We went to Japan in March 2009. The trip was great, and included time in Disney, Tokyo, Kamakura, Nagoya, Takayama, and Kyoto. We planned the trip to start out at Disney. I figured that it would be a good segue into our time in Japan. I figured most people would speak English and we wouldn't have to struggle as much. WRONG. OK, we couldn't afford to stay at a Disney Resort, so we stayed at the Hotel Okura. It's on the Disney monorail line, right by Bayside station. A nice hotel, and I'd stay there again. But we had language problems right away. They fumbled through getting us checked in. The restaurant menus were only in Japanese. The waiter spoke no English. The host spoke a tiny bit, and tried very hard to help us. Once inside the Disney Parks, we found the cast members spoke minimal (and I mean minimal) English. We had a GREAT time, but I left worrying how we were going to get around the country knowing only minimal Japanese (one friend studied for a year before the trip, and still was far from fluent). What a surprise when we hit Tokyo that we could almost always find someone who spoke English. In fact, in our travels across the country we found that we had the most problems at Disney. Even in Takayama (a small mountain town), we easily found English speakers. I'm not complaining here. I went on the trip fully expecting to have to get by on our minimal Japanese. I didn't really expect anyone there to speak English. I was just surprise that the place I thought would be easiest, turned out to be the most difficult. Anyone else have a similar experience?