Your Child is Sick in Kyoto…What do you do?
Hospitals & Clinics with English Speaking Staff
When traveling, one of your biggest worries is probably your child suddenly getting sick or injured. Especially when traveling abroad to a country where English isn’t widely spoken, you may be extra worried.
We will tell you hospitals, clinics, dentists, etc which can help you in English. Particularly, we will highlight places which are easily accessible from different parts of Kyoto.
Please be aware that most of these places are closed on weekends and for a few days around the New Year holiday. In the case of an emergency, the place most likely to be able to offer support in English is Japan Baptist Hospital.
– Central Kyoto
Located near Kyoto City Hall
9:30-12:30 18:30-20:30 (AM visits are by appointment only)
– Higashiyama Ward
Higashiyama Kawaguchi Clinic
Monday, Wednesday 9:30~12:30 16:00~18:00
Thursday, Friday 9:30~12:30 17:00~19:00
Saturday (1st 3rd of the month , may change ) 9:30~12:30
Sunday, Tuesday, Dec.29-Jan.3 : Closed
- By Keihan Bus or Kyoto City bus: 202, 206, or 207 – get off at Umamachi and walk about 1 minute
- From JR Kyoto Station – take bus 206 about 20 minutes to Umamachi and walk about 1 minute
- From Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo Station – walk east about 10 minutes
457 Tokiwa-cho Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi
– Near Kyoto Station
For the latest schedule, please check the website
5 minutes walking distance from Kyoto Station/Karasuma entrance (JR/Kintetsu/Metro)
841-5 Higashi Shiokoji-cho Shiokoji-dori Nishinotoin-higashiiru Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi
– Other areas
Japan Baptist Hospital
It is a bit far from central Kyoto, but they are more likely than other places to be open on weekends. A Kyoto with Kids customer had a child who had a fever during their trip to Kyoto over the New Year holidays. They asked us for help finding a hospital and this was the only place we could find that was open on January 2. They also had a translator available which helped our customers feel at ease. At the hospital, there are signs which say the Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day, so if you have an emergency on a weekend or holiday, please call this hospital.
- By Bus – Take Kyoto City Bus 3 toward Kitashirakawa Shibusecho to the final stop, then walk about 2 minutes
- From Kyoto City Bus 5 or 204 – get off at Kitashirakawa Bettou-cho and walk east on Mikagedori for about 5 minutes
- By Keihan Bus – take the bus going to Hieidaira and get off at Kitashirakawa Shibusecho, walk about 2 minutes
When you need to see a doctor on a weekend or holiday
Hospitals and clinics with pediatric services available on weekends and holidays are as follows. They may not be able to support you in English, but if other hospitals aren’t open, please try one of these.
Japanese Red Cross Kyoto Daiichi Hospital
5-749 Honmachi Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi
They may not be able to help you on the phone in English. In that case, please ask your hotel to make the call for you.
Japanese Red Cross Kyoto Daini Hospital
355-5 Haruobi-cho Kamanzadori Marutamachi Agaru Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi
Again, if making a phone call in Japanese is difficult, please don’t hesitate to ask your hotel to assist you.
Kyoto City Sudden Illness Center
- weekdays 21:00 – 24:00
- Saturdays 14:00-17:00/18:00-8:00
- Sundays and holidays (includes August 15-16 and December 29 – January 3) 10:00-17:00/18:00-24:00
- Internal medicine / Ophthalmology
- Saturdays 18:00-22:00
- Sundays and holidays (includes August 15-16 and December 29 – January 3) 10:00-17:00 / 18:00-22:00
- Sundays and holidays (includes August 15-16 and December 29 – January 3) 10:00-17:00
Use the subway Tozai Line and get off at Nijo Station, walk for 2 minutes
6 Togao-cho Nishinokyo Higashi Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi (on the 1st floor of the Kyoto Medical Association Building)
If you feel like it’s not urgent to seek medical care, you may just want to buy some over the counter medication in a drugstore. You can use an app such as Google translate to communicate with the shop staff and get the medication you need. If you would like to know about the medication they recommend, you can ask the staff to input the Japanese name of the medication into this site and it will give you information in English.
If you find yourself or someone in your group in need of a dental examination while in Kyoto, the following dental clinics may be able to help you in English.
Nakai Dental Office – near Imperial Grounds
M T W F 9:00 – 13:00 / 14:00 – 18:30 ; Sat 9:00 – 12:30
Closed Thursday and Sunday
724-1 Youhoujimae-cho Teramachi Nijo Agaru Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi
Yamamoto Dental – near Kyoto Station
M T W Th F S 9:00 – 13:00 14:30 – 18:00
Closed Sundays and national holidays
Keihan Bldg 3F 735 Higashi Shiokoji-cho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi
We hope you will not need this information during your stay in Kyoto. In the event that you do, however, we hope this information helps you.