Disability in temples and onsen

  • Disability in temples and onsen

    Posted by Brunosantin on January 22, 2023 at 9:20 pm

    Hello everyone!I will be in Japan in March, I have an important question and perhaps you can help me, I have a physical disability, a 14 cm shortening of the tibia and fibula in my left leg and I use a lift to walk and I wonder if I can enter the temples with my lift, there is not a problem if I walk for a short time without it, but if I do it during a long visit, my hip hurts. My mother could knit me a kind of bootee to put on when I come in. I have the same doubt regarding the onsen.

    I need to put the riser on as soon as I get out of bed

    Brunosantin replied 1 year, 4 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Joan Pahisa

    January 22, 2023 at 11:48 pm

    Hi Bruno,

    When I was there in 2018, I remember entering temples using crutches. There were even some accessible temples that I could enter with my wheelchair. Before entering, they carefully wiped my wheels. I also saw some temples, that instead of removing your shoes, people put those plastic covers (like the ones used by doctors at hospitals) over the shoes, so I guess that if you can put any kind of cover, there shouldn’t be a problem to access temples. As for onsen, probably a plastic cover could do. Nevertheless, maybe someone with more experience can confirm this.

    Have a great trip to Japan!

    • Brunosantin

      January 24, 2023 at 6:48 pm

      Thank you Joan!

  • Josh Grisdale

    January 23, 2023 at 10:09 am


    There is an old conversation on the subject that should still be relevant I think. Check it out here:


    • Brunosantin

      January 24, 2023 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you Josh 👍

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