Welcome to Hinoshita Clinic of Internal Medicine Website!
We offer excellent medical care in a heartwarming and traditional Japanese-style facility in Kyoto, Japan.
Based on the concept that human life outweighs the value of the earth, we place utmost value on the care of each patient and contribute to the maintenance and management of good health for each individual patient.
Greetings from the director
As an internal medicine physician, Dr. Hinoshita can examine and assist adult patients in English, based on years of wide-ranging clinical experience, extensive medical intelligence and deep insight. In addition, the Hinoshita Clinic provides family medicine or primary care as well as specialized medicine in the fields of nephrology and hypertension. Dr. Hinoshita will serve as consultant of diseases and health for English-speaking patients who live in Japan and assist them in follow-up.
Dr. Hinoshita’s book in Japanese
Brief Personal History
- Graduated from Tokyo Medical and Dental University
- Passed the Medical Board Examination: Awarded an MD license
- Obtained a Ph.D. in internal medicine
- Did research at Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
- Worked at the Kidney Center of Toranomon Hospital
- Worked as Associate Professor of Clinical Center, International University of Health and Welfare from 1998 to 2002
- Worked as Head of Department of Nephrology, National Center for Global Health and Medicine from 2002 to 2021
- Worked as Professor of Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medical Sports, Teikyo Heisei University from 2021 to 2023
Affiliated Academic Society
- The Japanese Society of Internal Medicine
- The Japanese Society of Nephrology
- The Japanese Society of Hypertension
- The Japanese Society of Dialysis Therapy
- The Japan Diabetes Society
- American Society of Nephrology
- Japan Society for Blood Purification in Critical Care
- Japanese Society for the Study of Social Welfare
Main Licenses / Certifications
- MD, Ph.D.
- Board Certified Member of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine
- Board Certified Trainer and Senior Councilor of the Japanese Society of Nephrology
- Board Certified Trainer of Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy
- Certified EIKEN (Practical English Proficiency) Grade 1
- Certified Test in Practical French Proficiency Grade 3
Other Extracurricular Activities
- Delegate of 32nd Japan-America Student Conference in 1980
- Head, Research group on “How to support aged patients with kidney dysfunction”, funded by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), 2012-2015
- Head, The research group on grasping the health and living situation as well as creating the support infrastructure for thalidomide-impaired people in Japan, funded by MHLW, 2014-2021
- Committee member of groups for infection control, Japanese Association of Dialysis Physicians as well as the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy
Clinical Practice and Our Services
- General Internal Medicine (diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia, hyperuricemia & gout, cardiac diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, hepatic diseases, endocrine metabolic diseases, rheumatism, collagen diseases, dehydration, heatstroke, typical diseases such as common cold, insomnia, muscle pain, muscle cramp, cystitis, athlete's foot, etc … )
- Kidney Diseases, Hypertension,Allergic Diseases (pollenosis, contact dermatitis, nettle rash, etc …)
- Primary Care
- Preventive Care
- Managing Chronic Condition and Health especially for the middle-aged and the elderly
- Second Opinion for Kidney Diseases (not covered by national medical insurance)
- Nutrition Consultation
- Thalidomide Embryopathy
- Blood Workups and Analysis, some analyzed in house, some sent to a laboratory
- Rapid Inspection for Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1c, CRP and Blood Cell Counting
- Urine Test, rapid tape test on the spot or sent to a laboratory (Microscopy, Culture)
- Stool Test, sent to a laboratory (Occult blood, Microscopy, Culture)
- Swab Taken, sent to a laboratory (Culture)
- T-Spot (TB screening test )
- Influenza test
- Other tests for some infectious diseases
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
Booking an examination
Please make a reservation by telephone. Please consult us by telephone in advance if you have fever and/or serious cough.
At the reception
Bring your health insurance card of Japan with you. There is a medical interview on the first visit. You may complete the ‘Internal Medicine Questionnaire’ online in advance or bring it to our clinic.
Please bring your patient registration card for Hinoshita Clinic on each follow-up examination.
Please fill out the ‘Internal Medicine Questionnaire’ if you did not prepare it online prior to your visit. We might additionally ask you other questions such as your specific symptoms, treatment preference, etc…
Please relax in the waiting room on the 1st floor or in the waiting lounge on the 2nd floor.
Examination & Treatment
We will diagnose your disease or health problem, considering your clinical course and the results of history taking, as well as examinations and laboratory findings.
We may carry out additional blood tests, urine check, ECG or an X-ray if necessary.
Things to bring to a medical examination
- Bring your health insurance card with you when coming in for appointments, consultations or
Please show it at the reception desk.
- On the follow-up examinations, please also show your patient registration card. If you lose it or forget to bring the card, please report it to us.
- Please show your claimant certification for medical care of Japan if you have one.
- Please show your medication record if you are taking medicine.
- Kindly submit a referral letter or a letter for a second opinion at your first visit when applicable.
- Please always wear a mask when visiting the clinic.
Handling of personal information
- We would treat your personal information with strict care.
- We will make efforts not to disclose your personal information on clinical practice to third parties unless it’s necessary, for example, when we refer you to another specialist or when its disclosure is requested by a health agency or a public agency such as police or so.
Attention! For foreigners
- We can accept foreign patients who speak Japanese and/or English.
- It is critical to bring your health insurance card of Japan!
- You must pay the medical cost in cash in yen, if you do not show your health insurance card at our clinic; your medical cost will not be covered by insurance and the whole treatment cost must be paid in cash. Please bear in mind the rather large bill that you would be charged.
- Walk-ins may be allowed, but please make a reservation first by telephone to ensure that we can more smoothly and easily accept you.
- As a rule, we cannot accept foreign patients who do not speak Japanese or English.
Please search for other clinics or hospitals which will accept other languages.
- We can exceptionally accept foreign patients who can speak neither Japanese nor English only if you are accompanied by a family member or a friend who can speak Japanese. On such occasion, you should pay the medical cost in cash in yen as well if you do not have a health insurance card of Japan. Expect that you must pay a rather large bill.
- The physician speaks fluent English and thus we can perform appropriate examinations and consultation on your disease or health problems. However, we greatly appreciate your understanding that our clerks and nurses are not good at speaking English.
- We do not treat new patients with a high fever and/or serious cough suggesting probable COVID-19 at the first visit. We might exceptionally accept regular visiting outpatients who have a fever or serious cough. On such occasion, however, please telephone us and report it to us in advance. Then, we will tell you when to visit us.
View of the inside and outside of our clinic
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91-4 Minamitatsumi-cho, Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8074
Very close to the West Exit of Katsura Station, Hankyu Kyoto Line
Both limited expresses and local trains stop at Katsura Station
Located just in front of Katsura Tatsumi Children’s Park
Only a 4-minute walk from the West Exit of Katsura Station, Hankyu Kyoto Line
See the route guidance on another page (in Japanese)
Only 4 minutes from Bus Terminal of the Katsura Station West Exit (Kyoto City Bus, Keihan Kyoto Kotsu Bus)
There is no parking for cars at our clinic. Please make use of a coin-operated parking near our clinic. Please pay special attention to pedestrians and children while driving because our clinic is located near a major station and in front of a children’s park.
You can easily access our clinic by bicycle. Please head for Katsura Tatsumi Children’s Park. There is a parking space for several bicycles at our clinic.