Start of Segway Tours at Central Japan International Airport - Courtesy of JTB Chubu

Start of Segway Tours at Central Japan International Airport - Courtesy of JTB Chubu

A licensed instructor driving Segway

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JTB Chubu (Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture) announced on September 11 that it will offer sightseeing tours of Central Japan International Airport using the American-made two-wheeled electric vehicle, the Segway. The Segway Guided Tours, the first to be held in a Japanese airport, started on the 13th.

The Segway (also known as the Segway PT or Segway Personal Transporter) moves on two electrically-powered wheels and maintains balance using sensors and gyroscopes. It was released in the United States in 2001. Several thousand have been sold worldwide, and are mostly used by police, security companies, airport facilities, amusement parks and warehouses for moving around or providing guided tours.

The guided tours through the passenger terminal, which had until recently been conducted on foot, are being led by guides/instructors riding Segways. After being equipped with helmets and radios, and taking a lecture on how to navigate the vehicle, sightseers will be guided to public spaces, check-in counters, the observation deck and more on each floor of the terminal.

Tours will be held regularly until October 13, and irregularly thereafter. They start at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and last for approximately fifty minutes. Up to four people can join each tour, and advanced reservations can be made. Only those 18 or older may join the tour, and the cost is 3,500 per person.

JTB Chubu has been providing rides and lessons in designated area of the airport since 2006. Now the company, with the airport’s cooperation, is offering the opportunity to ride in general areas. A spokesperson said, "We want people to enjoy a unique ride as they experience this wonderful airport."