Traveling in Japan over New Years can be exciting… and horrible. The New Years holiday in Japan is similar to Christmas in the West – a..
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 Alexa Fukuoka
When you decide to move abroad, it will obviously require you to make some adjustments. Dealing with a new culture, new..
By Mark Bookman
Accessibility affects the way that we interact with religious sites and ideas. A single step up at a church, temple, or..
The boom in information brought about by the advent of the internet has been enabling for people with disabilities and other special..
By Mark Bookman
Kabuki theatre is, among other things, an immersive encyclopedia of Japan. Audience members assume the role of pilgrims..
By Mark Bookman
When you put on a pair of rabbit ears and join a troupe of elegantly-dressed maids in a solemn prayer for the..
As Japan prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, accessibility has been on the minds of many. One city to put thoughts..
Navigating the streets of Tokyo is no easy task, regardless of ability. However, having a disability adds an extra layer of difficulty..
I’m Jun Sumii, a self-employed wheelchair lift taxi driver in Tokyo. In September, 2017, I left the company I had worked at for 35 years,..
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..
By Kim Almas
In October 2017, our family took an 8-day/5 port Diamond Princess cruise around Japan. My husband is partially disabled, so..
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. ..
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Yuriko Oda (織田友理子) has GNE Myopathy/HIBM/DMRV and is the president of the ‘Patients Association for Distal Myopathies’ (PADM) and a..
Taxis are a common appearance throughout Japan and are incredibly easy to find. In addition to hailing them on the street, taxis also..
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..
The Hakone Round Course is a popular day trip from Tokyo that allows travelers to enjoy Lake Ashi, lush forest mountains, and a fantastic..
While mobility scooters have been gaining popularity around the world as an alternative to traditional wheelchairs, Japan has been slow..
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..
By Cristina Hartmann
My two-and-half weeks in Japan as someone with both vision and hearing impairments left me amazed—in a good way. My..
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..
After two years of building this site and adding loads of information, it has become a bit difficult to get all the information in one..
Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, is full of energy and delicious food. However, it can be..
Having an identification card for persons with disabilities can be a prickly topic. Is it discrimination? Is it security to protect..
We love helping people enjoy Japan. We also love it when people write back to share their experiences with others, so they too can..
When most people think of Japan, they most likely don’t think of Christmas. But Japan loves events, and Christmas has been added to the..