I am quite interested in taking a long vaction to Japan mainly Tokyo and maybe a trip to Akihabara. I can speak, read, and write a...

...little Japanese. I am in a wheel chair. Are there any places in Tokyo that would be accessable? I am mainly talking about hotels, resturants, bathrooms, stores, etc. Also has anyone had expirence with disabled travelers?


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Most of the main train stations and department stores have special lifts and toilets for wheel chairs. If you ask the train station attendants they will even help you getting on and off the trains. Akihabara is very busy and will be hard getting around all the smaller shops. If you go to LAOX (larger shops) you will have no problems. Hope others will give you more detail. Good luck!
Hello My friend,
I am sorry but I cannot be of help to you, as I live in Osaka Prefecture, Kansai. But, as others have said, most places are wheelchair friendly. If you do plan to visit this area, please don't hesitate to touch-base with me, and I will be of more help to you. Enjoy your visit to Japan.
There are several hotels where wheel chair friendly. You can ask train masters for assistance, they will be able to help you. Although I suggest you not to get on the trains during rush hours (in the morning until 9am, in the evening around 5-7pm). Too many people and hard to get on trains.

Many department stores have wheel chair accessable bathrooms and such. If you give me the specific areas you want to visit, I can find the wheel chair accessable places for you. I have experiences traveling with special needs, but I live in Nagoya so it will be a bit difficult to assist you. I can find some helpers maybe in Tokyo area.

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Good luck!
When are you planning to visit Japan? I may take you to Akihabara and somewhere in Tokyo. I have no experience with disabled travelaers, but I can get information for the nice way to do some sightseeing for a person in a wheel chair.
As Tokyo is a candidate city for the 2016 Olympic Games the access for the physically challenged is better than most cities, as mentioned most JR Japan railway stations have elevators or escalators that can accommodate you, there are many kneeling buses also in the city.

As mentioned earlier by other guides, larger stores are no problem but some smaller stores are quite tight. in addition traveling between 7:30am to 9:30 or from 5:30 to 7:30 will pose another challenge.

The train has spaces for wheelchairs and the staff is very accommodating. good luck and enjoy your trip. Tokyo is a beautiful city.

Dear Guest,

I was vaguely aware of your question.

Unfortunately it is very hard to accessability of Japanese facilities in fact.

Several hotels have for disable person's accommodation.
However it depend upon your budget.

For example, mostly cheap hotel's have no handle on bathroom. In addition, floor is not flat, too. Because hotels don't want to dig into floor for piping and drain space, so they make piping space by step floor in the room.

If you tell me these proposal, I organize to find out your fit.
1.Where do you want to stay in the Tokyo city part?
2.Accessability bathroom
3.Room facilities and space
4.Do you need Loading zone and/or parking lot at the hotels?
5.Your Budget

You don't worry about shopping. You can easy access to almost shop.
But I don't recommend Akihabara electric city shopping center. There are no negotiation any more.
If you want to see, it is OK.
But if you want to buy same thing cheaper, I introduce to adequate shops.

Tell me your detail planning, I will be your helpful assistance.

Good luck,

There's a lot more information around than there used to be, and facilities are improving (I'm saying this from the perspective of someone who has never actually tried it in a wheelchair). If you can handle the Japanese, there's a lot of information at
If you need a specific place, try googling バリアフリー (barrier free in katakana) and the place name.
This link has a lot of information in English, but the Japanese sources are likely to be more complete.
Good luck

The southwest quarter of Tokyo tends to be the newer architecture, and a larger number of foreigner, so I think that area will be more accessible. Akihabara will indeed be a toughie, and I suspect the store staff will not be terribly accommodating.
I'm not a specialist of this question, but i know that Tokyo is probably one of the most suitable city for people using wheel chairs... Japanese people, and urban amenagement take a lot of care about this question, and main big store and metro stations have lift and special equipments. You can also take a look on this link concerning wheel chair hotels commodities :

Have a nice trip.

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