Below is a list of clinics, medicine, and other health products available in the area. I did my best to put together a simple, well-rounded list of services and products, but keep in mind that I am not a doctor or health specialist. The following list are places/products I have heard of and/or used, so please do your research before taking any medicine.
If you have any recommendations that are not listed, please comment below or message me! Thanks!
NEARBY HOSPITALS & CLINICS
*If you are facing a medical emergency please call 119 (the Japanese number for medical emergencies and fires). The word for ambulance is “kyukyusha”（救急車）.
Kameda Family Clinic – For general practice
M-F: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mon: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. *by appointment only
Address: 4304-9 Masaki, Tateyama-shi, Chiba-ken 294-0051
*You can get a health history form in English here. There is also a pharmacy (薬局) right next to it so you can get your prescriptions very easily.
Awa Regional Medical Center – For general practice/24-hour emergency service
Hours: (Please make an appointment)
M-F: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1:30 – 5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Emergency services available 24/7 365 days a year.
Address: 1155 Yamamoto, Tateyama-shi, Chiba-ken 294-0014
To Make an Appointment/General Tel: 0470-25-5121
24-hour Help Desk Number: 0470-25-5111 (“If you need emergency services please call this number before coming”)
Kameda General Hospital – the largest hospital in the region, includes emergency services
*NOTE: If you need a regular check up or help with a minor health problem like a cold, you will likely be referred to Kameda Family Clinic (mentioned above) to help reduce congestion at the hospital. On the other hand, if you need emergency services, a gynecologic exam, have a serious health issue, need to discuss surgery, etc., this place is highly recommended. I’ve heard that some people in Chiba Prefecture decided to move closer to the hospital because it’s that good, and having personally stayed at the hospital I understand why.
Hours: 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 11:30 – 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays & holidays.
Address: 929 Higashichō, Kamogawa-shi, Chiba-ken 296-8602
Appointment: Reservations can be made by phone from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. except Sundays and holidays at 04-7099-1111. Walk-ins are accepted until 11:30 a.m. but be prepared to wait.
General Tel: 04-7092-2211
Shirahata Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic – For allergies, empyema, dizziness, inflammation of the inner ear, sleep apnea, etc.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 9 a.m. -12 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
*Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. Saturdays closed after 12 p.m.
Address: 1708 Hojo, Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture 294-0045
Tel: 0470-22-0381 Automated Appointment Number: 0470-22-8737 *While not required, making an appointment will lessen wait time.
Hayashi Dental Orthodontic Clinic
M, Tue, W, F, Sat: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
*Closed on Thursdays and Sundays. Every third Sunday they are open.
Address: 1052 Tateyama, Tateyama-shi, Chiba-ken 294-0036
OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINE & MORE
*The following OTCs are for minor ailments. If you have a serious illness please go to the hospital. Remember to follow the directions on the labels and consult with a doctor first if you are taking other medication or have any allergies.
You can find these medicines at drug stores like Welcia or Matsumotokiyoshi.
General cold/flu medicine: Paburon (パブロン）- Also an anti-inflammatory
This type (shown) relieves runny/stuffy nose and sneezing. It comes in a capsule. Take two capsules twice a day.
Bufferin (バファリン) – headache/pain reliever, fever reducer; easy on the stomach
Loxonin – headache and menstrual pain reliever; easy on the stomach
Eve A (イブA)- ibuprofen pain reliever, especially for menstrual cramps.
For indigestion: Seirogan (正露丸) – for the treatment of stomach upset, diarrhea
Hangover preventative: Ukon no chikara (ウコンの力) – Take this before you start drinking. Whether it truly works or not is up for debate, but my friend and many others swear by it. (Still, the best hangover preventative is not to drink too much.)
Zaditen – allergy brand that makes tablets, eye drops, and nose spray
Purple shot (パープルショット） – throat spray
Stonarhini – relieves allergy symptoms such as runny, sneezy, stuffy nose
Aneron (アネロン) – 24-hour capsule
Heat pads: Kairo (カイロ) – there are stick-on ones and hand-warmer packs. DO NOT put the stick-on ones directly on your skin! They go on your clothing. These are life savers during bad menstrual cramps, as I can put it on under my clothes during work.
Cough drops: Ryukakuhara no ame （龍角散のど飴）- You can usually find these in the candy aisle. I recommend the regular ones (not the blueberry ones) because they seem to be more effective. It tastes like Vicks but it’s kind of refreshing?
Anti-itch: poke-muhi （ポケムヒ）(I use it for mosquito bites)
Links to several articles on Japanese medical care
General explanation of the medical system
Guide to drug stores/medicine in Japan
Blogs about drug recommendations:
Allergy medicine recommendations:
https://healthytokyo.com/blog/hay-fever-otc-drugs-japan/ – lists 16 types and dosage
https://blog.gaijinpot.com/allergies-in-japan/ – includes info on the 3 types of drug classes in Japan