- June 25, 2019 at 4:52 am #5461
hi all. Traveling to Yokohama for world cup in November. I usually use a small mobility scooter but I’ve been told that scooters are not very popular in Japan. Can anyone please advise me
- 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.
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- June 25, 2019 at 9:06 pm #5469
This is the type of scooter I use. As you can see, it is only a fraction of the size of the one in your reply.
- 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
Good. I’ll find out but in any case I can print out the specifications and submit them. Who do I need to submit them to?
Thank you for all the time and trouble you are taking; I really do greatly appreciate it.
- 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 :)
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