Accessible Japan: A website for non-Japanese disabled tourists

From The Mainichi Shimbun

May 2nd 2018

Josh Grisdale runs the tourism information website “ACCESSIBLE JAPAN” for disabled foreigners. Because of a high fever that happened 6 months after birth, obstacles remain in the limbs, and use wheel chair. Grisdale lives in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo and has done so since 2007 and acquired Japanese nationality.

“I want to contribute to the region”, and am studying the viewpoints of foreign tourists and traveling around tourist spots throughout the country in order to report.

Josh can do what everyone can do,

“I grew up. I studied Japanese during my high school days and came to Japan after graduation. I tried to catch a train on the way back to Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, but there was no elevator to get down to the underground home, and the station staff carried me every electric wheelchair with six people. “Customers have a wonderful heart of” hospitality Grisdale says.

On the homepage introducing sightseeing spots in various places in Japan, Grisdale noticed that there was no English version of barrier-free information and founded a site on my own. Every day, from consultation received from each country, I realized that there are few rental of welfare equipment for travelers, and the difficulty of booking the hotel’s barrier-free room from abroad. While feeling frustrating,

“I want to provide information and help.”

For the 20th annual Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, I would like to disseminate the charm of not only Tokyo but also Japan itself. “I want to show that Japan is progressing barrier-free, I do not want people in the world to give up visiting Japan”

Accessible Japan website

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