10 Recommended English Speaking Doctors in Osaka

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Osaka Jack

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June 9, 2021

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Japanese can be a difficult language to learn. Therefore, if you’re a tourist or have lived in Japan for a short time, it’s understandable that you might not be fluent yet. The idea of talking about medical problems in Japanese probably seems daunting. After all, it’s hard enough in your native language! There’s lots of specialized terminology, and it can be difficult to describe the symptoms you’re experiencing. But there’s no need to despair! You don’t need to be able to speak Japanese to visit a doctor. More and more clinics are starting to offer services in English. Here are 10 recommended English speaking doctors in Osaka. 

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English Speaking Osaka Doctor #1: Bow Clinic International 

Bow Clinic International offers a comprehensive range of medical services, and all of the staff speak English. They practice general internal medicine, otorhinolaryngology, allergology, orthopedics, rheumatology, and dermatology, and also run a pain clinic. Bow Clinic International can treat common problems such as diabetes, hypertension, colds, and injuries. They can also deal with all of your ear, nose, and throat problems. Furthermore, they can treat your joint or skin problems. This clinic really does do a lot! Whether you have a complicated problem or a little cold, they are ready to help. In addition to office visits, they will visit your hotel if you are staying in the Umeda area.

Business Operations

Bow Clinic International is located at 2-5-25 4th Fl. Herbis Plaza Umeda Kita-Ku, Osaka-shi. They are open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 7:00pm. The closest train station is Umeda Station. 

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English Speaking Osaka Doctor #2: Nakamura Clinic Osaka 

Nakamura Clinic Osaka offers primary care services in English. They treat common illnesses and conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, colds, allergies, and minor injuries. They also provide routine vaccinations. In addition to office visits, the clinic also does home visits. Also if you are feeling extremely unwell or have difficulty travelling to the clinic, the doctor will come to you. This clinic only treats adults; they do not see patients under the age of 16. Nakamura Clinic also does not have MRI or CT scanners and does not offer emergency services. They ask that you visit a hospital in the event of an emergency. 

Business Operations

Nakamura Clinic Osaka is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On weekdays, the clinic is open from 9:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 18:00. On Saturday, they are open only in the morning, from 9:00 - 13:00. House visits are conducted between 15:00 - 18:00 on weekdays. The clinic is located at NKM Building 1F 15-10-4 Daido Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi. The nearest train station is Teradacho Station. 

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English Speaking Osaka Doctor #3: Oak Clinic 

Oak Clinic is a gynecology clinic specializing in fertility treatments. They focus on treating female infertility, but offer male infertility services as well. Oak Clinic is one of the most advanced fertility clinics in Japan. They offer artificial insemination, IVF, and ICSI. Oak Clinic performs a wide variety of specialized techniques, including Endometrial Receptivity Analysis, Cryopresevation, and Artificial Hatching Assistance. They also offer genetic testing before and after conception. If a condition, such as fibroids, is the cause of infertility, the clinic will treat the underlying condition. Then, they conduct fertility treatments, if necessary. 

Business Operations

The clinic has locations in Sumiyoshi and Umeda. The Sumiyoshi clinic is at 2-7-9 Tamade-nishi, Nishinari-ku, Osaka-shi. The Umeda clinic’s address is at Kyoutomi Bldg. 9F 1-3-16 Sonezaki-Shinchi, Kita-Ku, Osaka-shi. Hours vary by location. To make an appointment with an English speaking staff member, call during their English helpdesk hours. The English helpdesk is available Monday - Friday from 10:00 - 18:00 and Saturday from 8:30 - 16:30.  

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English Speaking Osaka Doctor #4: Kono Dental Clinic

Kono Dental Clinic provides a variety of dental services. All of the dentists and one of the hygienists can speak English. Even if you speak very little Japanese, there is no need to worry. Someone who speaks English will be there through the entirety of your visit. The dentists all hold both DDS and PhD degrees and are very knowledgeable. The clinic offers a variety of services, including standard dental exams, cleanings, fillings, crowns, and root canal treatment. They also do ceramic dental treatments such as inlays and bridges. The dentists at Kono Dental Clinic are highly skilled in restoration. You are sure to be happy with the appearance of your ceramics. They also fit and provide dentures. In addition, the clinic offers cosmetic services such as tooth whitening. Aside from cosmetic services, the clinic accepts Japanese national health insurance. 

Business Operations

The clinic is located at Kono Yakuhin Building 4F 4-4-2 Doshomachi Chuo-ku Osaka-shi. They are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 - 17:30. The closest train station to the clinic is Higobashi Station. 

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English Speaking Osaka Doctor #5: Yumi Mental Health Clinic 

Yumi Mental Health Clinic offers psychiatry and counseling in English. Dr. Yumi Nakao has spent many years in both English speaking countries and Japan. She also has experience working with patients of many different cultural backgrounds. She prescribes both conventional psychiatric medications and Chinese medicines. Dr. Nakao treats a variety of psychosomatic conditions, including insomnia, anxiety, psychosis, and addiction. She also helps patients who want to reduce their dosage of medication or switch medications. Furthermore, if you wish to stop taking medication, Dr. Nakao is knowledgeable about the tapering process. Dr. Nakao has also helped many people quit addictive psychiatric medications. In many cases, patients have been able to switch from conventional medication to Chinese medicine. In addition to Dr. Nakao’s psychiatric services, the clinic offers online psychotherapy with an English speaking therapist. 

Business Operations

Since the clinic staff do not speak English, patients who cannot speak Japanese should make their appointments online. The clinic is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. On weekdays, it is open from 9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 18:00. On Sundays, it is open from 12:00 to 18:00. Yumi Mental Health Clinic is located at 4-30-2, E's Mediterrace II 5F Higashi-Awaji, Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi. The nearest train station is JR Awaji Station. 

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English Speaking Osaka Doctor #6: Fujimoto Eye Clinic 

Fujimoto Eye Clinic offers a variety of ophthalmology services in English. They have been working to make their clinic “the best in Kansai” since 1994. Fujimoto offers routine eye exams, glasses, and contacts. They also perform eye surgeries and treat various eye diseases. This eye clinic prides themselves on using the newest equipment for diagnostics and treatments. They also have the best eye tracking laser available. In addition, they upgrade their LASIK machine as soon as a new model is released. Also, the clinic offers surgery for eyelid conditions as well. 

Business Operations

Fujimoto Eye Clinic has locations in Tenjinbashi, Tennoji and Umeda. The Tenjinbashi location is at Heizou Building, 2nd Floor 6-6-4 Tenjinbashi Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0041. The Tennoji location is at R Tennoji Building, 8th Floor 10-39 Hidennin Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0055. The Umeda location is at Lucua Osaka, 8th Floor 905-2 3-1-3 Umeda Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8217. Opening hours vary by location. 

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English Speaking Osaka Doctor #7: Lee’s Clinic 

Lee’s Clinic offers medical services in four different languages: English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Dr. Woon Ju Lee is an internist that offers comprehensive primary care services. He holds both an MD and Phd and is a highly knowledgeable physician. In addition to internal medicine, Lee’s Clinic has outpatient rehabilitation and nutrition counseling services. Perhaps you’re looking for a good primary care doctor. Maybe you have an injury that you need physical therapy for. Or maybe you're struggling with sticking to a healthy diet. So if any of these situations apply to you, visit Dr. Lee. 

Business Operations

Lee’s Clinic is open Monday through Saturday. From Monday - Wednesday and Fridays, the clinic is open from 9:00 to 12:00 and 15:30 to 18:30. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the clinic is only open in the morning, from 9:00 to 12:00. Nutrition counseling is available twice a month. The dates are announced on Dr. Lee’s website. The clinic is located at 1-13-15 Honjo-Nishi, Kita-ku, Osaka City. The closest train station is Nakazakicho Station. 

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English Speaking Osaka Doctor #8: Ueda Dental Clinic 

There’s more than one clinic with an English speaking dentist in Osaka! If you don’t feel like going to Kono Dental Clinic, you can go to Ueda Dental Clinic instead. This dental clinic is a particularly good place to go if you have kids. Dr. Ueda practices pediatric dentistry. Of course, he sees adults as well. In addition to general dentistry, he provides implants and cosmetic services. He accepts both Japanese health insurance and traveler’s insurance. This means that even if you’re a tourist, you might not have to pay full price. So if you and/or your kiddos are in need of an English speaking dentist, go to Dr. Ueda! His goal is to help you maintain good oral health so you can keep eating the foods you love. 

Business Operations

Ueda Dental Clinic is located at 1-3-30,Takamiya, Neyagawa-Shi. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 19:00. The nearest train station is Neyagawashi Station. 

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English Speaking Osaka Doctor #9: Ribbon Rose Tanaka Kanji Breast Clinic 

In many countries, gynecologists provide both pelvic and breast exams. That is not the case in Japan. For breast cancer screenings, treatments, and other breast health concerns, you must go to a breast clinic. Ribbon Rose Tanaka Kanji Breast Clinic also has an English speaking doctor available. So, if you develop a strange lump or want to get a cancer screening, contact them! They offer both breast ultrasound and mammogram cancer screenings. Also, if any abnormalities are found, they offer more specialized tests. They can perform mammotomies, fine needle aspiration cytologies, and core needle biopsies. Screenings at Ribbon Rose Tanaka Kanji Breast Clinic are not covered by insurance. However, if any abnormalities are found, insurance will cover 70% of the cost of diagnostics and treatment. 

Business Operations

Ribbon Rose Tanaka Kanji Breast Clinic is located at 3-2-17, OGATA BLDG. 6F Imabashi Chuoku, Osaka-City. They are open Mondays and Wednesday - Saturday. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the clinic is open from 9:30 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 18:00. They are only open on Fridays to outpatients from 9:30 to 12:00 (surgeries are done in the afternoon). On Saturday, they are open from 9:30 to 14:00. The closest train station to the clinic is Yodoyabashi Station. 

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English Speaking Osaka Doctor #10: Rinku General Medical Center 

We don’t actually know much about the availability of English speaking doctors at Rinku General Medical center. However, we can tell you that this hospital offers a free English-Japanese interpreting service. So, if you have a medical problem that can’t be addressed at a clinic, Rinku General is a good place to go. Perhaps you need a CT scan or your internist has no idea how to help you. If that’s the case, ask to be referred to Rinku General Medical Center. The hospital has a wide range of specialists, including cardiologists, gastroenterologists, urologists, and plastic surgeons. While many of them likely do not speak English, there’s no need to worry. The hospital has staff to help you communicate with them. 

Business Operations

Rinku General Medical Center’s English interpreting services are offered on weekdays from 10:00 to 15:00.  They are located at Rinku Ourai Kita 2-23, Izumisano Shi. The medical center is linked to Rinku Town Station and is easy to access by train. 

In Conclusion 

As you can see, there are a variety of doctors in Osaka who speak English. You can visit a dentist, rheumatologist, fertility specialist, or opthamologist without worrying about your Japanese skills. So don’t put off your breast cancer screening or brush off that bad cold! There’s a doctor that can help you regardless of your Japanese ability. But if one of these clinics can’t help you, Rinku General Medical Center will be able to. They are a large hospital with English interpreting services. Your health will be well cared for in Osaka. Just visit an English speaking doctor on this list!

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