The Bluff Clinic

The Bluff Medical and Dental Clinic is an organization established to provide quality medical and dental care to the members of the community living in Yokohama and Tokyo area.


Medical Consultation

Dr. Akashi as a General Practitioner attends to pediatric and adult medical problems, minor surgical problems,routine prenatal checkups and gynecological problems. Referrals to specialists and hospitals can be made as appropriate. The Clinic is equipped with an X-ray machine, electrocardiogram, pulse oximeter, spirometer, audiogram, ultra-sonogram, fetal doppler and upper gastrointestinal fiberscope. Holter monitoring can be done at the Clinic as well. Most laboratory tests are sent out to the reference laboratory. Venipunctures are done at the Clinic. Most of the medications are dispensed at the Clinic. Your outside prescription may also be filled by our Doctor with appointment. Medicines such as Propecia (finasteride) used for androgenic alopecia (male hair loss); and Cialis (Tadalafil) and Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) are available. Malaria prophylactics are also available.

Dental Consultation

Dr. Midori Kubota is the dental Director of The Bluff Medical & Dental Clinic. Dr. Midori Kubota graduated from Nagasaki University Dentistry Department, and worked at a number of clinics with a wide range of patients of age ranging from young children to elderlies that gave her numerous clinical and case experiences. She is focusing on general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, aesthetic dentistry, and preventive dentistry. She provides dental treatment in English. Pregnant women who have resident registration in Yokohama City can also take a Yokohama maternity pregnancy dental health examination. Services include the following:

For more information regarding your specific needs or treatment, please call us to inquire.

More information about teeth whitening can be found HERE

Physical Examinations

The Clinic offers comprehensive general physical examination for adults and routine physical examination for children. We regularly carry out Visa physical examinations for many countries including for China and Russia. The Clinic provides physical examinations for companies in both English and Japanese. Many foreign companies operating in Yokohama and Tokyo refer their employees to the Clinic. School and University entrance physical examinations for both local and foreign institutions are also available in English and Japanese. Life insurance physicals for European and American companies are also given. Price is 36,000 yen + tax, not covered by Japanese insurance. Allow at least one hour for this service


The Clinic offers routine childhood immunizations according to the guidelines of the respective country of origin of the patient as desired. Various vaccinations for travelers are available as well. The Clinic offers the following vaccinations:

  1. – BCG
  2. – Cervarix bivalent human papillomavirus (types 16, 18) recombinant vaccine
  3. – DTaP (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis)
  4. – Gardasil quadrivalent human papillomavirus (types 6, 11, 16, 18) recombinant vaccine
  5. – Gardasil 9 Valent Human Papillomavirus(Types 6,11,16,18,31,33,45,52 & 58) Recombinant Vaccine
  6. – Hemophilus Influenza B vaccine (Hib)
  7. – Hepatitis A vaccine
  8. – Hepatitis B vaccine
    1. – Twinrix (combined Hepatitis A and B vaccine)
  9. – Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
  10. – Infanrix Hexa (combined DTaP-Hib-IPV-Hep B vaccine)
  11. – Japanese B-Encephalitis vaccine
  12. – Measles vaccine
  13. – Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) Menactra
  14. – MMR (combined Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine)
  15. – MR (combined Measles-Rubella vaccine)
  16. – Mumps vaccine
  17. – Neis Vac C (Meningitis C vaccine)
  18. – Pneumovax vaccine
  19. – Prevnar 13 (PCV13)
  20. – Rotarix (Rotavirus vaccine)
  21. – Tdap (tetanus, reduced diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccine)
  22. – Tetanus
  23. – Tetanus-diphtheria
  24. – Typhoid vaccine
  25. – Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
  26. – Rabies vaccine (Rabipur)*

*Cholera and Rabies vaccines may not be in stock at all times. Prior notification and reservation are necessary. Please check the CDC’s list of immunization schedule for children from birth to 18 years HERE.

Physical Therapy

Physiotherapist James MCCORMICK

James graduated from Otago University, New Zealand in 2018. He began his career working in private practice in Christchurch, treating clients from a wide range of backgrounds. Alongside his in-clinic work, he has worked with various representative football, field-hockey and rugby teams.
James has a keen interest in gym-based rehab, load management and movement retraining. He enjoys getting to know his patients to better understand their goals. He is a confident communicator and is always happy to take the time to provide education and clarity.
James enjoys playing sport both socially and competitively and has a background in rugby and athletics. Nowadays, James is a keen Crossfitter and participates at both the competitive and recreational level – he enjoys treating Crossfit athletes and is confident in the instruction and breakdown of the major movements.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy – University of Otago, 2018
BSc Physiology – University of Otago, 2015

You can book your appointment with James directly online HERE!

Physiotherapy Fees (w/o tax):

Massage/Bodywork Therapy

Body & Facial Massage/Bodywork new pricing from February 1st 2024!

Body Session Fee (Excluding Tax):
60M session ……12,000 yen —> 12,500 yen
90M session ……16,800 yen —> 17,300 yen
Body + Facial Session Fee (Excluding Tax):
60M (Body 30M+Facial 30M) session ……14,500 yen —> 15,000 yen
90M (Body 60M+Facial 30M) session ……19,300 yen —> 19,800 yen
120M (Body 90M + Facial 30M) session …….24,100 yen —> 24,600 yen

Improve your posture and alignment

Structure Integration Session
A form of holistic bodywork that re-educates and re-organizes your body.  It involves manipulation of connective tissues and movement education in order to re-align and balance the body’s Myofascial structure with the field of gravity.  It also helps to unwind structural patterns created through your life while improving physical and emotional well being.

Therapeutic/Remedial Massage

Chronic Pain Management
Manual therapy can be an ideal method of alternative pain management, especially compared to taking strong prescription painkillers with their potentially serious side effects.  Research shows that manual therapy can help decrease pain and stiffness, reduce disability, lower anxiety and depression, lower-back pain, fibromyalgia, post-operative pain, tension headaches, and arthritis.  For people looking to naturally manage their chronic pain, manual therapy can improve quality of life by boosting mood as well as managing the pain—making it a powerful tool for relaxing both mind and body.

Prenatal Massage/Postpartum Massage

Prenatal Massage helps to ease uncomfortable pregnancy conditions such as discomfort in the lower back, stiff shoulders, swollen hands and feet, and other conditions. It also minimizes stress and promotes relaxation.
Postpartum Massage (up to 3 months after delivery) helps you to reduce the discomfort of after-birth conditions, such as pain in the lower back, neck, and shoulders; fatigue and weakness; headaches; scar tissue healing; and stress.

Relaxation/Stress Reduction Massage

Swedish Body Massage
Swedish Massage is based on the western concepts of anatomy and physiology. It can be light or deep, gentle or vigorous, depending on what the client and therapist want to achieve. It involves the manipulation of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aids in the healing process, and promotes relaxation and well-being.
+ Facial Massage (Add-on Service)
Facial Massage will help to ease muscle tension on the jaw, scalp and neck tension, the fatigue of the eyes, and help to rejuvenate your skin. It also restores facial freedom and elasticity to help to clear the your face line. Recommend for anyone who crunches the jaw while sleeping, has a stressful lifestyle, or is involved in sports. 

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Massage/Bodywork Therapist; Kay (Kaori) Akahane

Kay is a Licensed Massage Therapist (USA), and the first Board Certified Structural Integrator (BCSI) in Tokyo.

*If you have any questions regarding Massage/Bodywork Therapy, please do not hesitate contact Kay

You can book your appointment with Kay directly online HERE!

Kay Akabane

Yokohama City Subsidized Immunizations

The following immunizations are given free of charge at the Clinic using coupons subsidized by Yokohama City depending on the age of children/adult. Please check with your nearest health center or ward office.

Yokohama City Subsidized Checkups

Residents of Yokohama City are eligible to receive various checkups which are subsidized by Yokohama City. The following checkups are available at the Clinic:


Japanese Insurances

Both Japanese National and Social Health Insurance are accepted.

Private Insurances

Invoices for foreign private patients are issued in English and we will also sign your foreign private insurance claim forms.

Direct-billing Services

To be eligible for direct-billing services, please contact your insurance company for a guarantee letter of payment that will cover at 100% of all fees with no deductible or co-payment. This letter must be faxed prior to your appointment time. Emailed letter is not acceptable. Our fax number is Country Code+81-45-651-5130.

Job Openings

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