By Toshiko Kudo
For the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games, the accessibility of public transport in Japan is improving. An airport bus..
By Andy Barrow
My name is Andy Barrow and I’m an international speaker who also happens to be a full-time wheelchair user. I’ve spent..
By Suzanne Kamata
I first learned of Okunoshima from a Canadian friend’s Facebook post. She’d shared photos of herself surrounded by..
By Kim Almas
In October 2017, our family took an 8-day/5 port Diamond Princess cruise around Japan. My husband is partially disabled, so..
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One goal of Accessible Japan is to introduce prominent Japanese people with disabilities to the rest of the world. We recently had the..
Yuriko Oda (織田友理子) has GNE Myopathy/HIBM/DMRV and is the president of the ‘Patients Association for Distal Myopathies’ (PADM) and a..
Traveling in Japan over New Years can be exciting… and horrible. The New Years holiday in Japan is similar to Christmas in the West – a..
Traditionally Japanese castles are made of wood, which made them vulnerable to fires and other natural disasters. As such, the many..
If you are visiting Tokyo, Asakusa and Sensoji Temple are likely on your itenerary. When you visit you will see many visitors enjoying..
by Suzanne Kamata
Naoki Higashida became an international literary sensation when his first book, The Reason I Jump, was translated into..
Last year, Satoshi Uematsu broke into his former workplace – a care facility for people with severe disabilities – and proceeded to..
A forum? …in 2017?!?
We are starting a community forum for Accessible Japan for a few reasons:
First of all, Accessible Japan..
Experiencing authentic traditional Japanese cuisine is something everyone will want to do when visiting Japan. Every cramped street and..
Experiencing authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine is reason enough to travel all the way to Japan. For those interested in..
The Hakone Round Course is a popular day trip from Tokyo that allows travelers to enjoy Lake Ashi, lush forest mountains, and a fantastic..
While mobility scooters have been gaining popularity around the world as an alternative to traditional wheelchairs, Japan has been slow..
By Fiona T
This post is long overdue since I was in Japan last summer.
This is not my first time in Japan, but definitely my..
While Japan does have rough guidelines for accessible hotel rooms, they are nowhere near as strict as the United States or Europe...
Though Tokyo is known for its bustling streets and crowded trains, there are a number of traditional Japanese gardens in between the..
Review by Sally Keys
Dogs are much more than pets to many people. They become like children, real family members. Studies show that a..
Mari Katayama “bystander #016” (2016), Self-Portrait
Mari Katayama is a Japanese artist from central Japan. She has loved sewing and..
The genkan is a traditional entrance way into Japanese homes (and some businesses) and serves as an area to remove one’s shoes before..
When visiting Japan in the spring, no one wants to miss the cherry blossoms. Japan has turned cherry blossom viewing, or hanami, into..
By Cristina Hartmann
My two-and-half weeks in Japan as someone with both vision and hearing impairments left me amazed—in a good way. My..