At Zora Health, you are our top priority. Our panel of experts will guide you through every step of the fertility treatment journey, helping you make informed decisions about your options, expected outcomes, and costs. Our Japan clinic offers families the same options as our other clinics around the world.
Egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to save women’s ability to get pregnant in the future.
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a procedure used to help with fertility, prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child
Spread out the cost of treatment over 12, 24, and 36 months to avoid large upfront payments and reduce financial burden.
The Japanese government strongly backs assisted reproductive technology treatments and is on a crusade to entice couples who are still in their younger reproductive age to have children born. Families with children receive a monthly allowance and daycare program subsidy, and those who work in the public sector even get an exclusive 10-day paid leave when they get fertility treatments. Japan now joins the roster of the elite countries Denmark and France that subsidise infertility treatment in unusually large sums.
The country also has a reputation around the world for its state-of-the-art methods that use artificial intelligence and robotics in medical procedures. This modern approach extends to fertility treatments such as direct sperm injection into the uterus during ovulation.
Japan attracts many medical travellers from around the world mainly because of its advanced cancer treatments and research breakthroughs in regenerative medicine. The country uniquely incorporates its Kampo traditional medicine methods with modern medical technology. Significant research has been made in the fields of robotics, minimally invasive surgery, and therapy using stem cells. Japanese medical tourism is also making a mark in infertility procedures, cosmetic surgery, and orthopaedics. There are also several medical and physiological Nobel laureates residing in the country.
Japan is world-famous for Proton Beam Therapy used in oncology treatments where radiation only targets cancerous cells and prevents damage to healthy tissues. The list of best hospitals that offer medical tourism services includes St. Luke’s International Hospital, University of Tokyo Hospital, and Osaka University Hospital. Facilities that offer medical treatment to tourists are typically located in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. The healthcare system is under the regulation of the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare to provide world-class standards and protocols to residents and medical tourists alike.
Japan is a beautiful destination with a rich history and culture. Visit Kyoto’s gorgeous temples and Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya Crossing, sample food at Japan’s markets or take in awe-inspiring scenery while hiking up Mount Fuji. The gardens of Japan are breathtaking, and one of the finest ones is located in Korakuen. To experience the charm of Japan's bygone era, visit the Nakasendo historic trail or the Gokayama gasshou-zukuri buildings. Go to Chita Bay in August to see the stunning Giant Lantern Festival. Watch a sumo tournament in Nagoya and Tokyo. Medical tourists frequent casual restaurants that are called izakaya, ippin-ryoriya, kappo, and koryoriya to eat Japanese cuisine staples such as rice, ramen, and raw fish. Lastly, experience an onsen/natural hot spring bath in Hokkaido and Yubatake.
You must also be aware of the customs prevalent in Japan society to avoid offending the locals. Speaking of bathing in an onsen, many hot spring resorts, public baths, and swimming pools do not allow tattooed people in. Wearing a swimsuit is also not permitted in the baths. There are also laws and safety measures you need to remember. You must always carry your passport in Japan because you might get asked for it any time of the day, even when you're just heading to the convenience store. Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas outdoors. When riding bicycles, stay on the left side of the road. Pay your respects when visiting temples and shrines. Tipping is not customary. Always take your shoes off before entering a house, ryokan, or temple. The Japanese associate the act of sticking chopsticks into rice with funerals so be sure to avoid doing this while eating.
The Shinkansen is Japan's world-famous bullet train. You can hop on one from Tokyo to reach other cities around the country. The subway makes it easy for tourists because maps, guides, ticket machines, and station names are available in multiple languages. Ticket prices could be steep so plan your routes ahead of time by visiting English-language website guides. Taxis in Japan have doors that automatically open and close so you don't have to do it yourself. Have someone write your destination in Japanese characters and hand it to your driver. This comes in handy because some drivers are not fluent in English. When riding a bus, arrive at the terminal a half hour before the schedule because boarding starts 10 minutes before departure.
The Japanese government exhibits strong support for treatments using assisted reproductive technology and encourages younger people to have children. Providing daycare and a monthly allowance to families with children are just some of its own subsidy programs. It also offers modern fertility treatments such as direct sperm injection into the uterus while the woman is ovulating and using frozen embryos.
Generally, the Japanese workaholic culture is a major hindrance to women who want to be mothers. Data released by the Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. revealed the difficulty that Japanese women face. The majority of them have a hard time pursuing both fertility treatment and their careers. These women hope that Japan society could offer them more support.
Same-sex marriage is prohibited in Japan. In consequence, IVF treatment is also not allowed for queers and unwed women. According to an article in Human Rights Watch, lawmakers in Japan should push for equal access to fertility treatments for all women and the LGBTQ+ community.
Japanese is the primary language while Korean and Chinese are also spoken. The language barrier is probably the trickiest part of having your medical treatments in Japan. Some people in the cities speak English but it's helpful if you use a translation app and familiarize yourself with common Japanese phrases.
The history of reproductive medicine in Japan is particularly robust. According to the records of Tohoku University, the first IVF baby was born in 1983 in Japan. In 2019, one in 14 children born in Japan were IVF babies. Today, Japan has a world-class healthcare system and advanced medical facilities and methods aided by state-of-the-art AI and robotics. The country has established 600 fertility treatment clinics and hospitals.
The country is supportive of those who seek IVF treatments. National public employees are permitted 10 days of paid leave per year for fertility treatment. As of 2022, public health insurance will reimburse 70% of the cost of treatments such as IVF. Next to Denmark and France, Japan is now included among the countries which subsidise a hefty amount in IVF costs.
There are many top reproductive medicine clinics with highly skilled doctors in Japan to choose from. Although they cater mainly to married couples, the Fertility Clinic Tokyo sometimes makes an exception for unmarried couples as long as they have been together over a long period plus some other considerations. The Hara Medical Clinic, Tokyo has a 41.1% (higher than the Japanese national average of 34.7%) successful pregnancy rate for frozen embryo transfer. They also accept common-law couples who present their Certificate of Registered Current Address that states that they are living together.
The cost of IVF ranges from JPY 200,000 – 550,000 (USD 1,380 – 3,790) per cycle. The equivalent prices of IVF are JPY 1,300,000 (USD 12,000) in the United States and JPY 667,000 (GBP 5,000) in the United Kingdom.
Patients can apply for a city-funded subsidy if they meet specific requirements; Tokyo offers up to JPY 300,000 (USD 2,060) for the first attempt.
Egg freezing costs around JPY 500,000 – 600,000 (USD 3,500 – 4,140).
From 2024, the Tokyo Metropolitan government plans to offer up to JPY 300,000 (USD 2,060) each to 200 – 300 Tokyo residents per year to help them cover the costs of freezing eggs.
You will find no shortage of top fertility clinics in Japan to choose from. Even though the country only provides IVF access to married heterosexual couples, there are now clinics that accept common-law couples as long as they can provide proof of shared residence and long-term relationships. After your procedures, it's time to experience the charm of Japan's bygone era and the iconic modernity. Take your pick from the myriad of adventure options to choose from. You can either relax in nature at the serene gardens or soak up in an onsen (natural hot spring) and have your fill of sushi, sashimi, ramen, and teppanyaki.
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