Vaccination before the trip to Japan

Japan is a very fascinating country in Asia that offers a unique culture that can not be found anywhere else in the world. Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, which is nice when you are a tourist in the country. Japan consists of 6800 islands, the most popular being the paradise island of Okinawa which offers wonderful beaches. The Japanese capital Tokyo is one of the most popular cities to visit in Japan, and offers many impressive buildings and sights.

Recommended vaccinations

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis


Measles, mumps, rubella

Hepatitis B


Japanese encephalitis 

Other recommendations

Mosquito protection

There is a risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Protect yourself from mosquito bites.

If you want to know more or get vaccinated before the trip to Japan, you are welcome to one of our drop-in clinics. Feel free to bring information about previous vaccinations.

Good to know before the trip to Japan

Japan is without a doubt one of the most exciting countries in the world and despite being so far away from Sweden, it is still a very popular destination for Swedes. The Japanese culture is very different from ours, but there are still many similarities – not least in the standard of living. The range of shopping is huge – Japanese fashion is much talked about as one of the world’s best design schools (Bunka College) is located in Tokyo and the range of electronics and other well-known brands is at the forefront of technology, design etc. Below you get some more guidance for your trip to Japan.

Should you get vaccinated against specific diseases?

There are no requirements for vaccinations when entering Japan. However, vaccinations against polio and tetanus can be recommended. In some areas, Japanese encephalitis can occur and if you are traveling here, vaccination should take place before you leave.

Food and hygiene

The Japanese are known for being a very hygienic people and they are careful with customs and traditions. The Japanese food is usually very healthy to eat – even the desserts. Try the Japanese sushi or the fantastic Japanese curry. Hotel breakfast can be expensive in Japan if it is not included in the room rate and an alternative to it is something called “morning service” which is served in the cafes. Tap water can be drunk without worries, but in the big cities it is still better with bottled water.

Some much needed advice

Note that you never leave tips in Japan – if you do, a waiter / waitress will return the money immediately. However, there are service fees and sometimes table fees that are added. Also, remember to never push yourself in front of a line, no matter where it is.

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