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BATEC MINI 2

 

batec mini 2

 


Cristina (paraplegic, Madrid) has always been a bit of a nomad. She loves to travel and, whether for work or pleasure, she always finds a new destination to discover. In 2013 she was living in Ghana (Africa) for a time and that was where she took a bullet during a mugging, which left her with a spinal injury. Her life changed radically, but she never gave up her greatest passion, travelling, despite the added complication of getting around in a wheelchair. Ever since she first tried the BATEC ELECTRIC handbike, her nomadic soul has found its perfect ally.

 

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«Ever since she first tried the BATEC ELECTRIC, her nomadic soul has found its perfect ally»

Cristina had wanted to discover "the land of the rising sun" for some time, but her busy schedule hadn't allowed her to take such a long break. Because, as she told us, "If you go to Japan it's worth getting to know it well and that takes time." Finally, this year, she found the time. Cristina doesn't like group tours and this time she turned to a friend who is living there to help her come up with the best route possible, because you can't always find what you need online and the language complicates things.

Cristina describes Japan as a country of great contrasts. For three weeks, she and Manuel, her partner, followed a route confirming this.

 

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  • Kyoto: stands out for its tradition, temples, marvellous gardens and the geisha district. Plus, close by and easily accessible by train, there are many other areas of interest. She visited Nara, Uji and Saga-Arashiyama.
     
  • Hiroshima: impressive given the mark left from its recent history, which can be seen in the Peace Memorial Museum. Near Hiroshima, there is an island called Miyajima, which is worth visiting and can be reached via an accessible ferry.
     
  • Osaka: is a great bazar of incredible things: anime shops, restaurants and food stalls everywhere.
     
  • Fukuoka: this city is imbued with the essence of Buddhism and the Kyushu National Museum is a not-to-be-missed stop.
     
  • Kanazawa: highlights include its spectacular gardens, the samurai district, and the sushi in the market.
     
  • Takayama: is a beautiful mountain village, although it is difficult to do day trips because the coaches aren't accessible and the alternative, a taxi, is very expensive.
     
  • Tokyo: a mega-city where every trip out is an adventure and every day is different from the one before. Lots of people, technology, manga, anime, the central fish market, parks, temples... 

 

"Each place has its own charm. I think the best thing is to wander around and enjoy the ambiance." Most of the historical sites are accessible, with ramps or lifts, but some are impossible to visit: "It's a shame that no one had wheelchairs in mind centuries ago!" However, the Japanese are very friendly and always willing to lend a hand, doing whatever they can to make sure you can go anywhere.

 

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In fact, accessibility is one of Japan's strengths. "The pavements are low, there are lifts in every train and metro station, the toilets are adapted and well equipped. Even the way the Japanese respect areas set aside for people with reduced mobility is noteworthy. "No one uses toilets or lifts, unless it is essential, so they are clean and in good conditions. It's great!"

«Japan is a paradise of accessibility. Even the way the Japanese respect areas set aside for people with reduced mobility is noteworthy»

 

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Customer service on public transport is very good. "At train stations, there is a person who accompanies you on the platform with a portable ramp and then another waiting at your destination to help you. If it's really busy, they make space for you and people don't complain in the slightest about having to move out of the way... I've never seen anything like it. It's amazing."

The only downside is that adapted rooms in hotels, although quite good, are more expensive because they are bigger.

«Train, metro, bus... everything is so accessible! I've never seen anything like it. It's amazing»

 

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Cristina says, "The Batec handbike was very important. I did 270 km in three weeks! It makes the world more accessible for me: hills and small hurdles disappear. It's much more restful for me and my partner, and we can even stroll hand in hand."

«The Batec handbike makes the world more accessible for me: hills and hurdles disappear»

It was fun to see how the Japanese reacted to the Batec handbike. "The had never seen a Batec and when they saw me attach and detach it, they gathered around applauding and taking pictures! In the bullet train stations it was considered a buggie and I had to detach it and cover it with plastic like luggage to get on. But the station employees were amazed when they saw the magic of "Click & Go!".

 

japan with a wheelchair and handbike a once in a lifetime accessible destination japan with a wheelchair and handbike a once in a lifetime accessible destination

 

Cristina and Manuel loved the experience and say that if we ever get the chance to go, we shouldn't worry about the long flight or the language. Because it's well worth it, with the friendly people, magical hidden corners and tons of ideas about adaptation that, as a wheelchair user, you bring back with you. It's a once-in-a-lifetime accessible experience.

 

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