Japan's transit system is renowned for being one of the world's best for its timeliness and efficiency, but as Eat Your Kimchi discovered this week, it is also one of the best for those who use mobility aids!
This week, Simon and Martina had a friend visit them (from Australia!), who occasionally uses a mobility scooter. While the couple have travelled on Japan's transit system countless times, they've never realised just how accessible it is. Until now!
After some initial worries about travelling on trains with a mobility scooter, Simon and Martina discovered that getting around on public transport when you need assistance is incredibly easy and is handled phenomenally well.
When catching a train, station staff will set up ramps for those who require assistance so passengers can avoid the gap. Upon arriving at the destination, the station staff would've already called ahead and let people know which train car and station to wait in order to set up a ramp. Couple that with an amazing elevator system that solves the "stairs problem" that people with mobility aids may encounter, travelling around in Japan with mobility aids is no problem at all.
Just when we thought Japanese people can't be any more helpful and respectful, they go and one-up themselves with a super impressive - and super accessible - transit system!
Listen right here to Simon and Martina talk why Japan's transit system is so accessible to those with disabilities:
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