By Barrier Free Japan
December 23 2022
NAGOYA – The Nagoya municipal government is considering installing small, specialized elevators in the planned wooden reconstruction of the main tower keep of Nagoya Castle to make the structure barrier-free.
Users will be able to reach the top of the tower keep through a series of small elevators, dubbed “electric baskets,” that travel only one floor. Utilizing the lifts will give the disabled the opportunity to access all floors of the tower keep, while faithfully reconstructing the pillars and beams from the original structure. Expectations are high for the plan as it combines the restoration of a historical structure while making the facility accessible to everyone.
At first, elevators were not included in the reconstruction plan pushed by Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, who insisted that the rebuilt castle should be as faithful to the original as possible. However, the plan has faced opposition from disabled people’s groups and others.
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