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  • #5461
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    Brendank
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    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

    Thanks

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  • #5462
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    Accessible Japan
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    Hello,

    Here is the “official” information on mobility scooters in Japan:
    https://www.accessible-japan.com/mobility-scooters-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

  • #5465
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    Brendank
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    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 

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  • #5466
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    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…

    https://www.ktv.jp/runner/backnumber/20180109-2.html

    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. :(

  • #5467
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    Brendank
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    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?

    Thanks.

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  • #5468
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    Accessible Japan
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    Hi,

    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:

    https://www.accessible-japan.com/renting-wheelchairs-hoists-japan/

  • #5469
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    Brendank
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    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.

    Thanks

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    Brendank
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  • #5471
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    Accessible Japan
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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.)

  • #5472
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    Brendank
    Participant

    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.

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  • #5473
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    Accessible Japan
    Keymaster

    I think JR…

    there is a link on the scooter page, I suggest emailing them as the first step. 

  • #5474
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    Brendank
    Participant

    Thanks for all your help. I’ll contact you again.

  • #5475
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    Brendank
    Participant

    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.


    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F303172368176

  • #5476
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    Brendank
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    If the eBay link doesn’t open perhaps this one might. I’d appreciate your advice.


    http://www.eclipsemedical.com/SHOPRIDER/power-chairs/shoprider-P424M.html

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  • #5479
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    Accessible Japan
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    That wheelchair should be fine for trains/buses in Japan :)

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