Reply To: Trip to Japan in March

  • Joan Pahisa

    January 13, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Wendy!

    Takayama is one of the best towns to visit on a wheelchair. Here are my Instagram posts on the trip that I did there.

    As Josh said, there’s no problem to access Takayama by train. I went there from Nagoya.

    As for hotels, I stayed at the Country Hotel Takayama, I can’t remember if they had a room with a wheelchair accessible toilet. I can stand up, so as long as the hotel is step free I can manage. The hotel was accessible through a side entrance at ground level where you took an elevator to the lobby floor.

    I’ve seen that there’s also a Best Western Hotel near the station, so it may be a better option. I don’t know if they have wheelchair accessible rooms. You should contact them beforehand.

    While in Takayama, don’t miss Takayama Jinya. From the outside it seems that it’s not wheelchair accessible, but if you ask at the ticket place they deploy a slope (a pretty steep one, though) for you to access. It’s one of the only tatami-floor building that I’ve been able to access with the wheelchair.

    As for Shirakawago, here are my couple Instagram post on it.

    The buses that I took from Kanazawa to Shirakawago and from Shirakawago to Takayama were not wheelchair accessible. I don’t know if there are any accessible buses from Takayama. Hopefully Josh will get the answer. I’d suggest an accessible taxi, although it might be really expensive. I did a fast search from Takayama Jinya to Shirakawago and the price is around 16000 yen (one-way).

    Once in Shirakawago you can stroll around without problems as there are no sidewalks (only from the bus station to the main street). The thing is that I couldn’t find any wheelchair accessible houses to enter. The town, though, is really beautiful just from the outside. I really enjoyed my time there just wheeling around. There’s an accessible toilet at the bus station and, to eat, there’s a wheelchair accessible noodle restaurant on the main street.

    I went there in May. I wonder if there may be snow during March. In all, I spent there around 3 hours. In Takayama I stayed a night.

    Anyway, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask : ) I’m sure that you’ll really enjoy your trip to Japan!


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