02.02 2018

What to do if you become ill while traveling in Hokkaido

While traveling within Hokkaido is very exciting and fun, but when you book your flights and plan what activities to do on your trip to Hokkaido, it is important to be aware that unfortunate circumstances or accidents can still happen and can disrupt your travels.

Whether you accidentally chip a tooth while skiing in the mountains or get a sore throat, knowing about emergency numbers and clinics in advance will make your plans more secure and help make you have a worry-free trip to Hokkaido.

Here are some telephone numbers, accessible clinics, and tips if you become ill while traveling in Hokkaido:


  • Emergency Numbers:

The emergency numbers are as listed:

  • Ambulance: 119

** You can call this number 24/7 anywhere in Hokkaido/Japan

  • Police: 110

** You can call this number 24/7 anywhere in Hokkaido/Japan

 ** If you have any problems during your travels in Hokkaido here is a website that has information about contact centers, hotlines, and guides for tourists in the Sapporo area. **


  • Hospitals

Here are a few of the many hospitals in Hokkaido:

Located in the Eastern part of Sapporo, this hospital has staff members that speak English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and more.

This hospital is located in the university in Asahikawa and has staff members that can speak English.

Here is a link to their website showing the hospital information in English.

This hospital, located in Hakodate, has staff members that can speak English and Russian.


  • Doctor Clinics in Hokkaido:

Falling ill is never pleasant especially while traveling, but going to a doctor’s clinic here can help ease your troubles or concerns. These clinics generally operate from Mondays to Fridays (Saturdays until 1pm) and are always closed on Sundays.

** Here is a tip: if you need to find a specific clinic or emergency clinic in Hokkaido in your area of travel, visit this website to search for more specific information about clinics.


There are a variety of doctors clinics in Hokkaido for different symptoms, here are a few of the many clinics in the Sapporo general area listed below:

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor:

Located right next to Yodobashi Camera in Sapporo, this clinic specializes in ear and throat illnesses and symptoms.

  • English Speaking Staff Available
  • Walk in Clinic ( No appointment necessary)

 JP Website: http://www.hirao-jibika.com/

Telephone: 011-746-3387

Address: Sapporo-shi, Kita Ku, Kita 7 Jou Nishi 5 Chome 7-1 Sapporo-shi Kita Sky Building 9th Floor


  • Dermatologist:

Located across the street from Yodobashi Camera in Sapporo, this clinic specializes in skin conditions or illnesses.

  • English Speaking Staff Available
  • General Consultation
  • Walk in Clinic ( No appointment necessary)

JP Website: http://kobayashi-skin-clinic.com/

Telephone: 011-738-5511

Address: Sapporo-shi, Kita Ku, Kita 7 Jou Nishi 4 Chome  2nd Floor


  • Women’s Health Clinic: M’s Ladies Clinic

 Located in the same building as the Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic listed above, next to Yodobashi Camera in Sapporo. This clinic specializes in general consultation regarding gynecology and women’s health.

  • English Speaking Staff Avaliable
  • General Consultation
  • Walk in Clinic ( No appointment necessary)

 JP Website: http://ms-ladiesclinic.com/

Telephone: 011-738-7777

Address: Sapporo-shi, Kita Ku, Kita 7 Jou Nishi 5 Chome 7-1 Sapporo-shi Kita Sky Building 5th Floor


  • Dentist Clinic in Hokkaido:

Going to a dentist can be scary enough but navigating and trying to find a dental clinic while traveling can be stressful. The dentist clinic I recommend the most is: Kohri Dental Clinic.

Located just 1 minute (by walking) from the main entrance of Hokkaido University, this clinic is open from Mondays to Saturdays and is a common place for tourists to have a general consultation about their teeth or fix anything.

  • English Speaking Dentist Avaliable
  • General Consultation
  • X-rays Available
  • You need to make an appointment in advance

JP Website: https://www.mi.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/hokkaido/ap/qq/dtl/pwdetaillt01_001.aspx?chosanendo=2014&chosano=1&kikancd=3010003240

Telephone: 011-727-8401

Address: Sapporo-shi, Kita Ku, Kita 9, Nishi 4 Chome 10-3 Estar-N-Galleria 2nd Floor


For more information about the different hospitals and clinics available do check this Emergency Guide where you can select the prefecture and see if certain hospitals or doctors have English speaking staff members and more.


These above tips, websites and clinics will hopefully ease your concerns about falling ill in Hokkaido, as well as give you a general idea about the information available in case of an emergency.  We wish you all safe and happy travels in Hokkaido!


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