I'm visiting Tokyo between 9-13 September and happily have a free day before travelling on. I am planning to visit the Nihon Kiin out of general interest but wonder if this is likely to be "productive" as I don't speak Japanese. Do they have anyone speaking English, French or Italian (my three languages) so that I can ask questions about their bookstore or the Yugen no Ma, the special match room.
Does anyone have any experience of visiting the Nihon Kiin? Suggestions gratefully received!
Most educated people in Japan have at least a rudimentary grasp of English so you will most likely find someone there who can help. There is an "overseas" department at the Ki-in with people fluent enough in English to conduct business. If you want a tour it might be a good idea to phone ahead so a guide could be available.