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..
By Frank Mondelli
Garbled voices over loudspeakers, screens that don’t show last-minute schedule changes, crowded environments where it’s..
By Justin Schroth
If you find yourself wandering just east of Osaka, you may find yourself in Nara, one of many cities surrounded by..
By Mark Bookman
As a wheelchair user, I try my best to anticipate barriers to accessibility before traveling abroad. In practical terms,..
By Alexa Fukuoka
When you decide to move abroad, it will obviously require you to make some adjustments. Dealing with a new culture, new..
(And other complex situations I’ve found while being visually impaired in Japan)
By Alexa Fukuoka
When I was in my early 20’s, I learned..
The boom in information brought about by the advent of the internet has been enabling for people with disabilities and other special..
By Nicky Durston
I‘m Nicky and I’m married to David, we live in the beautiful Cotswolds in the heart of the UK. The main purpose for our..
By Joan Pahisa
I’m Joan and a few months ago I decided to move to Osaka to study Japanese. I had been working really hard on..
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 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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Wheelchair users, persons with visual or hearing..
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..
If you are visiting Tokyo, Asakusa and Sensoji Temple are likely on your itenerary. When you visit you will see many visitors enjoying..
By Savan Gandecha
My name is Savan and I am a British Asian Autistic YouTuber who loves creating content, photography, blogging and video..
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..
When you traveling with a power wheelchair, charging batteries properly can make or break a vacation. No one wants to travel halfway..
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..
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..
In the past 10 years, Japan has moved at a tremendous pace to install elevators at subway and train stations for the disabled and the..
Having an identification card for persons with disabilities can be a prickly topic. Is it discrimination? Is it security to protect..
We love helping people enjoy Japan. We also love it when people write back to share their experiences with others, so they too can..
When most people think of Japan, they most likely don’t think of Christmas. But Japan loves events, and Christmas has been added to the..
The internet can be a fantastic place to build community. It can also be a horrible place, filled with trolls. Veterans of Reddit and..
Your smartphone can be your greatest ally when visiting Japan. Being able to access apps like Google Maps or reading Accessible Japan..
The Japanese braille system is based on the original braille script and is known as “tenji” (literally, “dot characters”) in Japanese. As..
This guest post, including pictures, comes to us from Ariana Fernandez. Ariana is deaf and uses hearing aides.
I had a car crash when I..
This guest post, including picture and video, comes to us from Sophie Li. Sophie is deaf and uses cochlear implants. You can follow..
When traveling in another country (or even your own!), what to do when the call of nature strikes is an issue whether you are disabled or..
Traveling to another country with a guide dog can be a challenge. In addition to the quarantine guidelines, due to the laws regarding..