Clinic Nearme Medical: English-Speaking Clinic in Tokyo
One of the worst things that can happen to us when we are in a country that is not our own is to have a medical emergency. Especially if we don’t even reside in that country but are simply traveling. However, although it’s something that no one wants to think about, as a daughter of healthcare workers I know first hand that it’s something that happens more often than we think.
Also, as someone who moved to a completely different country without much knowledge of Japanese (not even English), I also fully understand the stress and anxiety that can be caused by having to go for a medical visit in a country where your native language is not spoken. Even now, almost 5 years later and with fluent Japanese, when it comes to serious medical issues I prefer to go to a place that have an English-speaking option available if possible, because in my opinion it’s much better to ensure you have properly understood everything and avoid misunderstandings because of language when it comes to matters affecting your health.
Whether you have a medical emergency in Tokyo or you are a permanent resident looking for a clinic with a good service an English-speaking staff, this article may be of interest to you.
Hospitals & Clinics in Tokyo
One of the biggest problems when looking for hospitals or clinics in Tokyo is, as you can imagine, the language barrier. But it’s not only that. Even speaking Japanese, or being with someone who speaks Japanese, the Japanese hospital system is quite different from that of many countries.
To begin with, many sites require a letter of recommendation from your previous hospital or clinic to accept you as a patient (which, for obvious reasons, is impossible if you are traveling and in an emergency).
On the other hand, and this was what surprised me the most when I first moved to Japan, many places are open only from Monday to Friday, and close around 16:00-18:00. Those that are open 24 hours often require a phone call beforehand as the doors are closed.
Another thing to keep in mind if you have a medical emergency while traveling in Tokyo, is that in Japan the medical system is co-pay. Permanent residents in Japan pay a monthly fee to the national health insurance, and when going to the hospital or clinic they pay only about 30% of the treatment. Therefore, those who aren’t on the Japanese health insurance have to pay 100% of the treatment. Even if you have travel insurance, some clinics and hospitals don’t accept travel medical insurance (so you will have to pay 100% there and then deal with your insurance company later).
Clinic Nearme Medical
Our affiliated clinic Clinic Nearme Medical is a new service offered by Clinic Nearme, a Japanese company providing medical support services for foreign residents in Japan and one of the best clinics in Tokyo with multilingual service in English and Chinese.
At their clinic in Marunouchi, near to Tokyo Station, Clinic Nearme Medical offer general internal medicine, surgery and dermatology. And for those traveling with small children, who may be more prone to sudden illness, pediatric services are also available.
One of the best features is that they are open from Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 21:00. Walk-ins are allowed although it’s always better to call beforehand whenever possible, their English call center is available from 08:00 to 23:00.
Clinic Nearme Medical is suitable not only for tourists passing through Japan, but also for residents living in Tokyo. In addition to the services mentioned above, they also issue medical certificates in Japanese or English required for sick leave, business trips, life insurance, etc.
|Access||1 min walk from JR Tokyo Station & Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Marunouchi Underground North Exit/ 5 min walk from Tokyo Metro Otemachi Station|
|Address||1 −9−1, Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Marunouchi, 100-0005 B1 JR Tokyo Station|
|Language||Japanese, English, Chinese|
|Nearest station||JR Tokyo Station|
How to arrive to the clinic
1. Search the Yaesu North Entrance for JR Lines and Shinkansen. With the entrance behind you, walk down the front hallway.
2. Walk out into the street, and then turn left.
3. Walk until you reach a building called TEKKO BUILDING. Just in front of it you will find an escalator. Go down the escalator.
4. Enter the building and walk the entire corridor straight ahead. You will pass through different doors. Go straight ahead.
5. You finally will find the clinic. The name on the door is Tokyo Business Clinic
I hope this article was helpful to you. For more information about Japanese clinics and other medical-related information, check out these other articles.