Medical matters

From paediatricians, dentists, first aid to what to do in an emergency. 


Finding the right paediatrician for you and your child is never easy.  Personalities, location, health insurance, language are some of the many factors you will need to take into consideration.

Ask relatives, neighbours, colleagues, friends and other TMG members about the paediatricians they use.  But remember, what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center provides information about medical institutions with staff who speak foreign languages and information about the medical and health insurance systems in Japan.  You can search for a hospital or clinic by location or by station on their website.  They also offer an emergency translation service by telephone for foreign patients visiting a hospital if their treatment is not going to be carried out smoothly because of language difficulty.

In addition, the AMDA International Medical Information Center provides information on medical care and hospitals in Japan that have English-speaking staff.  Call 03-5285-8088 or visit their website.

Some of the more "frequented" English-speaking paediatricians are:

Dr. Abe, Abe's Medical Office (Staff don't speak English but Dr Abe does)
 2-11-13 Higashi Azabu, Minato-ku

Dr. Karl Che, Dr. Karl Che's Clinic (located within National Medical Clinic)
#202, 5-16-11 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku

Dr. Inagaki, Inagaki Clinic

5-7-17 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
03-5453-1399, 03-5453-2833/44 (Same day reservations) 

Dr. Norio Endo, Endo Clinic

#305 Meguro Nishiguchi Mansion, 2-24-13 Kamioosaki, Shinagawa-ku

Dr. Michiko Suwa

Nikko Royal Palace 103, 5-16-4 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku

Dr. Mitsuko Yamaoka, Akasaka-Sekiguchi Clinic International
OAG-Haus (German Cultural Center) 406, 7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku

While not pediatricians, family doctors or GPs are another option:

Hiroo International Clinic
(Dr. Isao Tsutsumi)
Barbizon 34 Bldg 7F, 4-14-6 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku

International Clinic
(Dr. Grant Mikasa)
1-5-9 Azabudai, Minato-ku

Ishikawa Medical Clinic
(Dr. Ishikawa)
Azabu Sakurada Heights, 2-7 Nishi-Azabu 3-chome, Minato-ku 

The King Clinic
(Dr. Leo King)
6-31-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

National Medical Clinic
#202, 5-16-11 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku

Tokyo British Clinic
(Dr. Gabriel Symonds)
Daikanyama Y Bldg. 2F, 2-13-7 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku

Tokyo Medical & Surgical Clinic
(Dr. John Marshall, Dr. Keiko Tochikura Martin, Dr. Nicola Oduro-Yeboah, Dr. Peter Seez)
32 Shiba koen Building 2F,  3-4-30 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku

Finally, the pediatrics department at the following hospitals are well worth checking out:

Aiiku Hospital
5-6-8 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku

International Catholic Hospital (Seibo Hospital)
2-5-1 Naka-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku

Sanno Hospital
8-10-16 Akasaka, Minato-ku

St. Luke's International Hospital
9-1 Akashicho, Chuo-ku

Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo General Hospital
2-34-10 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku

Paediatric Dentists

The following dental clinics have paediatric dentistry and English-speaking staff:

Blanche Kids & Family Dental Clinic
3-3-2-3F Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku

Dental Office Hiroo
Pic Blanc Sasaki Building 3F, 5-15-23 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku

Dr. Kaku’s Office (Super Smile International Orthodontics)
Hiroo Office - 5-9-23 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
Yoyogi-Uehara Office - 46-17 Ooyama-cho, Shibuya-ku

Liu Dental Clinic
Minami Aoyama Shinwa Building 3F, 5-4-29 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku

Motoazabu Hills International Dental Clinic
Forrest Terrace West, 1-3-3 Motoazabu, Minato-Ku

Children's Hospitals

National Center for Child Medical Health and Development
2-10-1 Okura, Setagaya-ku

Tokyo Metropolitan Hachioji Children's Hospital
4-33-13 Dai-machi, Hachioji-shi

Tokyo Metropolitan Kiyose Children's Hospital
1-3-1 Umezono, Kiyose-shi


The following pharmacies have English-speaking staff:

American Pharmacy
Maru Bldg. B1F, 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku

Hibiya Pharmacy
Mitsui Bldg., 1-1-2 Yuraku-cho, Chiyoda-ku

Medical Dispensary
Mori Bldg 32, 3-4-30 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku

National Azabu Pharmacy
National Azabu Supermaket, 4-5-2 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku

Tokyo Medical & Surgical Clinic Medical Dispensary
No. 32 Shibakoen Bldg. 3-4-30 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku


Hopefully you will never need to use this section, but if the need arises, you should be prepared.  Plan in advance what to do in an emergency.  Discuss with your paediatrician (or family doctor) about what to do and identify the emergency hospitals in your area.

To call for an ambulance, dial 119.  Note that this is the emergency services number for fires (kaji) and ambulances (kyukyusha).  (For police dial 110.)  If possible, get a Japanese speaker to make the call for you, but don't hesitate to call in English when necessary.

The following phrases may come in handy:

  • Kyukyusha o yonde kudasai.  (Please send an ambulance.)
  • Jiko desu. (There's been an accident.)
  • Watashi no kodomo wa byoki desu.  (My child is sick.)
  • Watashi no namae wa _____ desu.  (My name is _____.)
  • Watashi no jusho wa _____ desu.  (My address is _____.)
  • Watashi no denwa bango wa _____ desu.  (My telephone number is _____.)

First Aid & Emergency Courses

If you are interested in learning more about first aid care, the following courses are available: 

Dave Paddock runs CPR & First Aid  courses in conjunction with the Tokyo Fire Department. The events are posted on Mirai No Mori

Mar Scuba

Diving school that offers an Emergency First Response Care for Children Course.

Howard Harris - Emergency First Response Courses
Emergency care training program run at KSpace International.


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