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At MetroResidences, we take our commitment to our clients’ decision to live in Japan seriously. We are always available as resources to our customers, and one of the questions we receive most often is how to find a good dentist.
Questions about how to make an appointment, the approximate cost, and insurance coverage also inevitably ensue as newcomers try to understand the Japanese clinical experience.
How Japanese dental differ from American/Westerners
While not exactly teeming with English Speaking Dentists, Japan has an excellent tradition of Dentists all over Tokyo. It’s a common joke that there are more dentists than convenience stores, so there’s no chance of not having access to care: it’s just that picking your dentist is extra important.
Dentistry in Japan is almost often charged by the visit and not the procedure. Be sure your dentist has a good reputation, and speak candidly about any major procedure, so you know exactly what’s coming up.
To protect you from this, the dentists on our list below have been independently verified by other sources and customer reviews.
How to go to the dentist in Japan with your health insurance
Japanese National Health Insurance covers almost all dentists in Japan.
A private health insurance company (like international healthcare providers) may be pickier about who’s permitted, so for those not on the NHI, we highly recommend you check with their provider before scheduling.
Most dentist bills come out to around 1,500 yen for routine checkups/cleaning (more exacting fee schedules can be seen here). Some clinics charge an extra 1000-2000 yen on your first visit as a new patient fee.
NOTE: If you are living in Japan for longer than three months, you must have Japanese National Insurance. This can be obtained through your employer or paid directly by you to the city office.
Almost all dentist appointments can usually be made over the phone or online. Some dentists don’t take walk-ups, so be sure to call ahead and find an available time.
Below is a master list of our top dental clinics in Tokyo. These dental offices cover cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, and general dentistry, and dental care.
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Why is this at the top of the list, you ask? Frankly, because Dr. Suzuki is the dentist that I trust to work on my teeth, and I’ve been slowly converting all of my friends to his dentistry.
・Location: Motoazabu Hills Forest Terrace West 1-3-3 Motoazabu Minato-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 – 13:00 & 14:30 – 19:00; Saturday 9:30 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 17:00
Amakawa Dental Office is one of the Top 20 dental offices in Japan! They specialize in dentures, dental implants, and crowns/veneers.
・Location: Daiichi Masago Bldg. 4F, 2-7-18 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 19:00
(Monday opens at 10:30; Saturday closes at 16:00)
Dr. Reiko Makabe is well known for being an excellent dentist with an emphasis on compassionate care. This dentist is very open to emails with questions about treatment, excellent for those a little nervous or confused about their dental issues.
・Location: 1F Shindo bld., 5-1-30 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30-14:00 & 15:00-19:00; Saturday 10:00 -14:00 & 15:00-18:00
・Telephone: 03- 5114-6077
This dental clinic also offers dentistry in Spanish, a rarity in Tokyo! Dr. Albert Kimishima is also a Professor at Nippon Dental University.
・Location: 5-2-35 5F Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00-12:30 & 14:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-12:30 & 14:00-17:00
These dentists have been offering dental care to expats for almost thirty years. Dr. Nakashima is a member of both the American Dental Association and the Japan Dental Association.
・Location: Roppongi U Bldg. 4F, 4-5-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 18:00
This English-speaking dental office is part of the Toyoda Dental Office group. This group trains periodontal specialists as well as training surgery instructors. Both dentists in this office trained at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
・Location: 6F, Roppongi HILLs(Mori-Tower), 10-1, 6cho-me, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Weekdays 8:30 – 13:00/14:00 – 18:00, Saturdays 8:30 – 13:00
This dentist has a designated English Helpline, and although their website is in Japanese, you can make your first appointment over the phone. This office also offers pediatric orthodontics in English.
・Location: 2-31-3 Nishihara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:30-13:00 & 14:30 -15:00, Saturday 9:30 -13:00
Dr. Hanawa received his dental education and postgraduate training at New York University. This Clinic is open for general dentistry but focuses on implants; Dr. Hanawa lectures all over the world on dental implants.
・Location: 24-7 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: MondayーSaturday 9:00-18:00, Thursday ＆ Sunday 8:00-12:00
Everyone at Trust Dental Clinic has been trained in either the US or UK, and specializes in family dentistry. They also offer dental implants and restorative dentistry.
・Location:1-11-1 Jingumae Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: 9:30-17:30 No-consultation day：Saturday
This dentist specializes in implants, with over 8,000 successful surgeries under their belt. Both of their clinics are open until late, so working business people can still go to the dentist without sacrificing a weekend day.
[Ikebukuro] Ekinia Ikebukuro 3F, 1-17-10, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
[Shibuya]ACN Sibuya Bld. 2F&3F, 1-17-14, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours : Weekday & Saturday 10:00-14:00 & 15:30-21:00
This clinic offers dental care in both English and French! This is one of the few offices in Tokyo that offers European dental procedures, like partial dentures and ceramic crowns.
・Location: Yasui Bldg. 1F, 335 Yamabukicho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Mon-Fri 9:30-13:00 / 14:30-18:30（Open until 20:00 on Wednesday）
Sat 9:00～16:00 Closed Sunday and holidays
This is a brand new clinic made up of several highly qualified dentists and dental surgeons. This is one of the only dental clinics with a dentist that specializes in Temporomandibular Joint Disorders in Japan.
・Location: Ginza Daishin Building 5F 1-8-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 – 13:00, 14:30 – 19:00
This clinic specializes in cosmetic and “full-mouth” dentistry, as well as adult orthodontics. This clinic is equipped with new laser technology for whitening and cavities.
・Location: 5-4, 3Chome, Meguro-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Weekdays 9:30-13:00, 14:30-8:00 Saturday 9:30 -13:00
Hitomi Dental Office specializes in kind and compassionate care and is well known for Dr. Hayashi’s extensive explanations on treatment. Dr. Hayashi also discusses the approximate cost before you have any operations done, a rarity in Japan.
・Location: 1-24-6 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Mon-Thurs 10:00 – 19:00
Tsuda Dental Clinic tries to make the dentist as painless as possible, taking pains to reduce noise, disinfectant odor. They also boast flexibility with scheduling, allowing appointments even during lunch breaks.
・Location: 1F Pinekkusu Koji-machi Bldg. 4-3 3chomeKoji-machi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Open in Google Map)
・Office hours : Mon-Fri 10:00-13:00, 15:00-19:00 Sat 10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00
The following clinics do NOT take Japanese National Health Insurance.
This clinic is based on American dentistry, offering common American treatments like Invisalign and Zoom whitening. Dr. Drennan has licenses both in the US and Japan, completed his entire education in the U.S.
・Location: 32 Shiba Koen Building, 3rd Floor, 3-4-30 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00-18:00, and Saturday 9:00-17:00
This well known dental clinic is one of the most commonly used by international insurance companies and is the best provider for Cigna or Allianz patients. They are licensed in both California and Japan and speaks Japanese, English, Spanish, and some Mandarin.
・Location: 2-3-8-1F Azabudai Minato-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturdays 9:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00
This office specializes in reconstructive and cosmetic care, especially in Western methods like ceramic crowns, composite resin fillings, and western whitening methods.
・Location: 2-22-15, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: 9:00- 17:00
This clinic is operated by Dr. and Dr. Kaku, a husband and wife team; one covers orthodontics and the other covers pediatric dentistry. This is a well-loved clinic used often by foreign emissaries with their country’s own healthcare.
・Office hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:30 -19:00
・Telephone: Hiroo 03-5449-3308, Yoyogi-Uehara 03-5452-0118
Dr. Miyata has earned the highest awards in periodontal disease in all of Japan and uses a unique mix of full body clinical medicine and dentistry for holistic treatment.
・Location: 1-44-2 Numabukuro, Nakano-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: 9:00-12:00, 14:00-18:00, closed Sundays and holidays
Dr. Wong works double as an assistant professor at Nippon Dental University. Educated in the US, he specializes in general dentistry and repairing nerve damage, especially with Temporo-Mandibular Joint conditions or lockjaw.
・Location: 1-22-3 Kamioosaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo(Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 09:30–13:00, 14:00–18:00
This Clinic is known for its whitening and preventative dentistry services, as well as opening for emergency patients (chipped teeth, severe pain, or tooth detachment).
・Location: Excellent Hamadayama 1F, 3-33-18 Hamadayama Suginami-ku, Tokyo (Open in Google Map)
・Office hours: 9:30-13:00 / 14:30-19:30 (Reception closes at 18:30)
Open until 17:00 on Saturdays. Closed on Wednesdays, Sundays, and holidays
Office hour open until late night
Unlike regular hospitals, it’s quite challenging to find any dental clinics open until late night; the latest you’ll find are usually 19:00 or 19:30. In our list HAPLUS open till 21:00.
While some private pay clinics (like United Dental) offer off-the-clock dental emergency care, it’ll cost you. Insurance won’t cover these procedures sometimes when they’re done off the clock, and most prefer to wait rather than get to an emergency dental clinic.
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Tokyo is full of small, round-the-clock Japanese dentists, however (which you can find with a quick google of ‘clinics near here’), and if you can get yourself there with a friend who speaks Japanese, you should be able to get treatment ASAP– or at least get enough information to get you an emergency appointment with your regular dentist.
Wherever you decide to trust with your smile, we at MetroResidences look forward to seeing it upon our next meeting. Good luck, and stay well.