English Speaking Doctors in Kyoto – Recommended by Local Residents

Should you fall sick while visiting Kyoto, it will give you much peace of mind to know that your doctor is both reputable and can speak your language! Here is a list of English Speaking Doctors recommended by local residents. This list is not exhaustive of course so please add your own recommendations in the comments:

Kyoto Furitsu Medical University Hospital have English speaking doctors in all department. But you need someone who can help on reception (only Japanese) http://www.h.kpu-m.ac.jp/doc/practice/department/sika.html

Nakano Sensei- who is a regular medical doctor who specialized in gastroenterology but is now a Chinese medicine doctor. I like him because he knows both systems. He’s located on Kitaoji at the southwest corner in the building with the eyeglass store on the first floor. The place is called RokuGoKai.

Kawanaka Sensei at Shugakuin Byoin (Shirakawa Kitayama). Good man, speaks English. I don’t know if the receptionist speaks English.

Dr TANAKA, Kanpo (Chinese traditional) medicine:  http://homepage3.nifty.com/rokkaku-tanaka/

Japan Baptist Hospital has some English speaking doctors but apparently the waiting time is long (though in all fairness this will probably be the case in most places). Dr Suzuki in Gynecology, speaks both French & English, and is particularly recommended.
Tel: (075) 781-5191
47 Yamanomoto-machi, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

More hospitals and doctors are listed here: English Speaking Doctors.


6 responses to “English Speaking Doctors in Kyoto – Recommended by Local Residents

  1. Useful list here. Thanks for posting it.

    I also like Dr. Yoshida on Kita-oji. He was very kind and can take x-rays and such at his clinic directly. There’s also a pharmacy literally right outside the door. (He helped diagnose my thyroid issues.)

    His English is excellent.

    Here’s the address:

    〒606-0862 京都府京都市左京区下鴨東本町

  2. Michael Lambe

    Thank you for sharing the tip, Alex!

  3. Rianne Hidding


    Kyoto prefectural hospital now has English speaking staff on call during weekdays. They can assist at the reception and with consults.

    I hope this information can be of help.

    Best Regards,

  4. Michael Lambe

    Many thanks Rianne. That is very helpful indeed.

  5. Hi. Does anyone where one can get a comprehensive physical (ニンゲンドク) in Kyoto? I live on the Hanky line (Oyamazaki), so that would be most convenient. Thank you!

  6. Michael Lambe

    Hi there,

    Sorry for the slow response. This is a blog and not a forum as such and unfortunately I haven’t had time to check it recently. Here is a list of English speaking hospitals/clinics in Kyoto that might prove helpful. You can contact the ones closest to you and see if they can help you.


    I hope that helps!

    Best wishes,


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