How To Say ‘Japan’ In Korean

Last Updated on March 19, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
View of the skyline of Tokyo, Japan on a clear day

A question you might come across a lot when conversing with Koreans is which countries you have been to before. So learning country names in Korean is another great addition to your vocabulary!

In today’s lesson, we’ll learn how to say ‘Japan’ in Korean. After all, it’s the country neighboring Korea, and you’re likely to visit it a few times while staying in Korea if you like to travel. Not only that, it’s a good word to know when making friends from other countries in Korea or when you’re discussing the different languages in the world. Let’s get learning!

View of the skyline of Tokyo, Japan on a clear day

‘Japan’ in Korean

Now, how to say ‘Japan’ in Korean, you ask? The word for it is 일본 (ilbon). How could you remember this? Maybe you have a bone disease, an “ill bone”. Where should you go to fix that? Japan of course! Fairly simple to memorize, don’t you think? Following that, ‘Japanese language’ is 일본어 (ilboneo) and a ‘Japanese person’ is 일본 사람 (ilbon saram) or 일본인 (ilbonin).

Mount Fuji, Chureito Pagoda In Autumn

도쿄 (dokhyo)Tokyo

오사카 (osakha) Osaka

교토 (gyotho)Kyoto

삿포로 (satphoro)Sapporo

일본산 (ilbonsan) Japanese product

일제 (ilje) – Japanese-made

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A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn in in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. Head over here for a free guide to learn it before your next meal.

Sample Sentences

KYOTO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 10, 2016 : Daigo-ji temple with colorful


제 친한 친구는 일본에 일하러 갈거라고 했어요. (je chinhan chinguneun ilbone ilhareo galgeorago haesseoyo.)

My close friend said she will go to Japan to work.

일본 음식에 대해서 어떻게 생각해요? (ilbon eumshike daehaeseo eoddeohke saengkakhaeyo?)

What do you think of Japanese food?

요즘에는 일본어를 배우고 싶어요. (yojeumeneun ilboneoreul baeugo shipheoyo.)

These days I want to learn Japanese.


일본으로 벚꽃을 보러 가고싶다면 비행기표와 호텔방을 다 일찍 예매해야해. (ilboneuro beotkkocheul boreo gagoshipdamyeon bihaenkiphyowa hothelbangeul da iljjik yemaehaeyahae.)

If you want to go see the cherry blossoms in Japan, you need to book all the plane tickets and hotel rooms early.

일본 여행은 어땠어? 어디 가봤어? (ilbon yeohaengeun eoddaesseo? Eodi gabwasseo?)

How was your trip to Japan? Where did you visit?

우리 드디어 다음달에 일본에 가! (uri deudieo daeumdare ilbone ga!)

Finally, we’ll go to Japan next month!

Well now that you know how to say ‘Japan’ in Korean you can tell all your Korean friends where you want to go on your next trip! What country would you like to know how to say next? Let us know in the comments below!

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