- Search Results
Hi there, I will be custom designing and building a 1 story home in 2020/2021.
I am looking for hallway, doorways, bath, bathroom, toilet and kitchen measurements for wheelchair accessibility.
Any help or leads Greatly appreciated!
1 user thanked author for this post.
Josh, thank you for creating this great resource.
I am a Canadian and I am interested in living/working in Japan. I have a young child and wife who is disabled.
My wife has a form of muscular dystrophy. As a result, she has to use a power wheelchair and has limited mobility. Therefore, I have a few questions:
– If I was working in Japan full time, would my wife be able to have a caretaker / personal support worker help her? If yes, how much would it cost to employ a caretaker?
– If my wife were to get sick, would she entitled to hospital care or would there be fees associated with hospital visits? If yes, could you provide an estimate of how much staying in a hospital would cost?
– If I obtained a job, for example, as an English Teacher, would my child and wife automatically qualify for a visa as well?
I am not bound to a wheelchair but with MS and other medical complications, I would like to have the use of a wheelchair while at the station to use from entry into the station until I board the train. Are there any options for temporary use of a wheelchair?
My partner and I have hidden disabilities, we are ambulant and don’t use wheelchairs. I suffer from chronic pain in my spine which makes walking and queuing extremely painful after more than a few minutes. My partner has Ataxia, a rare condition which affects balance, coordination and fine motor skills which causes him extreme difficulty with stairs and uneven surfaces under foot. Often his condition is mistaken for being drunk due to his unsteady gait. We live in Scotland, UK, and neither of us has any official disability ID. I have a few questions I hope someone could help with please?
1. What would happen if a Japanese official, or other worker, suspects my partner is drunk? Given the language barrier how do we make it known he has a disability?
2. Does Japan have a symbol you can wear that discretely indicates to people you have a hidden disability? For example, here in the UK we have a sunflower lanyard we can wear around our neck. These are becoming more widely recognised and it helps convey to staff the need for assistance without having to explain the disability repeatedly.
3. As we can both walk, albeit for a very short distance only, how can we explain we have hidden disabilities while using public transport or attending a tourist attraction etc in order that we may be provided with a seat for waiting? Is it worth bringing a fold up chair of some sort and carrying it around to different sites? Would we even be allowed in with such an item?
4. With regards to the main tourist attractions, are there plenty of places to sit and rest, say in the grounds surrounding castles and temples, or in museums? The research I’ve done so far doesn’t seem to show much in the way of seating but that may be due to aesthetics so I wanted to check.
5. Are there any day trip operators in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka that are hidden disability friendly? We want to take advantage of day trips but are worried that a lot of walking may be involved at the destination but that we won’t be able to convey the problem without a wheelchair.
6. Does anyone have any general advice with regards to visiting Japan with hidden/mobility disabilities?
Many thanks for your help, any and all advice greatly received.
Topic: Arima Onsen
Arima Onsen is said to be Japan’s oldest hot spring (also known as onsen) towns with over 1000 years of history, and it’s located in the heart of Hyogo prefecture. This place is known as one of Japan’s top three hot spring resorts. Although the main attractions are the onsens, the tiny town of Arima is a lovely place to explore, shop, and visit some temples if one shies away from going to an onsen. Any season is wonderful to see, but cherry blossom season (sakura) is a specially wonderful time of the year to see cherry blossoms, take scenic photos, and explore the beauty of old town.
The best way (inexpensive and taking time into consideration) to get to Arima is by taking a highway bus from Kyoto, Osaka, or Sannomiya, or even from Universal Studios Japan. See this link for the time table and the costs from each location: https://matcha-jp.com/en/4072. Please call in advance to check if the highway bus is accessible, and able to support your needs. If not, it is also possible to take train(s) (but it will be slightly more expensive, and take longer to get there). If the bus is empty the day and time you will be departing, you may get a ticket right then, but sometimes, the bus is full, so it’s best to reserve a week in advance (with a discount included!).
The location, although worth seeing at least once in one’s lifetime isn’t too wheelchair-friendly. If you are lucky, there might not be too many people, but the paths are narrow and crooked, and difficult to get through. Secondly, in order to go to a few temples or famous scenic spots, one must climb a flight of stairs, and probably no alternative is available. There is a park that one can get to that doesn’t require stairs, but a upward slope is a difficult one, but doable with some help.
One of the wonders of Arima Onsen is the wonder of the Golden springs. They are known for their reddish-brown hue, and are super beneficial for health and relieving pain. The water is known to help improve hypersensitivity to cold, as well as muscle and joint aches, and due to the high concentration of salt, helps the body retain heat, and is considered to be good for burns, cuts and skin problems. The water is clear, however due to its high iron content, when in contact with air, it oxidizes and changes color. It is very relaxing, and especially during the cold seasons in Japan, very soothing.
Several of shops are souvenir shops, and the ones that advertise their specialized, local cookies offer free samples in various delicious flavors, such as plain, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, green tea, and so forth. They are more like rice crackers than cookies, but they are simply amazing, and a great souvenir to buy, or try some free samples of!
Another sweet dessert that is offered (with the Arima rice crackers included — in bits or whole) is the homemade gelato from an ice-cream store. The unique aspect of this shop is that the milk used for the gelato is from the Mount Rokko dairy farm.
Being very compact, it is easily to explore the place thoroughly in a few hours — and maybe even go to an onsen or two! It is quite possible to go to Arima Onsen and then take a trip to Mt. Rokko on the same day.
Viewing 15 results - 1 through 15 (of 213 total)
Viewing 15 results - 1 through 15 (of 213 total)