Care of the Elderly and Palliative Care in Japan

5 - 17 Mar 2019
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Japan is unlike anywhere else in the world and is today 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 palliative care. This tour will include a range of professional visits looking at how palliative care has developed in Japan, through training and facilities. Meet with leading palliative care professionals and discuss the achievements being made in Japan and the on going challenges they face with their aging population. 

Gain real insight into palliative care 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. 

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​David Oliviere

​David Oliviere

David Oliviere is a consultant in psychosocial palliative care, a social worker, an educationalist and a clinical supervisor. He is former director of Education and Training at St Christopher’s Hospice in London and visiting professor at the School of Education and Health Sciences at Middlesex University.

David trained at Nottingham University in social administration and social work. With a background in psychiatric social work and management in the personal social services, David was involved in founding Pilgrim’s Hospice, Canterbury, before joining the North London Hospice as Director of Social Work.  Subsequently, David worked as Community Care Advisor for ethnic minorities and refugees, London Borough of Enfield, and as Macmillan Principal Lecturer in Palliative Care at Middlesex University, whilst practising at the Macmillan Support Team in Barnet Hospital.

David has contributed to several publications, spoken internationally and has jointly edited a number of books including, “Good Practices in Psychosocial Care”, “Loss, grief and bereavement”, “Patient Participant in Palliative Care”, “Resilience in Palliative Care”, “Death, Dying and Social Differences” and “Narratives and Stories in Palliative Care”.

He currently practises as a couple and bereavement counsellor and professional interests include work with families in palliative care; culture and ethnicity; staff support; bereavement; and strength-based approaches. He is joint lead for a new theatre project in palliative care education, “Stories That Speak”.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 5 March (Tues) Tokyo: Arrive Tokyo and transfer to the hotel. 
  • 6 March (Wed) Tokyo: Visit the Edo Museum, the historic Asakusa neighbourhood and Senso-ji Temple. In the afternoon visit the Skytree for spectacular views over the city. Cruise along the Sumida River to Hamraiku Garden, where there will be chance to explore and take tea in a traditional teahouse. Talk: "International perspectives on palliative care" and welcome dinner in the evening
  • 7 March (Thurs) Tokyo: Visit Chiba Prefectural University of Health Services, with a talk by Prof Abe about the history of Palliative Care in Japan. In the afternoon return to Tokyo and at leisure
  • 8 March (Fri) Tokyo: Explore Harajuku and the Meiji Shrine. Visit the Hinohara Peace House Clinic
  • 9 March (Sat) Tokyo/ Kanazawa: Take the bullet train across Japan to Kanazawa. Arrive and visit the Samurai Quarter including the old pharmacy, the samurai house and garden, the Yuzen Silk Centre and the Kubani Kutaraki pottery
  • 10 March (Sun) Kanazawa: In the morning visit Kenrokuen Garden. After lunch visit the geisha quarter, including the Ochaya Bunkakan Sake House, Kaikara Geisha House, a gold leaf house and museum. 
  • 11 March (Mon) Kanazawa/ Nagoya: Take the Thunderbird train to Nagoya. In the afternoon visit the Kobayashi Memorial Hospital. Overnight in Nagoya
  • 12 March (Tues) Nagoya/ Hiroshima: Take a morning train to Hiroshima via Okayama and visit the Kato Clinic, which offers community based hospice care. Afternoon at leisure in Hiroshima
  • 13 March (Wed) Hiroshima: Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. In the afternoon cruise on the Inland Sea past the Torii Shrine to Miyajima for sunset
  • 14 March (Thurs) Hiroshima/ Kobe: Take the train to Kobe via Himeji Castle.  Continue to Kobe and check into the hotel. Discussion Group: "Lessons learnt"
  • 15 March (Fri) Kobe/Kyoto/Kobe: Take the short train ride to Kyoto. Visit the Golden Pavilion and its garden. Walking tour to food and craft markets and explore old Kyoto. In the afternoon walk through Arashiyama Forest and cruise along the Hotsu River
  • 16 March (Sat) Kobe: Explore downtown Kobe, including the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum. Visit the Sawanotsuru Sake Museum. At leisure in the late afternoon. Farewell dinner
  • 17 March ( Sun) Kobe: Depart for airport or extend your stay in Japan

Tour cost

$4895.00 per person ( ground only excluding International flights and airport transfers)

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