Visit Edo Japan, in under one hour from Tokyo

Visit Edo Japan, in under one hour from Tokyo

When you think of ancient or medieval locations in Japan, I’m sure everyone thinks of Kyoto.  Some people who have done their research will maybe think of Nara or Kamakura. But did you know there is a small station called Kawagoe that will transport you back in time to the Edo Period?  And the best… Continue Reading Visit Edo Japan, in under one hour from Tokyo

Is Kyoto Tower Accessible?  Mostly!

Is Kyoto Tower Accessible?  Mostly!

In order to maintain the charm of the ancient capital, Kyoto has many rules about building height and appearance.  Even convenience stores have more subdued colors and blend in.  One of the building rules has to do with height and there are virtually no tall buildings… except one. Kyoto Tower as seen from Kyoto Station… Continue Reading Is Kyoto Tower Accessible?  Mostly!

Lonely Planet Releases Multilanguage Accessible Travel Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Releases Multilanguage Accessible Travel Phrasebook

Accessible Japan is extremely proud of the part we played in this guidebook’s creation. ——— Disabled people travel. It’s not really surprising: as with just about everything, we’re just the same as everyone else – the same hopes, fears and aspirations. (Well, perhaps a few more fears…) And don’t let anyone try to tell you… Continue Reading Lonely Planet Releases Multilanguage Accessible Travel Phrasebook

Accessible Escalator in Japan?!

Accessible Escalator in Japan?!

We have shared on the Accessible Japan website about the incredible escalators in Japan that can carry wheelchairs:  www.accessible-japan.com/no-elevator-no-problem/ We even made a video: But the video only shows going down. While going down is the scariest part, going up can be a bit scary as well.  In general, I try to avoid using these… Continue Reading Accessible Escalator in Japan?!

Seeing Japan’s Cherry Blossoms in a Wheelchair

Seeing Japan’s Cherry Blossoms in a Wheelchair

Japan has turned cherry blossom viewing, or hanami, into both an art and an event.  Here are some tips for people with disabilities interested in visiting Japan during the cherry blossom season. CROWDS At popular cherry blossom site, the crowds can be difficult for people in wheelchairs or with other mobility challenges.  Many famous locations… Continue Reading Seeing Japan’s Cherry Blossoms in a Wheelchair