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Hospitals In Tokyo With English And Multilingual Support

Hospitals In Tokyo With English And Multilingual Support

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by Miyuki Saito

Tokyo 2020.08.04 Bookmark

Are you looking for medical care in Tokyo? This article features a detailed list of 16 hospitals in Tokyo with English and multilingual support for foreign residents, visitors, and patients concerned about language barriers when receiving health care in Japan.

Tokyo Hospitals Where International Patients Can Feel Comfortable

Foreign nationals and those visiting Japan may worry about encountering language barriers when at a medical facility.

This article introduces hospitals in Tokyo that offer English and multilingual consultations and support, a list of their medical departments, supported languages, and credit cards accepted for payment at each facility.

What Is a JMIP-Certified Hospital?

Hospitals In Tokyo Offering Multilingual Consultation

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Those looking for a hospital should check if the facility is certified by the Japan Medical Service Accreditation for International Patients (JMIP).

This accreditation system certifies hospitals that can accept and assist patients of various nationalities.

To meet the criterion, a facility needs to offer multilingual consultations and admit international patients. Hospitals that add prayer rooms for religious purposes are also considerations during the certification process.

The following are 16 JMIP-certified hospitals in Tokyo. While they are all large facilities, most of them require patients to have a letter of referral from other clinics. A medical consultation without a referral may be an additional 3,000 to 5,000 yen to the first-time visitation fee.

To learn about the difference between Japanese hospitals and clinics, please refer to the following article below.

The following language abbreviations are used in this article:
AR: Arabic, BO: Tibetan, DE: German, EN: English, ES: Spanish, FA: Persian, FR: French, HI: Hindi, ID: Indonesian, KM: Khmer, KO: Korean, LO: Lao, MN: Mongolian, MS: Malay, NE: Nepali, PO: Polish, PT: Portuguese, RO: Romanian, RU: Russian, SI: Sinhala, TH: Thai, TL: Tagalog, VI: Vietnamese, ZH: Chinese

1. JCHO Tokyo Takanawa Hospital

The JCHO Tokyo Takanawa Hospital is in the Takanawa area of Minato Ward, where many foreign nationals reside. It is a three-minute walk from Takanawadai Station (accessible via the Toei Asakusa Line). From Shinagawa Station, where commuters catch the Shinkansen (bullet train), it takes about ten minutes on foot. If you prefer to take a taxi, the fare costs about 700 yen from Shinagawa Station.

Whichever route you choose to take, it is an easily accessible hospital.

Their official website provides information in English, Chinese, and Russian. An appointment is not required for the first consultation. Bring your Japanese health insurance card, certificate of residence or passport, and visit the medical department during the consultation hours.

JCHO Tokyo Takanawa Hospital
Medical Departments Internal Medicine, Surgery, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, etc.
Languages EN, RO, ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay
Official Website https://takanawa.jcho.go.jp/international-assistance-service/

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2. NTT Medical Center Tokyo

This hospital is managed by NTT East Corp., a major Japanese telecommunications company. The nearest station is Gotanda, which is accessible via JR Lines and Toei Asakusa Line. From Gotanda Station, it is a seven-minute walk to the hospital. A shuttle bus service is also available.

The location is convenient for those coming for a medical consultation or visiting a patient at the facility.

NTT Medical Center Tokyo
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, etc.
Languages EN, ES, FR, KO, PT, RU, TH, VI, ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay
Official Website https://www.nmct.ntt-east.co.jp/en/

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3. IUHW Mita Hospital

Located near the iconic Tokyo Tower, this facility is only a five-minute walk from the Akabanebashi Station (Toei Oedo Line). It is also within walking distance from Azabu-juban Station (Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line) and Shibakoen Station (Toei Mita Line).

In addition to its JMIP accreditation, the hospital is certified by JCI (Joint Commission International): the leading health care accreditor in the United States. This medical facility is also highly regarded worldwide.

IUHW Mita Hospital
Medical Departments Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, etc.
Languages EN and ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, etc.
Official Website http://mita.iuhw.ac.jp/english/

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4. Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital

Tokyo Saisekai Central hospita is another facility near Tokyo Tower, located a three-minute walk from the Akabanebashi Station (Toei Oedo Line). The hospital has a history of supporting the local community for over 100 years.

It was JMIP-certified in 2017. If you have a letter of referral, please make an appointment before visiting.

Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Urology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, etc.
Languages EN, ES, FR, RU, ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, UnionPay
Official Website https://www.saichu.jp/english/home/

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5. Toranomon Hospital

Many embassies and foreign-affiliated firms are located in Minato Ward in Tokyo. Toranomon Hospital provides medical services to foreign nationals in a safe and supportive environment.

In addition to medical check-ups, the hospital accepts both foreign residents in Japan and visitors from abroad seeking medical treatment. The staff has a comprehensive understanding of diverse cultural backgrounds, which creates a welcoming atmosphere for patients.

Toranomon Hospital
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Dentistry, etc.
Languages EN
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, JCB
Official Website https://www.toranomon.gr.jp/global/

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6. Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital

There are many foreign nationals residing in the Hiroo neighborhood in Shibuya Ward. This easily accessible area boasts a wide selection of supermarkets and restaurants for its international residents.

While there are various hospitals in the area offering multilingual consultations, this hospital aims to support overseas patients with English and Chinese interpretors available for assistance.

Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Dentistry, etc.
Languages EN and ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay
Official Website https://www.byouin.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/hiroo/english/index.html

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7. Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine

This facility proactively supports international patients in the Shinjuku area. The International Health Care Center was established to treat both foreign nationals residing in Japan and visitors from abroad.

A medical coordinator will assist those unfamiliar with Japanese hospitals. The telephone consultation is available in Japanese, English, and Chinese.

Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics,
Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics, and Dentistry
Languages EN, ES, FA, FR, HI, ID, KO, MN, NE, PT, RU, TH, TL, VI, ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay
Official Website http://www.hosp.ncgm.go.jp/en/index.html

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8. Ebara Hospital

Ebara Hospital is located in Ota Ward in Tokyo, and has a history spanning over 120 years. It provides medical support to residents of Ota, Shinagawa, Setagaya, and Meguro wards.

The Patient Support Center was established to assist international patients with services in English, Chinese (Mandarin), and Korean. While some staff members speak these languages, translation services using a tablet PC is also available. Their official website has pages in English, Chinese, and Korean.

Ebara Hospital
Medical Departments Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Surgery, Orthopedics, Dermatology, Urology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Dentistry, etc.
Languages EN, KO, ZH
Credit Cards JCB, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club
Official Website http://www.ebara-hp.ota.tokyo.jp/en/index.html

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9. Nissan Tamagawa Hospital

This facility is located in Setagaya Ward, which is the southwestern section of Tokyo's 23 wards. The emergency department accepts a large number of ambulances and is focused on specialized medical examinations. Signs written in both Japanese and English are inside the building, so visitors will know where they are headed.

Nissan Tamagawa Hospital
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Surgery, Dermatology, Urology, Ophthalmology, etc.
Languages EN
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay, etc.
Official Website https://www.tamagawa-hosp.jp/english/

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10. Kosei Hospital

This is a general hospital located in Suginami Ward in western Tokyo. Suginami Ward is easily accessible from major areas such as Shinjuku, and many foreign nationals reside here.

An international department was established to assist overseas patients at Kosei. The official site is available in Japanese, English, and Chinese. The facility also offers multilanguage translation services through tablet PCs.

Kosei Hospital
Medical Departments Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Dermatology, Urology, Ophthalmology, etc.
Languages EN, ES, FA, FR, HI, ID, KO, MN, NE, PT, RU, TH, TL, VI, ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay
Official Website https://kosei-hp.or.jp/en/

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11. Tokyo Metropolitan Ohtsuka Hospital

Managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, this hospital is located in Toshima Ward in northeastern Tokyo. As a general rule, patients must obtain a letter of referral from a separate clinic or medical facility before making a first-time appointment.

Their official website is available in English, Chinese and Korean.

Tokyo Metropolitan Ohtsuka Hospital
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Dentistry, etc.
Languages EN
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay
Official Website https://www.byouin.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/ohtsuka/english/index.html

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12. Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Diseases Center Komagome Hospital

This hospital specializes in treating cancer and infectious diseases. Operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the facility is located in Bunkyo Ward.

Information brochures outlining the hospitalization procedure is available in multiple languages. The meals for hospitalized patients can be adjusted to accommodate diet restrictions due to religious reasons.

Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Diseases Center Komagome Hospital
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Dentistry
Languages EN, ES, FR, KO, PT, RU, TH, TL, VI, ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay, etc.
Official Website https://www.cick.jp/english/

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13. Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital

Located in Sumida Ward, this is another hospital operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Interpretation services are provided on tablet PCs to explain medical treatments.

Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, etc.
Languages EN and ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay
Official Website http://bokutoh-hp.metro.tokyo.jp/en/

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14. Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center

Managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, this hospital located in Fuchu City specializes in treating children. In collaboration with the Tama Medical Center, this facility accepts international patients.

Although a translator is not always available, multilingual support for consultations are provided in English, Korean, Chinese, and Indonesian. The official website has pages in English and Chinese.

Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Dermatology
Languages EN, ES, FA, FR, HI, ID, KO, MN, NE, PT, RU, TH, TL, VI, ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB
Official Website https://www.byouin.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/shouni/eng/index.html

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15. Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Medical Center

This center, located next to the Children's Medical Center, provides medical assistance to residents in the Tama area. Although this hospital has a referral appointment systems, the emergency room is open around the clock.

It became JMIP-certified in 2019 and is aiming to further stregthen its support of accepting international patients. While there are no special departments for foreign nationals, the hospital is determined to fully assist its patients.

Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Medical Center
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Dentistry
Languages EN
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB
Official Website https://www.fuchu-hp.fuchu.tokyo.jp/en/

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16. Tokyo Nishi Tokushukai Hospital

This hospital is run by Tokushukai Medical Group that manages many hospitals across Japan. Located in Akishima City in western Tokyo, American troops from the Yokota Air Base visit this facility alongside other patients from various nationalities.

While some members of the staff speak English and Chinese, tablet PCs are also used for translation. You'll find multilingual signs posted inside the building, too.

Tokyo Nishi Tokushukai Hospital
Medical Departments Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopedics,
Gynecology, Dentistry
Languages EN and ZH
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, UnionPay
Official Website https://www.tokyonishi-hp.or.jp/en/

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Use the JNTO Site to Find a Hospital That Meets Your Needs

Those looking for multilingual hospitals outside of Tokyo should view the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) website, which has a search engine for finding medical facilities.

The site also offers advice on how to use services provided at medical institutions. There's also a PDF guide with a sheet that lists various symptoms that you can point to when describing your ailment.

JNTO's Guide for When You Are Feeling Ill: https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html

Various hospitals in Tokyo offering multilingual support. Use this article as a guide when on the lookout for a medical that answers your needs and makes you feel comfortable.

Source: JNTO's For Safe Travels in Japan

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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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