There are accessible toilets in almost all train and subway stations. The governor has made it a mandate that Tokyo should be accessible ahead of the 2020 Olympic games, and the offial accessability guide spans 153 pages. Sometimes the signs advertising accessability can be as hard to decipher as Japanese writing. Like the elevator I wrote about
before. Accessible Japan had a good post about this.
This particular toilet is a mens toilet, that should be clear to everyone (for those hard of sight, there is a speaker declaring what kind of toilet it is - although only in Japanese).
But who else can use it? People in a wheelchair, and people who have osteomathy - the operation where your lower intestine is shortcut into a bag on your stomach.
But what about the lower row? Well, the picture of the baby must mean you can change diapers on your infants, right? But what does the lower right picture mean?
It means there is a changing table for grownups, and it is foldable. I am not sure how you use it but I am sure that for those who need it, it does come in handy.
I also wanted to share these directions from the Lalaport shopping center in Tachihi, two stops from Tachikawa on the Tama Monorail. They are really useful. But if you are looking for the diaper changing room, that is next door. They do provide a special notice, puctured below. Just to make it clear the babies do not have to change their own diapers.
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