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Japan: Accessible Travel Guide Overview

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I spent most of my time in Tokyo, which is broken up into over a dozen distinct areas and is densely populated. For five full days and four nights I was also in Kyoto, plus one day spent in Nara. I wanted to go to Osaka but ran out of time. There is still much of Japan that I wish to see. I noticed a few distinct accessibility differences between Japan and the USA. For one, Japan is the originator of using tactile paving (truncated domes) on sidewalks and train stations to help the blind navigate. Often, these truncated domes...

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Visit Accessible Attractions in Japan

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When traveling to a different country most people will plan each day where multiple attractions can be seen, which is easy in Japan because most of the time a few attractions are clustered together. Attractions can be just a station or two away or within rolling distance from each other. With so much to see along the way, time management becomes vital. Regardless, it’s good planning to pick up a map of the area you are visiting at the train station you get off at to help you navigate and use when asking for directions. On the sidewalks near train...

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Wheelchair Accessible Transportation in Japan

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Train travel is the most popular way to get around Japan and for a tourist using a wheelchair it is vital. Train stations are resources for information, food, water, public restrooms, navigation and even shopping for pretty much anything. Every station has maps displayed to what lines are available and what area is covered as well as information booths that have maps you can take in English or whatever language you prefer showing the train routes and tourist attractions in the area. There is usually at least one person working that knows a little English if you have more...

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Japan Journey: What an Adventure!

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It was hot and humid. Beads of sweat were rapidly racing down my back and face. The sound of semi (cicada) bugs filled the air like tiny violins playing the same note. It was around four o’clock and I had been wheeling around all day. Where were these Ukai Cormorant Fishermen that I was looking for? My body urged me to take cover from the sun’s intense summer rays. I decided to take refuge at a small food stand stationed on the banks of the Oi River in the Arashiyama District of Kyoto. An unhinged plank of wood lay...

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Accessibility at Mitsui Garden Hotel in Kyoto, Japan

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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo is a mid-ranged price hotel on a small side street. The Kyoto subway is not located far from this hotel as well as a number of attractions, including the popular Nishiki Market. The automatic doors open up to the lobby’s smooth marble floor. The décor was modern and simple. The check-in desk did not have a lowered section but wasn’t the full height of a standing counter so it was manageable. The lobby floor also has a small café where you can get a continental breakfast. On the second floor is the Otowa restaurant which...

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Hearton Hotel in Kyoto, Japan

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Hearton Hotel is a mid-priced hotel in Kyoto is on a small side street in a very central location, surrounded by many attractions and the train station within rolling distance. Right outside of the entrance is a handicapped parking spot and once thru the automatic doors the check-in counter is on the left. The Hearton Hotel had no lowered check-in space for wheelchair users. Only one or two employees at the hotel could speak English but this was very limited at best. To the right of the check-in counter is a café that offers western-style entrées for breakfast and...

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Tyoko Inn in Kawasaki, Japan

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Tyoko Inn is a budget business hotel located all over Japan and in some cities multiple can be found.  I would definitely stay at a Tyoko Inn again. In Kawasaki, the Tyoko Inn was a little over a block away from the train station in a popular area for shopping and dining. Kawasaki is just over a bridge from Tokyo. Only one entrance into the hotel exists and has automatic doors that on occasion need to be opened with a push of a button. A handicapped parking spot is just outside this door. The check-in counter had a lowered...

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Keio Plaza in Tokyo, Japan

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The Keio Plaza Hotel is located in Tokyo region of Shinjuku near the train station. The lobby is impressive with marble floors and a large chandelier but was disappointed to find no lowered counter at the check-in counter. A little English is spoken at this hotel which made it easier to check-in. Right around the corner from the check-in counter are the elevators and a wheelchair accessible restroom. A number of restaurants are found on the lobby floor including one serving Italian and another traditional Japanese cuisine. There’s even an American café, coffee shop and a bakery to get morning...

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