"I will go there at two o'clock."


December 3, 2017



This was a complete guess for me. Hadn't seen そちら before, and I had only heard of へ being used for vague directions.

What's the big difference between そこで / そこに and そちら?

December 3, 2017


Hi there,

そこ and そちら mean about the same thing (there). However, the nuance of そちら can show direction (that way). In addition, I would say そこ feels closer to oneself and そちら is much further away.


More polite:

そちらつきました。=>He arrived there.

そちら暑いですか。=>Is it hot over there?

そちらてんきはどうですか。=>How is the weather over there?


More casual:

そこついた。=>He arrived there.

そこ夏だ。=>It is summer there.

そこみせです。=>It is that store over there.


There is a difference between which particles(の・は・に・で・へ)you add to a word.

に and へ can both mean "to" when used.

「Hokkaido行く」 and 「Hokkaido行く」 both mean I will go to Hokkaido. The difference is that the へ emphasizes direction (going towards Hokkaido) and the に emphasizes the destination (going to Hokkaido).

These ideas can be transferred to when you use そこ and そちら.

そちらへ行く・そこに行く=>I will come over (i.e. I will go over there). Technically they are different, but the English will be the same.

に and へ can often be used interchangeably, but not always. In other instances you can only use one of the two.


で shows that you will be completing an action at the place.

そこ会おう。=>Let's meet there.

そちら食べましょう。=>Shall we eat there?

You would be meeting or eating at the location, so で is used.


December 3, 2017


Thanks for the explanation. How would まで be used compared to へ and に?

January 1, 2018


All of them are subtle differences.

まで - going up to the place

に - going to the place

へ - going in the direction to the place

草津まで行きます - Going up to Kusatsu, where it can stop at any points until Kusatsu e.g. it can stop at 京都

草津に行きます - Going (directly) to Kusatsu, and normally it won't stop in the middle.

草津へ行きます - Going in the direction of Kusatsu. Normally it means the same as に but the emphasis is the direction rather than the destination.

January 6, 2018


This is a spectacularly good explanation

August 7, 2018


i could use あちら here as well, right?

December 26, 2017


I used あちら instead of そちら and it wasn't accepted

April 14, 2018


I think it is okay

January 6, 2018


But it didn't accept

February 18, 2018


I wrote as the answer but still gave me a wrong choice

January 29, 2018


I don't know when the "he" is used.

March 4, 2019


"にじにそちらへいきます." I wrote the furigana, but it was still rejected :(

May 16, 2019


Can we use 二時でそちらへ行きます?

June 16, 2019



July 5, 2018
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