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I’m planning on doing a working holiday in Japan and right now I’m worried about looking at accommodation. I have a friend that went to a real estate agent to ask for barrier free flats for someone in a wheelchair and what they had on offer was just a normal flat without stairs or steps. They werent modified for accessibility. Looking at the bathroom and toilet, it looked difficult or impossible to use for someone using a wheelchair.
What are some tips on looking for accommodation?
There is a lot more than there used to be (most realtor sites now have a “barrier free” section), but I think most places are intended for buying and renovating, not short-term.
I’d be happy to help, but I’d need to know the general city/area and what your needs are (ie can you transfer without support or a hoist etc.).
If you have an employer set up, they often will have a person assist you in getting settled (including finding housing).
Another option is to get in touch with independent living centers (for people with disabilities) as they will know where their users live.
Hi, I was looking in Gunma, Maebashi/Takasaki area. Yeh I’ve looked at barrier free places and they just showed places without steps but the bathroom and toilet were just the standard in Japanese homes.
I use a wheelchair and can transfer without a hoist but I will need a commode for showering and to use the toilet.
You mentioned independent living centres, I’m not sure what you mean by this. Is there such a centre in Gunma.
I have a close friend that is able to do some research for me before I make the move but like i said, they haven’t been able to find anything. We were hoping for other groups to contact besides real estate agents since they were not that knowledgeable about housing wheelchair users.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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