There is no one speak Japan language when they travel to this country. All the tourists are always in some standard situations in which Japanese people are faced every day; they have to deal with tourists who do not know Japanese or even English. The visitors do not worry because the Japanese will understand what you want or need. The followings standard examples will show to know more clearly.
Immigration / Customs
General speaking, English is spoken in this area but there is no problem if you do not know it. You will be got a form that you must fill in with your details; you can ask if you do not know what to write in the “Name” space, for instance. There are some men ready to check whether you did everything right or if you need any corrections. You can go to the exit as soon as the customs officer will give you back the passport and mumbles something
Bus ticket office / trains at the airport
At these places where you can be sure that someone know a few words of English. For instance, if the hotel you will stay is in Shinjuku and you go at the bus or train ticket office that you only say: “Shinjuku”. The Japanese worker will understand that you want a ticket to Shinjuku. At that time, they want to know the departure time and where you can take the train and you only tell the district name where you want to go and they will understand because there are thousands of tourists arrive in Narita every day and the Japanese workers are programmed like a robot because the questions are always the same in any language is being asked.
Mostly, the tourists will arrive at an hotel. Some receptionists always speaks English. The Japanese who work at the front desk of an hotel: they expect that a customer arrives and you want to sleep there so it is easy for them to deal with you if you do not speak English. There will have two possibilities : you have booked or you have not booked. You just say” room ok?” if you have not booked and just say” how much?” if you want to know the cost of the room and usually they will write on a calculator the cost for one night. If you have booked, you only need give them the passport and after a while they will understand.
With the toilets, they are indicated by the classic blue sign / red icons for man / woman and public toilets are in everywhere. You need to go to the toilet, just ask “toire ua doko des ka?” and it means “Excuse me, where is the bathroom?” if you are in a restaurant. You need to learn this sentence. Specially is just say “ toire” if you forget it. The waiters or the waitresses throughout Japan will realize that you need the bathroom. Moreover, when you only see kanji, just remember that blue is for men and red is for women.
Do not worry if you do not speak English or Japanese when you travel to the beautiful Japan. You will be understood always everywhere as long as you just have some confidence in yourself.