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.

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.


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


Sam Gilbert qualified in Melbourne, Australia in 2004 and has been treating the expatriate population in Tokyo since 2005. Holding a Masters degree in Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning), Sam is passionate about bridging the gap between rehabilitation and sports conditioning. Sam’s other interests include lower back dysfunction, knee and shoulder injuries, and screening and injury prevention in sport. Sam has also worked extensively as an ergonomic consultant, identifying and correcting workplace risk factors that may play a part in injury development. An accomplished athlete, Sam competed for over 20 years in Shinkyokushinkai, full contact karate. He represented Australia at 5 World Championships, culminating in a 4th place at the 2009 World Cup.


  • Bachelor Of Physiotherapy (Latrobe University)
  • Masters in Exercise Science – Strength & Conditioning (Edith Cowan University)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • C.H.E.K. Exercise Coach (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology Institute)
  • FMS Level 1 (Function Movement Systems)
  • WKO Shinkyokushin 4th dan

Sam consults at the Bluff Clinic on Wednesday mornings from 09:30 to 12:30.

You can book your appointment with Sam directly online HERE!


Physiotherapy Fees (w/o tax):

Physiotherapist JON BARKER

Jon Barker qualified in England in 2014 and has been treating London’s occupational and private MSK population. Jon is passionate about treating each client as a whole with a focus on a “biopsychosocial” rehabilitation  approach. Jon’s philosophy of “leaving no stone left unturned” ensures a complete, optimal and holistic treatment tailored to the individual’s needs.

Jon has experience working across a wide variety of musculoskeletal  injuries with a specialist interest in chronic pain rehabilitation and spinal pain.

Jon has also worked as an ergonomic consultant and trainer throughout England identifying, correcting, and educating employers and staff about workplace risk factors which influence injury.

Jon worked across a range of occupational settings from office based to heavy duty manual handling companies including but not limited to warehouse workers, electrical utility and England’s leading postal service.

Jon’s passion outside of work includes natural bodybuilding training, travelling and studying Japanese.

* Bachelor Of Physiotherapy (UEA)

Jon consults at the Bluff Clinic on Saturday mornings from 09:00 to 13:00.

You can book your appointment with Jon directly online HERE!

Physiotherapy Fees (w/o tax):

Massage Therapy

Massage/Bodywork Therapy with Kay Akahane

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

Kay believes that conventional healing massage is insufficient in improving your postural alignment or releasing chronic patterns of tension. Your body changes every day, every minute, just as your emotions do.  Adapting manual therapy techniques and choosing the most effective therapy for each client based on their daily condition and goals are the key to the best treatment.

Basic session Fee:

60M session ……11,000yen + Tax ; 90M session ……15,550yen + Tax

Time to have once a month body care session at the Bluff Clinic!!

Kay Akabane

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 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.

Myofascial Release + Deep Tissue Massage

Fascia is a connective tissue layer between the layers of muscles and skin. The fascia and deep tissue can become adhesive as a result of repetitive motion, injury, tension, or poor posture, and this can lead to chronic pain, tension, or loss of range of motion.  Deep tissue massage will be aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and connective tissue.

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 discomforts of after-birth conditions, such as pain in the lower back, neck, and shoulders; fatigue and weakness; headaches; scar tissue healing; and stress. 

Relaxation 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 is the manipulation of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being.

You can book your appointment with Kay directly online HERE!

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.

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