The city madeeasy
Kyotoites have a reputation for being somewhat reserved.
In some smaller or more traditional establishments, staff might be nervous to serve customers who don’t speak Japanese.
That said, you will also find people who go out of their way to help, even if they don’t speak much English.
High-end hotels, such as the Hyatt Regency, are particularly well geared to helping with the language barrier.
Most hotel staff in Kyoto are happy to make restaurant reservations for their guests.
Specialist tour companies such as Windows to Japan and Plus Alpha Japan are often your best option to see the city’s private side and tailor themed itineraries.
Prices start at about $300 a group for half-days