Reply To: Miyako Public Transportation Accessibility

  • Josh Grisdale

    Moderator
    February 13, 2024 at 12:24 pm

    Hello,

    I’m not sure where the port is exactly, but Miyako station is accessible (though it seems to require a stair lift to get between platforms – https://www.ecomo-rakuraku.jp/en/station/Miyako/). If you use the station, you should give yourself extra time since they can be slow and if you need to go to another platform, you would need to go up, and then down.

    As for the buses, as Heather mentioned, accessible buses are not the norm in small cities. (They are required to only buy accessible buses now, but not required to replace the entire fleet so the transition takes a number of years.)

    I called the bus company and the buses running from Miyako Station to Jodogahama are in principle accessible “non-step” buses but the operator warned that depending on maintenance etc they do run non-accessible buses on the route as well so she suggested calling the bus line to confirm before going.*

    But the biggest issue is the one @cpnheather mentioned re: actually getting to the port from the boat. I’d be sure to confirm that first!

    There are taxis to be hired I’m sure, though they will likely need someone who speaks Japanese to reserve them. Let me know if you want me to search for a few options (though, I can’t reserve them for you.)

    (*Note: I just asked about the one bus route. Since it is between the biggest station and a tourist attraction, it likely has a higher percentage of accessible buses than other routes. So, you can’t assume all buses in the city are like that.)

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