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Preparation for First Visit

Update : 2017-10-02

VisaBefore leaving your countryMedications to bring

Patients and family members visiting Japan for treatment


We will start your treatment, assuming that you have a visa which assures you of enough length of stay in Japan. Please make sure that your visa allows you to stay in Japan long enough to receive necessary treatment. For further information, please visit website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Medical visa

For patients and their family members visiting Japan to receive treatment, we recommend you to obtain a medical visa before traveling to Japan.
If you or your family members enter Japan with a tourist visa, you will not be allowed to change your tourist visa to a medical visa during your stay in Japan. You will have to return to your home country to apply for a medical visa.
We will not become a guarantor for your visa application. However, after you make your first appointment, we can issue a document which certifies you are scheduled to visit our hospital for treatment.

Website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Since a tourist visa allows you to stay only for a short period, you may need to apply to extend the visa if you enter Japan with a tourist visa. It can be very stressful to go through visa extension process during your treatment (especially before surgery), so we recommend to obtain medical visa before starting treatment.

We can provide you with information of companies that can help you obtain a medical visa. Please contact International Services for more information.

Before leaving your country

Cost for medical treatment

You do not need to make payment prior your appointment. However, it is recommended for you to inform your bank that you will be making a large international money transfer to receive treatment in Japan

Medications to bring

Please bring all medications that you are currently prescribed and are taking (e.g., medications for oral intake, insulin injection, ointment). We will check the composition, administration and dosage of your medications. You may be asked to stop taking or adjust the quantity of some of medications during the treatment

In addition to the medications, please make sure to bring:

  • Boxes and bottles of your medications, medication records, package insert, copies of prescriptions, etc.
  • Certificates showing that you have been prescribed the medication.
  • Dietary supplements, Kampo (Chinese herbal medicines), or other nutrition products with component information.

Pharmaceutical laws and regulations vary by country. If you plan to bring narcotics or psychotropic drugs for medical use, please visit the website for the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan for further information.

Supplement dosages in your country may be different from that of Japan. Before surgery, it may be necessary to stop taking or adjust the quantity of dietary supplements and nutrition products.

Website for Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan

On Your Arrival

Currency Exchange

Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR does not accept foreign currency or check at the payment. We do not provide currency exchange service as well. Since it is hard to find exchange counter near our hospital, we recommend exchanging currency when you arrive at the airport.

Please visit following links to check the place of exchange counter at the airport.

  • There are several exchange counters in Tokyo. Please ask the staff of International Patient Service Team (IPST) about where to exchange money near your accommodation.

Cell Phone Rental Service

Rental Cell Phone is available at the counter of the airport.

For the detail of the retail service, please have a look at following pages.

  • Please note that you may not be able to rent the cell phone without prior application depending on the availability.

Access Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR


To check how to get to Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR, Please visit Access page.


If you plan to visit Japan with accompanying person, we recommend reserving the hotel which is close to our hospital for you and your accompanying person’s convenience.

To check the hotel list near Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR, Please visit Facilities near the Hospital page.

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