Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Japan. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Japan is one of the most developed countries in the world and has a high level of hygiene and health standards. Tap water is safe to drink throughout Japan and bottled water is readily available.

No standard vaccinations are required unless travelling from certain destinations, including Africa. Check with your doctor and travel agent.

The standard of medical and hospital care in Japan is high, but costly. Travel insurance is an absolute must for all visitors, regardless of duration. There are number of medical clinics in the larger centres where doctors speak English and have often been trained overseas. Your hotel will be able to advise you of a convenient clinic or hospital in a medical emergency.

Most common over-the-counter medicines are available through pharmacies nationwide. Visitors with special pharmaceutical needs should bring adequate supplies of their prescription medicine with them from Australia. Personal imports of prescription medicine from overseas is allowed.