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Attention:  This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements.  Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


Effective November 6, 2004, the procedure of importation of dogs, cats, raccoons, foxes and skunks has changed. The quarantine time will be reduced from current levels to only 12 hours, providing the additional requirements and documentation have been met. Without the required documents, the maximum quarantine time can be 180 days. Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) officials advise that the entire process can take up to six months to complete.

The basic steps for importing accompanied pets are:

1. Implant a microchip for identification of the pet prior to vaccination for rabies.

2. Get two rabies shots within the effective interval. Age of the pet should be 90 days or greater at first vaccination, with second vaccination no more than 1 year before import.

3. Get a blood test after the second rabies shot.

4. Make advance notification of the pet importation to AQS no later than 40 days prior to arrival. The exact form for this advance notification will not be available (on the AQS website) until January 2005.

5. The pet must stay in the exporting country at least 180 days but no more than two years after the date of blood sampling.

6. Upon arrival, submit the following documents to AQS:

  • International Health certificate.
  • Two rabies vaccination certificates.
  • Advanced notification acknowledgement sent from AQS.
  • An Import Quarantine Application Form provided by AQS.

When importing pets as unaccompanied cargo, the steps include:

1. Submit the documentation the same as accompanied pets (cargo importation requires more time and expense).

2. The owner of the pet is not required to be present in order to apply for quarantine inspection. A proxy can make the application.

3. The Narita quarantine service charges a detention fee of approximately JPY 3,000 or more depending on size per day for all pets, which includes basic boarding, food and care for the pet.

4. Other costs may be incurred for transportation fees, kennel customs clearances, import tax and a proxy charge depending on the pet and other circumstances.

People wishing to import a pet into Japan should visit the website http://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/animal/dog/index.html for detailed information. You may also contact the Animal Quarantine office at Narita at +81-476-32-6664; fax +81-476-30-3011.

Local Pet Resources

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Tokyo in Yamada Animal Hospital:
4-12-6 Kyuden, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 157-0064,Phone:81-3-5336-7138, Email: izumi@pamperedpaws.com

Dr. Nakazawa - Professional Veterinary Clinic:
Roppongi: 03-3479-1009
Surgery, Medicine, Emergency Call
Mon - Fri 13:30 - 16:00
Room 101, Rosemansion, 7-21-24 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106
Funabashi: 0474-34-4588
Hospital, Boarding Shipping
Mon - Sat 9:00 -12:00
3-7-6 Minato-cho, Funabashi-Shi, Chiba-Ken 273

Masayo and Tadahiko Nakayama:
She speaks English but says her husband speaks much better than her!
3-34-9-102 Otsuka
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112
Down the hill from Myogadani Station on the Marunouchi line.
Office Hours: 9 to 12:30 and 16:00 to 19:30
House calls from 13:30 to 16:00
Closed Wednesdays.Dr. Akane Miura
Tel: 045-316-8686
Fax: 045-316-8684
One stop from Yokohama Station
Zip Code: 221-0851

Dorasena Vet Hospital:
Takenozuka 5-chomem, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Y12000 for cat spaying
Y5000 for shots for dog
Drop off first thing in the morning & pick up between 4-6 at night OK

22-9 Sakae-cho (directly across from Kanagawa Park)
Dr. Takeo Minami, who studied in the US and speaks fluent English. His specialty is orthopaedics.
Phone: 045 440-0987
Fax: 045 440-0985
This is Dr. Minami's second clinic. His other clinic is Minami Animal Clinic (Mie).

Pet Supplies and Grooming

Tokyo Ogikubo School: 3-6-24 Kitano Mitaka-shi Tokyo, Japan 181-0003,Phone: 81-422-76-6878, email: izumi@pamperedpaws.com

Dog-Friendly Local Hot Spots

"Hana Mama" Dogs and Owners' Cafe:3-34-19 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0012,Tel: 03-3941-6000 Hours: 10:00-19:00 Every Day

The owner, Keiko Hakuzaki, says don't come if you don't like dogs! The decor is imitation garden, with a green rubber carpet, tables akin to the wooden park picnic and rattan styles complete with one umbrella. There are many potted flowers adding to the color scheme. Any sized dog is welcome. The menu includes hot and cold drinks, draft beer and a selection of wine (half bottles of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from Chili and red/white Bordeaux as well as a mini sparkling Italian). There are snacks, deserts and hot dishes (Grilled Ham & Cheese sandwich Y350, Hayashi rice and salad Y680, Yaki Onigiri with sweet miso Y300, etc.).

Finally the menu for dogs.

· Raw chicken with Cabbage Y300
· Handmade dog biscuits, nuts flavor Y50, coconuts flavor Y50, Cheese Parsley flavor Y25
· Dry food 1 cup Y200
*No cats or snakes allowed.

Pet Parks

Takarazuka Garden Fields: Opened in September 2003 and is a perfect place for people and their pets. It has an English-style garden called The Seasons, a pet park called DOG RUN-DO, a pet shop called FOBY, a Chinese restaurant Rongfang and a garden shop and café called Green Deco. Admission for Dog-run-do is ¥600 for Adults.




Japan is comprised of about three thousand islands. The four main islands of Japan are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. It has the 10th largest population in the world and is an amazing place to visit -- especially with the hundreds of volcanoes (including the famous Mt. Fuji) that are spread over the four islands.

Capital: Tokyo

Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)

Language: Japanese


The climate of Japan is temperate, although it varies from North to South. Hokkaido has the best weather with long cold winters and pleasant summers.


Around 80% of Japan is covered in forests, mostly mountainous and hence is unsuitable for industrial or residential use. It is also located right in the center of three tectonic plates that cause frequent tremors.

Japan FAQ: Know Before You Go provides practical information about Japan for foreigners.

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