Nikko, a small town about 2 hours north of Tokyo Japan, has a number of cultural world heritage sites, with Nikko Toshogu being the most significant. Getting There There are two main train lines going from Tokyo, JR and Tobu. Unfortunately, JR Nikko Station is not wheelchair accessible and Tobu Nikko Station is the only… Continue Reading Visiting Nikko in a Wheelchair
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
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!
By Joan Pahisa Hi everyone! I’m Joan and a few months ago I decided to move to Osaka to study Japanese. I had been working really hard on my thesis these past few years back in Spain, aside from a few other projects, and after finishing it I found a window to follow one of… Continue Reading 5 Months In Japan: What I’ve Learned So Far
While not a main attraction of Tokyo, Kappabashi Street can be a neat place to explore if you are in the area, or are interested in the sample food seen in store displays, Japanese lacquer ware, and knives. It is unfortunate that not all stores are accessible to wheelchair users, but with over 170 stores,… Continue Reading Kappabashi Street
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
When most people think of ancient Japanese cities, they rightly think of Kyoto. But did you know there is another ancient capital of Japan right next to Tokyo? It is called Kamakura and is only a 1hr train raid from Tokyo! During the Kamakura Period (1185–1333) when Kamakura was the capital, Japan was invaded (unsuccessfully!)… Continue Reading A Quick Trip to Kamakura
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?!
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