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Tokyo Restaurants - Language Barrier


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Tokyo Restaurants - Language Barrier

tiger1998 | Oct 11, 2009 07:25 PM

We are going to be in Tokyo for a week in early November. We do not speak any Japanese but we have a volunteer guide helping up on one of the days (Tuesday, 10 AM to 6 PM). I would like to know if there are any suggestions for restaurants where knowledge of Japanese is very important. We figure we could go there for lunch with our guide and she could help us with the Japanese translation and hopefully enjoy a nice meal at the same time.

We are fairly open to price range but would prefer something that is under Y8,000 a person. A large part of the trip is about experiencing the food of Japan so we are open to anything from Kaiseki to noodle houses. We just want to use the opportunity to go to a place where having someone who speaks Japanese would add to our overall experience. I realize that is true of most places in Tokyo, but I am sure there are places you can get by and have a good meal without knowing Japanese.

Any other thoughts or suggestions you may have about overcoming the language barrier issues in Tokyo food establishments are welcome. I am trying to learn food terminology and simple expressions but I doubt I will be able to understand spoken Japanese.

I have been reading this board for food ideas for our trip and the information here is very useful.


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