車いすで観光 国会議事堂

Field Work on a Wheelchair at the National Diet of Japan

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こんにちは、Makiです。今日は12月上旬の週末に、国会議事堂(衆議院)→日枝神社→紀尾井町ガーデンテラスの見学に行ってまいりましたのでご報告します。まずは前半部分のご報告から。

Hi! I’m Maki. Today I’m going to give you my report on our field work at the National Diet of Japan (the House of Representatives), the Hie Shrine and the Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho. We carried out our wheelchair accessibility review at these places on a weekend at the beginning of December. First I will tell you about the first part of the field work.

まず待ち合わせはJR東京駅地下丸の内改札口。

We met at the Marunouchi Underground Central Entrance of JR Tokyo Station.

JR東京駅地下丸の内改札口
The Marunouchi Underground Central Entrance

改札を出て、直進します。
Go straight after leaving the central entrance.

真正面に丸の内線の改札口があります。
Then you can reach the Marunouchi Line ticket gate.

改札すぐ横にあるエレベーターにて、ホームに下ります。
There is an elevator beside the ticket gate. Take the elevator down to the platform.

国会議事堂前駅まで約7分。到着したら、A1出口方面の改札を出て、左側に地上へのエレベーターがあります。
It takes about 7 minutes to arrive at Kokkai-gijidomae Station. Going out of the A1 Exit, you can find an elevator on the left side which takes you up to the ground level.

改札左にあるエレベーターにて地上へ。

We took the elevator up to the ground level. It is located on the left side beyond the ticket gate.

よくTVで見かける国会議事堂の真正面に出る場合は、A2出口を利用してください。今回は直接衆議院参観受付所へ行くためA1出口からでました。その後、右へ道なりに進み、参観受付所へ行きます。

Get out of the A2 Exit if you would like to go to the central entrance of the National Diet which you often see on TV. We went out from the A1 Exit to go directly to the reception for the tours of the Diet Building. After leaving the exit, we turned right, walked along the street and then reached the reception building.

入り口にはスロープがあります。
There is a ramp at the entrance.


国会議事堂
The National Diet of Japan

参観受付所
The reception building for the Diet tours

土・日・祝日に参観できるのは、衆議院のみです。参議院は平日のみです。

You can visit the House of Representatives only on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. On the other hand, you can visit the House of Councillors only on weekdays.

2017/12時点での土日・祝日参観ツアー開始時間は9:30/10:30/11:30/13:00/14:00/15:00の6回です。10人以下でしたら事前予約不要です。参観無料!
参観ツアー開始時間の10分前に受付をする必要がありますので注意してください。代表者のみ住所、氏名、年齢を記入します。参観ツアーは衛視さんが案内、説明をしてくださいます。今回、車椅子かつ私たちの質問攻めの見学でしたが、45分で終了しました。

The tours of the Diet Building on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays are conducted 6 times a day as of December 2017. They start at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30,13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 respectively. 10 visitors or less don’t have to make an advance reservation. You are admitted to the tour for free! Please be aware that you need to check in at the reception desk no later than 10 minutes prior to the tour. Only a representative of your group is asked to write his or her address, name and age in a printed form. A Diet guard guides you around some places of the Diet Building. Our guided tour just took 45 minutes although our group included a wheelchair user and we asked him many questions.

残念ながら写真撮影は議場のみ。文章で少し説明いたします。車椅子の場合はエレベーターを使うため、他の参観者の方々とは別ルートでした(見学する部屋、モノは同じです)。私たちアクセシブルメンバー8人の貸し切り状態でした! また、一般参観では乗れない豪華な装飾のエレベーターにも乗ることができました。

We felt sorry that photography was prohibited in the building except the Chamber of the House of Councillors. Let me write down how our guided tour was going on. We were escorted to a different route from one that was prepared for other general visitors because our wheelchair member had to take some elevators. (We admired the same rooms and things as other visitors do.) Walking round the special route with no one else, we felt as if the whole building was were exclusively reserved for our 8 Accessible members! We could also get on an elevator with luxurious adornments which other visitors could not take.

エレベーターを使うため、一旦外にでて、隣の建物に入り、やや急なスロープでエレベーターの前に行きます。補助の方は、このスロープは少し大変かもしれません。それ以外は、平坦な廊下をずっと歩くだけなので、特にアクセシビリティの問題はないと思いました。

We once went outside and entered the next building where an elevator was located. There was a steep ramp before the elevator. An attendant might find it a bit challenging to push a wheelchair along this ramp. Leaving it aside, what we did was just to walk through the flat corridor. Therefore, I found no problems with wheelchair accessibility.

唯一写真撮影OKの議場。記者席がたくさんありました。

Above is the Chamber of the House of Councillors which is the only room where photography is permitted. I could see many seats for members of the press.

最後に、正面で記念撮影です。秋晴れのなか、良い写真が撮れました!

We finally took the commemorative photo against a backdrop of the National Diet. What a nice photo that shows us and the building in crisp autumn weather!

参観ツアーは、正面出口にて解散。衛視さんありがとうございました。

Our tour was complete when we reached the central exit. Thank you Diet guard for your guiding.

トイレ利用のため、ぐるっと回って、参観受付まで戻りました(10分ぐらい)。国会議事堂は古い建物ですが、衆議院参観受付横のトイレは新しいです!

We turned about and returned to the reception building for our wheelchair member to use the multipurpose restroom. (It took about 10 minutes.) Although the Diet Building is old, the restroom located next to the reception is new!

ウオッシュレット付トイレ
The multipurpose restroom equipped with bidet functions

YUKORINの簡単バリアフリーレビュー
A Brief Accessibility Review from YUKORIN

国会議事堂の見学は私にとって貴重な体験になりました。歴史のある建物で階段が多そうなため、車いすで入れるのかな?と思っていたら、ちゃんと車いすユーザーための見学ルートがあって有り難かったです。衛視さんのご案内を聞きながら貸し切り気分で見学ができました。写真にあるように衆議院議場は車いすの高さからでも場内を眺められるようになっています。廊下も庭も広くて静か。ゆったりと見て回れます。ただ、多目的トイレは受付にしかないことは頭に入れておくといいかもしれません。とにかく各エリアの所々に豪華で素敵な装飾が施されており、まるでお城の中にいるようでした。車いすユーザーにも優しい国会議事堂の見学、お試しの価値ありです。ちょっと知的で優雅な体験ができますよ。

Our field work at the National Diet of Japan was is a valuable experience for me. I had been concerned whether or not a wheelchair user would be able to enter this historic building which has many stairs. As opposed to my concern, however, I was very happy that a special route was prepared for wheelchair users. We could admire the beautiful inside of the building while a Diet guard guided us around different places as if it were exclusively reserved for us. As you can see in the photo above, the Chamber of the House of Councillors was thoughtfully constructed where wheelchair users can look down inside from the height of their wheelchair. The corridor and courtyards are spacious and quiet. You can really enjoy the guided tour in a serene mood. But there is one thing you might want to keep in your mind. Only one multipurpose restroom is located beside the reception. Anyway I felt as if we were in a castle appreciating a variety of sumptuous adornments placed in the splendid structures of each area. The Diet Building is wheelchair friendly and worth visiting. You will have an intellectual and exquisite experience, I assure you.

前半部分の報告は、ここまでです。
充実した満足度が高いツアーでした。衛視さんが、なんでも質問に答えてくださるので勉強になり、非常に満足♪次回は、この後、訪問した日枝神社、紀尾井町ガーデンテラスの報告をします。

I wrap up my report on the former part of our field work. We were highly satisfied with the guided tour. I learned a lot from the Diet guard as he answered any question from us. I will tell you on the next blog about the Hie Shrine and the Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho we visited later.

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Field Work on a Wheelchair at
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