Women's Health in Japan - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

27 Oct - 8 Nov 2024
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Japan is a blend of gracious tradition, exquisite ritual and hyper modernity. Experience different facets of this exceptional country, seeing the culture, society and history of Japan through the prism of women's health, obstetrics and gynaecology.

See Japan’s most famous traditional art and crafts, as well as contemporary art. Visit one of Japan’s three great gardens, one of its most imposing castles and the ancient capital of Kyoto. Experience lesser-known Japan, including the geisha district of Kanazawa and the laneways of Kurishiki, and cruise across the Inland Sea.

There are a range of professional visits, meetings and talks providing real insight into women's health in Japan.

The tour is accompanied by an expert tour leader and a highly experienced Japanese national guide.

Numbers are strictly limited and the tour will fill on a first come, first served basis.

Your tour leader

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Richard Smith

Professor J. Richard Smith MD, FRCOG is a consultant gynaecological surgeon at the West London Gynaecological Cancer Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust. He was Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York University School of Medicine from 2001 to 2021 and is currently Professor of Practice, Imperial College.

Professor Smith graduated from the University of Glasgow and worked in various Scottish hospitals until 1988. He then moved to further his training at St Mary’s Hospital in London and took up a consultant post at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in 1993. He is also an honorary consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He moved to Hammersmith/Queen Charlotte’s Hospital a few years ago where his sub-specialisation of gynaecology is oncology, and within this he specialises in gestational trophoblastic disease, ovarian germ cell tumours, cervical cancer and vulval disease. During his career, he co invented the procedure of radical abdominal trachelectomy, and the modified Strassman procedure to allow fertility sparing surgery for woman with rare uterine tumours. He also invented the Smith’s safety needle holder. He is a registered colposcopist and has a long-running interest in the management of pelvic pain and the psychology both of his patients and of the operating theatre.

His main surgical interest is fertility-sparing surgery and his research interest is the development of uterine transplantation, both from live and deceased donors. He is the Chairman of Womb Transplant UK Charity and leader of this research team. He is an Honorary Consultant in Transplantation Surgery at the University of Oxford hospitals. He is also involved with research related to endometrial transplantation, endometrial stem cell research and novel treatments for vulval cancers.

He has a long-running interest in doctor-patient communication and has published Women’s Cancers; Pathways to Healing 2009, Women’s Cancers; Pathways to Living 2015. He is the series editor of Patient Pictures (17 books) (210,000 copies).

With respect to books for the medical profession he is First Editor of an Atlas of Gynaecological Oncology (4 editions) and first author of eight other post-graduate medical textbooks. He has over 200 peer reviewed publications as well as numerous reviews and articles.

In the field of non- medical publishing he has published two books, The Journey: Spirituality, Pilgrimage and Chant, DLT, 2016 and A Very Byzantine Journey, Sacristy Press, 2022. He currently has two new books for the general public one with his agent entitled The Sacrifices a Woman will make in Pursuit of a Baby. The other, Womb Transplant - An Epic Journey is with World Scientific Press.

He has four children whom he loves dearly and spends his time between London, where he lives on a house boat, and Scotland, where he lives at the south end of an island, in the middle of nowhere.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Tokyo (Sun, 27 Oct) Arrive in Tokyo, a vast city encompassing a multitude of distinctive personalities, and transfer to the hotel. Walk a short distance to enjoy a local dinner.
  • Day 2: Tokyo (Mon, 28 Oct) Arrive in Tokyo, a vast city encompassing a multitude of distinctive personalities, and transfer to the hotel. Cruise through canals to central Tokyo.Visit fashionable Harajuku, the Woodblock Print Museum and the Nezu Museum and its lovely gardens. Welcome dinner with local obstericians and gynaecologists.
  • Day 3: Tokyo (Tues, 29 Oct) Meeting with the Japanese obstericians and gynaecologists and learn about obstetrics, gynaecology and women’s health in Japan today. Walk across tranquil Hamarikyu Gardens. Walk through the gardens to the National Cancer Centre, Japan’s leading cancer research and treatment centre. Drive to upmarket Ginza.
  • Day 4: Tokyo / Matsumoto (Wed, 30 Oct) Take the train to Matsumoto, arriving early afternoon. Explore the old town, including the Castle and Frog Street.
  • Day 5: Matsumoto (Thurs, 31 Oct) Full day to visit Takayama and the beautiful Japanese Alps. Visit a hot spring (onsen) and learn more about Japanese thermal healing traditions.
  • Day 6: Matsumoto (Fri, 1 Nov) Day at leisure options for walks in one of Japan’s most beautiful areas, known for it walks and hikes. Alternatively, visit some of Matsumoto’s outstanding museums, including the Matsumoto Museum of Art and the The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, which holds the largest private collection of woodblock prints, paintings screens and old books in the world.
  • Day 7: Matsumoto / Okayama (Sat, 2 Nov) Transfer to Okayama. Visit the Korakuen Gardens, one of the three great gardens of Japan. See Okayama Castle and its gardens at a lovely time of year.
  • Day 8: Okayama / Hiroshima / Okayama (Sun, 3 Nov) Take the train to Hiroshima, a city with a cataclysmic past that is today a powerful symbol for world peace. Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Take a cruise on the Inland Sea (with lunch) past the vivid red Torii Shrine set in the water, denoting that the entire island of Miyajima is sacred. Explore the island on a walking tour. Return by train.
  • Day 9: Okayama (Mon, 4 Nov) Take part in a clinical meeting or time at leisure. Travel to Kurashiki and explore the town’s attractive riverside area, the old merchant’s quarter and the pharmacy museum. At leisure in Kurashiki or option to visit the Ohara Museum of Art.
  • Day 10: Okayama / Kyoto (Tues, 5 Nov) Take the train to 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 Fushimi Inari, dedicated to the Shinto god of rice and famous for its thousands of vermillion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails, with the option to take part in a walk.
  • Day 11: Kyoto / Kobe / Kyoto (Wed, 6 Nov) Visit a maternity and women’s clinic in Kobe and meet the local obstetrican gynaecologist. Visit the Earthquake Museum, followed by a tour through asake brewery with sake tastings.
  • Day 12: Kyoto (Thursday, 7 Nov) Take a walking tour of Kyoto’s food and craft markets (walk down Nishiki and Teramachi-dori) and explore old Kyoto. Visit the shimmering medieval Golden Pavilion, with its sensuously contoured temple roofs and Shinto shrines, and take a walking tour through its raked pebble gardens. Transfer to Arashiyama and walk through the Arashiyama bamboo forest. Visit the Actors’ Garden and tea house. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening.
  • Day 13: Kyoto (Fri, 8 Nov) Depart Kyoto after breakfast.

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