Bringing Medications into Japan

 

Importing medication into Japan is subject to control by the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law and the Customs Law, and regulated by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

 

When you bring medication into Japan for personal use, depending the type and amount of the medication, you may have to apply for a Yakkan Shoumei. Yakkan Shoumei is a kind of import certificate that you must apply for and receive before you leave for Japan. This certificate must be declared to the officer at customs when you arrive in Japan. Applications for the Yakkan Shoumei should be submitted to the Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare closest to your airport of arrival in Japan. (Please see below for more details)

 

If your medication is classified as a narcotic by Japan, then you are required to obtain advanced permission from the Narcotics Control Department at the Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare closest to your airport of arrival in Japan.

 

 

If there are any inquiries about the import of a medication into Japan, the Embassy of Japan in DC can provide further information and guidance. However, the Embassy of Japan must adhere to Japan's regulations and does not have the authority to permit medications into the country.


Please be advised that you should apply for the Yakkan Shoumei at least two weeks in advance of your travel date to Japan.

 

 

Contact Details for Further Information

Contact for Drugs, Quasi Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices

Name of Department

Contact Information

Place of Arrival

Kanto-Shin’etsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL: +81-48-740-0800
EMAIL: yakkan@mhlw.go.jp

Narita International Airport
Tokyo International Airport

Kinki Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL: +81-6-6942-4096
EMAIL: kiyakuji@mhlw.go.jp

Chubu Centrair International Airport
Kansai International Airport

Okinawa Narcotics Control Office, Kyushu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL: +81-98-853-7100
EMAIL: okinawa-yakuji@mhlw.go.jp

Naha Airport

 

 

Contact for Narcotics and Psychotropics

Name of Department

Contact Information

Area in Charge

Narcotics Control Department, Hokkaido Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL:
+81-11-726-3131
FAX:
+81-11-709-8063

Hokkaido

Narcotics Control Department, Tohoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL:
+81-22-221-3701
FAX:
+81-22-221-3713

Aomori, Akita, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata

Narcotics Control Department, Kanto-Shin’etsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL:
+81-3-3512-8691
FAX:
+81-3-3512-8689

Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Tochigi, Tokyo, Yamanashi

Narcotics Control Department, Tokai Hokuriku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL:
+81-52-951-6911
FAX:
+81-52-951-6876

Aichi, Gifu, Ishikawa, Mie, Shizuoka, Toyama

Narcotics Control Department, Kinki Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL:
+81-6-6949-6336
FAX:
+81-6-6949-6339

Fukui, Hyogo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Shiga, Wakayama

Narcotics Control Department, Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL:
+81-82-227-9011
FAX:
+81-82-227-9174

Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, Yamaguchi

Narcotics Control Department, Shikoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL:
+81-87-811-8910
FAX:
+81-87-823-8810

Ehime, Kagawa, Kouchi, Tokushima

Narcotics Control Department, Kyushu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare

TEL:
+81-92-472-2331
FAX:
+81-92-451-4539

Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Okinawa, Saga