April 25, 2019 at 4:34 am #8847
Hi, and thanks for the great website accesible-japan and the youtube videos provided about dissability in Japan,
Me and my girlfriend (and two helpers) is travelling from Denmark to Japan, where we will visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Takamatsu (visting Naoshima and Teshima) and finally Okinawa before traveling back home. We will be in Japan for around 5 weeks. So far everything has been a breeze in terms of booking hotels and transportation on the main island – shimkansen and the other cities seems to have good means of transportation for disabled people!
We have flight tickets ordered and verified with our flight company Peach Air that they are able to transport the two electric wheelchairs we are brigning for the trip (one big, easy terrain going, and a small one mostly used indoors). But when looking at hotels, airbnb, and transportation around the island, we are having second thoughts. Has anybody been there, and what was your experience as a disabled person? We are also thinking about changing the destination to Ishgaki.
What we really would like is a comfortable hut near the beach. Any feedback is appreciated.
Patrikk and FrejaApril 25, 2019 at 10:26 am #8848
First of all, I think that @melanie_lmt should be in on this discussion as she wrote a few blogs on this.
The biggest issue in Okinawa is getting around as there are no trains (aside from the Naha monorail). The inter-city buses are not wheelchair accessible. I have gone a few times, so you will need to either rent an accessible vehicle (which may be hard) or use taxis. I can introduce you to a taxi company if needed.
Ishigaki is really nice as well, and the buses are wheelchair accessible (according to a website, not personal experiences). If you decide on Ishigaki, I can introduce you to a company that does tours and just started an accessible tour there.
The water buffalo rides on the nearby Taketomi island are accessible too!
Also, we started a forum on the Accessible Japan website as well, so you may want to post there as well: https://www.accessible-japan.com/forums/May 2, 2019 at 3:20 am #8899
Hi again, and thanks for the quick reply.
We decided not to travel to Okinawa and are now instead looking for areas that is more nature like (mountains, forrests, beachlike etc.) which it seems Japan has plenty of. A place with less sightseeing and more relaxed atmosphere. If you have any get-away areas you have enjoyed feel free to give out reccomendations that are wheelchair freindly. I could also make another thread on this?
We have currently been looking at Hakone, Kanazawa, Wakayama and Shirakawa Go.
Cheers,May 2, 2019 at 11:51 am #8902
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