talked about last time?)
  • How are you now? (Mou ikken ikagadesu ka? | How about another bar? | How about the next bar?)

Formal Ways to Say "Let's Go" in Japanese

Other phrases that function similarly to "Let's go" with ましょう (Mashou) and ませんか (Masenka) are common in the Japanese language. Some phrases sound identical or very similar, but have slightly different meanings.

1: Expressions that unilaterally represent the feelings of the speaker, under the premise that the listener has the same intention as the speaker.

  • breathinglet's go(Ikimashou | Let's go | Let's go)
  • breathinglet's goMosquito? (¿Ikimashou ka? | ¿Let's go? | ¿Let's go?)

2: Expressions to gently ask the listener about their intentions.

  • breathingHe would like? (Ikimasen ka? | Do you want to go? | Do you want to go?)
  • Ywhy not you? (Itte mimasen ka? | Do you want to go? | Do you want to go?)

3: Expressions that provide kind direction while showing a caring attitude.

  • dicelet's go(Itte mimashou | Let's see)
  • Crossing the Odanbolet's go(Oudan hodou wo watatte ikimashou | Crucemos el paso de peatones)

More Formal Ways to Say "Let's Go" in Japanese

The two words Ikou (Ikou | Ikou) and Ikisho (Ikimashou | Ikousho) are a very informal and direct way of inviting someone in Japanese. The first word is acceptable and the second word is not polite enough on some occasions.

Therefore, native speakers use a more polite form with theforms of honorfrom the verb "to go" いく (Iku | 行く) when speaking formally with an older person or a professional with social status.

The formal versions of iku (Iku | go | go)

  • ir (ikareru | ir)
  • Vem (Irassharu)
  • Vem (Oide ni naru)
  • the moors
  • Ukagau

But not all words of honor are suitable to mean "Come on." These are the new vocabulary as a substitute.

  • Mairi mashou | Mairi mashou | Vamos
  • Go issho shimasu | Let's go together I accompany you
  • Otomo-shimasu | Let's go together I accompany you
  • Do you want to hang out? (O dekake ni narimasen ka? | Come on, do you want to go out?)

Other Ways to Say "Let's Go" in Japanese

The Japanese verb iku (Iku | go | go) becomes the conjugated verbs IKE (Ikou | Ikou) and Ikisho (Ikimashou) in "let's go" (intentional form) sentences in Japanese.

Here is the list of other commonly used expressions with a volitional form.

"Let's go"/ "Let's go" in Japanese

As mentioned above, these are the words you can use to say "Let's go" in Japanese. It can also mean "let's go" in Japanese.

  • and (Iku | and | and) → and (Ikou | vamos)
  • Ikimasu (Ikimasu | ir) → Ikishou (Ikimashou | Vamos lá)

"let's go out" in Japanese

When you are indoors or at home and want to go out, you can say the following in Japanese. You may want to get out and see some of Japan's sights.

  • Dekakeru | sair → Dekakeyo (Dekakeyou | Vamos sair)
  • go away → go away

"let's go" in Japanese

If you are passing through or need to go somewhere, these are the words to use. It could be somewhere like a specific street or the next intersection you need to go through.

  • Tooru | pasar → Toorou | passar
  • passar → Toorimashou

"let's go back" in Japanese

When referring to "Let's go back" in Japanese, you can use the following words. The term 戻る (modoru) also often refers to the "back" that you may find on your electronic devices.

  • behind → behind
  • behind → behind

"let's go home" in Japanese

When you are outdoors and want to go home, say to your partner: “Let's go home”, using the following words.

  • return, return home → Kaerou
  • return, go home → Kaerimashou

"Let's do our best"/"Keep it up" in Japanese

"Let's go" can also refer to a way to encourage someone in what they are doing. In this case, you can use it to mean "let's do our best" or "let's keep it up" with these phrases.

  • Let's do our best (Ganbatte iku | Let's do our best | Let's do our best) → Let's do our best (Ganbatte iku | Let's do our best)
  • Ganbatte ikimashou | tun unser Bestes) → Ganbatte ikimashou | geben wir unser Bestes

How to use "Let's Go" as a verb + verb phrase in Japanese

We use a lot of double verbs every day.

In this chapter we will learn Japanese verb conjugations and a particle that indicates the purpose or intent of a verb. に (ni) is the particle and works similarly to English "for" or "to".

"Let's see"/"Let's see" in Japanese

When you go somewhere to see or see something, the nouns are みる (miru) and みます (mimasu). See how you can combine them.

  • ver → Mi ni iku → ir a ver → Mi ni ikou A ver
  • ver → Mi ni ikimasu → ir ver → Mi ni ikimashou Vamos ver)

"let's eat" in Japanese

When inviting someone to dinner, you can say "Let's eat" with the following phrase. However, if you want to say it directly"Let's eat" in Japanese, you can read in this separate article.

  • Taberu | Ecke → Tabe ni iku | ir Ecke → Tabe ni ikou | Vamos Ecke
  • comer → Tabe ni ikimashou para ir comer → Tabe ni ikimashou Vamos a comer)

"Let's meet"/Let's see" in Japanese

If you intend to meet someone or see something, you can use the specific phrases below.

  • know, see → Ai ni iku | meet, see → Ai ni ikou | Let's meet, let's see)
  • know, see → Ai ni ikimasu | go see go see → Ai ni ikimashou let's see let's see)

"let's do something" in Japanese

If you want to do something in general, you can let your Japanese friends know by saying any of the following phrases.

  • tun (Suru | tun) → geh etwas tun (I'm not sure what to do) → geh etwas tun (I'm not sure what to do | Lass uns etwas tun)
  • tun (Shimasu | tun) → something to do (Nanika wo shi ni ikimashou | something to do) | let's do something)

How to use "Let's go" in conversations

In this chapter we will focus on how to use certain words in the Japanese phrase "Let's go". If you want to add more information for context, use the tips below.

How do you say "vamos" (to a place)?

Adding the name of the place andjapanese particleに (ni) or へ (and he) can change the expression, which literally means "let's go (to a place)" in Japanese.

  1. に (ni): a case particle for location and direction. He is focused on the goal.
  2. へ (y, he): a particle that falls to orient itself. It focuses on a larger area, the goal, along with the path or direction to get there.

Examples of Sentences:

  • Gakkou ni ikou | Go to school
  • Dokoka, kouen ni ikimashou | let's go to the park somewhere
  • tootta michi and ikou jacket | Let's go to the street we just passed
  • Mori e Ikimashou | vamos al bosque

How do you say "Let's go (at the same time)" in Japanese?

To say "Let's go (right now)" in Japanese, use に (ni) with the time prefix. Instead of specifying a specific tense, you can also use verbs. This form is useful to remember in life.

  1. に (day): a particle indicating a point in time.
  2. words related to time: "soon", "later", "next week", etc.

Our article onTelling time in Japanesecan help you identify and use different Japanese words related to time.

Examples of Sentences:

  • Let's go at 10 (Juu ji ni ikou | Let's go at 10)
  • Ohiru ni nattara ikimashou | let's go when it's noon | Let's go when it's noon.
  • Let's go (Sorosoro, ikimashou | Let's go)
  • Raishuu issho ni ikou yo | Vamos juntos semana que vem

"Come on" with an extra word

As in English, it is common to have an interjection word in a "Let's go" sentence.

A particle at the end of the verb is also often heard in Japan. It doesn't add any special meaning, but the added sound gives the phrase a masculine or feminine voice.

Examples of Sentences:

  • C'mon C'monMosquito(Saa, ikou ka | Come on, come on. Okay, come on) *slightly masculine tone
  • OK andLike this(Yoshi, ikuzo | OK, vamos) *tono masculino
  • So, let's goZ e(Haa, ikou ze | Okay, let's go) *masculine tone
  • Let's go togetherBump(Time, isshoni ikimashou yo | Let's go, let's go together) *female tone
  • run! come on! (Isoge! Ikou! | Hurry up! Let's go! | Hurry up! Let's go!)

*The underlined words are the particles that end the sentence and add a masculine/feminine tone.

Sentences that sound like Let's go but mean something else

Aren't the sentence endings sho (Shou) and shōka (Shou ka) used only for ikishō (Ikimashou | ikishō | Let's go) and ikishose? (Ikimashou ka? | Let's go? | Let's go?) Expressions in the Japanese language.

Expressions like "I will", "you will", "should" and "would you like" also require this and have different meanings depending on the context.

1: speculation

That's a bit of an old-fashioned way of mentioning speculation. There is no limitation on the item.

  • I'm sure my parents too.
  • it will probably work out

2: Intent and Offer

Expresses the intention of the speaker or an offer to the listener. The subject is the speaker.

  • let's go later (Iku koto ni shimashou act | I'll go later)
  • Watashi ga ikimashou | Eu irei, deixe-me ir
  • shall we go instead? (Kawari ni ikimashou ka? | Should I go instead?)

3: Invitation, advice, recommendation and direction

The subject is either the speaker or the listener, various unspecified people, or simply the listener.

  • let's live positively
  • Let's do our best, okay? (Dewa, ganbatte ikimashou ka? | Let's do our best, shall we?)

Is there slang for "Let's go" in Japanese?

Ö"Let's go" in Japanese slangexist. It tends to sound shorter than the initial casual form, but it's just a colloquially shortened version.

  • symbol ato | Let's go later): originally it was Ato from ikokka | let's go later).
  • You are with me? (Mochi ikussho? | Come on, of course you will, right?): That was originally (Mochiron ikudeshou? | Come on, of course you will, right?).

let's go and more? The English sentences were turned into Japanese words.

From the examples above, did you know that the Japanese use the direct translation of some English phrases like "Let's go" and "Come on" as slang?

You may find it difficult to recognize them at first when you hear them. The original pronunciation of the words no longer exists. he adjusts themjapanese pronunciation, and the Japanese write them insideKatakana (Katakana) instead of Hiragana. So let's look at them here as a new vocabulary.

  • Let's go (Rettsu goo | Let's go)
  • Come on * It was believed that "ra(ra)" came from "we".
  • Go Goo (Go Goo | Go Goo)
  • Kamon | come on
  • Pray | Everything's fine
  • it's ok | well well
  • oh my god | Oh my God

We also have separate item coverage.japanese slang.

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And that's how you say "Let's go" in Japanese. Who knew there were basic, situation-specific ways to pronounce this Japanese word? We hope you found this lesson interesting.

If you want to learn more Japanese words, how aboutlearn japanese greetings next? You're sure to impress your Japanese friends!

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