English Speaking Doctors in Kumamoto

This is an up-to-date map of English Speaking Doctors in Kumamoto Prefecture.  If you have been to an English Speaking doctor on your time on JET, please email the PAs with the information so we can include it!  

Regardless of which medical facility you visit, be sure to bring your Health Insurance card.  It's also advisable to call or have your tantosha call ahead of time to confirm whether or not an English speaking doctor will be in, especially if you plan to go to large hospitals.
List of Facilities by Department

 A star means it was actually recommended by an ALT who went there.  Places without a star means we just called and were told they can see English-speaking patients.
Internal Medicine (内科)
Iemura Clinic (Kumamoto City)
Internal Medicine, Pediatrics.  English speaking doctor is male, about 40 yrs old.  According to one ALT, "It's very small but clean; the staff is friendly; I've never waited there for longer than 15 minutes.  They always take a blood sample - before you've even seen the doctor and told them what's wrong."  Open 9:00-18:00 Mon~Fri, 9:00-14:00 on Saturdays.  Recommended by ALT February 2014
Azuma Hospital (Kumamoto City)
Internal Medicine.  Orthopedics. 24-hr emergency out-patient clinic.  Not all doctors speak English so call ahead to find out when they will be in.  Open Mon-Sat, 9:00-12:00, 13:30-17:30.  Information confirmed February 2014

Araki Junkanki Naika (Kumamoto City)
Internal Medicine.  Cardiology.  English-speaking doctor's name is Araki.  Open 9:00-12:00, 14:00-18:00 Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri.  Open 9:00-13:00 Wed and Sat.  Information Confirmed February 2014.

Hakemiya Clinic (Kumamoto City)
Internal Medicine.  Cardiology.  Pulmonology.  Allergies.  Digestive Organs.  Surgery.  Rehabilitation.  We're told by the receptionist Doctors Mitsuoka and Otsuka can speak some English.  Mon-Fri 9:00-12:30, 15:00-18:00, Sat 9:00-12:30.  Information confirmed February 2014

Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) (耳鼻咽喉)
Tanaka Hospital (Kumamoto City)
Ear Nose and Throat.  Doctor there speaks English.  The sheet of questions the patient has to answer is also written in English.  Recommended by ALT February 2014

Hiroshige Hospital (Kumamoto City)
Ear, Nose and Throat.  Urology.  Receptionist said Doctor Hiroshige speaks English.  Dr. Hiroshige is in Mon Tue Thurs Fri from 9:00-12:30, 14:30-18:00.  Sat 9:00-13:00.  You may want to call ahead to confirm.  Information confirmed February 2014.  

Dentistry (歯科)

Ikuta Dental Office (Kawaura-machi, Amakusa)
Dentistry. Dr. Tonami Ikuta, the head dentist speaks English as does one of the younger male dentists. "I went in February of this year (2014) and a Chinese friend of mine who speaks English but not Japanese has gone about half a dozen times.  It's a good place. It's locally famous in Amakusa and people drive in from over an hour away for appointments. They do that Japanese dentist thing where they make you come back lots of times to do dental work. Thus, my Chinese friend has been more than five times." Recommended by an ALT in March 2014.  Open Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri from 9:00-13:00 and 14:30-18:40.  Open only afternoon on Thurs, and mornings on Sat.

Itoh Dento-Maxillofacial Hospital (Kumamoto City)
Dentistry.  Face.  "My wife has been to this dentist several times after visiting 2 other dentists where they gave her incomplete root canals. This dentist office got it right and my wife has been very happy with their English ability and the service."  Apparently this place is well-known among Japanese people.  Open weekdays 9-11:30, 14:00-16:30.  Saturdays 8:30-11:30, 14:00-16:00.  Recommended by ALT March 2014

Gynaecology (産婦人科)

Fukuda Women's Hospital (Kumamoto City)
Gynaecology.  "The best place in Kumamoto for women's health-related concerns." Dr. Fukuda, Dr. Yamamoto, Dr. Hagiwara, and Dr. Obaru speak English.  They are used to foreigners so it is easy to explain what you need from them. Open Monday-Saturday 9:00-18:00.  You can't make an appointment ahead of time, so be prepare to wait.  One of the few places in Kumamoto willing to administer the morning-after pill.  Recommended by multiple ALTs February 2014.
Psychology and Counselling
Kumamoto Shinri Counseling Centre (Kumamoto City)
A Mental Health Clinic in Kumamoto City that offers counselling service. One doctor (Dr. Kazumi Kutsuna) can offer services in English. Appointment is necessary. Appointments can be made over their website (sinrisoudan.sakura.ne.jp), by phone or via fax. She is not a psychiatrist so she can't prescribe medicine.

Large Hospitals
Large hospitals with many different departments usually have staff that can help you in English.  However you may also have to wait a while.  It is advisable to call ahead to confirm when an English speaking doctor will be able to assist you.

Saiseikai Hospital (Kumamoto City)
Large hospital with many different departments.  Also has 24 hr emergency outpatient clinic.  Receptionist recommended calling ahead to confirm a good time.  Once you get there they have English speaking staff that can help you through the process.  Information confirmed February 2014.

・If you have been to a good English-speaking doctor, please email the PAs about it.

・Good luck with the new semester of classes! 

Important upcoming dates:

・Starting in October - New ES/JHS ALT School Visits  
Upcoming Events:

・September 5 - Taco Night, 7PM at Tortacos, Kumamoto City
・September 26 & 27 - Ashikita Beach Party, Otachimisaki Park, Ashikita, check-in starts at 4PM

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