Information for those bringing medicines for personal use into Japan

Certain requirements and rules apply when bringing medicines for personal use into Japan. These rules and requirements differ depending on the type and amount of medicine being imported.

For information concerning the import of medicines into Japan for personal use, please refer to the relevant web pages of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan.

  • For general information and guidelines, please refer to the following link:

       ”Information for those who are bringing medicines for personal use into Japan”
       “Q&A for those who are bringing medicines into Japan”

  • For details on applying to import medicines classified as “narcotic” or “psychotropic” and relevant application forms, please refer to the following link:​

       "Import / Export Narcotics or other controlled substances”
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There are no medication experts at the Embassy of Japan in Australia and as such we are unable to provide information pertaining to specific medicines. If you are unsure about any aspect of importing medicines for personal use into Japan, please contact the office closest to your point of arrival in Japan from the list below.

Contact details for further information and general medicine enquiries:
 

Place of Arrival Name of Department Contact Information 
Tokyo
(Haneda/Narita)
Kanto-Shin’etsu
Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
TEL: (0011) 81-48-740-0800
 9:30 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:30PM(JST)
Email: yakkan@mhlw.go.jp
Osaka (Kansai)
Nagoya (Chubu)
Kinki
Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
TEL: (0011) 81-6-6942-4096
9:30 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:00PM(JST)
Email: kiyakuji@mhlw.go.jp
Okinawa
(Naha)
Okinawa Narcotics Control Office, Kyushu Regional Bureau of Health and  Welfare TEL: (0011) 81-98-853-7100
9:00 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:00PM(JST)
Email: okinawa-yakuji@mhlw.go.jp
 
 

Contact details for narcotics and psychotropic medicines:

 

Area in Charge    Name of Department   Contact Information
Tokyo,
Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Tochigi, Yamanashi
Narcotics Control Department, Kanto-Shin’etsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare   TEL: (0011) 81-3-3512-8691
 9:00 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:15PM(JST)
FAX: (0011) 81-3-3512-8689
Email: tokyoncd@mhlw.go.jp
Osaka,
Kyoto, Fukui, Hyogo, Nara, Shiga, Wakayama
Narcotics Control Department, Kinki Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare TEL: (0011) 81-6-6949-6336
9:15 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:15PM(JST)
FAX: (0011) 81-6-6949-6339
Email: osakancd@mhlw.go.jp
Hokkaido Narcotics Control Department, Hokkaido Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare TEL: (0011) 81-11-726-3131
 8:30 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:15PM(JST)
FAX: (0011) 81-11-709-8063
Email: sapporoncd@mhlw.go.jp
Aomori, Akita, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata Narcotics Control Department, Tohoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare TEL: (0011) 81-22-221-3701
9:00 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:00PM(JST)
FAX: (0011) 81-22-221-3713
Email: sendaincd@mhlw.go.jp
Aichi, Gifu, Ishikawa, Mie, Shizuoka, Toyama Narcotics Control Department, Tokai Hokuriku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare TEL: (0011) 81-52-951-6911
8:30 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:15PM(JST)
FAX: (0011) 81-52-951-6876
Email: nagoyancd@mhlw.go.jp
Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, Yamaguchi Narcotics Control Department, Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare TEL: (0011) 81-82-227-9011
9:00 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:00PM(JST)
FAX: (0011) 81-82-227-9174
Email: hiroshimancd@mhlw.go.jp
Ehime, Kagawa, Kouchi, Tokushima Narcotics Control Department, Shikoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare  TEL: (0011) 81-87-811-8910
8:30 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:15PM(JST)
FAX: (0011) 81-87-823-8810
Email: takamatsuncd@mhlw.go.jp
Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Okinawa, Saga Narcotics Control Department, Kyushu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare TEL: (0011) 81-92-472-2331
8:30 -12:00AM, 1:00- 5:15PM(JST)
FAX: (0011) 81-92-451-4539
Email: fukuokancd@mhlw.go.jp