If/when I ever do make it to Japan, I’ll want to try a hot spring resort. In America, we have them, but they are very rare and they’re never hot enough to actually make a difference. I have a lot of spasticity, so I’m sure the heat could really help relax my muscles. However, it would be a logistical challenge. I was wondering if you guys have had any recommendations for me.
Here are the accommodations that would make it easier for me
- Grab bars/something to hold on to while I stand in the changing rooms. I’ve gotten creative with things before, I can do sinks, countertops, anything that gives me some bracing.
- Accessible shower areas. I know that in at Onsen you’re supposed to shower before entering the bath, but this would be a huge challenge. I wouldn’t be able to transfer out of my chair to a bench or something, as I cannot stay upright without my chair.
- Accessible bathroom. So long as I can get a chair in an area with a toilet, I’m good.
- Wheelchair access up to the baths. I know a lot of these places allow you to take a chair up to the changing rooms, but many either don’t allow chairs in the baths or have steps/barriers that lead to the baths.
- Hoist/Chairlift. In America, all public pools at hotels and resorts must have chair lifts that can lower guests into the water. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a link. I’ve never even heard of these existing in Japan, but if they do, that would make my life much easier
- Something to hold onto in the water. Because I have issues with balance, that would help me feel more secure
Also, If I’m doing the whole ryokan experience with dinner and an overnight stay, I’d need:
- A raised western-style bed.
- Raided tables
Obviously, I know all of those things in one place is very unrealistic, but I’d like to find the closest thing to what I need. Obviously, when you have a disability, you can adapt to many different situations, but the easier, the better .:)
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