I've been trying to make reservations at some restaurants for my upcoming trip to Japan. Many top restaurants in Japan understandably don't take reservations from foreigners directly. Instead, I'm coordinating with the hotel concierge at each of my destinations to make all the necessary reservations. It wasn't until now did I realize how much of a barrier language can be, even with concierge who most likely interacts with foreigners frequently.
In retrospect, I've been living a fairly sheltered life linguistically. I've generally lived in and traveled to countries where I have a decent command of the de facto language. This trip to Japan will be a big step outside of my language comfort zone, even with the occasional help due to kanji's overlap with Chinese.
I'm doing what I can to learn some very basic Japanese before my visit. If anything, it would make finding some restaurants that only have signage in Japanese easier. This should be a great learning experience, and I'm definitely looking forward to it.
P.S. Feel free to share any tips with me on tourist attractions and food in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.