Tokyo English Speaking Ophthalmologists – Great Eye Doctors

I was born with poor eyes so searching out a list of good Tokyo English speaking ophthalmologists was a top priority for me when I moved to Japan. The list below is a vetted list of doctors who can handle regular exams, prescriptions and eye illnesses in English.   If you have another great English speaking ophthalmologist to recommend in the Tokyo/Kanto area, please comment below.  Here is also a list of Tokyo-based English speaking pediatricians and dentists.

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Choosing a doctor is a personal decision based on many decision factors. This list below should guide you in the right direction, but the final decision on which doctor you use is yours alone.

English Speaking Tokyo Based Ophthamoigists (Eye Doctors)
listed alphabetically; * JNHI (Japanese National Health Insurance)

1. Kato, Takuji (Dr.)  * accept JNHI
Clinic: Kato Eye Clinic
Address: Aigai Bldg. 5F, 2-3-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku,  Tokyo
Phone: 3-6415-3190
Office Hours: English exams possible Tuesday, Thursday 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. & 02:30p.m. – 07:00p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:30a.m. – 12:30a.m. & 02:30p.m. – 04:00p.m.
Services: Ophthalmology, Pediatric Opthomology, Sports Opthomology
Background: Graduate of Juntendo Univestity, Fellowship from 1999-2001 at Harvard University
Access: 2 min walk from Shibuya station (across from Hachiko)
Website: English Speaking Ophthalmologists

2. Musashi,Touline (Dr.)   * accept JNHI
Clinic: Musashi Eye Clinic
Address: 1-14-1-102 Kaminoge, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Office Hours: Closed Wednesday and Sunday, Open Monday – Friday  9:30-12:30 & 14:30-18:00; Saturday 9:30-12:30
Services: Pediatric and Adult Eye Care, Treatment of Eye Disease & Injury: Cataract, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Eye Disease,Prescriptions for Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses, Medical Eye Examinations, Laser Vision Consultants
Background:Fukuoka Univ. School of Medicine
Access: 1 min walk from Kaminoge Station on the Tokyu Ooimachi Line

3. Ohno, Stern, Horikoshi and Yamashita (Drs.) * accept JNHI
Clinic: Star’s Eye Clinic
Address: 2-11-15-4F Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3505-9981
Office Hours: Closed Sunday, Open Monday – Friday 10:00-13:30 & 15:00-19:00, and Saturday 10:00-14:00
Services: Pediatric and Adult Eye Care
Background: All doctors speak English; graduates of Jikei University School of Medicine, University of Tokyo , etc)
Access: 2 min walk from Tameike Sanno Station (Exit 11) on the Ginza and Namboku Lines

4. Toda, Ikuko (Dr.) * accept JNHI
Clinic: Minami Aoyama Eye Clinic (There are mulitple doctors at the Clinic who speak English)
Address: Renai Aoyama Building 4F, 3-3-11 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Office Hours: Closed Tuesday, Open all other days, including Sunday 10:00 -13:00 & 14:00 -18:00 (appointment necessary)
Services: Ophthalmology, LASIK Surgery
Background: Graduate of Tsujuba University, PHD from Harvard University
Access: 3 min walk from Omotesando station or 5 min walk from GaienMae Station
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  1. Fabulous information thank you so much! Just what I need, have been putting this off for ages.

    • Hi Kim, Glad we could help you. I think many are similar to you…I as well have put off too long. Off the Dr. Lauren

      • My son is visiting Tokyo for 2 weeks, his trip is over tomorrow, but he is having symptoms of a retinal detachment. I am his mother and a nurse. I know he needs immediate medical attention, but we are not familiar with the Japanese medical system. Where should he go? He doesn’t have Japanese insurance

        • I would recommend he go immediately to Tokyo Medical Surgical Clinic across from Tokyo Tower. They have an eye doctor there who is fluent in English and they only take international health insurance.

  2. Katherine Kelly

    As a Mom with a 9 year old who has had her glasses since 18 months this is helpful. She now only needs to see a pediatric ophthalmologist once a year for multiple eye problems. Because my husband is retired from the US Navy we use Tricare and Tricare sent us to a pediatric ophthalmologist at Kanagawa Children’s Hospital. They also sent us with an interpreter even though the doctor and nurse spoke English (sorry I can’t remember his name) but it was a pleasant experience but this list is good to bookmark just in case we need a 2nd opinion, right now her eyes have been stable for over a year – YEAH! Only thing the MD here did not do was the dilation – is this not the SOP here in Japan? Does anyone know? My daughter has amblyopia, strabismus, and is +8 farsighted. If anyone ever needs advice about children and these eye disorders as well as eyeglasses and children please feel free to send me an email.

    • Hi Katherine, Thank you for your comment, and for offering to be a resource for other parents. I have found that dilation is not always the SOP. However, I believe that all of the clinics I have short listed do conduct as a SOP. Lauren

    • Isabelle in Tokyo

      Hi Katherine, how can I contact you about pediatric ophthalmologist? Thank you

    • Hi Kelly,
      How can I contact you? Can you share your email Id for pediatric ophthalmologist in Tokyo?
      My son in on steriods since birth and he is 4.5 years old. I live in Indonesia. I visited many Doctors here but couldnt get satisfactory answer and now my son is having -7.5 glasses. Next week I am going for office workshop to Tokyo so want to avail opportunity to check Dcotors there. I beleive they must have better medical technology.

      my email ID:

  3. We go to Dr. Isao Ootaka who is the very best eye doctor in Japan who studied in U.S. after having graduated from Keio Univ., however, he is extremely busy and
    he practices 3 times a week at Yokohama Sotetsu Bldg. Eye clinic, Tel No. 045-311-2752 , so try and good luck!

  4. I appreciate you for citing my clinic in your Homepage. One thing I would like to ask you is to delete the clinic from HP. This is because the number of patients from overseas is increasing these days, and I cannot now fully provide my service to them. I am getting old and would like to slow down my activity.

    Thank you in advance

  5. imtiaz Ahmed bhatti

    My name is imtiaz ahmed bhatti from Pakistan.My brother aresuffering in the dieses of R.P.can you help me .

    • Hello Imtiaz, we`re so sorry your brother is suffering the disease. As we are not doctors please contact an Ophthalmologist nearest you. -Sandra

  6. hello, I’m looking for information on a retina specialist for my dad who needs treatment. We’re willing to travel to Japan for his condition. He needs epiretinal membrane surgery.

    • Hello Patrick, Please contact They are a service that specializes in medical recommendations in Japan. Good-luck.

  7. Hi,

    First of all, thank you very much for that listing. I have regular minor eye issues and this page has been a very precious help in my healing.
    As my issue is recurrent, I had the opportunity to see almost all the doctors mentioned above so I thought I’d share my feedback, if it can help anyone.
    Note that I don’t speak Japanese at all.

    1.Kato Eye Clinic
    The is the most convenient Clinic to go to because they are open after work hours (not everyday though) and on Saturday. The doctor speaks good English and most importantly knows his job.
    The desk staff doesn’t speak English but documentation is in English and medical staff has basic English.
    My recommendation: My first choice for any eye emergency.

    2.Musashi Touline
    By far my worst experience with a doctor. The doctor seems competent for eye glasses and things like that but for eye disease I wouldn’t recommend it as she doesn’t seem very knowledgeable and would just waste your time.
    Also, when she understood that I was going to use my personal insurance, she added items to increase the bill which I think is pretty unethical. She hold my insurance papers so I had to come a second time even though I asked not to. I had no choice but to go again or not get refunded. Pretty unethical too in my opinion.
    Phone staff speaks English but desk and medical staff doesn’t speak English.
    My recommendation: don’t go there except.

    3.Star’s Eye Clinic
    Haven’t been there yet so no feedback.

    4.Minami Aoyama Eye Clinic
    Staff speaks basic English but that is more than sufficient. I have seen two doctors on two separate times and their English and medical skills were very professional. Only on appointments and during work hours which is not very convenient. The clinic looks new.
    My recommendation: go there if you can make an appointment / go during working hours.

    I hope this helps!


  8. Dr. Erika Yamamoto at Oji Eye Clinic in Kita ward speaks English well too.

  9. Where do you recommend to purchase glasses after you have an eye exam? Are the prices similar to North America in general? Thank you in advance. I have been putting off this to long.

    • Hi Trudy, you can try JINS in Shibuya (their staff speaks English) for reasonably priced eyewear. They have onsite eye exams and a large selection of frames so you can take an exam, personalize your lens and frame and leave with a new pair of glasses in less than an hour. ~Sandra

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