Medicine in Japan in association with the Royal Society of Medicine

11 - 22 Mar 2024
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Japan is a fascinating blend of refined ritual, stylised ceremony, ancient history and hyper urban neon. It is unique in its food, culture, dress and traditions. Experience different facets of this exceptional country, seeing the culture, society and history of Japan through the prism of your own profession, travelling at a stunning time of year around the cherry blossom season.

This tour will examine the history of healthcare in Japan and provides real insight into medicine and society in Japan in both rural and urban areas. Learn about cancer care on a visit to the National Cancer Centre and visit the hospital in Tokyo established to follow the “British system” by a 19th century alumni of St Thomas’. An examination of primary health care gives excellent insight into society, such as Japanese longevity as a result of diet and lifestyle, and elderly health initiatives.


There is an optional 2-night pre-tour extension to visit Mt Fuji. Take the Romance car, an Odakyu limited express train with specially built carriages with large viewing windows, to Fuji. Upon arrival take a cable car to Lake Ashi for wonderful views of Mount Fuji before returning to Tokyo.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge was previously Director of Membership 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, South Africa, China and Japan.

Janice has the Visit Britain "Good to Go" Industry standard demonstrating that she has shown her compliance with government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and ensures social distancing including using a phone app when providing tour commentaries.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Tokyo (Mon, 11 March) Arrive in Tokyo, a vast city encompassing a multitude of distinctive personalities, and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a local dinner with the group.
  • Day 2: Tokyo (Tues, 12 March) Experience the history of this modern metropolis, starting with a to the historic Asakusa neighbourhood and visit the ancient Buddhist Senso-ji. Cruise along the Sumida River to tranquil Hamarikyu Gardens and walk through the gardens to the National Cancer Centre, Japan’s leading cancer research and treatment centre. Return to the hotel before a welcome dinner with Tim Minton, Professor of English at Keio University Medical School at the Tokyo Club.
  • Day 3: Tokyo (Wed, 13 March) Walk to Jikei University School of Medicine, the only medical school founded during the Meiji era that followed the principles of British medicine. The school was founded by Kanehiro Takaki, who studied at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and brought the humanistic ideals of English medicine to Japan. Take a tour of the hospital and learn about its history and its current work. Visit fashionable Harajuku, the Woodblock Print Museum and Nezu Museum and its lovely garden.
  • Day 4: Tokyo / Kanazawa (Thurs, 14 March) Take the bullet train across Japan to Kanazawa. Visit the geisha quarter (Higashichaya Old Town), including the Ochaya Bunkakan Sake House, Kaikaro Geisha House, a gold leaf house and museum.
  • Day 5: Kanazawa (Fri, 15 March) Visit Kenrokuen Garden and the romantic ruins of Kanazawa Castle. Visit the Samurai Quarter, including the old pharmacy, the samurai house and garden, the Yuzen Silk Centre and the Kubani Kutaraki pottery.
  • Day 6: Kanazawa / Hiroshima (Sat, 16 March) Travel to Hiroshima by train. Arrive and transfer to the hotel and enjoy a local dinner.
  • Day 7: Hiroshima (Sun, 17 March) Take a cruise on the Inland Sea past the vivid red Torii Shrine set in the water, denoting that the entire island of Miyajima is sacred. Explore the island, covered in virgin forest, as felling trees is forbidden on the island - as is giving birth or dying. Return to the hotel and at leisure.
  • Day 8: Hiroshima (Mon, 18 March) Hear a talk on the clinical radiation effect of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima and the nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima. The talk will detail the current research examining the legacy of both Hiroshima and Fukushima. Local okonomiyaki lunch. Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum with its many poignant exhibits. Return to the hotel and at leisure.
  • Day 9: Hiroshima/ Kobe (Tues, 19 March) Take the train to Kobe via a visit to beautiful Himeji Castle. Continue to Kobe and visit the Carpentry Museum. Transfer to the Oriental Hotel. Local dinner.
  • Day 10: Kobe / Kyoto / Kobe (Wed, 20 March) Visit Kyoto, Japan’s capital of high culture. Kyoto was the imperial capital between 794 and 1868 and with its hundreds of temples and gardens it remains the cultural centre of Japan. Visit the shimmering medieval Golden Pavilion, with its sensuously contoured temple roofs and Shinto shrines, and Nijo Castle. Visit Fushimi Inari and take part in part of the Tofukuji walk through the vermillion gates.
  • Day 11: Kobe / Osaka / Kobe (Thurs, 21 March) Take the train to Osaka, Visit the Medical University and learn about approaches to medical education. Take a food tour of famous Dotonburi to sample Osaka's famous street food. Return to Kobe and at leisure until your farewell dinner in the evening.
  • Day 12: Kobe B (Fri, 22 March) Depart the hotel after breakfast.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour per person sharing is US $5,771 per person. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is US $6,545

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