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we started

If you are looking at this website, then we likely have something in common – disability.  Accessible Japan (アクセシブルジャパン) came into being from a combination of both good and bad experiences of traveling in a wheelchair.  The creator, Josh Grisdale (グリズデイル バリージョシュア), has extensive travel experience with an electric wheelchair.  An adventurer at heart, he hates to hear “impossible” and relentlessly ventures forth… but he is a worrywart at heart and likes to gather as much information as humanly possible beforehand.

And he hates surprises.

Frustrated with little to no information about accessibility on websites, or hotels not allowing accessible rooms to be booked online and requiring long phone calls he decided to create this site.


we do

Accessible Japan exists to provide readers with as much information as possible so that they can make informed decisions based on their unique needs when planning their vacation to Japan.

In addition to the general information pages, Accessible Japan offers a database of hotels listing accessible rooms, detailed reviews of tourist attractions, suggested day tours that are wheelchair accessible, and a blog full of travelers’ stories and other items of interest for travelers with disabilities.

For those who need to rent a hoist or a wheelchair, we can help facilitate your rental through local rental companies. Please contact us through our rental form.

To take our tips with you, we have published an accessible travel guide to Tokyo available on Amazon and iBooks. We can also answer your questions about accessibility in Japan by email or social media.

Have a question?  Ask us directly on our forum!

Accessible Japan Forum