Medicine and Society in Japan with the Royal Society of Medicine

9 - 21 Mar 2020
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Japan juxtaposes refined ritual and ancient history with hyper modernity. Futuristic neon and urban street fashion sit next to Zen serenity and stylised ceremony. It is unique in its food, culture, dress and traditions, and a singular history also means that it has had to adjust to the impact of one of modern technology's most cataclysmic inventions - the effects of which still resonate today.

On this tour you will experience the magnificent culture and history of Japan and examine its contemporary culture and healthcare systems. See Japan’s most famous traditional art form – woodblock printing – as well as its most exciting contemporary art on Naoshima Island. Wander through one of Japan’s three great gardens in Okayama as well as an exquisite private garden and a traditional Zen garden. Visit one of Japan’s greatest castles, Himeji, and explore Hiroshima and its still-reverberating history. Experience lesser known Japan, including the old merchant quarter of the canal port of Kurashiki. Spectacular journeys include taking a bullet train past Mt Fuji and cruising past the great Torii Shrine across the Inland Sea, as well as walking through the soaring bamboo forest of Arashiyama.

There is a wide range of high level professional visits and talks that provide insight into the particular challenges and approaches of medicine and healthcare within Japanese society.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge

Until recently Janice Liverseidge was a Director at The Royal Society of Medicine and is now a full time guide and in her spare time a trustee of both the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the London Handel Festival. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge tourist guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively, including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia, and has led highly successful RSM tours to Vietnam and Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Cuba and China.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 9 March (Mon) Tokyo: Arrive and transfer to the hotel Villa Fontaine Shiodome. Walk to dinner at En Shiodome.
  • 10 Mar (Tues) Tokyo: Walk to visit Jikei University School of Medicine, the only medical school founded on British medicine, during the Meiji era. Visit fashionable Harajuku, the Woodblock Print Museum and the Nezu Museum and its lovely garden. Drive to upmarket Ginza. Welcome dinner at Gonpachi and walk back to hotel
  • 11 Mar (Wed) Tokyo: Take the subway to visit the Edo Museum, the historic Asakusa neighbourhood and Senso-ji Temple. Cruise through canals to to Hamraiku Garden in central Tokyo. Walk across the gardens and visit the National Cancer Centre
  • 12 Mar (Thurs) Tokyo / Okayama: Train to Nagoya. Visit a local clinic and see community-based health care. Travel to Okayama and check into the Granvia
  • 13 Mar (Fri) Okayama: Travel to Kurashiki and explore the attractive riverside old merchant quarter and the pharmacy museum. Option to visit the Ohara Museum of Art. Return to Okayama and at leisure
  • 14 Mar (Sat) Okayama: Travel to Naoshima Island (known as 'Art Island') on the Inland Sea. Visit the Chichu Art Museum and the Benesse House Museum
  • 15 Mar (Sun) Okayama / Hiroshima: Visit to the Korakuen Gardens. Travel to Hiroshima. Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Check into the Grand Prince Hotel
  • 16 Mar (Mon) Hiroshima: Cruise on the Inland Sea past the Torii Shrine to Miyajima Island. Return to the hotel and at leisure
  • 17 Mar (Tues) Hiroshima / Kobe: Visit Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine (RIRBM). Talk: “Clinical radiation effect of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima and nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima” by Prof. Nobuyuki Hirohashi. Train to Himeji and visit Himeji Castle en route to Kobe. Train to Kobe. Arrive and transfer to the Oriental Hotel.
  • 18 Mar (Wed ) Kobe: Visit the Earthquake Memorial Museum and Sawanotsuru Sake Museum. At leisure. Option to visit Kitano and the Kobe Club. Optional Kobe beef dinner
  • 19 Mar (Thurs) Kobe/Kyoto/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. Visit the Actors' Garden and tea house. Return to Kobe late afternoon
  • 20 March (Fri) Kobe: Visit Nara, the first capital of Japan. Arrive and visit Kofuku-ji Temple, one the powerful Seven Great Temples, with a hall with nine golden Buddhas. Explore the gardens and attractive parkland with many ancient temples. Farewell dinner
  • 21 March (Sat) Kobe: Depart for airport

Tour cost

Tour cost is $5,771 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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