June 25, 2019 at 4:52 am #5461
June 25, 2019 at 12:28 pm #5462
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
June 25, 2019 at 8:11 pm #5465
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
June 25, 2019 at 8:25 pm #5466
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:
- help bring about the change, but possibly have a lousy time
- bite the bullet and come in a power wheelchair
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. :(
June 25, 2019 at 8:43 pm #5467
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?
June 25, 2019 at 8:47 pm #5468
we can hook you up with a company or two that can rent a power wheelchair to you. They can tell you their prices.
Send us an email via:
June 25, 2019 at 9:06 pm #5469
June 25, 2019 at 9:07 pm #5470
June 25, 2019 at 10:22 pm #5471
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.)
June 25, 2019 at 11:11 pm #5472
June 25, 2019 at 11:18 pm #5473
I think JR…
there is a link on the scooter page, I suggest emailing them as the first step.
June 26, 2019 at 12:08 am #5474
Thanks for all your help. I’ll contact you again.
June 26, 2019 at 12:53 am #5475
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.
June 26, 2019 at 1:08 am #5476
If the eBay link doesn’t open perhaps this one might. I’d appreciate your advice.
June 26, 2019 at 11:58 am #5479
That wheelchair should be fine for trains/buses in Japan :)
October 30, 2019 at 12:35 am #6023
Thanks for all your good advice. I have a big favour to ask. I need you to check something for me if you have the time. I have 2 spare wheelchair tickets for the final. A person in Japan wants them but I want to be certain he’s not going to sell them for profit. I will send you pictures of the correspondence between us. If possible could you check from his facebook account is the gentleman in Osaka is going to the final and if so how much he has been asked to pay for his tickets because I’m giving them for face value. I’ll send pictures desperately.
October 30, 2019 at 12:43 am #6024
October 30, 2019 at 9:55 am #6025
I’m not sure this is something we can verify or make a judgement on. It should be noted that he will need to be disabled to be in the disabled seats and if he resold them to non-disabled spectators they likely couldn’t get in…
If you are interested, I could put you in touch with a disability group that would help you find people here in Tokyo who are disabled.
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November 8, 2019 at 11:39 pm #6053
Thank you so much for all your help. I had a fantastic trip that went without a hitch. Japan is an amazing country and everyone I met was so helpful and friendly. The trip of a lifetime. Thanks to everyone that made it possible.
November 9, 2019 at 12:42 pm #6055
That is so great to hear!
Please share any accessibility information you found in the forum, or add reviews to the places listed on the website – it will help people make their travel plans :)
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