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  • You can survive in Tokyo without any Japanese language skills, just as you can get by in most major cities without the local language.

    The most difficult task (which isn't too serious) is working out how much to pay for a train ticket: the stations are signposted in English, but the big maps that show the fares to other stations are usually only kanji.
  • I'm sure you won't have a problem with the food in Tokyo. You will find that a lot of things like grilled chicken, pork in breadcrumbs, many kinds of (cooked) fish, and different types of noodles; all of these things are reasonably priced.

    All the really strange food is more expensive and kept for special occasions.

    You don't need to be able to read a menu as most small restaurants display models of their food, so you can just point.

    If you crave American fast food you can go to McDonalds, or try some of the
  • I've taken fairly large groups of europeans to Tokyo a few times, and unless you are extremely picky about food, you will be fine. There are a couple of things that get people though. Pasta will always be spaghetti by default, unless you ask otherwise. Food that claims to be french, will not be. Getting vegan food can be very difficult unless you have a native japanese speaker, vegetarian food is a little easier, but still tricky. If the price is not written on the menu, enquire before you order - it m