Anaesthesia in Japan

12 - 23 Sep 2018
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Japan is a fluid, fascinating study of extremes. Ancient history jostles with neon modernity, rigid tradition with explosive counter-culture and Zen serenity with heaving humanity. This tour takes you to the heart of both historic and modern Japan while exploring Japanese approaches to anaesthesia. Visit a range of prestigious hospitals in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Matsuyama, meet Japanese anaesthetists and visit the excellent Kobe Japanese Museum of Anaesthesiology.   

Gain real insight into anaesthesia in Japan, while experiencing many other facets of this country.  For every face of Japan, there is another waiting to be seen, so that each visitor comes away with their own vision of this genuinely extraordinary land. 

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Anaesthesia in Japan

Your tour leader

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David Wilkinson

David was born in Pontypridd, qualified in medicine in 1971 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital and then specialised in anaesthesia, passing his FFARCS (now FRCA) in 1975. He was appointed to the staff at Barts in 1978 but took a sabbatical year in Perth, Western Australia in 1979 returning to London to take up his consultant post. He had already started to collect equipment to create an anaesthesia museum at Barts while a registrar; this interest has remained throughout his career. He was a founder member of the History of Anaesthesia Society and was their first Editor from 1986-1993 and was their President in 2006-8. He was the Society of Apothecaries Lecturer in the History of Medicine to St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1994-2008; Chairman of the Barts Archives Committee 1988-2006; Curator of the Charles King Collection 1982-1995 and then Honorary Archivist for the Association of Anaesthetists 1994-2001. He became Wood Library Museum Laureate in the History of Anaesthesia in 2008.

He has been involved in anaesthesia organisations both nationally, in Europe and the world. Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), Secretary and President of the Confederation of European National Societies of Anaesthesia (CENSA) and then Secretary and President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiology (WFSA). He retired from clinical anaesthesia in 2008 and took on the two four-year positions with WFSA from that time.

An inveterate traveller, David has spent a lot of time on every continent except Antarctica and has travelled to lecture, teach and holiday in equal measure!

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 12 Sept (Wed) Tokyo: Arrive and transfer to the Hotel Villa Shiodome 
  • 13 Sept (Thurs) Tokyo: Visit the Edo Museum and onto the Skytree for spectacular Tokyo views. Visit the historic Asakusa neighbourhood and Senso-ji Temple. Take a cruise along the Sumida River to the Hamraiku Garden. Explore the gardens and take tea in a traditional tea house. Welcome dinner at Gonpachi in Ginza
  • 14 Sept (Fri) Tokyo: Visit the Department of Anaesthesia at the Hirosato Kikuchi Hospital. Partner Programme: Visit the Tokyo National Museum.Group rejoins to visit Harajuku and the Meiji Shrine and Woodblock Print Museum*
  • 15 Sept (Sat) Tokyo / Hiroshima: Take the bullet train to Hiroshima with bento box lunch. Arrive Hiroshima and check into the Grand Prince Hotel. 
  • 16 Sept (Sun) Hiroshima: Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Cruise on the Inland Sea past the Torii Shrine to Miyajima Island
  • 17 Sept (Mon) Hiroshima / Matsuyama: Visit the Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital and Atomic-bomb Survivors Hospital. Take the ferry to Matsuyama
  • 18 Sept (Tues) Matsuyama: Visit the Ehime University Hospital and meet with local anaesthetists. Partners at leisure. Visit Matsuyama Castle and the Ninomaru Historical Garden. Option to visit the traditional bathhouse of Dōgo Onsen Honkan
  • 19 Sept (Wed) Matsuyama / Naoshima Island / Kobe:  Travel to Naoshima ‘Art Island’ on the Inland Sea. Visit Chichu Art Museum and the Benesse House Museum. Continue to Kobe by train
  • 20 Sept (Thurs) Kobe: Visit the Japanese Museum of Anaesthesiology. Visit the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum and the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
  • 21 Sept (Fri) Kobe: Train to Kyoto. Sightseeing tour on foot to food and craft markets (walk down Nishiki and Teramachi-dori) and old Kyoto. Visit the Golden Pavilion and its garden. Travel out to Arashiyama. Walk through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the Hotsu River before returning to Kobe
  • 22 Sept(Sat) Kobe: Option to take the train to Wakayama and visit the Seishu-no-Sato park and medical museum OR full day at leisure. Return by train in the late afternoon.Farewell dinner
  • 23 Sept (Sun) Kobe: Depart Kobe for airport 

* If the woodblock museum is closed (it closes for a week between exhibitions) the tour will visit another museum.

Tour cost

US $5,313 per person (ground only excluding international flights and transfers)