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Visiting Medical Facilities in Japan

Japan has a wide variety of medical centers, including general hospitals, specialized hospitals, and clinics. The choice of which facility should be visited depends on the type and severity of your medical problem. Before you become sick or injured, you should find out what services are offered by neighborhood clinics, as well as their hours, closed days, and other information. Remember that you can also seek medical consultation at the Health Service Center. If you wish to be examined at the University of Tokyo Hospital or another large hospital, first obtain a letter of referral from the Health Service Center. Otherwise, you will have to pay an additional ¥5,250 as a special healthcare fee, which is not covered by the National Health Insurance plan.
If you experience a serious illness or other medical emergency, call an ambulance by dialing 119.

University of Tokyo Hospital

University of Tokyo Hospital
Outpatient Reception Hours
First visit: 8:25–11 a.m.
Subsequent visits: 8:10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and year-end/New Year's holidays

Appointment Center
Hours: 10–5 p.m. Phone: 03-5800-8630


Medical Service in Foreign Languages

A few medical centers offer consultation in foreign languages. Be sure to collect information on them so that you can readily contact them when necessary. The following organizations can refer you to doctors who speak foreign languages:

AMDA International Medical Information Center (also offers medical consultation in foreign languages; see the website below for details)
Hours Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Phone: 03-5285-8088

Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Institution Information Service "Himawari"
(also runs an emergency interpreting service)
Hours Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Phone: 03-5285-8181
Languages Chinese, Korean, English, Thai, Spanish


Other useful links

Multilingual Medical Questionnaires
Available on the Internet in various languages, these questionnaires can help you communicate when you visit a hospital, so print them out and take them with you. They can be downloaded from the following website:

Find a Doctor Now - Information in Japanese, Chinese and English on finding and using medical facilities in Japan

University's Health Service Centers

Division for Health Service Promotion, The University of Tokyo
(Health Service Center)

At the University of Tokyo Health Service Center, you can find medical checkup schedules, various medical information and how to get medical examination reports. We do not deal with those who are not belonging to the University.