With the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics just around the corner, accessible travel in and around Japan is taking off.

Increasingly, changes in attitude and the physical environment have meant that Japan is considered one of the most wheelchair friendly countries in the world. Access to public transport is slick and efficient, hotels are well-equipped and so many of the top attractions have excellent accessibility.

For the Japan travel specialists, InsideJapan Tours, ensuring that Japan is accessible to all has long been a top priority.

In 2016, InsideJapan Tours introduced the ‘Wheelchair Accessible Golden Route’; a 10-night itinerary designed to take the guesswork out of a trip to the most popular destinations in Japan, whilst at the same time, making it possible to travel independently, as well as sharing the same sights and experiences as friends and family.

This carefully designed itinerary includes private guiding in Tokyo and sightseeing around Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara in adapted vehicles, in addition to pre-arranged access to the Tokyo Skytree and on the famous bullet train. Other trip highlights include a day trip to Mount Fuji and time exploring the temples and gardens of Kyoto.


That said, the itinerary is by no means prescriptive; it has been designed to provide an indication of the kind of trip InsideJapan Tours can put together and the level of service on offer at every stage of the customer journey. InsideJapan Tours have a dedicated team of travel consultants with the training and experience – and perhaps most importantly, the confidence, imagination and foresight – to ask all the right questions and create a bespoke itinerary tailored to individual needs and requirements.

Perhaps you don’t need transfers in a specially-adapted wheelchair accessible vehicle or maybe you’d prefer to be accompanied by a guide throughout your journey – or you may require more assistance; a bathroom hoist for example. Or perhaps you just want extra step-by-step instructions or pictures to put your mind at ease before you travel. Whatever it takes to make your holiday run smoothly for you, InsideJapan Tours can help.


InsideJapan research every section of the route from airports to hotels and stations, identifying and addressing potential challenges, with all information detailed in a personalised info-pack. All hotels are carefully selected and audited for accessibility and you’ll have the back-up of the customer support team based in Nagoya, Japan. If you have any difficulties, you can call them at any time for advice, onthe-spot-translations or emergency support.

For more information about InsideJapan Tour’s 10-night Wheelchair Accessible Golden Route self-guided adventure to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, or to speak to an expert about creating a tailor-made holiday to Japan, visit: www.insidejapantours.com or email: info@insidejapantours.com or tel: 0117 370 9730.