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Hospitals with dispatch service

Medical Interpretation Dispatch Service (book at least 5 days prior)
Kyoto City Hospital, 1-2 Higashi Takada-cho, Mibu, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
English/Korean Tue/Wed/Fri 09:00-12:00 Appointment necessary
Chinese Fri 09:00-12:00 no appointment needed 311-5311

Ijinkai Takeda General Hospital, 28-1 Moriminami-cho, Ishida, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
English/Korean/Chinese Tue/Fri/Sat 09:00-12:00, appointment necessary 572-6331

Koseikai Takeda Hospital, 841-9 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shiokoji-dori Nishinotoin-higashiiru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
English/Korean/Chinese Tue/Fri/Sat 09:00-12:00 appointment needed 361-1351

Kyoto Katsura Hospital, 17 Yamada Hirao-cho, Nishikyo-ku
English/Korean/Chinese Tue/Wed/Fri 09:00-12:00 appointment needed 391-5811

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Dentists

For those of us who need to visit the dentist, there is a place located not far from Kyoto Station (京都市下京区烏丸通七条下る東塩小路町735 京阪京都ビル3F). They do have an English speaking dentist, but you may also be given a dentist who may not speak English, so a little Japanese language ability may be required. Price varies depending on the procedure, but fillings are relatively cheap, as are check-ups, ranging between 1200-2500 yen. Appointment required; call 075-371-0998. However, appointments can be made online at this website if you can understand Japanese.

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Medical Information and Translation

There is also the AMDA International Medical Information Center, which provides telephone services to foreign residents in Japan in several languages, introducing medical facilities and explaining the health care system. The Kansai Center can be reached at 06-4395-0555.

This website is useful for translation services and mobile applications specifically for medical purposes (though it also includes other applications as well). It also talks about the medical interpreter dispatching service with leading hospitals in Kyoto.

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Clinics with English

There is the Sakabe International Clinic (Gokomachi dori Nijo Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto) which is useful for check-ups for those students graduating and hoping to enter the workforce in Japan. They also have blood test and x-ray facilities. The doctor speaks fluent English. Appointment recommended, call 075-231-1624.

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Ladies Clinics

There is the Satoko Ladies Clinic (Kyoto, Ukyo Ward, Saiinhigashijunnaincho, 13−9) (located a three minute walk north from Hankyu Saiin Station), which deals not only with “women’s problems” such as pregnancy, birth control, irregular menstruation and breast examinations, but can offer support and medical advice concerning mental illness, insomnia, weight disorders, trauma and rehabilitation (and can prescribe medicine such as sleeping pills, etc. if need be). The doctor speaks English, and is more than willing to give advice regarding available English counselling services. As I know that students are worried about prices, consultation and medication is approximately 1500 yen. Appointment required; call 075-325-0272. (FEMALE ONLY)

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Physiotherapy

There is a physiotherapy/rehabilitation clinic located near the Marutamachi Onmaedoori bus stop (called Futaba). This clinic does not offer English services, but the staff are very patient and kind, therefore even with limited Japanese ability and use of body language, they will be able to treat you. They deal with sports related injuries, extensive pain after surgeries, and many other problems. No appointment required, walk-ins welcome. Price is approximately 1500 yen (inclusive of electro-therapy, strapping and massage).

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Counseling services

English counseling services are available at the Kyoto City International Foundation (2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku Kyoto) regarding legal and mental health counselling – please note that these services are only available FOUR TIMES A YEAR. The first session is June 8th, then September 21st, December 8th, and finally February 23rd. Appointment is not necessary, but the number to call should you require information is 075-752-3010. This foundation also has telephone translation services available Tuesday to Thursday from 9AM-5PM on 075-752-1166.

The DAWN Centre (3-49, 1-chome Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka) provides free counselling to women, face-to-face or over the phone. For face-to-face counselling, a reservation is required; call 06-6944-8242. For phone counselling, the service is available Tuesday to Sunday 10AM-4PM (and 6PM-8PM on weekdays); call 06-6937-7800. (FEMALE ONLY).

Mental Health – · Japan Help Line 0120-461-997 *free call, 18 languages, 24 hours Tokyo English Life Line 09:00-23:00