My husband and I will be visiting a close friend in Kumamoto in early May. He is in a wheelchair and unable to assist with transfer. He lives in a facility and says that there is no one who can help him to go outside, and no accessible van available for transportation. We will be visiting him for a couple of days and would very much like to be able to take him on an outing or two. Would anyone happen to know what arrangements we could make in Kumamoto to accomplish this? He lives near Kita, a little north of Kumamoto. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.
1) Just to confirm, we are talking about Kita-ku just north of Kumamoto, correct? Do you know the nearest train station?
Kita Kumamoto: https://goo.gl/maps/wVDGCar9QRT2
2) What type of wheelchair does your friend use?
In Japan there are various sizes of wheelchair vans. The large ones that can handle power wheelchairs are rarer, but ones that can take a manual wheelchair are much more common.
How about this taxi company: http://www.ace-fukushi-taxi.com/index.html
They are located in Kita and have an email inquiry form, so they should be easy to contact. They charge depending on the type of trip (ie either by distance, or time etc), but you can rent out a block of time at 2,000 / 30-minutes.