Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Fertility in Japan

3 - 15 Jun 2019
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Japan is an intoxicating blend of gracious tradition, exquisite ritual and hyper modernity. The futuristic neon and street fashion of its big cities sits alongside Zen serenity and stylised ceremony. It is unlike anywhere else in the world 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 reverberate today.

On this tour you will experience the magnificent culture and history of Japan through the prism of your own profession. 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 - one of the few still standing in its original form - in Matsuyama, as well as Japan’s oldest onsen. Experience lesser known Japan, including a preserved Edo era merchant’s street in Kawagoe and 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. 

There is a range of high level professional visits with excellent access that provide insight into the particular challenges and approaches of obstetrics and gynaecology within Japanese society. Topics examined include women’s health, medical education, IVF and neo natal intensive care. The tour is led by Dr Peter Brinsden, one of the co-founders of IVF, who also has a personal connection with Japan through his own family.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Dr Peter Brinsden

Dr Peter Brinsden

Dr Peter Brinsden was born in Peking, China, and lived in China, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. He qualified from St George's Hospital, London, in 1966 and joined the Royal Navy. He served as a Ships Medical Officer, before beginning training as a gynaecologist, gaining the MRCOG in 1976 and FRCOG in 1989. He served in Naval Hospitals in Singapore, Malta, Gibraltar, as well as Portsmouth and Plymouth. He left the Navy in 1982 and went on to specialise in infertility. 

Peter worked at Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge, with Patrick Steptoe, the IVF pioneer who, with Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Edwards, was responsible for the birth of the world's first IVF baby Louise Brown in 1978. In 1989 he was appointed Medical Director at Bourn Hall, following the death of Patrick Steptoe. He was an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge from 1992 to 2007. He has visited China regularly since 1989 and has Visiting or Honorary Professorships at the City Medical University in Beijing, Peking Union Medical College and China Southern University. Dr Brinsden was an Inspector for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 1997 to 2011. He lectures internationally on infertility and assisted reproduction and was President of the British Fertility Society 2009 - 2012.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 3 June (Mon) Tokyo: Arrive and transfer to the hotel Villa Fontaine Shiodome
  • 4 June (Tues) Tokyo: Visit the Edo Museum, the historic Asakusa neighbourhood and Senso-ji Temple. In the afternoon visit the Skytree for spectacular Tokyo views. Cruise along the Sumida River to Hamraiku Garden. Explore the gardens and take tea in a traditional tea house. Welcome dinner
  • 5 June (Wed) Tokyo: Visit fashionable Harajuku and the Meiji Shrine. Visit the Woodblock Print Museum and the Nezu Museum and its lovely garden. Return to the hotel walking through upmarket Ginza
  • 6 June (Thurs) Tokyo: Take the train to Saitame and visit the Kawagoe Medical Centre. Sightseeing in Kawagoe, including the Bell of Time, Kurazukuri Street, artisan shops (including Machikan, a sword and knife manufacturer in operation for generations) and the Merchants Museum. Return to Tokyo in the afternoon.
  • 7 June (Fri) Tokyo / Okayama: Train to Okayama. Arrive and check into the hotel. Travel to Kurashiki and explore the attractive riverside old merchant quarter. Option to visit the Ohara Museum of Art
  • 8 June (Sat) Okayama / Naoshima/ Matsuyama: Optional early morning visit to the Korakuen Gardens. Travel to Naoshima Island, known as Art Island, on the Inland Sea. Visit the Chichu Art Museum and the Benesse House Museum. Travel by train to Matsuyama
  • 9 June (Sun) Matsuyama: Visit Matsuyama Castle and the Ninomaru Historical Gardens. Visit the traditional bathhouse of Dogo Onsen Honkan. In the evening hear a talk by Peter Brinsden on “My family and Japan”
  • 10 June (Mon)  Matsuyama / Hiroshima:  Ferry across the inland sea to Hiroshima. Visit the HART Clinic. Partners at leisure
  • 11 June (Tues) Hiroshima: Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Cruise on the Inland Sea past the Torii Shrine to Miyajima Island for sunset
  • 12 June (Wed ) Hiroshima / Kobe: Train to Kobe and transfer to the hotel.Visit the Carpentry Museum and explore the Kitano district. By cable car up to the herb gardens in the mountains above Kobe
  • 13 June (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 and walk through the magnificent bamboo forest. Visit the Actor's Garden and tea house. Return to Kobe late afternoon. Optional Kobe Beef dinner in the evening
  • 14 June (Fri) Kobe: Morning visit to Kansai Medical University. Talk: “The History of IVF” PB. Partners at leisure. Return to Kobe in the afternoon and visit the Earthquake Memorial Museum and Sawanotsuru Sake Museum. Farewell dinner 
  • 15 June (Sat) Kobe: Depart Kobe for airport 

Tour cost

Ground only cost US $5,313 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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