Whatever you do don't be afraid to travel because of the language.
There is a small book that fits in a shirt pocket called "point it".
I bought mine from AmazonUK on line. It has *everything* you could possibly ever want and them some!
We stayed 3 nights at Kyoto Granvia Hotel from Feb. 27 to Mar 1, 2008. We paid Yen 17,600 per night,...more
2002-3 Hama, Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, 625-0036, Japan
Good for: Families
176 Aza Haze Koazasawaiyama, Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, 620-0857, Japan
Good for: Couples