You’ll find that Japanese people across the country are extremely friendly and helpful (regardless of their English ability!), but for the most dire of circumstances, the Yomiwa app can get you over the language barrier.
This app, which is available even when you’re not connected to the internet, will translate the Japanese that you see around with from photos taken with your smart phone!
Find it here
To help visitors, more and more websites are in english. The J-Dining Website
is new and is a restaurant reservation site exclusively for foreign tourists. You can reserve a variety of restaurants throughout Japan, including Authentic Japanese Cuisine, Izakaya, Wagyu beef and Kyoto cuisine.