Japan vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Planning a trip to Japan? Please take the proper precautions as certain vaccinations are recommended for Japan, though they are not mandatory. Which vaccinations you require is dependant on the places you plan to visit and on the duration of your stay in this former empire.

Japan, the land of the rising sun, is an archipelago in East Asia. The country is widely known for its food (sushi) and for geisha’s, manga comics and Mount Fuji. But Japan has much more to offer. It’s a country full of surprises and contradictions. Outside its large cosmopolitan cities such as Tokyo, Japan offers impressive natural scenery including many lakes, green forests, marshes, mountains, volcanoes and waterfalls. The climate in Japan ranges from a cool and humid continental climate in the north – with freezing cold winters and hot summers – to a humid subtropical climate in the south. Wherever you plan to go in Japan, please protect yourself well against possible health risks, such as infectious diseases. Malaria does not occur in Japan. Our KLM Health Services nurses gladly provide travel advice and are able to tell you which vaccinations you may need for your trip to Japan. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.

Japan vaccinations: the most common risks

Vaccines can make you and your children resistant to various diseases that occur in Japan. Please find below a list of the main health risks and most common diseases in Japan and read which specific vaccinations are required.


In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

Japanese Encephalitis

In this country Japanese encephalitis is (possibly) prevalent. Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

In this country Tick-borne encephalitisis is (possibly) prevalent. Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.

A healthy trip to Japan? Prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Japan as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for Japan? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Japan vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Japan? Please feel free to contact us and send an email to travelclinic@klm.com. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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