Primary Health Care in Japan - Jon Baines Tours

Primary Health Care in Japan

6 - 18 Mar 2021
  • 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, 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.

This tour will examine the history of healthcare in Japan and looks at the contemporary evolving primary healthcare system in both rural and urban areas. Tour leader, Dr Clare Hurle, is expertly qualified to lead this tour, having lived and worked in Japan for years as a GP trainer assisting in the development of primary healthcare systems.

Experience the magnificent culture and history of Japan alongside its contemporary culture. See Japan’s most famous traditional art form, woodblock printing, wander through traditional gardens, visit one of Japan’s great castles, Matsumoto, and explore Hiroshima and its still-reverberating history. Spectacular journeys include into beautiful mountains, a visit to a traditional village in the Japanese Alps and bullet trains to Hiroshima and the island of Kyushu. Throughout the tour enjoy a delicious range of Japanese cuisine.

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​Dr Clare Hurle

Dr Clare Hurle is a GP Partner and Trainer at Cross Deep Surgery in Twickenham, where she has worked for over a decade.She graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences and then the Wharton School, Philadelphia, USA with an MBA.

Her first career was in business with McKinsey & Co. in both London and Japan, and then as a national brand manager for Nestle Japan. Her first day with Nestle in 1995 was also the day of the Great Hanshin earthquake in Kobe, during which the company’s office was one of many buildings to collapse. She lived in Japan for around 6 years and speaks Japanese.

Subsequently, she re-trained in medicine at Imperial College, London and also completed her General Practice training in London with distinction in her MRCGP.

Aside from her day to day work as a GP, her 2 key interests are medical education and the development of primary care in Japan. She continues to visit Japan regularly, and has led GP courses in Tokyo for the RCGP (International "Training the Trainers") and in Fukushima on the management of depression in primary care.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 6 March (Sat) Tokyo: Arrive and transfer to the hotel
  • 7 March (Sun) Tokyo: Visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Visit Harajuku and the Wood Block Print Museum and onto the beautiful garden in the Nezu Museum. Welcome dinner
  • 8 March (Mon) Tokyo: Visit the historic Asakusa neighbourhood and Senso-ji Temple. Visit Jikei Hospital and learn about the history and hear a background to health care in Japan. Explore the upmarket Ginza district
  • 9 March (Tues) Tokyo / Matsumoto: Take the train to Chino. Lunch at Suwa Central Hospital. Learn about GP education and their healthy food initiative. Continue to Matsumoto
  • 10 March (Wed) Matsumoto: Learn from the Nagano Clinic team on their work on health promotion and longevity initiatives. Visit Matsumoto Castle and Castle and Frog and Nakamachi Streets
  • 11 March (Thurs) Matsumoto / Fukuoka: Take the bullet train to Fukuoka. Arrive and at leisure
  • 12 March (Fri) Fukuoka: Travel by train then drive into the mountains to a clinic in rural Hofu.Travel to Kurume and visit the Kurume Medical Centre
  • 13 March (Sat) Fukuoka / Nagasaki / Fukuoka: Train to Nagasaki and visit the Glover Garden and Dejima (the historic Dutch trading post in Nagasaki). Explore Nagasaki before returning to Fukuoka by train
  • 14 March (Sun) Fukuoka / Hiroshima:Take the train to Hiroshima. Visit the A Bomb Dome, the Peace Park and Museum
  • 15 March (Mon) Hiroshima / Kobe: Visit the Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine (RIRBM). Take the train to Kobe and transfer to the hotel. At leisure. Option to explore the Kitano District and take a cable car up into the hills. Optional Kobe Beef dinner
  • 16 March (Tues) Kobe / Kyoto / Kobe: Train to Kyoto. Visit Nijo Castle. Visit the Golden Pavilion and its garden. Walking tour through food and craft markets (walk down Nishiki and Teramachi-dori).Visit to Fushimi Inari and take part in the Tofukuji walk
  • 17 March (Wed) Kobe / Osaka / Kobe: Train to Osaka and explore the Namba area on a culinary tour. Return to Kobe. Visit the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum. Farewell dinner
  • 18 March (Thurs) Kobe: Depart for airport

Tour cost

US $5,626 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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