8 Top English-Speaking Hospitals in Tokyo [Updated 2022 Guide]
Finding English-speaking hospitals in Tokyo can be one of the biggest challenges for tourists and foreign residents in Japan.
When seeking medical attention, language barriers cause anxiety and can even limit the options for non-native Japanese speakers. Fortunately, many doctors speak English in Japan, and we’ve curated a list of the best hospitals in Tokyo that provide English support.
We also discuss what you should know about certifications and accreditations that hospitals receive for their ability to offer multilingual consults.
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Where can I find an English-speaking doctor in Tokyo?
You can find an English-speaking doctor in Tokyo by checking if the facility is Japan Medical Service Accreditation for International Patients (JMIP) or Japan International Hospitals (JIH) certified. This accreditation ensures hospitals can assist patients of various nationalities and offer multilingual consultations.
For foreign residents in other areas of Japan (not just Tokyo), looking for “JMIP hospital near me” can help you pinpoint where to go for multilingual support.
Of course, if you don't have a JMIP or JIH hospital close to you, some hospitals offer English translation services or have doctors on-site who can speak English.
Note: If you or someone you know becomes injured or falls ill, please refer to the Tokyo EMS Guide to determine if you should call an ambulance for assistance or visit a hospital.
Below, we've compiled a list of 8 hospitals and clinics in Tokyo that are JIH and JMIP certified or offer English-language support for you to use as a guide when seeking medical attention.
Image. Takanawa Hospital reception.
Tokyo Takanawa Hospital is a 3-minute walk from Takanawadai Station. It is JIH and JMIP certified and provides English and Chinese interpretation services.
Although you don't need an appointment for a first-time consultation, the hospital recommends calling in advance to ensure there are openings in the schedule.
Address | Reception: 03-3443-9191
Takanawadai Station, Asakusa subway line, Exit A1
Shinagawa Station, Keikyu and JR line, Takanawa Exit
Sanno Hospital has English-speaking doctors and Japanese-English interpreters on staff. It's less than a 5-minute walk from Aoyama-itchome Station and Nogizaka Station. The hospital has a wide array of patient-oriented medical services, including dentistry, ophthalmology, and a respected Obstetrics & Gynecology department.
Outpatient walk-ins are accepted for specific departments. You can check which departments accept walk-ins on their Outpatient page. Reception hours are from 8:30 - 11:30 AM and 1:00 - 4:30 PM on Mondays to Saturdays.
Address | Reception: 03-3402-3151
Aoyama-itchome Station, Tokyo Metro Ginza line, Hanzomon line, and Toei Oedo line, Exit 4
Nogizaka Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, Exit 3
This clinic provides multilingual treatment and medical services for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, regardless of whether you have Japanese health insurance or not. They also offer international medical transportation between countries and within hospitals in Japan.
Address | Reception: 03-3501-1330
Shimbashi Station. JR Yamanote line, Ueno-Tokyo line, Ginza line
Uchisaiwaicho Station, Mita line
Tokyo Midtown Clinic boasts a special outpatient center and a next-gen health screening center. In addition, the clinic is one of the first hospitals in Japan to be accredited by Joint Commission International (Ambulatory Care Program), an internationally recognized health care organization.
Outpatient service is by appointment only. Reservations are available one month in advance through their internet reservation system or by phone call.
Address | Reception: 03-5413-0080
Roppongi Station, Toei Oedo Subway line, Exit 8
Roppongi Station, Tokyo Metro Hibiya line, Exit 4
Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital is JMIP-certified and a short walk from Akabanebashi Station. It offers comprehensive medical care for international patients and has an Emergency and Critical Care Center within its premise.
The hospital has an international office that supports patients who don't speak Japanese. Medical interpreters who can speak English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Chinese are also available on-site.
Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital encourages patients to make a reservation in advance or have a medical referral letter before visiting. Individuals without one may have to wait considerably longer to receive a consultation.
Address | Reception: +81-(0)50-5358-2873
Akebanebashi Station, Toei Oedo line, Akabanebashi Exit
Shibakoen Station, Toei Mita line, Exit A2
Azabujuban Station, Tokyo Metro Nanboku line, Exit 3
Image. Medical Clinic Hiroo, from Google maps.
The clinic's director, Dr. Michiko Suwa, is a U.S. board-certified pediatrician that has treated patients from more than 60 countries. A broad range of medical services such as pediatrics, internal medicine, dermatology, and vaccines are available at the clinic in English.
Walk-ins are accepted, but you will need an appointment for immunizations, physical exams, and well-child visits.
Address | Reception: 03-3443-7060
Hiroo Station, Hibiya Subway line, Exit 2
The National Medical Clinic administers pediatric medicine with native English-speaking pediatricians, nurses, and staff. In addition, the clinic also offers general internal medicine, immunization, and cosmetic plastic surgery services.
Although the clinic does not accept Japanese Health Insurance, they will help you complete insurance forms without charge. Appointments are a must for this clinic, so make sure you call reception to make a reservation.
Address | Reception: 03-3473-2057
Hiroo Station, Hibiya Subway Line, Exit 1
The Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic has multilingual European and U.S.-trained doctors working at the facility. English-speaking medical services include family practice, specialty consultations, vaccinations, travel medicine, minor clinical procedures, and emergencies.
Consultations and first-time visits are typically by appointment only. However, acutely ill patients can be seen without one. This clinic does not accept Japanese National or Social Health Insurance, but they will provide an itemized receipt and statement of your diagnosis for insurance claims.
Address | Reception: 03-3436-3028
Kamiyacho Station, Hibiya Subway line, Exit 1
Knowing where to turn in case of future emergencies can help alleviate the stress of future unknowns. (See also, “Top Options for English-Speaking Insurance Companies for Emergencies in Japan.”) If none of these English-speaking hospitals in Tokyo felt right for you, look through the facility list on the Japan Medical Service Accreditation for International Patients (JMIP) or Japan International Hospitals (JIH) websites.
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