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Travelling to Japan with wheelchair

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 » Travel & Mobility
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Enrico2
Topic creator
Posts: 68
Hi, one of my friends wants to travel to Japan with wheelchair. Has anybody experience?
He is from Germany.
Thank you, Enrico
Written on: 24/01/2011 [16:22]
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nathan
Posts: 55
HI enrico

According to a working collegue who travels once a year to japan it's difficult for wheelchair users.

Disability is not quite accepted in japan. additionally, the rooms are gernerally a lot smaller then in europe, e.g hotel rooms.
If you go, i advise you to plan very carfully in advance. if you want, i cant give you the email address of my collegue.

Greetings
Written on: 25/01/2011 [13:36]
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Cho
Posts: 45
Hi

you could use the search function to find japanese wheelchair users on myhandicap. im sure they can give you valuable inside information.

I think nathan might be right with his concerns. I read some (french) boards and there they all say that public transport for wheelchairs is almost impossible and also that the elevators and rooms are only suitable for smaller wheelchairs (no way that electric wheelchairs would get inside anywhere). Most tourist attractions arent accessible either as they are mostly old, so from time when wheelchairs only existed in the dreams of paralysed people icon_wink.gif

Disability is still a taboo in japan. I know from a deaf japanese girl. her family hides her in a deaf school and never mention her to anyone. if they have visitors and she is at home she has to hide in her room or play "im too shy to say anything or answer questions" game. very sad... And thats only for a invisible disability. Imagine what it would be like if she was in wheelchair!!

Well, i only know this girl. Maybe her family is a total exception.

greetings
Written on: 25/01/2011 [16:10]
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