To foreigners living in Japan:


There are OTC (Over-The-Counter) drugs which can be bought off the shelf and prescription drugs which require a doctor's prescription.

Based on the Medical Practitioner Act of Japan, a doctor can prescribe a medicine to a patient if the doctor finds it necessary after evaluating a patient. The type and dosage are decided during the consultation. Medicines should only be taken as prescribed. Do not stock, use without a doctor’s guidance or give to other people.

In Japan, hospitals do not sell drugs.

In Japan, hospitals do not accept patients who only wish to obtain a prescription without seeing a doctor.

On your initial visit to the hospital:

Registration time for new patients:

Flow of outpatient clinic

Medical fee

Medical interpreter Service

Medical certificates and referral letters

Physical examination