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Here is the “official” information on mobility scooters in Japan:
However, it seems that everyone has different experiences depending on the train line, station, and even staff. Sometimes it is not an issue, sometimes it is (being told you cannot use the train, made to transfer to a wheelchair etc.)
So, while you can get around most of the time, you may face some times where you cannot use it…
Sorry to not be of much help
Thanks for your reply . I’ve been told that a motorized wheelchair is more acceptable than a mobility scooter. Can you confirm if this is so. Also, as my time in Japan will be limited(arrive @ 20.00 on 31 Oct, leave 08.30 on Nov 06) I will only be visiting the area around Yokohama so, can I avoid the rail companies that don’t accept scooters altogether. Finally: what about travel by local busses? Do they accept scooters?
Many thanks for your time
I use a power wheelchair and have no issues.
Not likely as JR is the biggest offender in terms of scooters and you will need them to at least get to Yokohama, and then they have a few lines there as well.
This is in Japanese, and you likely have a different scooter than pictured, but according to this news outlet’s report, only 5 of Japan’s 21 large bus companies would allow a scooter…
I think Japan is getting better at accepting scooters, but is a far way from being fully OK. I guess your options are:
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. :(
Thanks a million. I have an opportunity to buy a powered wheelchair at a reasonable price so I’ll definitely go for that option.
Is it possible to rent or hire a power wheelchair on arrival and what would be the approximate cost for 5 days?
we can hook you up with a company or two that can rent a power wheelchair to you. They can tell you their prices.
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I assumed as much.
Are you going through a travel agent? If so, they may be able to help you get a certification sticker. (Saying it is a certain size and has a certain turning radius.)
I think JR…
there is a link on the scooter page, I suggest emailing them as the first step.
Thanks for all your help. I’ll contact you again.
This is the type of motorized wheelchair I’ll be taking. Hopefully there will be no problem. I’ll send the specification in a separate mail.
If the eBay link doesn’t open perhaps this one might. I’d appreciate your advice.
That wheelchair should be fine for trains/buses in Japan :)
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