I was wondering the difference between the two words since both mean to walk.

When to use verb 歩きます and when to use 散歩します。


The verb 散歩する is equivalent to the English term "take a walk". That is, 散歩 is more of a recreational activity, as opposed to it simply being a means to get from one place to another. 歩く is a general term for walking.

From dictionary.goo.co.jp:

To leisurely walk for recreation or for health. A stroll. "_ through the park"

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The 散 of 散歩 is also a clue as to how it's different:

⇒ ばらばらになる・する ⇒ ぶらぶら(と)歩く ≒ 当てもなく歩く
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