Exploring Tokyo in a Wheelchair with a certified care worker guide.
＜Price per person＞
|Hours of availability||
Start Time：9:30 am
・English Speaking Guide
・Food and drinks
|Participants||2-6（including friends, family, caregivers, etc.）|
Here is a private tour where you can enjoy the highlights of Tokyo with peace of mind even for wheelchair users. In Tokyo, the barrier-free environment is rapidly improving ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games scheduled to be held in 2020. In this tour, an interpreter-guide that’s also a qualified home caregiver will guide you to famous sightseeing areas in Tokyo such as Asakusa, Shibuya, Harajuku while utilizing barrier free facilities.
This tour starts at your hotel and first visits Asakusa. In Asakusa, you can enjoy the views of the area and also the Tokyo Skytree from the observation deck of Asakusa Cultural Tourism Center, and then take a walk through Kaminarimon, Nakamise, Asakusa and Asakusa shrines, which are icons of Tokyo tourism. At Sensoji Temple, you can also enjoy a huge ceiling painting –a highlight of the main hall – because the main hall has an elevator for wheelchair users.
After Sensoji Temple, we move across the river to Sumida Park and enjoy the view of the Tokyo Skytree and Sumida River, with beautiful sights beyond. Sumida Park is also known as a cherry-blossom viewing spot where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms in full bloom, as well as being a scenic point for gazing at Tokyo Skytree.
After Sumida Park, we have lunch in Asakusa then go to Shibuya by subway. In Shibuya, we’ll first experience the Shibuya scramble intersection, which is the busiest pedestrian intersection in the world. 3,000 people may cross on one green light at many times and 500,000 to 1 million people cross here in a single day.
After crossing the scrambled intersection, we go to Meiji Dori, exit the Cat Street, and head towards Harajuku. Running in parallel with Meiji Dori, connecting Shibuya and Harajuku, Cat Street is a promenade built on the old Shibuya River, which was once flowing underneath. This is a perfect spot to feel state-of-the-scene Japanese youth culture.
After passing through Cat Street, we pass through Omotesando, heading on to Meiji Shrine. The Meiji Shrine is where the Emperor Meiji had built the cornerstones of modernization of Japan from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. It is a sacred spot with a distinct quiet from the hustle and bustle of the surroundings. At the end of 2016, the approach to the main hall was paved for wheelchair accessibility, making it a more perfect spot for us to go on this tour.
After visiting Meiji Shrine, we return to your hotel and end the tour. Together with a guide that knows about Tokyo, we invite you to have a wonderful and carefree day.
・Enjoy the views of Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree from the Asakusa Cultural Tourism Center.
・Immerse yourself in the old, pretty Nakamise commercial district that dates back from the Edo Era.
・Gaze at the Sumida River and Tokyo Skytree from Sumida Park.
・Cross the Shibuya Scramble with as many as 3,000 others simultaneously.
・Experience the youth culture of Cat Street.
・Feel the history and ambience of Meiji Shrine.
・Private, wheelchair-accessible tour of Tokyo.
・Designed for seniors and visitors with limited mobility.
・Learn about Tokyo's history and culture, and see its most iconic attractions.
・Transport or weather conditions may require us to modify the tour on the your tour.
・Japanese are also welcome to take this tour.
Great Guides - they know accessibility
Not only was the guide friendly and knowledgeable about Tokyo, she was also understanding of different disabilities. She even had a certification as a personal carer! No need to worry.
Couldn't Be Beaten
Had three great day tours with Omakase, two in Tokyo and one in Osaka. While their advertised itineraries are great they are happy to change things to suit you. If you have some special interests like we did then discuss these with the company beforehand.
Our guides were fantastic, Sumiko was outstanding in her friendliness and knowledge, Hiro helped to get probably the first electric scooter access to the Tokyo Museum (they initially did not want us to use the Travel Scoot but an old manual wheelchair), and Hidio took us to some hidden places in Osaka where disabled travellers normally don't go.
The company manager, Takeshi, came with us on our first day trip, and with his help and Sumiko's great guidance we visited seven locations using the Tokyo metro, starting in the rush hour! Just a fantastic personal experience and the metro has certainly improved their disability access to the point where its better than most all other places we have travelled to.
Some fellow abled travellers only managed three location visits in the same amount of time, but of course they were in an air-conditioned coach.
Omakase really cares and we can't recommend them highly enough. Don't be put off if you have a disability and have heard stories about Japan being too difficult to visit. provided you get experts like Omakase to help you won't be disappointed.
It's fun in Tokyo!
On Monday July 24th I signed up for the Omakase no barrier tour of Tokyo which takes you to four of the most popular tourist sites of Tokyo. The details of which you can find on their website. Before the appointed time of 9:30 am their tour guide Yoko San, an English speaking, qualified tour guide and also a trained carer turned up at our hotel. After exchanging contact details with my wife we set off to Ginza station.
I am 76 years old and because of a large Chordoma tumour in my sacrum which was treated by Proton beam therapy in Hyogo, Japan in December 2014. I have limited mobility.
As my walking speed is slow and unable to walk long distances, I walked part of the way using my rollater/wheelchair and she pushed my 85kg much of the rest of the way. After buying our tickets for the Metro at the Ginza station.,she asked me sit on my wheelchair, while she arranged with the JR staff to help us board the train, by placing a board between the platform and the train so that she can wheel the wheelchair onto the train. The coach for handicapped stops exactly in front of the marking on the platform. TheJR staff also arranged for someone else with another board waiting at our destination station to help us off the train. This is possible because the handicap coaches stop at the precise position and all trains run on time. On another trip we had to change trains and the JR staff followed us from the first train to the second train. Then they arranged for another JR staff waiting at our final station to help us off the train. What an amazing service provided by JR!
Yoko San was very caring and offered to push me when I showed sign of being tired. She made sure I had lots of water, as it was a hot day and tried to keep us in the shade. For a small person she was amazingly strong, probably because she plays golf.
She was also very knowledgeable of the sites we visited and also took us into a few buildings to enable us to have good birds eye of the sites. She had with her notes and pictures explaining information of the sites. She also knew where the best toilets were.
The only thing I had asked to change was the menu for lunch, being from Malaysia they thought I was Muslim and booked lunch in a Halal restaurant. When I expressed my preference for Japanese food, Yoko immediately went out and came back with suggestions of 3 different types of Japanese restaurants. We went to the one I chose and had a great lunch. It is good that they take the trouble to arrange for Halal food but it would be worth while checking if the guest is Muslim or not.
The choice of sites to visit were excellent and we returned at our hotel nearly 45 minutes after the appointed time. So that my wife will not worry, Yoko called my wife to let her know we were running a little behind schedule.
I ended the day a tired and happy man. This is the first time since my treatment that I have done so much. It would not have been possible to have done it on my own,even with my wife.
Thank you Omakase tours ands special thank to Yoko San. I can strongly recommend Omakase no barrier tours to the handicapped. It would have been impossible for me to have seen and done so much even with a untrained helper. The cost charged for a one on one English speaking tour guide/trained helper is very reasonable indeed.