Essential Japanese Phrases and Words for People with Disablities


Japanese Phrases

When traveling abroad, the challenges of communication can often turn an exciting vacation into a frustrating experience.  While travel SIM cards are better than roaming fees, the cost of using an online-only app can be expensive and phrasebooks still serve an important function in travel today.  However, all of these books are extremely general and have an able-bodied user in mind as the audience.  For travelers with disabilities, communicating your needs is extremely important.  So, we have created a phrasebook of essential Japanese for travelers with disabilities.

There is no reason to redo what other publications have done better, so we recommend you do pick up a regular phrasebook to cover the basics.  We will only focus on accessibility and disability related words and phrases.  The Japanese will be written using Japanese characters so you can show it to a native speaker for the fastest results.  For those interested in saying the phrase yourself, please see the pronunciation.  This page provides a great explanation of how to pronounce Japanese: An Introduction to Japanese Pronunciation.

Accessible Japan strives to work closely with the people who use this site and want to be as inclusive of every disability as possible.  If there is something you feel is missing from this phrasebook, please contact us and let us know.

Basic Words

English Japanese Pronunciation
Disability  障害 shōgai
Physical Disability 身体障害 shintai shōgai
Hearing Impairment 聴覚障害 chōkaku shōgai
Visual Impairment 視力障害 shiryoku shōgai
Learning Difficulties 知的障害 chiteki shōgai
Autism 自閉症 jiheishō
Long-term illness 難病 nanbyō
Multiple Sclerosis; MS 多発性硬化症 tahatsusei kōkashō
Diabetes 糖尿病 tōnyōbyō
Asthma ぜんそく zensoku
Epilepsy てんかん tenkan
(Epileptic) Seizure (てんかん)発作 (tenkan) hossa
Wheelchair 車いす kuruma-isu
Electric Wheelchair 電動車いす dendō kuruma-isu
Manual Wheelchair 手動車いす shudō kuruma-isu
Cane tsu-e
Attendant 介助者 /
kaijosha /
Accessible バリアフリー baria furii
Accessible Toilet 誰でもトイレ /
dare-demo toire /
tamokuteki toire
Elevator エレベーター erebētā
Ramp スロープ surōpu
Shower chair シャワーチェア /
shawā che-a /
shawā isu
Hand rail 手すり te-suri
Wheelchair space 車いすスペース kuruma-isu supēsu
Guide/Service Dog 補助犬 hojoken
Medicine kusuri


Disability Related

English Japanese Pronunciation
I am disabiled 障がい者です shōgai-sha desu
I have [disability]  [disability] を持っています [disability]  o motte-masu
Can walk a bit  少し歩けます sukoshi arukemasu
Cannot walk at all 全然歩けません zenzen arukemasen


English Japanese Pronunciation
Do you have an accessible room?  バリアフリー部屋がありますか?  baria furii heya ga arimasu ka?
Is there a roll-in shower? バスタブとは別のシャワースペースがありますか?  basu tabu to wa betsu no shawā supe-su ga arimasu ka?
Is there a shower chair?  シャワーチェアがありますか?  shawā che-a ga arimasu ka?
Are there any steps in the room? 部屋には、段差がありますか?  heya ni wa, dansa ga arimasu ka?
Is there a step into the bathroom? トイレの入り口には、段差がありますか?  toire no iri-guchi ni wa, dansa ga arimasu ka?
How wide is the door?  ドアの幅は何センチですか?  do-a no haba wa nan senchi desu ka?
Is there a wheelchair I can borrow?  貸出車いすがありますか?  kashi-dashi kuruma-isu ga arimasu ka?


English Japanese Pronunciation
Which entrance has an elevator?  エレベーターのある入り口はどちらですか?  erebētā no aru iri-guchi wa dochira desu ka?
I want to go to [place]  [Place] に行きたいです  [Place] ni ikitai desu
Can you provide a (portable) ramp for the train please?  スロープをお願いします  surōpu o onegai shimasu

Out and About

English Japanese Pronunciation
Is there an accessible restaurant nearby?  車いすが入れるレストランは、この辺にありますか?  kuruma-isu ga haireru resutoran wa, kono-hen ni arimasu ka?
Is there an accessible entrance?  車いすが入れる入り口がありますか?  kuruma-isu ga haireru iri-guchi ga arimasu ka?
How do I go from [Place A] to [Place B] in a wheelchair?  車いすで、[Place A] から [Place B] までどうやって行きますか?  kuruma-isu de, [Place A] kara [Place B] made dō yatte ikimasu ka?
Can I visit [Place] with a wheelchair?  車いすでも、[Place] に行けますか?  kuruma-isu demo, [Place] ni ikemasu ka?
Can you reach that for me?  あれを取っていただけますか?  a-re o totte itadakemasu ka?
Can you guide me to [Place]?  [Place] まで案内していただけますか?  [Place] made an-nai shi-te itadakemasu ka?
Do you have a fork(/spoon/straw)?  フォーク(/スプーン/ストロー)がありますか?  fōku(/su-pun/sutorō) ga arimasu ka?
Are there any stairs?  階段がありますか?  dansa ga arimasu ka?


English Japanese Pronunciation
It can fold  折りたためます  ori-tatamemasu
It can’t fold 折りたためません  ori-tatamemasen
Hold here ここで持ってください  koko de motte kudasai
It is too heavy to lift 重すぎです  omosugi desu
It is [weight] kg [weight] キロです  [weight] kiro desu
It is a [type] battery [type] バッテリーです  [type] batterii desu
Dry battery ドライバッテリー  dorai batterii
Lithium-ion battery リチウムイオン バッテリー  richi-umu i-on batterii
Wet battery ウェットバッテリー  wetto batterii
Sealed battery シールドバッテリー  shiirudo batterii
Non-sealed battery ノンシールドバッテリー  non shiirudo batterii
Please be careful 気を付けてください  ki o tsukete kudasai

Getting Help

English Japanese Pronunciation
Excuse me すみません  sumimasen
Please help me / give me a hand  手伝ってください  tetsu datte kudasai
I’m fine/OK  大丈夫です  daijōbu desu
Help (emergency)  助けて!  tasukute
Can you please write it down 書いて頂けますか? kaite itadakimasu ka?


English Japanese Pronunciation
Vegetarian 菜食主義 saishoku shugi
Gluten グルテン guruten
Milk 牛乳 gyūnyū
Dairy 乳製品 nyūseihin
Peanut 落花生 rakka-sei
Soy 大豆 dai-zu
Nuts ナッツ nattsu
Eggs tamago
Does this contain [food] [food] が入っていますか? [food] ga haite masu ka?
I have a [food] allergy. [food] アレルギーを持っています [food] arerugii o motte mas
Can you make this without [food]? [food] なしで作っていただけますか? [food] nashi de tsukutte itadakemasu ka?