No actually, its one of the harder countries to visit without speaking the native language. Even though the majority of Japanese people take English in their school years the majority aren’t fluent enough to converse in English. I knew a small amount of Japanese but had to rely almost entirely on my wife and/or Google translate to navigate the city. You remember the championship district in the Yakuza games? Its based on Golden Gai area within Shinjuku. We visited there when we went and its amazing. I felt like I had already been there because of the games. Haha.