My friend uses a wheelchair and would like to visit Japan with his wife (who is not in a wheelchair).
Since I have been to Japan several times, he is looking to me to help plan or arrange a trip.
I am mostly concerned about getting around within Tokyo, although shinkansen travel to Kyoto is likely on the agenda.
So, I know that many Tokyo-area subway/train stations have elevators, but they seem too narrow for my friend's 34 inch (86.4 cm) wide wheelchair. I don't have any measurements currently handy, but I seem to recall around 70-75 cm wide for the typical station elevator door.
This SE question does discuss the elevator situation, but not in enough detail to answer my question about the size of the elevators.
Japan has been working on their "Barrier Free" aspects for years, and this seems to be getting more details as the 2020 Olympics approach. For example, there are now Barrier Free trip guides, at least in Tokyo.
Should I just try to find a (Japan) local tour company that specializes in travel for wheelchair users? These travel companies exist, but their customers seem to be native Japanese (only?). This could work, if I could find a tour that visits places a typical American would like to see and then get our own translator.
Or maybe I try to convince him to try a narrower wheelchair. He is not a small person and is quite used to his wheelchair, so I am not sure how this will be received.
- How wide are the elevator doors in Tokyo-area train stations?
- How easy is it to get a taxi big enough to hold a wheelchair in the back?