Travelling with a Disability

Traveling with a Disability

The Japanese government, local authorities, and NPOs have all been working hard to develop an accessible travel environment for everyone, including people with disabilities and/or special needs.

Many major tourist destinations are developing websites in English, providing general information on accessibility, as well as more specific information on accommodation, and restaurants, etc. Some of these tourist spots offer wheelchair rental services, and in some hotels, bathing/showering facilities, as well as an assisted bathing service, are available.

At major train stations, airports, and hotels, as well as in most newer shopping centers and theaters in the city, the disabled traveler or wheelchair user should have little trouble getting from place to place.

About 35 percent of Japan's train stations are entirely accessible, and work continues to improve accessibility at other public facilities, including the installation of elevators, wheelchair ramps, and other accommodations.

Walking the streets is very easy as the sidewalks are smooth, and for anybody with a visual impairment, raised yellow tiles indicate safe walking paths. However, catching a taxi can be a challenge as most standard cabs are unable to support customers in electric wheelchairs. For advice on the best way to get around by taxi, and any other query, contact the knowledgeable staff at Accessible Japan or Accessible Travel Japan .

All information is correct as of the time of writing. Independent research is always advised for the most up-to-date and relevant information.

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