Japan Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Japan, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Heavily featured in touristic brochures for a good reason, Japan fascinates visitors with its blend of traditional and modern culture. Whilst its inhabitants maintain its deeply rooted cultural traditions, its modern infrastructures and achievements display its acceptance of globalization. If visiting the country, you should make the journey to Tokyo – an electric city with a sparkling cityscape and bustling atmosphere. Kyoto, a former imperial capital, will offer a more peaceful atmosphere and is characterized by its arts, geishas and ikebana that shape the strong identity of the city. For those seeking a cultural experience, make sure you do not miss the city of Kamakura perched in the mountains, which will delight visitors. Finally, a trip to Japan would not be complete without seeing the gorgeous Mount Fuji, both a national emblem and a pilgrimage site. Japan will not fail to impress with its colourful sights and activities.

While traveling to Japan, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
A beautiful view in Japan

Recommended travel vaccinations for Japan

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Japanese EncephalitisMosquito Bites
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Japan

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea

Current Weather in Japan


Medical Care in Japan

Japan provides excellent medical care to its inhabitants in line with international standards. Whilst reputed for its state-of-the-art medical equipment and infrastructure, these benefits come at a cost, and english-speaking doctors are rare. Foreigners with long-term visas are not entitled to the health insurance which founds the Japanese health system. For this reason, purchasing travel insurance before arrival is highly recommended. Centers specialising in psychiatric care are rare and limited to urban areas, and foreigners will find it difficult to access these services.

Also, note that inhalers and stimulant drugs are prohibited in Japan. If you need to bring specific medications on your trip, ensure to bring a prescription with you to avoid confiscation. If you need to bring a large number of drugs or syringes into the country, you will need to fill out a customs declaration in advance. Moreover, be aware that medications for depression and attention deficit disorder cannot be accessed in Japan.

The number to call in the event of an emergency is 119.

Is Japan Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Normal precautions needed
Spiked food and drinks Risk present
Fraud Risk present
Road safety Safe; Narrow roads
Public transportation Safe and reliable
Fukushima nuclear power plant and surrounding area  AVOID ALL TRAVEL
Women’s safety Caution required
Risk level Normal security precautions
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Japan?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Only a passport is required to enter Japan for tourism trips under 90 days. The passport must be valid for the length of the stay. More extended stays, as well as business and student trips, require a visa. Note that if you have already entered Japan as a visitor, you cannot apply for a visa.

Overstaying the 90 days tourist visa-free is a violation of federal laws. Currency over 1,000,000 Japanese yens must also be declared during entry and exit.

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Embassy of Canada to Japan information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Japan (TOKYO)
Street Address:
3-38 Akasaka 7-chome, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, Japan, 107-8503

Tel.: 81 (3) 5412-6200
Fax: 81 (3) 5412-6289

Email: [email protected]

Canadian Consulate to Japan (FUKUOKA)
Street Address:
c/o Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. 1-82 Watanabe-dori 2-chome,
Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan, 810-8720

Tel.: 81 (92) 726-6348
Fax: 81 (92) 726-6348

Email: [email protected]

Canadian Consulate to Japan (HIROSHIMA)
Street Address:
c/o Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc., 4-33 Komachi, Naka-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan, 730-8701

Tel.: 81 (82) 246-0057
Fax: 81(82) 246-0057

Canadian Consulate to Japan (NAGOYA)
Street Address:
Nakato Marunouchi Building, 6F, 3-17-6 Marunouchi,
Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan, 460-0002

Tel.: 81 (52) 972-0450
Fax: 81 (52) 972-0453

Email: [email protected]

Canadian Consulate to Japan (OSAKA)
Street Address:
c/o Tsuda Sangyo Co. Ltd., 1-8-19 Hirabayashi Minami,
Suminoe-ku, Osaka, 559-8550, Japan

Tel.: 81 (6) 6681–0250
Fax: 81 (6) 6681-0250

Email: [email protected]

Canadian Consulate to Japan (SAPPORO)
Street Address:
Canada Place, Poseidon Maruyama 2F, 26-1-3 Odori Nishi,
Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Japan 064-0820

Tel.: 81 (11) 643-2520
Fax: 81 (11) 643-2520

Email: [email protected]

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