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Hi My wife uses a wheelchair and can’t walk or do steps on coaches .Can anybody give us some advice on excursions around the Japanese Islands and Jeju SKorea.I know things are limited but has anyone managed to tackle this issue be it private car hire with driver or accessible shuttle buses away from port to a place of interest.Our ports of call will be Kagoshima ,Jeju (S Korea) ,Otaru, Hakodate, and Kushiro. Many Thanks 

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I don't have personal experience with wheelchair accessibility in those specific ports, but a few things that may help - definitely contact the cruise line well in advance and ask very specific questions about excursion options. Some ideas - see if pre-booking a wheelchair-accessible shuttle or private car/driver is possible rather than relying on public transport. You could also look into excursions that are more walkable areas or attractions rather than sites requiring lots of stairs. Lastly, calling attractions directly may yield better accessibility details than tour operator info. Good luck planning - I hope you're able to find some great accessible options to enjoy your time in port.

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Oof, I don't know that you'll find much.  I just got off the Diamond Princess.  The problem is that, even if you have a bus that can take you around, pretty much every shrine requires walking up stairs.  Most of them are unpaved or unevenly paved and stairs seem to always be involved.  My big takeaway from Japan was that it's not a great place for those eitb limited mobility.  I kept thinking that my Mom would never be able to see so many of the places that we went to.

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