Reply To: Is it acceptable to use folding stool in japan

  • schroth-sensei

    May 7, 2023 at 9:46 am

    Hello Rednaxela,

    Depending on what you want to do, queues could be an issue. However, if you steer clear of peak/rush hours you may not have many lines at all to deal with. I avoided these times myself and I didn’t have to wait long in any place I visited in Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, and a few other cities.

    As for using a folding chair in long lines, you may get some looks but I don’t think it will be rude unless you block foot traffic for others trying to go around or something (if you’re using a walker with a seat, then you probably wouldn’t get a second look beyond curious onlookers). Finding a place to rest will also depend on the individual location, but because of Japan’s aging population it becoming more popular to have resting area throughout many places. Also, on (check it out if you haven’t already), the Accessibility section of many of the attractions reviewed often note if there are resting areas available, great for some pre-planning! Generally speaking, I think you’ll find a seat when you need one. 🙂

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask and we’ll try to get you an answer!

    Hope that helps,


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