This past Saturday was the public grand opening of the National Stadium that will be used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. ..
Shinjuku Gyoen is currently running a trial of its new smartphone guide this week and Accessible Japan was invited to try it out to..
By Mark Bookman
Although Sumo was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 2018, no matches are scheduled to take..
By Justin Schroth
If you find yourself wandering just east of Osaka, you may find yourself in Nara, one of many cities surrounded by..
By Mark Bookman
Kabuki theatre is, among other things, an immersive encyclopedia of Japan. Audience members assume the role of pilgrims..
As Japan prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, accessibility has been on the minds of many. One city to put thoughts..
By Andy Barrow
My name is Andy Barrow and I’m an international speaker who also happens to be a full-time wheelchair user. I’ve spent..
By Suzanne Kamata
I first learned of Okunoshima from a Canadian friend’s Facebook post. She’d shared photos of herself surrounded by..
Looking for a few places to visit for a day in Kyoto? We look at the wheelchair accessibility of some famous sites in eastern Kyoto. ..
Traditionally Japanese castles are made of wood, which made them vulnerable to fires and other natural disasters. As such, the many..
If you are visiting Tokyo, Asakusa and Sensoji Temple are likely on your itenerary. When you visit you will see many visitors enjoying..
Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo’s biggest parks and a great place to enjoy the yearly cherry blossoms. Though there are some accessibility..
The Tokyo National Museum is not only Japan’s largest museum, it is also incredibly wheelchair accessible. With over 110,000 items on..
The Samurai Museum is a small but popular museum located in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho area. The museum offers a glimpse into the armor and..
Nakano Broadway is a paradise for lovers of anime and manga that is less visited than the busy streets of Akihabara, but no less rich in..
Experiencing authentic traditional Japanese cuisine is something everyone will want to do when visiting Japan. Every cramped street and..
The Hakone Round Course is a popular day trip from Tokyo that allows travelers to enjoy Lake Ashi, lush forest mountains, and a fantastic..
By Fiona T
This post is long overdue since I was in Japan last summer.
This is not my first time in Japan, but definitely my..
Though Tokyo is known for its bustling streets and crowded trains, there are a number of traditional Japanese gardens in between the..
During the Edo Period, Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Kyoto and Tokyo due to the abundant..
The Ghibli Museum is a must-see for fans of Japan’s most famous animation studio, Studio Ghibli. Exhibits on the animation process,..
Though it was formerly rejected by foreigners for being “too Western,” the high-end shopping center of Ginza is now a popular place to..
Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, is full of energy and delicious food. However, it can be..
Review from the Obstacle Course
Dr. Michael Peckitt
Ikuta Shrine located in Sannomiya, Chuo-ward Kobe, Japan, and is possibly among the..
Kiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is a famous Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto and is often featured in tourist..
Rikugien Garden is ranked as one of the most beautiful traditional gardens in Tokyo. It represents the best of Edo Period gardens with a..
Ueno Park is a public park in the Ueno district of Tokyo. The park is famous for its many museums and art galleries, as well as for..
Odaiba is a shopping and leisure area built atop artificial islands in Tokyo Bay. It has great wheelchair accessibility including many..
Shinjuku is an economic hub of Tokyo and sees more than 2 million passengers go through Shinjuku Station every day. This means that there..
Known as a center for youth fashion and culture, Shibuya is a popular shopping and entertainment area that is full of lights, shopping,..
The Hama Rikyu Gardens is a public park located at the mouth of the Sumida River on Tokyo Bay. Though nestled amongst the skyscrapers of..
Opening to the public in May 2012, Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest tower and second tallest building. With its excellent..
Akihabara, or Akiba, has gained worldwide recognition as the heart of Japan’s high-tech and otaku (ie nerd/geek) culture. Almost everyone..
Sandwiched between Shinjuku and Shibuya, Harajuku is a great place to see youth culture up close. Named after the area around Harakuju..
The Meiji Shrine, or Meiji Jingu, is an essential stop for anyone visiting Japan. It is a great way to see some Japanese culture, enjoy..
Though settlements have existed in the Tokyo area since 3000 BCE, things really started in the 12th century CE when Edo Shigenaga, the..
Feel like taking in something highbrow in Tokyo? Why not some art!
The National Art Center (Kokuritsu Shin-Bijutsukan), Tokyo is an art..
Sensoji (Sensō-ji) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Tokyo’s cultural capital, Asakusa. Not only is Sensoji Tokyo’s oldest temple,..
After the end of the shogunate and the Meiji Restoration, the shogun and inhabitants of Edo castle were required to leave. The emperor..
Live at the Budokan! While the Budokan is famous abroad for hosting acts like the Beatles, Cheap Trick, and Bob Dylan, it was originaly..