Goodbye in Japanese is: Sayonara.
Pronunciation is: (sa-YOH-nah-rah)
Sayonara is one good way, but it's not used that often in casual conversation. The best alternatives are: Jyane and matane, which basically just mean see you later. Walk through a mall and you'll hear these used quite often. If you want a good business way to say goodbye, use: Kongo mo yoroshiku onegaitashimasu. This means "from here on out, I wish us a good acquaintance". Obviously translations lose a lot of the original meaning so it might sound silly in English, but it doesn't sound half as cheesy in Japanese.
There are many ways to say goodbye, each with different meanings.
Sayonara - the most common word we are given as a translation, but it more specifically means "goodbye for a while". You wouldn't say this to somebody you see every day. You usually say it when you're not going to see the person for a long time, if ever again.
Jya ne - "See you later". Very casual, usually only used in friends and family.
Mata ne - "See you again", literally "again, yeah?"
Bye bye - ...bye bye. Borrowed from English. Usually used with children, but used in the matter of Jya ne and Mata ne too.
Sarabada - Very old and very formal. It usually means "goodbye forever".
“Jyane” is good and commonly used. Matane for see you later. “Ja ittekimasu” is basically like “Well then I’m leaving now” or the classic “sayonara”. Even just saying “bye bye” is common in Japan especially the kids I teach will say it often as a goodbye.
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