* Move to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare website from the banner above.
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- How to use Medical institutions
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Note: This is a list of base medical institutions and other facilities that can provide services to foreign travelers, selected by prefectures based on criteria specified by the Japan Tourism Agency and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
The following underpin the approaches to selection.
- 1) Base medical institutions and other facilities that can provide services to foreign travelers, selected by prefectures
- Category 1: Medical institutions that can provide services to emergency patients requiring hospitalization.
- Category 2: Medical institutions, including clinics and dental clinics, capable of accepting foreign travelers.
- 2) Apart from  and , medical institutions that have the willingness to assist in the treatment of foreign patients and that prefectures determine have the competence to be added to its medical institution list.
How to use Medical institutions
If you need an ambulance, show the sentence below to a nearby Japanese person so they will call one for you.
Be transported to an emergency care hospital in the event of a traffic accident or other emergency.
救急車を呼んでください。(Please call an ambulance.)
You cannot choose which hospital you will be brought to. Depending on your condition, you may be given treatment without being questioned, so it is important to fill out the sheet below. ★1
The medical care system varies by country. Avoid diﬃculties by learning about them in advance.
Ask for a general estimate of the treatment cost at reception.
*There is a limited number of medical institutions that can accommodate other languages.
Fill out medical sheet.
Receive doctor examination and treatment,
and receive a prescription.*1
Submit prescription to pharmacy and purchase medications.*3
*1 Be sure to listen carefully to the explanation of the examination results.
*2 Payment here is the cost for treatment received up to this point. Keep in mind that payment by credit card is only accepted at major hospitals. Clinics generally accept cash only.
If you are subscribed to overseas travel insurance including cash-free payment service, there is no need for payment. However, if you are not subscribed to overseas travel insurance, you may be charged the full amount.
Note: The cash-free conditions vary by insurance company. Please check beforehand.
*3 You will be charged separately at the pharmacy for any medicine you need. Some medical institutions provide in-house prescriptions.
Symptoms and Treatment
|Primary symptoms||Diagnosis and treatment departments|
|Fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose||Internal Medicine|
|Headache||Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery|
|Chest pain||Cardiovascular Internal Medicine, Respiratory Internal Medicine|
|Abdominal pain||Internal Medicine, Gastroenterological Medicine,
Obstetrics & Gynecology
|Bloody vomit or stool||Internal Medicine, Gastroenterological Medicine|
|Diarrhea||Internal Medicine, Gastroenterological Medicine|
|Injury, wound||Surgery, Plastic Surgery|
|Bone fracture, joint pain||Orthopedic Surgery|
|Burns||Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Surgery|
|Ears, nose, or throat||Otorhinolaryngology|
|Difficulty urinating, bloody urine, pain when urinating||Urology|
|During pregnancy (abdominal pain or bloating, spotting, water breakage, concerns about the baby)||Obstetrics/Gynecology|
|In emergencies||Emergency Medicine|
|Unsure what department to visit||General Diagnosis and Treatment|
Medical expenses can be very high for foreign visitors to Japan who get injured or become ill during their stay.
Fall while skiing
Right tibia fracture, surgery and 19-day hospital stay, attending nurse, flight home on civilian aircraft (stretcher)
Heart attack and hospitalization
Surgery, 45-day hospital stay, attending physician, flight home on civilian aircraft (business class)
*Source: Tokio Marine International Assistance
Medical expenses for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases
are also covered by your private medical insurance.
Some insurance policies do not cover infectious diseases, so be sure to check the details of the coverage carefully.
International travel insurance for visitors to Japan
Private medical insurance that you can purchase after entering Japan provides sufficient coverage during your stay, even for COVID-19.
Helpful services for those who want assistance in Japanese
- Searches for hospitals in Japan and proxy appointment booking
- Interpretation over the phone during your hospital visit
- Negotiation of cashless payment* for medical expenses, etc.
*A system that allows short-term visitors, etc. to seek medical care without having to pay the bill on-site by sending the bill to an insurance company (including assistant companies to which services are outsourced) instead of billing the short-stay visitor, etc. directly.
Private medical insurance can be purchased instantly online. Enjoy your trip to Japan to the fullest by purchasing insurance with sufficient coverage and services.
*Cannot be accessed from outside Japan.
If you are unwell
This website contains information that is useful if the unexpected happens and you find yourself receiving medical treatment in Japan.
Please bookmark this website for use in an emergency.
Medical Institution Search
Search Japanese hospitals or medical clinics by medical department, language support, region, etc.
- What to expect when visiting a medical institution
- Find out about procedures when visiting a Japanese hospital or medical clinic and points to be aware of.
- Primary symptoms and medical departments
- Find out what medical department to visit based on your symptoms.
SUPPORTING YOUR TRAVEL IN JAPAN
As well as sightseeing information, you can find disaster information in an emergency, and search for hospitals or medical clinics near your current location.
In order to enjoy your trip with peace of mind,
you need to purchase private medical insurance*
that provides sufficient coverage.
*Including travel insurance that covers medical expenses during your stay
Enjoy your trip to Japan to the fullest by purchasing insurance with sufficient coverage and services for medical expenses relating to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Travel Insurance for Visitors