Primary Health Care in Japan - Jon Baines Tours

Primary Health Care in Japan

7 - 19 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. 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 a journey into the snowcapped mountains to see the snow monkeys, visit a traditional village in the Japanese Alps and take bullet trains to Hiroshima and the island of Kyushu. Throughout the tour enjoy a delicious range of Japanese cuisine.

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Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​Dr Clare Hurle

​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

  • 7 March (Sun) Tokyo: Arrive and transfer to the hotel
  • 8 March (Mon) Tokyo: Visit the historic Asakusa neighbourhood and Senso-ji Temple. Visit Jikei Hospital. Explore the upmarket Ginza district before a welcome dinner
  • 9 March (Tues) Tokyo: Visit the Edo Museum. Visit Harajuku and the Wood Block Print Museum and onto the beautiful garden in the Nezu Museum
  • 10 March (Wed) Tokyo / Matsumoto: Take the train to Chino and visit a local GP clinic. Take the train to Matsumoto and visit magnificent traditional Matsumoto Castle and Frog Street and Nakamachi Street
  • 11 March (Thurs) Matsumoto: Drive into the mountains and visit the Nagano Clinic. Sightseeing including Jigokudani Monkey Park and the village of Obuse. Wander along Chestnut Alley seeing traditional houses and gardens
  • 12 March (Fri) Matsumoto / Hiroshima: Take the train to Hiroshima. Arrive mid-afternoon and at leisure to explore
  • 13 March (Sat) Hiroshima / Fukuoka: Visit the Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine before visiting the A Bomb Dome, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Take the train to Fukuoka
  • 14 March (Sun) Fukuoka / Nagasaki / Fukuoka: By 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
  • 15 March (Mon) Fukuoka: After breakfast visit Kurume Medical Centre. In the afternoon visit a rural clinic in Hofu
  • 16 March (Tues) Fukuoka / Kobe: Take the train to Kobe and transfer to the hotel. Lunch at JICA (Japan International Cooperation Centre Café. Visit the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum
  • 17 March (Wed) Kobe / Kyoto / Kobe: Take the train to Kyoto. Visit Niko Castle. Visit the Golden Pavilion and its garden. Walking tour through food and craft markets (walk down Nishiki and Teramachi-dori). Visit Fushimi Inari and take part in the Tofukuji walk
  • 18 March (Thurs) Kobe / Osaka / Kobe: Train to Osaka and explore the Namba area on a culinary tour. Return to Kobe and at leisure before a farewell dinner in the evening
  • 19 March (Fri) Kyoto: Depart for airport

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