Japan

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About

Travelling is a great way to meet people and experience new cultures. Caution is advised, however, since travellers may be exposed to poor sanitary conditions and diseases that are uncommon in Canada.

Several measures can be taken to reduce the risk of contracting an infection. This document provides travellers with precautions that should be taken, by destination, to stay safe and healthy while travelling.

Region
Asia
Population
126,440,000
Capital
Tokyo
Languages
Japanese
Currency
Yen (JPY)
If you need any help while travelling, contact:
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Tokyo
Embassy of Canada

Address
3-38 Akasaka 7-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 107-8503
Tel.
81 (3) 5412-6200
Fax
81 (3) 5412-6289

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Fukuoka
Consulate of Canada

Address
c/o Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. 1-82 Watanabe-dori 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan, 810-8720
Tel.
81 (92) 726-6348
Fax
81 (92) 726-6348

Detail
Hiroshima
Consulate of Canada

Address
c/o Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc., 4-33 Komachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan, 730-8701
Tel.
81 (82) 246-0057
Fax
81(82) 246-0057

Detail
Nagoya
Consulate of Canada

Address
Nakato Marunouchi Building, 6F, 3-17-6 Marunouchi, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan, 460-0002
Tel.
81 (52) 972-0450
Fax
81 (52) 972-0453

Detail
Osaka
Consulate of Canada

Address
c/o Tsuda Sangyo Co. Ltd., 1-8-19 Hirabayashi Minami, Suminoe-ku, Osaka, 559-8550, Japan
Tel.
81 (6) 6681–0250
Fax
81 (6) 6681-0250

Detail
Sapporo
Consulate of Canada

Address
Canada Place, Poseidon Maruyama 2F, 26-1-3 Odori Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Japan 064-0820
Tel.
81 (11) 643-2520
Fax
81 (11) 643-2520

Good to know

In case of emergency, dial:
110 (Police), 119 (Medical assistance), 119 (Firefighters)

Before your stay

Immunizations and screenings

Below is a list of immunizations (vaccines) and screenings recommended or required by local health authorities for Canadians travelling to this destination. Note that these are general recommendations. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a Travel Health Clinic. If you need several vaccines, plan ahead and give yourself several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

Immunizations recommended

General vaccination and immunization

Vaccines, including diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis and measles are part of Canada's routine immunization schedule. Check to make sure that you have been vaccinated and that you have received the required booster doses. Special recommendations may apply to poliomyelitis, refer to the specialized agencies.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.

Japanese encephalitis

Vaccination is recommended for any stay longer than one month in endemic regions. It should also be considered if travelling to at-risk areas (e.g., rural area) or if an outbreak is underway in the area, even if staying less than one month.

Tick-borne encephalitis

Present in certain regions, mainly from April to November. Found in forested areas and farms. The disease can also be acquired through unpasteurized dairy products. Vaccination is recommended for certain travellers.

COVID-19

When planning a trip, it is recommended that you consult official notices from the Canadian government and your travel destination. You may need to comply with entry requirements at your destination and upon your return to Canada. In addition, complete vaccination is recommended for most travellers. A vaccination certificate may be required.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.

Rabies

Vaccination is recommended for certain groups of travellers only. This includes people who will work there as veterinarians, wildlife workers or spelunkers, as well as adventure travellers.

During your stay

Other diseases

Once there, stay alert as you could be exposed to other diseases for which no vaccines or preventive treatments are available.

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis is probably no longer present in the country, but it is not certified as eradicated by the WHO. Avoid all contact with fresh water (swimming, fishing, drinking untreated water).

Healthy Travelling

It is recommended that travellers purchase a travel insurance policy that includes a 24-hour emergency assistance service to help them access care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have your insurance company’s phone number with you at all times.

It is also recommended that you sign up for the “Registration of Canadians Abroad” service. This is a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or at home. The service also enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website at: travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration.

The Canadian Government has several offices abroad that can provide you with various services when faced with a medical emergency, including:

  • Providing you with names of doctors and health care facilities.
  • Visiting you in the hospital and providing translation/interpretation services.
  • Arranging for a medical evacuation if you require treatment that is not available in the area (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government but are usually covered by your travel insurance).

Make sure that your passport is valid for the entire duration of your stay. Several countries also require travelers’ passports to be valid up to six months beyond the expected return date.



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