Japan Cruise Excursions for person with disability

  • Japan Cruise Excursions for person with disability

    Posted by JD on December 23, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    We are thinking about taking a cruise to Japan. But, after reviewing the excursions the ship offers for the various ports in Japan, most are “moderate” and don’t look accessible-friendly. Are there private tours we can arrange at different port so that we can comfortably enjoy our days in Japan? Japan is my husband’s dream destination and because of his disability (not just mobility) we have been hesitant to go since we’ve heard that Japan may not be the best place to travel due to his disability. That’s why we thought a cruise would be a great way to at least “see” Japan. But it’d be such a shame to only be able to “see” Japan from the ship. He can walk a little but not much due to balance issues. We use the transport wheelchair for the most part when we travel. Thank you for any info and guidance.

    JD replied 4 weeks, 1 day ago 3 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Josh Grisdale

    Moderator
    December 23, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    I’m sure we can help you find some awesome excursions!

    Do you know where your stops will be?

    What type of mobility devices does your husband use?

    • JD

      Member
      December 28, 2022 at 9:01 am

      Hi Josh,

      Thank you for the reply. Depending on which cruise we go to. One of them has the following: Osaka, Kobe, and Nagasaki. The second one has: Toba, Osaka, Sakaiminato, Kanazawa, and Akita. The last one on the list only has: Okinawa and Ishigaki. We have not yet decide on which one all because we don’t know how much we can do at each port. All three cruise leave and return to Tokyo (Yokohama).

      Any advice you have or information on customizable excursions at any of th port would be GREATLY appreciated.

      Currently we use a transportation wheelchair. He can walk a little on his good days but needs the wheelchair for any extended movement. We’ve not yet tried the ECV but are thinking about it for when we travel.

      Thank you~

    • Josh Grisdale

      Moderator
      December 30, 2022 at 9:55 am

      Hi

      Osaka, Kobe, Nagasaki would likely have the most/most-accessible options but there should be possibilities for each location.

      I have not personally been on a cruise, but have heard that the biggest challenges for accessibility tend to be getting out of the port itself (ie the buses provided only have stairs). However, if the wheelchair can fold and getting up the steps into the coach bus is possible, then you can likely join many of the excursions.

      You should definitely get in touch with @cpnheather who focuses on this exact subject! You can also see here website here: https://www.cpntravel.com/

  • JD

    Member
    December 30, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks so much. I’ll definitely do that.

    • Josh Grisdale

      Moderator
      December 30, 2022 at 12:38 pm

      We are always here for you! If you have any specific questions about places/transportation at the ports, do not hesitate to ask!

      (While not “typical” Japan, I personally love Okinawa 😄)

    • JD

      Member
      December 30, 2022 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you~

    • CPN Heather

      Member
      December 30, 2022 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks, Josh. Yes, I am an Accredited Cruise Counselor and a Japan Travel Specialist. Making sure *everyone* has the best cruise experience when visiting Japan is my passion. Given what you have told me, I think this is feasible–with advance planning.

      You can schedule a complimentary Zoom consultation with me at https://calendly.com/cpn-heather to discuss in more detail if you wish.

    • JD

      Member
      December 30, 2022 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you so much Heather. When we get closer to actually purchasing the vacation, I’ll definitely give you a “call” and get in touch. This is wonderful~

      Thank you~

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