What efforts have been made to provide a barrier-free environment?

Adoption of site design standards to realize a barrier-free environment

All efforts have been made to clearly indicate the rules and regulations relating to movement within the sites, buildings for spectator facilities, guidance for those with visual impairments, toilets, rest areas, service facilities, and signs and so forth.

Hardware facilities

Much effort has been made to minimize upward and downward movement by installing elevators at areas that require visitors to travel up and down. Furthermore, barrier-free tools such as wheelchairs and printed material are also available.

People support system

All Exhibition staff have been trained to perform their duties and uphold common principles with regards to those requiring barrier-free facilities such as people with all types of impairments, the elderly, breast-fed infants, expectant mothers, and overseas visitors requiring foreign language manuals. Furthermore, we also offer people support at all facilities with help obtained from volunteers in addition to Exhibition staff members.

Provision of rest areas

A total of 7 indoor rest areas at the Nagakute and Seto Areas, and several covered outdoor rest areas have been provided to ensure your comfort.

Please tell me more about your care centers?

Care center facilities have been provided to help the elderly and those with impairments enjoy all of nature's wisdom.

The care centers are located at all gates at the Nagakute and Seto Areas. (Total of 4 locations at 2 sites)

The care center hours are the same as the hours of operation for the site.Our center staff will be on hand to allow you to borrow and return wheelchairs, barrier-free guide books in braille accompanied by an audio CD, and barrier-free guidebooks. They will also provide site information in sign language, and show those in manual wheelchairs to areas where they can view the site.

  • Manual wheelchair provision (Approximately 350 wheelchairs will be available for lending.)
  • Information tools lending (barrier-free guide books, barrier-free guide books in braille with audio CD)
  • Sign language support (Exhibition information provided in sign language)
  • Depending on the number of volunteers available, we may not be able to offer support for all blind people (for those without caregiver).
  • Provision of rest rooms
  • Disabled toilets (provision of multi-purpose toilets and shower rooms for those suffering from ostomy)
  • Provision of all types of information (details of events, pavilions, and information on where to view the site from a wheelchair)
  • Drinking water available from vending machines (Meiji brick pack series)

How do I get my wheelchair or baby buggy onto the shuttle bus?

Those people with other than fold-up wheelchairs are advised to use the pay parking lots for the disabled (reservation required).Advance reservations are required, however, we kindly ask that you use the pay parking lots for the disabled at the Nagakute Area West Terminal. The distance from the parking lot to the entrance gate is approximately 300 meters.

For those who don't have fold-up wheel chairs who are not coming by car:The approach from the railway station to the site is barrier free. (There is no need to ride the shuttle bus.)

Are there textured paving blocks?

Textured paving blocks have been laid mainly for guidance from each terminal to the care centers (facilities for the elderly and disabled) located at each gate.

Furthermore, guide blocks have been laid down on the approach to elevators at the Nagakute Area West Gate and Seto Area Seto Gate. In addition, warning blocks have also been laid for stairs and slopes.

Touch maps have also been provided to allow toilet facilities to be easily located, and guide books in braille with audio CD can be borrowed from the care centers.

Is there a sign language service available?

Attendants and volunteers providing assistance in sign language can be found at each information area and care center, however, they are not stationed there permanently.

What methods are used to provide information and offer guidance at times of emergencies for those with hearing difficulties?

A system providing written information on plasma display screens to allow information to be visually checked has been adopted.

Information regarding opening and closing times, events, introductions to facilities, public transport congestion status, and guidance relating to the site operational status during times of disaster are displayed on information boards and display screens.

Approximately 50 plasma display screens are located where they can easily be viewed at places such as Information Center and rest areas inside the sites. Emergency information is also displayed on these screens.

Furthermore, there are staff known as “multi-staff” constantly patrolling the grounds inside the sites. Please approach the multi-staff or care centers when in any trouble.