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almost 5 years ago
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We are a family of 7 visiting the Osaka -Tanabe City to visit relatives. We are traveling with a handicapped individual who is able to walk, however we are bringing a portable wheelchair for him when we travel to sites in this area. Our itinerary is :
Arrive in Kansai airport
Visit Osaka (2) days
Leave for Tanabe City (4) days
Return to Osaka, visit Kobe City (5) days
Return to Kansai airport

What are your suggestions regarding traveling with a handicapped individual on the train. When we arrive in Japan
I am debating whether I should hire a taxi for the handicapped individual to the hotel that we are staying in Osaka as we will have bags to contend with. The other members of the family can take the train. I do plan to buy a railpass for the trip but haven't decided which to get. All family members will have passes, however, for myself and the handicapped individual I plan to buy first class.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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almost 5 years ago
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Hi there!

Traveling by Wheelchair on the JR should be no problem and there are special wheel chair facilities on all major stations. You may encounter some difficulties though if you visit remote local stations but there's always JR Staff willing to help out. I know that Osaka, Kyoto and Kansai Airport are well equipped for Wheelchair access but was a little unsure about Tanaba city. I looked this station up and it also comes equipped with elevator access to all platforms as well as a wheelchair toilet. The JR station in Tanabe city is called KiiTanabe, the limited express called KUROSHIO also stops here and I would recommend using this train if you travel there with a Wheelchair as it has extra space and reserved seating, it is also covered by the JR Pass.

The Kuroshio does not stop at Osaka station but you can board it from either Shin-Osaka (the Shinkansen station) or Tennoji (also located in Osaka).

As for the right pass, consider the Kansai Wide Pass although this pass does have some limitations (no seat reservations / Green Class). If you do want those options than I think that buying normal tickets as you go is probably the best option as travel around Kansai (the area where Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe) are located is not very expansive.

I hope this helps!

2 posts
almost 5 years ago

Aloha Daniel-san,
Thank you for your very helpful message to my inquiry. We are looking forward to this vacation to meet our relatives in Japan we have not seen in many years and this helpful response has eased our concern for our handicapped traveler.

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