You can get your nails done in Japan too, in fact the “nail art” they do here is pretty impressive. In general, the services are similar, but not exactly the same and those little differences can be a bit confusing. If you brave the unknown and try it out though, you may find yourself won over by the skill and attention to detail, not to mention the real focus on the customer typical of Japanese services, of the salons here.
One big thing to note; walk-ins are rarely accepted here. You will need to make an appointment. If you are not comfortable enough in Japanese to attempt to do so over the phone, you can always just walk into the shop and ask for one. No, that wont make them magically speak English, but you may be able to communicate a bit better that way.
I was going to spend some time going over other important points, but I actually found a really great blog from Tokyo with good information on the topic of nails. Check it out and see what you think.
Locally in Nagoya, we have a wide variety of nail shops, but relatively few featuring English speaking staff. One notable exception is Hello Beauty in Ikeshta. The shop has English speaking staff and is popular with expats here. You should ask for “Taeko!”
You can also try one of the many other nail salons available in Nagoya. Many of which are listed on the map below. If you have any other suggestions, let us know!