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Picture this: you’re a new ALT fresh out of your home country and you find out you’ve been placed in Gunma. Gunma sounds lovely! It’s got mountains, lakes, shrines, and the 3rd highest rate of car ownership in all of Japan. Oh dear. Sounds like you’ll probably need to drive, and if you mean to stay for longer than a year, you’ll have to get a Japanese driver’s license.

Now, this can seem intimidating at first. You may have already heard that Japan’s licensing process is complicated, outdated, steeped in bureaucracy, and downright arcane. While all of that may be true, this guide will hopefully make this process as smooth, easy, and painless as possible. Nobody should have to be turned away from the window after taking a whole afternoon of nenkyuu. We’ve broken this guide down into three easy sections: the basics, the window, and the test.

Part 1: The Basics

Before we get to the licensing, there are 2 questions you should ask yourself:

1. Do I need a license in the first place?

In most cases, if you want to stay longer than a year or didn’t get an IDP on your way out of your home country, the answer is likely yes. However, if you are able to bike or are one of the lucky few that can take the train or bus to work and have it be practical, and don’t mind not having access to a car, then you’re in luck! You can probably stop reading this and move on with your blessed life. Go get yourself sakura-flavoured Starbucks with the time and money you’re saving, you monster. If you need a license like the rest of us then move on to the next question.

2. Need I suffer?

It’s a question one must ask themselves in daily life, but in this context it refers to whether or not you have to take the practical driving exams. If you meet the following criteria, you can skip the tests. You must: 

I. Be from one of the following JET countries:

1. Australia
2. Austria
3. Belgium
4. Canada
5. Denmark
6. Finland
7. France
8. Germany

9. Hungary
10. Ireland
11. Italy
12. Netherlands
13. New Zealand
14. Norway
15. Poland
16. Slovenia

17. South Korea
18. Spain
19. Sweden
20. Switzerland
21. Taiwan
22. UK
23. USA (only Hawaii, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington)

(The other non-JET countries that don’t require a practical exam are Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Monaco, and Portugal.)

II.  Have a valid license from said country
III. Have lived there for at least three months after getting your license
IV. Be 18 years old or over
V. Have a valid visa in Japan
VI. Have a registered address in your city/municipality in Japan

If you meet all these criteria, great! You can stop reading this article after Part 2. Unfortunately if you’re from anywhere else, or haven’t ever had a driver’s license, it means you will have to go through the stringent Japanese examination system. Read Parts 2 and 3 of this article:

Part 2: The Window

This section covers the finer points of the bureaucratic hurdles you will have to face. Follow these steps and you’ll have your very own driver’s license.

1. Call and make a reservation!!!

This is really important and we can’t stress it enough. You’ll need to call and make a reservation several weeks in advance to book a time. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a balancing act, because you’ll usually only be able to reserve at least three or four weeks in advance, but at most only eight or nine. As a general rule, you can call and make a reservation for the next month without issue, any earlier or later and it may not work out.

2. Collect your documents:

You’ll need all of the following physical documents to transfer your license, and if you’re missing anything the staff are likely to turn you away and you’ll have to come back another time. That being said, copies can be made on site at the copying machines on the second floor for some pocket change in the back by the vending machines. If you have a flash drive handy you also may be able to print off certain forgotten files. You’ll need:

  • I. A driver’s license from your home country (original and copy)
  • II. Your passport (original and copy)
    • ○ If you come from a country that uses stamps for entry and exit, you’ll need copies of those stamps too.
  • III. Official license translations from the JAF (costs ¥2000-3000)
    • ○ Make sure you get this early. The translation could be available the next day, or could take up to 3 weeks. You can also opt to have it mailed to you.
    • License Translation Form – English 
  • IV. Driving abstract/record (Americans only)
    • ○ Obtainable through your state DMV. You can apply online or through mail in most cases; time to receive will vary by state.
  • V. A certificate of residence (original and copy) obtainable at your city hall for ¥300.
  • VI. License-sized photo (3cm x 2.4cm) This can be taken at the photobooth of any supermarket or on site at the traffic center for ¥800.
  • VII. Zairyu card (original and copy)
  • VIII. IDP 
  • IX. Proof of 3+ month residence in home country
    • ○ Credit card statements are safest. 3+ consecutive monthly statements from the same card will work fine in most cases. Barring that, things that have also worked or supplemented statements include:
      • a. Consecutive monthly timesheets from work in your home country (including address of your workplace)
      • b. Driving history sheets from your DMV or equivalent.
      • c. IRS residency record or equivalent.
  • X. ¥6000. This may be lower depending on the type of license you get. I got a medium sized vehicle licence (it includes pickups and moving vans) which is unfortunately the most expensive one.

3. Be there at 1pm or be square

Bring a Japanese speaker for extra security – you can get turned away if your Japanese is not proficient enough to communicate. It’s a good idea to check out local associations in your area to see if volunteer translators are available.

4. Register, process paperwork, and wait in cycles

5. If everything works out, time to pay and take an eye exam

6. Take the written test if you have to (see Part 3)

7. Take the practical test if you have to (see Part 3)

8. Go downstairs for a reflex test:

As part of the reflex test there is a depth perception test which can be particularly confusing at first blush. Essentially, you will be staring into a black bar moving back and forth between two lines, and you will have to determine when the three line up, either when coming forward, moving backwards, or both. It can be hard to tell they are even moving on the first try, but remember to pay attention to the center line as it appears to grow and shrink by moving closer or further away from you. 

9. Wait for the staff to print your license:

For this section, you will join a group of other people all waiting on the main floor right outside the reflex test; simply wait for them to call your name.

10. You’re done!

If you’re lucky enough to skip the tests, then congratulations! That’s it, you can breathe a sigh of relief (and remember to be kind to those that do have to take the tests). You can skip right to the end. 

Otherwise, here is what you need to know for the test:

Part 3: The Test

If you are from America or any other country not listed above, this is the part that everyone dreads. After completing the paperwork, you will take a 10-question written test about Japanese traffic law. This part is fairly easy and relies mainly on common sense. It is offered in English, so you don’t need to be too nervous about it.

The practical test, however, is the biggest hurdle in getting your license. In almost every case you will have to come to the traffic center multiple times before finally passing the practical exam. 

The traffic center begins to check paperwork from 3pm each day, so make sure you arrive by 2:50pm to secure a place in line; the earlier you are, the faster you will go through the process. They will check that your paperwork is all in order, and then have you pay the test fee: ¥2550 each time. You will be given a number and sent to the testing location. 

The practical test checks your ability to do what the instructors want rather than your actual driving ability, so you need to know how the test is conducted. GAJET has made a step-by-step guide, which you can find right here.

After completing the test, you will then go back to the main reception area to await your results. They announce all results together on a whiteboard, and your number will be written here if you have passed. If you have passed, the staff will tell you how and when you can complete the process. If you have failed, you will need to get in line to register for your next test date.

Driving Schools

Driving schools in Japan can be expensive, but they can also be very helpful in learning the particulars of the test. These are some of the larger ones in Gunma that may be worth a try. 

Akagi Driving School

赤城自動車教習所 
群馬県伊勢崎市赤堀今井町1-564
1-564 Akaboriimaichō, Isesaki-shi 
Phone: 027-062-0135
http://www.akagide.jp/

Minami Shibukawa Driving School

南渋川自動車教習所 
群馬県渋川市半田2700
2700 Handa, Shibukawa-shi 
Phone: 027-922-1945
http://www.m-shibu.com/

Yanasebashi Driving School

柳瀬橋自動車教習所 
群馬県藤岡市森新田221-2
221-2 Morishinden, Fujioka-shi 
Phone: 027-442-0671
https://www.yanasede.com/

Ohwatari Driving School

大渡自動車教習所
群馬県前橋市総社町総社1164-2
1164-2 Sōjamachi Sōja, Maebashi-shi 
Phone: 027-251-4037
https://www.ohwatari.com/

Maebashi Amagawa Driving School

前橋天川自動車教習所 
群馬県前橋市天川大島町1065-2
1065-2 Amagawaōshimamachi, Maebashi-shi 
Phone: 027-261-0840 
http://www.amagawa.com/

Isesaki Driving School

伊勢崎自動車教習所
群馬県伊勢崎市上諏訪町1499-1
1499-1 Kamisuwachō, Isesaki-shi 
Phone: 027-024-1515
http://www.isesaki-driving-school.co.jp/

NOTE: Be prepared for the first time to be more expensive, as you might have to pay a registration fee in addition to the lesson fee.

After Passing the Test 

As the foreign license transfer test always takes place at 4pm, you will have to return on another afternoon to receive your license. Follow the instructions given to you by the reception staff after you have passed your test for when and where to return to.

You will do a few parts of the licensing process with the Japanese test passers; however, much of it will be separate, and there is quite a bit of waiting and wondering involved. For the entire process of receiving your license, you are looking at another 1-5 afternoon.

Conclusion

And with that, barring anything unexpected, you should walk out of the traffic centre with a new, shiny (if a little boringly designed), Japanese driver’s license. We hope this guide is helpful in your journey navigating the complicated world of Japanese bureaucracy, and that it will save you some anxiety and frustration in the future. 

Remember that you are not alone and hundreds of ALTs have gone through this same process before you. You are not the first, and you won’t be the last. Don’t hesitate to ask others around you for help, as there are many great resources to help you out, such as the Gunma ALTs Facebook page, LINE group chats, your GAJET representatives, and even your friends and coworkers. 

You can do this! Good luck, and we hope to see you out on the road soon.

Making Your Own Masks

April 29, 2020 | Guides | No Comments

“Do you want to buy some masks? It’s ¥5000 for a box,” the teacher said as they held the clipboard out to me with a smile. Er, no thanks. That’s ¥5000 I don’t have, and besides, let’s leave the medical grade supplies for the people who need them. Making my own mask seemed like the logical — and environmentally friendly — solution. It also meant I could get out of the absolutely-not-adhering-to-the-three-C’s staff room for a while. Hooray!

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By Kei

We at GAJET are making a list of all the doctors, dentists, and eye clinics that you, our community, have recommended to us over the years. We are working towards making a comprehensive list of the best doctors in Gunma, based on English availability, location accessibility, and care quality and convenience. This list contains clinics that ALTs have recommended based off their own personal experiences. We hope that it will come in handy during a pinch.

Can’t find a place near you? We are updating our list of doctors as we find them.

If you know of a recommendable doctor, dentist or otherwise, please let us know at: [email protected].

If you are seeking more information about the GPs in your area, you can find information about English-supported clinics online at https://byoinnavi.jp/gunma/english_speakers. Some of these clinics may not have been tested by your fellow ALTs, so please let us know about your experience.

If you are seeking assistance in regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), then please do not go to a doctor. Instead, please call the number designated by your city and follow their instructions.

SEIBU

高崎市Takasaki (027-381-6112)

安中市 Annaka (027-381-0345)

富岡市 Tomioka (0274-62-1541)

藤岡市 Fujioka (0274-22-1420) 

TOBU

桐生市 Kiryu (0277-53-4131)

館林市 Tatebayashi (0276-72-3230)

太田市 Ota (0276-31-8243)

CHUBU

前橋市 Maebashi (027-220-1151) 

渋川市 Shibukawa (0279-22-4166)   

伊勢崎市 Isesaki (0270-25-5066)

AGATSUMA-TONE

吾妻郡 Agatsuma (0279-75-3303)

利根郡 Tone (0278-23-2185)

沼田市 Numata (0278-23-2185)

These contacts have limited English support. If you are looking for up to date information, need a phone consultation, or help with other health-related issues, you can contact Gunma Onestop Center in English by email at [email protected] or through their Facebook page.

There is also English support regarding COVID-19 by the AMDA Medical Information Center in Tokyo. These phone lines will be running until May 20, 2020:

Phone Number 1: 03-6233-9266

(10:00-17:00 on weekdays, 10:00-15:00 on Sat, Sun, and holidays)

Phone Number 2: 090-3359-8324

(10:00-17:00 on weekdays)

自宅待機のイラスト文字「STAY HOME」

SEIBU

Takasaki

Makimoto Clinic • 牧元医院

Specialty: General

Address: 〒370-0064 群馬県高崎市芝塚町1845-2
1845-2 Shibazukamachi, Takasaki, Gunma 370-0064

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:00 and 16:00~18:00 (Closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • Dr. Makimoto speaks English and those who have visited him say he has a friendly attitude.
  • • A 20-minute walk from Takasaki or Kita-Takasaki station.

Website: https://www.med.pref.gunma.jp/pb_md_index/pb_md_list/pb_md_info/772?

Phone Number: 027-322-3623

Central Ladies Clinic • セントラルレディースクリニック

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OB-GYN)

Address: 群馬県高崎市東町80-7
80-7 Azumacho, Takasaki, Gunma 370-0045

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:00 and 14:00~18:00 (Closed on Thursday afternoons, and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • Only a ten minute walk from Takasaki Station.
  • • Friendly and comfortable experience with a English-speaking, male doctor.
  • • The front desk has a translated sheet, explaining medical needs in English and Japanese. Remember to request an English-speaking doctor on your arrival.
  • • Walk-ins are welcome.

Website: https://www.clc.or.jp/MedicalInformation/MedicalInformation.html

Phone Number: 027-326-7711

Nishimura Clinic • 西村医院

Specialty: Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Psychiatry

Address: 〒370-0068群馬県高崎市昭和町 142-6
370-0068, Gunma Prefecture, Takasaki Showa-cho 142-6

Opening Hours: 9:00~13:00 and 15:00~18:00 (Closed on Wednesday afternoons and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • English-speaking female physician at this clinic.

Website: http://www.nishimura-iin.com/

Phone Number: 027-388-1811

Kobayashi Ophthalmology Clinic • 小林眼科

Specialty: Ophthalmology (Eye Doctor)

Address: 〒370-0036 群馬県高崎市南大類町1292-3
1292-3 Minamioruimachi, Takasaki, Gunma 370-0036

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:00 and 15:00~18:00 (Closed on Wednesdays, Saturday afternoons, and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • An eye exam costs around ¥2,500 with an insurance card.
  • • They don’t have the brand of contacts that may be available in your home country, so if you’re looking for a particular brand, research online first.

Website: http://www.kobayashi-ganka.or.jp/

Phone Number: 027-353-4110

Eye City • アイシティ高崎モントレー店

Specialty: Optometry

Address: 群馬県高崎市の眼科 | 高崎駅けやき眼科
〒370-0849 Gunma-ken, Takasaki-shi, Yashimachō, 222 高崎モントレー 5F

Opening Hours: 10:30~13:00 and 15:00~18:30

Comments:

  • • Easy access from Takasaki Station – located nearby in the Montres mall.
  • • Two doctors who speak good English.
  • • The first time you visit, you are required to do a full exam to check your current prescription is correct.
  • • Prescription can be collected from the shop next to the office.
  • • They often have sales: check the website. On arrival, show the website page to reclaim.
  • • Appointments can be made online.
  • • Shops also near Aeon Mall, Takasaki, and South-Maebashi

Website: https://www.eyecity.jp/shop/287/

Phone Number: 027-310-5575

Takasaki Sato Eye Clinic • 高崎佐藤眼科

Specialty: Ophthalmology (Eye Doctor)

Address: 群馬県 高崎市南大類町1000-1
1000-1 Minami Daitaicho Takasaki, Gunma 370-0036

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:00 and 15:00~18:00 (Closed on Saturday afternoons, and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • This is an excellent clinic and the doctor is practically fluent in English
  • • This clinic specialises in serious eye diseases. If you’ve looking for contacts or glasses, I would recommend going to a normal optician.

Website: http://www.tsato-eye.com/access

Phone Number: 027-352-8802

Sato Dermatology Clinic佐藤皮膚科医院

Specialty: Dermatology and Vaccinations

Address: 〒370-0837 群馬県高崎市下横町9-2
9-2 Shimoyokochō, Takasaki, Gunma 370-0837

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:30 and 15:30~18:00 (Closed on Wednesdays, Friday afternoons, and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • Quite a bit of a wait, but well worth it for excellent medical care.

Website: https://caloo.jp/hospitals/detail/2100000444

Phone Number: 027-322-2914

Tanaka Dental Clinic田中歯科医院

Specialty: Dental

Address: 群馬県高崎市宮元町109-3
109-3 Miyamotocho, Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:30 and 14:30~18:30 (Closed on Thursdays and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • Good, English-speaking dentist
  • • Easy access from Takasaki City Hall and Takasaki Station

Website: https://junpu-dc.com/index.html

Phone Number: 027-323-8016

Fujioka

Kondo Dental Clinic • 近藤歯科医院

Specialty: Dental

Address: 〒375-0013群馬県藤岡市上戸塚124−7
124-7 Kamitotsuka, Fujioka City, Gunma Prefecture, 375-0013

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:00 and 14:00~18:00 (Closed on Thursdays and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • Appointments can be made online.
  • • English-speaking doctor

Website: https://www.kondodent.com/

Phone Number: 0274-22-8264

Tomioka

Wada Clinic • 和田クリニック

Specialty: Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and Cardiology

Address: 〒370-2343 群馬県富岡市七日市450-1
450-1 Nanokaichi, Tomioka, Gunma 370-2343

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:30 and 15:00~18:00

Comments:

  • • One JET went to this clinic for skin condition, and recommended it highly.
  • • Easy access, quick entry, and a helpful doctor.
  • • There is a lack of English support.

Website: http://website2.infomity.net/8440000077/

Phone Number: 0274-67-5522

CHUBU

Shibukawa

Tsukagoshi Clinic • 塚越クリニック

Specialty: Allergies, Internal Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Dermatology

Address: 〒377-0008群馬県渋川市渋川3902-5
3902-5 Shibukawa, Gunma 377-0008

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:00 and 14:30~18:00 (Closed on Thursday afternoons, and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • Highly recommended, English-speaking doctor
  • • Bus stop right in front of the clinic, access from Shibukawa Station and Ikaho Onsen
  • • Walk-ins are welcome

Website: http://www.myclinic.ne.jp/hope/pc/index.html

Phone Number: 0279-60-7700

National Hospital Organization Shibukawa Medical Centre • 国立病院機構 渋川医療センター

Specialty: Multiple departments

Address: 〒377-0204群馬県渋川市白井383番地
383 Shiroi, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma 377-0204

Opening Hours: 13:00~19:00, 10:00~19:00 on Saturdays and Sundays

Comments:

  • • This is a big hospital, covering lots of areas of health.
  • • Processes at this hospital can be very confusing, it is recommended that you bring your supervisor or a Japanese-speaking helper to guide you through the process.
  • • Very clean and efficient.
  • • Before receiving an appointment, you are required to register as a patient at the hospital. It is a quick process.

Website: https://shibukawa.hosp.go.jp/index.html

Phone Number: 0279-23-1010

Hoshikawa Dental Clinic • 星川歯科医院

Specialty: Dental

Address: 〒377-0007 群馬県渋川市石原89-12
89-12 Ishihara, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma 377-0007

Opening Hours: 9:00~18:30 (Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • A short walk from Shibukawa Station.
  • • The nurse was a medical interpreter and the doctor speaks decent English as well.
  • • This clinic can get pretty busy, so it is recommended to make an appointment. The nurse who speaks English is also the head of the front desk, so you can make your appointment in English if you’d like.

Website: https://haisha-yoyaku.jp/bun2sdental/detail/index/id/1031100314/

Phone Number: 0279-24-8835

Ishii Clinic (Shibukawa Ikaho Branch) • 渋川伊香保分院

Specialty: Dermatology

Address: 〒377-0002 群馬県渋川市中村116−1
116-1 Nakamura, Shibukawa, Gunma 377-0002

Opening Hours: 8:30~12:30, 14:00~18:00 (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • No English here, but one ALT had a great experience receiving dermatology help.

Website: http://www.shibukawaikaho.ishii.or.jp/

Phone Number: 0279-30-3111

Maebashi

Mother’s Clinic TAMURA • マザーズクリニックTAMURA

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OB-GYN)

Address: 〒379-2121群馬県前橋市小屋原町584-1
584-2 Koyaharacho, Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture 379-2121

Opening Hours: 9:00~17:00 (Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays)

Comments:     

  • • There is a wonderful Gynaecologist: reasonable English, patient, and thorough in her explanations of treatment options.

Website: http://www.mc-tamura.jp/

Phone Number: 027-266-8803

Toyoda Clinic • 耳鼻咽喉科 とよだクリニック

Specialty: Otolaryngology (Ear, nose, and throat)

Address: 〒379-2122 群馬県前橋市駒形町557- 1
557-1 Komagata-cho, Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture 379-2122

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:00 and 14:30~18:00 (Closed on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and Sundays)

Comments:     

  • • Although the doctor doesn’t have much English, one of the receptionists is able to communicate in English.
  • • Thorough doctor
  • • There is a pharmacy next to the doctor’s office so filling out the prescription they give you is easy as pie.

Website: http://www.toyoda-cl.co.jp/

Phone Number: 027-267-1100

Matsuyama Clinic • 松山医院

Specialty: Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Medical Check

Address: 〒371-0023 群馬県前橋市本町1丁目1−3
1F 1-3-1 Honcho, Maebashi-shi, Gunma 371-0023

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:30 and 14:30~18:00 (Closed on Saturday afternoons, and Sundays)

Comments:     

  • • English available (an appointment is required)
  • • One of the few clinics in Gunma that does regular HIV testing (unlike other hospitals who have HIV testing on only certain days of the month)
  • • Friendly doctor who is about to explain most things in simple English and/or simplified Japanese

Website: http://matsuyamaiin.com/

Phone Number: 027-221-5297

Forest Mall Orthopaedic Sports Clinic • フォレスト整形外科・スポーツクリニック

Specialty: Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy

Address: 〒371-0844群馬県前橋市古市町180-1
180-1 Furuichimachi, Maebashi, Gunma 371-0844

Opening Hours: 8:45~11:45 and 15:30~19:00 (Closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • Lots of English support: fluent receptionist staff, well-spoken physiotherapist, and doctors who will work hard in their communication with you
  • • Recommended doctor is called “Masa”, but may have since moved

Website: http://www.forespo.com/

Phone Number: 027-212-0888

Onozato Dental Clinic • オノザトデンタルオフィス

Specialty: Dental

Address: 〒064-0820札幌市中央区大通西23 丁目1-16 グリーンパーク23 2F
44-1 Maehakodamachi, Maebashi, Gunma 371-0835

Opening Hours: 10:00~13:00 and 14:00~20:00

Comments:

  • • This is a pretty new clinic with up-to-date equipment.
  • • Although his English isn’t the best, he is a really good dentist.

Website: https://www.onozatodentaloffice.com/access.php

Phone Number: 011-615-6480

Tashin Dental Clinic • 田新歯科クリニック

Specialty: Dental

Address: 群馬県前橋市紅雲町 2-28-11
2 Chome-28-11 Kouncho, Maebashi, Gunma 371-0025

Opening Hours: 9:00~13:00, 14:30~18:30 (Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • Cleaning and small cavity recently and 3 visits were around ¥1,000, ¥700, and ¥700 each (with health insurance).
  • • The dentist is wonderful and speaks English very well.
  • • It is recommended to call ahead and make a reservation (ask a teacher at your school).
  • • 10 minute walk Maebashi Station

Website: https://www.tashin-dc.com/

Phone Number: 027-221-3113

Isesaki

Akatsuki Women’s Clinic • あかつきウィメンズクリニック

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OB-GYN)

Address: 〒372-0817群馬県伊勢崎市連取本町20−9
20-9 Tsunatorihonmachi, Isesaki, Gunma 372-0817

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:00, 15:00~18:00 (Closed on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons)

Comments:     

  • • Akatsuki Women’s Clinic has an amazing female doctor, fluent in English, who went to medical school in America. Her handling of patients is similar to that of the gaikoku, very relaxed and professional.
  • • The reception staff don’t speak English, but some basic Google translate can support you through the sign-up process.
  • • Walk-ins are welcome.
  • • Open on weekends in the morning.

Website: https://akatsukiwomens.com/access.html

Phone Number: 0270-21-7000

Central Clinic Isesaki • セントラルクリニック伊勢崎

Specialty: Urology, Dermatology, and Internal and External Medicine

Address: 群馬県伊勢崎市粕川町1050-1
1050-1 Kasukawacho, Isesaki City, Gunma Prefecture

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:30 and 15:00~18:30, Saturday 9:00~16:00 (Closed on Sundays and Mondays)

Comments:     

  • • Doctor speaks near-fluent English.
  • • Nurses and thorough and attentive.

Website: https://isesakisawa.gunma.med.or.jp/map/individual/sentoraru.htm

Phone Number: 0270-30-8113

TOBU

Kiryu

Kaigan Glasses • メガネのカイガン桐生店

Specialty: Optometry

Address: 〒370-0121群馬県伊勢崎市境女塚2-1
2 Chome-698-1 Aioicho, Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture 376-0011

Opening Hours: 10:00~20:00 (Closed every other Thursday)

Comments:

  • • You’ll need a wee bit of Japanese for this clinic, but you can get your eyes checked and buy your contacts in the same place for a reasonable price.
  • • Walking distance from Aioi Station

Website: https://kaigan.co.jp/information/

Phone Number: 0270-74-1681

Ota

Ohkawa Dental Clinic • 大川歯科医院

Specialty: Dental

Address: 〒373-0802 群馬県太田市矢場新町118-4
118-4 Yabashinmachi, Ota, Gunma 373-0802

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:00 and 13:30~18:00 (Closed on Thursdays and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • Friendly staff.
  • • Excellent dentist with good English skills.
  • • Appointments can be made online.

Website: https://ok-dent.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

Phone Number: 0276-46-8750

Tatebayashi

Manaka Clinic • 真中医院

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OB-GYN)

Address: 〒374-0024 群馬県館林市本町3丁目4-5
3-4-5 Honcho, Tatebayashi City, Gunma Prefecture 374-0024

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:30 and 14:30~17:00 (Closed on Thursday afternoons, and Sundays)

Comments:     

  • • It’s a short walk from Tatebayashi Station.
  • • Open on Saturday mornings

Website: http://www.med-manaka.org/

Phone Number: 0276-72-1630

AGATSUMA-TONE

Numata

Emori Internal Medicine Clinic • 江森内科医院

Specialty: Internal Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Cardiology

Address: 〒378-0042群馬県沼田市西倉内町588
588 Nishikurauchimachi, Numata, Gunma Prefecture 378-0042

Opening Hours: 8:30~18:30 (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

Comments:     

  • • Emori-sensei speaks quite good English, especially medical terminology, which really helps. He also increased dosages to meet Western standards.
  • • The nurses and reception staff are mostly only Japanese-speaking, but support you through the sign-up process.

Website: https://byoinnavi.jp/clinic/62147

Phone Number: 027-820-1001

Agatsuma

Haramachi Red Cross Hospital • 原町赤十字病院

Specialty: General

Address: 群馬県吾妻郡東吾妻町大字原町698
698 Haramachi, Higashiagatsuma, Agatsuma District, Gunma 377-0801

Opening Hours: 8:00~11:00 and 13:00~19:00

Comments:

  • • This is one of the closest recommended clinics to the Agatsuma area.

Website: http://www.haramachi.jrc.or.jp/access.html

Phone Number: 0279-68-2711

Shimada Clinic • しまだ医院

Specialty: General

Address: 〒377-0423 群馬県吾妻郡中之条町大字伊勢町28-1
28-1 Isemachi, Nakanojo, Agatsuma District, Gunma 377-0423

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:30 and 14:00~17:30
(Closed on Thursdays, Sundays, and holidays)

Comments:

  • • The doctor here was willing to work with an ALT to get a good substitute for an American medication that wasn’t available here.

Website: http://agatsuma.gunma.med.or.jp/2017/03/details_nak009/.html

Phone Number: 0279-76-3435

Minakami

Takeuchi Clinic • 竹内医院

Specialty: General

Address: 〒379-1314 群馬県利根郡みなかみ町下津2095
2095 Shimozu, Minakami, Tone District, Gunma 379-1314

Opening Hours: 8:30~11:30 and 14:00~17:00 (Closed on Thursday and Saturday afternoons, and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • This is a recommended local GP.
  • • The English level at this clinic is low, so potentially bring a supervisor to support your during your trip.

Website: https://medley.life/institutions/564aaa2f1c1b604d59c1294f/

Phone Number: 0278-62-1677

Tokyo

American Clinic Tokyo • アメリカンクリニック東京

Specialty: Psychiatry

Address: 〒107-0052 東京都港区赤坂1-7-4 No.1ニイクラビル3階
No.1 Niikura Building 3F, 1-7-4 Akasaka, Minatoku, Tokyo, 107-0052

Opening Hours: 9:00~12:00 and 15:00~18:00 (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

Comments:

  • • Dr. Andrew Kissane is a native English speaker, specialising in clinical depression and anxiety disorder.
  • • Mental health is not covered by your healthcare plan, and appointments costs approximately ¥15000 a time (not including medicine).

Website: https://www.americanclinictokyo.com/

Phone Number: 03-6441-0969

Tokyo Mental Health

Specialty: Counselling

Address: 6F Urbane Mitsui Building, Shintomi 2-4-6, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 9:00~21:00

Comments:

  • • Mr. Ryota Sakurai has near native English.
  • • Mental health is not covered by your healthcare plan, and sessions cost approximately ¥11000 per hour.
  • • Appointments can be made online.

Website: https://www.tokyomentalhealth.com/

Email: [email protected]