Barrier-free efforts in traveling : Towns and Facilities Version 2

The next section is about towns and facilities, which people visit for sightseeing, shopping, and other activities.

Nihonbashi is one of the biggest entertainment districts in Tokyo and has been prospering as a town of commerce since the Edo period (1603-1868). The area has many facilities, including famous department stores with a long history and venerable specialty stores. The large-scale commercial facility in the Nihonbashi Muromachi area, “COREDO Muromachi” consists of four buildings including “COREDO Muromachi Terrace.” These buildings are connected with each other as well as Mitsukoshimae Subway Station on the 1st basement floor without steps, so it is easy to move around the whole facility and you can enjoy shopping without getting wet on rainy days.

The Nihonbashi Muromachi area is the first place in Japan to offer a service using a high-precision audio navigation system called “Inclusive Navi.” A user downloads this navigation app onto a smartphone in advance, starts the app, and sets a destination through a dialogue or menu search. Then, the app recognizes the position of the user on a floor and suggests an optimal guide according to the user’s attributes, such as an ordinary pedestrian, wheelchair user, stroller user, and a person with visual disabilities. The helpful audio navigation is available both in Japanese and English.

A “sento” public bathhouse is a perfect place to learn about the bathing culture of common people in Japan. “Mikokuyu sento in Sumida City, one of the “shitamachi” areas at the base of the TOKYO SKYTREE, opened in 1947 and was transformed into a “universal sento” after renovation in 2015.

Some of Japan’s traditional shrines are also subject to transformation as the times change for more convenience for many visitors.

Fukutoku Shrine” in the Nihonbashi area, where “COREDO Muromachi” is located, is a historic shrine, which is said to be already founded in the late 9th century. After numerous renovations, the current main building was established in 2014. As the building is equipped with an elevator, people in a wheelchair and people with a stroller can easily visit and offer prayers, as well.

This sento is characterized by the private bathroom for a person who needs care and that his/her family can use (1,500 yen for 90 minutes). The private bathroom is equipped with a wheelchair-friendly sink and multipurpose restroom. There is two bathtubs side by side so that a person with disabilities and a helper can take a bath next to each other. The room has not only practical functions but also a relaxing atmosphere with a pleasant aroma of hinoki cypress wood used for the walls and bathtubs.

In order to use this welfare-type family bath, it is necessary to present a disability certificate or a care needs/support needs certification.

If a user is from abroad, a medical certificate can be accepted.

For details, please contact the facility.