Talking about Accessible Wa-Shoku

By Justin Schroth

The Japanese Tourism Agency (part of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) recently produced a video to promote awareness of accessibility at restaurants in Japan. In the video Josh Grisdale who runs Accessible Japan, sits with Patrick Anderson, noted as being the world’s best wheelchair basketball player having won 3-gold & 1-silver medals at the Paralympics, and Yuriko Oda, who is an advocate for those living with disabilities and has developed an accessible information app called “WheeLog!” Each of them discusses various aspects of Japans food, culture, and accessibility considering the upcoming Olympics and Paralympic Games.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is currently offering financial aide to restaurants to improve accessibility.

Check out the video here:

Published in Travel


  1. A great video. I visited Japan as an able bodied person and have often wondered what it would be like to visit there with my husband who is paraplegic. I particularity loved Kyoto and travelling on the bullet train. unfortunately, I didn’t really pay attention to disability and so your website will be a fantastic source of information. I’m off there now. I am sure that your website will be essential for travellers with disabilities hoping to come to the Olympics next year? Thank you.

    1. Yes, just less than a year until the Tokyo 2020(+1) Paralymics. Even if it cannot be held as normal, hopefully they will be able to at least do *something*.
      Either way, the games have certainly helped to bring accessibility and disability to the minds of many who haven’t thought about it!
      Hope to welcome you someday!

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