Information for International Researchers

Healthcare

In a foreign country, being sick can be quite frightening and often it happens at the worst time, like late at night or on a weekend. It will save you time, money and most of all worry if you plan a bit ahead so that when you need medical help, you know where to go.

1. On-campus clinics in Todai

Todai has an on-campus clinic called the University Health Service Center.If you do not know which kind of specialist to consult, or if you are not sure whether or not you are ill, please feel free to visit any clinic or the Healthcare Section. Each clinic in the Health Service Center is ready to accept emergency cases between 9:00 through 17:00, even if it is closed. The Center is not open to the general public. Families of foreign researchers of Todai cannot utilize the Center. The clinic hours vary, so it is strongly recommended to check the opening hours by phone or on the web. The examination fee is basically free of charge.

BRANCH NAME TREATMENT DEPARTMENTS CONTACT
Hongo Branch Internal medicine, Neuropsychiatry, Dentistry, Otology 03-5841-2575
Komaba Branch Internal medicine, Neuropsychiatry, Dentistry, Orthopedics, Dermatology 03-5454-6080
Kasiwa Branch Internal medicine, Neuropsychiatry 04-7136-3040

2. Health check-up

The Health Centers offer free medical checkups to International researchers upon employment, and issue medical examination reports based on the checkup results. They also offer health counseling if you do not know which kind of specialist to consult, and can write a referral letter to other local clinics/hospitals if necessary. Most doctors speak English, but it is recommended to call the center and make sure an English-speaking doctor is available on the day you want to visit. Local governments also conduct health checkups by appointment. Employees may apply for an appointment at their municipal office. Checkups can be received according to age at medical institutions designated by the municipality.

INSTITUTION NAME DEPARTMENTS ADDRESS CONTACT
Koishikawa Public Health Service Center Internal medicine, Neuropsychiatry, Dentistry, Otology Bunkyo Civic Center 3F 03-5803-1805
Hongo Public Health Service Center Internal medicine, Neuropsychiatry, Dentistry, Orthopedics, Dermatology 5-20-18, Sendagi 03-3821-5106

3. The University of Tokyo Hospital

If you wish to be examined at the University of Tokyo Hospital, first obtain a letter of referral from the Health Service Center. Otherwise, you will have to pay an additional 5,250 yen as a special healthcare fee, which is not covered by the NHI plan.

  • University of Tokyo Hospital Appointment Center
    • Phone : 03-5800-8630

4. Medical Treatment

When you feel sick on weekends or at night, take your insurance card and go to a clinic or hospital. There are some local hospitals and clinics that are on duty under the rotation (Rota) system at night and on weekends. Check the website of your local medical association. For example, if you live in Bunkyo-ku, find the Bunkyo-ku Ishikai page (Bunkyo-ku Medical Association) and search for the clinics/hospitals on duty. Many places are open until around 22:00. On weekends they may close earlier. Make sure you call the clinic/hospital you wish to visit before you go to see if they accept patients. Information about clinics/hospitals on duty is also available by telephone services. In Tokyo call Himawari, and multilingual staff will find a clinic/hospital on duty for you. Himawari is open from 9:00 to 20:00 everyday. For further information about the service, please visit the website.

  • Medical Institution Information ("HIMAWARI")
    • Phone : 03-5285-8181
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Emergency Translation Service
    • Phone : 03-5285-8185
  • AMDA International Medical Information Center
    • Phone : 03-5285-8088
  • Service for the Health in Asian & African Regions
    • Phone : 050-3424-0195

Healthcare facilities near the Hongo Campus

INSTITUTION NAME SERVICES ADDRESS CONTACT
The University of Tokyo Hospital General, Internal medicine, General surgery, Ophthalmology, ENT, Dermatology, Urology, Ob-gyn, Dental, Pediatric, Psychiatry Hongo 7-3-1,Bunkyo-ku 03-3816-0711
Hongo Health Service Center Internal medicine, ENT, Dental, Psychiatry Hongo 7-3-1,Bunkyo-ku 03-5841-2575
Nippon Medical School Hospital General, Internal medicine, General surgery, Ophthalmology, ENT, Dermatology, Urology, Ob-gyn, Dental, Pediatric, Psychiatry Sendagi 1-1-5, Bunkyo-ku 03-3822-2131
Juntendo University Hospital General, Internal medicine, General surgery, Ophthalmology, ENT, Dermatology, Urology, Ob-gyn, Dental, Pediatric, Psychiatry Hongo 3-1-3, Bunkyo-ku 03-3813-3111
Tokyo Medical and Dental University General, Internal medicine, General surgery, Ophthalmology, ENT, Dermatology, Urology, Ob-gyn, Dental, Pediatric, Psychiatry Yushima 1-5-45, Bunkyo-ku 03-5803-5406
Hitachi General Hospital Internal medicine, ENT, Dental, Psychiatry General Surgery, Dermatology, Urology, Ob-gyn, Dental, Rehabilitation Yushima 3-5-7, Bunkyo-ku 03-3831-2181
Jiai Hospital General, Internal Medicine, General surgery, Dermatology, Allergy, Rheumatism Hongo 6-12-5, Bunkyo-ku 03-3812-7360

5. Plan for emergency

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  • Know where the nearest 24 hour emergency hospital is.
  • Have phone numbers of hospital and clinics near the phone.
  • Place health insurance card and patient ID cards in a special folder in a place that you can easily find.
  • Prepare a First Aid kit.
  • Always take your insurance card with you when traveling.