15 Ways To Say “Good Night” in Japanese: Oyasumi & More!

When traveling through Japan it’s important to bear in mind that it is a culture of respect and consideration for the feelings and experiences of others. This has meant that the Japanese language has grown to be quite expressive, offering speakers a diverse vocabulary that is extremely beneficial in casual and formal situations. This includes saying goodnight or good morning in Japanese to your friends, coworkers, or boss. This article will help you understand how to say goodnight and good morning in Japanese using a variety of phrases including the more commonly used, おやすみ (oyasumi), which simply translates to “goodnight”. Having these phrases in your back pocket is sure to build and improve your friendships and make your time in the country smoother.

おやすみ (oyasumi) in a Break Down

Beginning with the common way to say goodnight, おやすみ (oyasumi), it’s important to understand that it actually originates from the Japanese verb “ yasumu (休む)” which has multiple meanings. Some of the meanings include: to be absent, to take a day off, to rest, to have a break, to go to bed or to rest” As you can see there are many scenarios in which the verb can be used, however, it’s important to remember the context of the situation first, whether casual or formal.

Additionally, two important conjugations can be added in order make the phrase more polite when used in a sentence. These conjugations are なさい (Nasai) – Do and てください (Te kudasai) – Please.  When adding “nasai” it would become “oyasuminasai”, this then makes the word more formal and polite and perfect for use in work environments or when dealing with authority figures. てください (Te kudasai) – Please is a suffix added when using “oyasuminasai” in order to make a polite request.

Examples:

  • おやすみなさい。またあした (oyasuminasai. mata ashita) -Good night. See you tomorrow.

Perfect for use when saying goodbye or goodnight to colleagues at the end of a work day.

  • お会いできて良かったです、おやすみなさい (O ai dekite yokattadesu, oyasuminasai ) – It was good to see you, goodnight

This is a great option to use when leaving the company of a friend.

When Can We Use おやすみ (oyasumi) ?

Seeing as Oyasumi can be used in so many different scenarios it’s important to understand how best to actually use it when the time comes. Below we will provide a detailed breakdown of the various situations in which it can be used and how best to apply it.

1. When You Are Going To Bed

This is a perfect time to use Oyasumi as it will serve to politely excuse yourself from the conversation if you have been speaking to a friend or a relative. If it’s late at night, even better! As you can let the person know that you’ll be going to bed soon or are tired and will be departing from their company or the conversation.

Ex: 1 – そろそろ寝(ね)るね、おやすみ

sorosoro nerune, oyasumi

I’m about to sleep, goodnight.

2 – さて、おやすみなさい、よく眠れ

Sate, oyasumi, yoku nemure

Okay, goodnight and sleep well

2. When You Leave Late At Night

When you and a friend or co-worker have been out socializing and it’s time to leave and go home perhaps one of them is about to catch the train or call a cab. This would be the perfect time to use Oyasumi and it can be adjusted easily in terms of the formality of the situation. If you’re out with a colleague that perhaps you aren’t that close with it’s always best to Oyasuminasai.

Ex: 1私は今出発しなければなりません、おやすみなさい私は明日あなたに会います Watashi wa ima shuppatsu shinakereba narimasen, oyasuminasai watashi wa ashita anata ni aimasu I have to leave now, goodnight I’ll see you tomorrow

2- 今からタクシーに電話します、おやすみなさい Ima kara takushī ni denwa shimasu, oyasuminasai I’m going to call a taxi, good night

15 Ways to Say Goodnight in Japanese

As stated earlier, we’ll help you out in your time of need, stuck on how to say goodbye to a friend at night? No problem, use any of these 15 phrases or Japanese characters if you’re texting and your relationship will survive to see another day.

1. ゆっくりお休み (yukkuri o yasumi) – sleep tight

This is perfect for when you’re speaking to a friend or a relative, in a more casual relationship. When going to bed it can be used to inform the other person of your intention to do so.

Ex: 眠くなってきたので寝ます。ゆっくりお休み

Nemuku natte kitanode nemasu. Yukkuri o yasumi.

I’m feeling sleepy so I’m going to bed. Sleep tight.

2. 良い夢見てね (Yoi yumemite ne) – Have a good dream

When wanting to wish someone you’re speaking a good night of sleep and peaceful dreams, another way to say this is with the use of this phrase. It also lets the person you’re conversing with know that you care about them.

Ex: 私はあなたがよく眠り、良い夢を持っていることを願っています

Watashi wa anata ga yoku nemuri, yoi yume o motte iru koto o negatte imasu

I hope you sleep well and have a good dream.

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3. また 後で 夢で 会おうぜ (Mata atode yume de aou ze) – See you later in a dream

Perhaps best used when talking to a romantic partner, this can be used to let them know that even though you’ll be asleep that you’ll be thinking and dreaming of them.

Ex: 後で夢の中でお会いしましょう

Atode yumenonakade o ai shimashou

I hope I see you later in a dream

4. 朝にまた会いましょう(Asa ni mata aimashō) – See you again in the morning

Use this when speaking to colleagues. Whether you’re leaving the office at the same time as your colleagues or perhaps you attended a social engagement together, using this phrase will help strengthen your relationship.

Ex: 今行かなくちゃいけないけど、朝また会いましょう

Ima ikanakucha ikenaikedo, asa mata aimashou

I have to go now but I’ll see you again in the morning.

5. 私の夢 (Watashinoyume) – my dream

This is another phrase best used in more casual or sometimes even familial or romantic relationships. Although it can be used in more friendly situations, usually letting someone know that you’ve dreamt about them is something reserved for closer relationships.

Ex: あなたは昨夜私の夢の中にいました。あなたが恋しい

Anata wa sakuya watashinoyume no naka ni imashita. Anata ga koishī

You were in my dream last night. I miss you

6. 天使と一緒に寝る(Tenshi to isshonineru) – Sleep with an angel

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When wishing that someone close to you stays safe, for those who are more spiritually or religiously inclined, this is a great phrase to let your partner or friend know that you hope a higher power watches over them while they rest.

Ex: 安全を確保し、天使と一緒に寝ることを願っています

Anzen o kakuho shi, tenshi to issho ni neru koto o negatte imasu

I hope you stay safe and sleep with an angel

7. 私はあなたを夢見ます (Watashi wa anata o yumemimasu) – I dream of you

Another phrase reserved for those closest to you. We often dream of those we care about, with this phrase you can let those in your life know just how much they mean to you by letting them know when they’ve made a cameo in your dreams.

Ex: 私があなたがいなくて寂しいとき、私はあなたを夢見ます

Watashi ga anata ga inakute sabishī toki, watashi wa anata o yumemimasu

When I miss you I dream of you

8. そろそろ おふとんはいるね (Sorosoro o futon wa iru ne) – It’s about time for the futon

When you’re having a fun girls’ night or guys’ night sleepover with your best friend there might come a time in which your eyes decide they can no longer stay open. During times like these, if you happen to sleep on a futon at your Japanese friend’s house, it’s a great time to use this phrase.

Ex: 疲れた。布団を手に入れよう

Tsukareta. Futon o te ni irene

I’m tired. Get a futon

9. 私は寝ます (Watashi wa nemasu) – I go to bed

This can be used either to end a conversation or say goodnight or when letting someone know what time you usually go to bed.

Ex: 私は夕方早く寝ます

Watashi wa yūgata hayaku nemasu

I go to bed early in the evening

10. おやすみなさい よく眠ってね (Oyasuminasai yoku nemutte ne) – Good night sleep well

A versatile phrase. This can be used if your relationship with the person you’re speaking to is casual and friendly or personal and familial or romantic. It’s a friendly way of wishing them well while encouraging a restful night of sleep.

Ex: おやすみなさい よくねむてね. 明日お話しします

Oyasuminasai yoku nemute ne. Ashita ohanashi shimasu

Good night, sleep well. I’ll talk tomorrow.

11. おやすみ!ゆっくり寝て! (Oyasumi! Yukkuri nete!) – Good night! Sleep slowly!

Alternatively “sleep slowly” can also be used to say “take your time” which is helpful when you’ve asked someone for a favor and want them to know that you’re not a rush. Not only does it communicate your unhurried pace but sets the tone to let the person you’ve asked know that you actually value their wellbeing.

Ex: おやすみなさい! ゆっくり  なさい!

Oyasuminasai! Yukkuri nasai!

good night! Take your time!

12. 私は最初に寝るつもりです (Watashi wa saisho ni neru tsumoridesu) – I’m going to sleep first

Ever been in a situation where you’re having a phone call but neither of you wants to hang up first? For those in love, those late conversations are so wonderful but sleep is important, pull out this phrase to let your partner know that it’s time for bed and you simply have to go.

Ex: 私は最初に寝るつもりです

Watashi wa saisho ni neru tsumoridesu

I’m going to sleep first

13. 眠いよ! (Nemui yo!) – I’m sleepy!

When you simply have to get some sleep and cannot stay out or stay up much longer this phrase is useful to let others in your circle know, however, it’s best not to be used in formal situations as it can sound quite harsh.

Ex: 私は眠い!おやすみ

Watashi wa nemui! Oyasumi

I’m sleepy! Good night

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14. 実は超眠いよ… (Jitsuwa chō nemui yo…) – Actually, I’m super sleepy …

This is to be used if someone asks whether you’re tired or not. Use this phrase when you want to confirm that actually you could use some sleep and are in fact rather tired.

Ex: 実はとても眠いです…よく眠れます

Jitsuwa totemo nemuidesu… Yoku nemuremasu

I’m super sleepy actually… sleep well

15. よく眠れ、赤ちゃん (Yoku nemure, akachan) – Sleep well, baby

Ex: よく眠れ、ベイビー。愛してます

Yoku nemure, beibī. Aishitemasu

Sleep well, baby. I love you

Other Phrases Related to Sleeping

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  1. Nebusoku (寝不足) – lack of sleep
  2. Hirune (昼寝) – napping
  3. Nebokeru (寝ぼける) – Falling asleep
  4. Negoto (寝言) – Sleep-talking
  5. asa nebou (朝寝坊) – Oversleeping
  6. Suimin o toru (睡眠をとる) – Get sleep
  7. Okiru (起きる) – Get up
  8. Akumu (悪夢) – nightmare
  9. Unasareru (魘される) – have a nightmare
  10. negokochi ga ii (寝心地がいい) – Comfortable to sleep

Japanese Greetings

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N Kon’nichiwa (こんにちわ) – Hello

  1. Ohayōgozaimasu (おはようございます) – good morning
  2. Konbanwa (こんばんは) – Good evening
  3. Arigatōgozaimasu (ありがとうございます) – thank you
  4. Hajimemashite (始めまして) – nice to meet you
  5. Mōshi mōshi (申し申し) – Excuse me
  6. Irasshaimase (いらっしゃいませ) – Welcome
  7. Sayōnara/ gokigen’yō (さようなら/ごきげんよう) – Goodbye / Good morning
  8. Ittekimasu (行ってきます) – see you later
  9. Okaeri (おかえり) – Welcome back

Make a memorable exit

Hopefully, this article will help you strengthen your relationships through great, polite communication. Knowing how to part ways kindly can profoundly affect friendships and partnerships. Learning Japanese has proven to be a fruitful endeavor for many making their travels to the country much richer through their deeper understanding of its people and cultures as they are then able actually fluently to communicate with residents. As stated earlier understanding how to speak Japanese and how to say even the simplest greetings can have a positive impact on relationships, making exploring online Japanese courses offered by AmazingTalker on how to learn Japanese that much more beneficial.

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