- October 26, 2019 at 1:54 am #6001
Whenever I go to Europe, I typically get pulled out of lines/queues by staff when they see my wheelchair. Is this the case at Japanese attractions?
- October 26, 2019 at 10:32 am #6003
Being in a wheelchair myself, I usually I try to avoid lines and/or busy times to bypass waiting all together, it may be because of this that I rarely have had to wait in any lines to the various places I went. The only real exception for waiting a long time I had was at a Sushi Restaurant, but it was an high end all-you-can-eat place with limited seating and no reservations (so we expected to wait).
However, there are some places that will help you bypass lines in certain circumstances. Museums often let a person in a wheelchair PLUS one additional person (i.e. caregiver) in for free, meaning you both don’t wait in the ticket line at all and just go in. I’ve done this at the Tokyo Museum in Ueno on two occasions, and if you like museums then I highly recommend seeing it (there is a lot to enjoy as it spans multiple buildings). I also bypassed the regular security entry line at the airport when I left Japan, although they are usually very attentive but if someone doesn’t see you there then definitely ask for assistance on where to go (I actually would of missed my flight one time if I didn’t get to bypass the regular security line). I also had to use a side entrance to a couple temples I visited because it was the only wheelchair accessible way in (one in Asakusa and another in Nara), it didn’t exactly bypass a line because it wasn’t too busy, but it could during peak hours. I’m certain that you may find other instances where bypassing lines may occur, generally I’ve felt welcomed and found staff members very pleasant and willing to help me without request to do so.
Also, while not exactly bypassing a line but definitely pulling you to the side for assistance, train/metro/subway stations are typically wonderful for people in wheelchairs. All my experiences were a breeze when using trains, and I was expecting to get lost in the stations while planning my first trip to Japan. However, the station attendants will literally take you to & from your stop. For more details, if you haven’t already check out the Transportation Trains Accessibility section here: https://www.accessible-japan.com/wheelchair-accessible-trains-and-subways-in-japan/
I hope that helps,
- October 26, 2019 at 10:36 am #6004
It does happen, but not guaranteed. Really depends on the place, staff on duty, etc.
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