Hi, Japan traveller experts, I have a dump question about bus and train/subway, I read the forum but did not see anyone asked the question, so my question must be too obvious, but i have never been to Japan before. I am a little skeptical how to navigate the transportation
1) taking a bus: if I know the bus number and the route, the destination stop, will the driver announce the bus stop every time? if he announces in Japanese I won't understand, how do I know when to get out, or the solution is i have to count the number of stops from the point where I board to the destination point from the map, if so, will the bus stop at every stop? If the bus skips any stop, then my counting will be wrong? is there a sign some where on the bus telling me what the next stop is (in Japanese or English?). If not, what is the best advise for me to not miss a stop?
2) regarding subway or train within the city, there will be many exits at each station, will there be a sign in English telling me the direction for each exit? for example an arrow this way to go to Kyoto Imperial palace and this way to go to the Shrine etc..or this is East, West, North south of the street name. If no sign, how do you navigate the subway?
thanks a lot for your help, I really would like to take bus or train. If i take taxi will the taxi driver understand if I know my destination in English but not Japanese?