Living in Numazu

This page will help to get you familiarized with a few important facilities that will help you adjust to living in Numazu. By no means will this be a comprehensive list of utilities. However, it should be enough to get you started and make you aware that there are resources in this city to help you.

I have also provided a link to my maps page with pinpoints of locations for you to access if you need to know how to get there. Just click on the button that looks like this MyMaps at

If you are a foreign resident to Numazu or moving to Numazu keep an eye on this page. It will grow and change over time with new information and reorganizing old. If you think I should add something to this page please write me a comment and I will do my best to chase it up for you.

These tabs below will get you to the location you need. Just press “home” to return to the top of the page.


Scott Donald

City Hall

Numazu City Hall

Numazu City Hall is where it all starts and ends. If your new to the country this is were you will go to get your Alien Registration card. If your an old hack you can have your address changed here or your ARcard renewed.

Numazu City Hall also provides an excellent support booklet for recent foreign residents to Numazu. The “Living in Numazu” booklet provides detailed information on;

  • Alien Registration Procedures
  • Procedures for moving in and out of Numazu
  • Family Registration
  • Seal (Inkan/Hanko) registration
  • Births, deaths and marriages details
  • Insurances and taxes
  • Health, welfare and medical services
  • Childcare and education
  • General information for daily life
  • Bus schedules
  • Institution guides

(ref: Living in Numazu; English Version; 2006 Edition, Numazu City Hall)

This booklet will do a far better job of explaining how to move to Numazu and live in Numazu than this blog.

Apart from the other services mentioned in the booklet, the city hall also has copies of their local newsletter that includes up-to-date information on after hours medical and pharmaceutical services, general news and events. Both the Living in Numazu booklet and the Newsletter are produced in English, Portuguese and Spanish. The newsletter and other material on Numazu can also be found here.

Location: 16-1 Miyuki-cho, Numazu-shi, Shizuoka-Ken 410-8601 MyMaps at

Phone: (055) 931-2500

Numazu City Library

Numazu City Library

The Numazu City Library has a modest range of English books and a few other foreign books on offer here. Of course their range of English language material only covers about 4 book cases, however there is quite an interesting range of non-fiction on Japan, art, politics and slightly lesser range of everything else. The library also houses a small range of fiction and subscribes to a few Japan based English News Papers.

Free Japanese language classes are also held on the 4th floor of the Library. At the time of writing this, classes run on Saturday from 13:30-15:00.

On a final note, the city library is one of the most attractive buildings in the city and well worth a visit just to see its owlish design.

hours: Tuesday-Wednesday: 9:30-18:30, Friday: 9:30-21:00, Sat-Sun: 9:30-17:00

Phone: 055-952-1234

Location: 9-1 Sanmai Bashi Cho, Numazu-shi 410-8533 MyMaps at

Medical Professionals

Below is a growing list of doctors, dentists and other medical professionals that speak English in the Numazu area.



  • Asai Dental Clinic
    • Phone: 055-963-522 (reception may not be able to speak English)
    • Hours: 9:00am-12:30pm 2:00pm-7:00pm (Wed til 5:00pm) English speaking dentists works Tuesdays and Thursdays only
    • Website:

Other Medical Professionals

11 responses

27 06 2012

Here are the hours of operation:
         月 火 水 木 金 土 日 祝
9:00~12:00 ● ● ● ● ● ●

14:00~17:30 ● ● ●

休診日: 日・祝
p.s. I was also told that the best time to see Dr. Nago is Tuesday morning. I don`t know if that is always or just this time of the year.
I got this info from this web address:

27 06 2012

Great. Thanks mate. All updated.

27 06 2012

I will get you the hours for the clinic soon.

27 06 2012

Hey Scottie, just noticed you listed the name of the eye clinic as cocorada. That name is just the name of the map website, no connection to the actual clinic. The eye clinic name is “AiAi.”

26 06 2012

Hey Scott,

I found one eye clinic that has a English speaking doctor. Here is a web link with a map in Japanese.
I don`t think the clinic has a website.

The opthamologist name is Dr. Nago.

26 06 2012

Thanks I will post it to the med page soon.

26 06 2012


All added. Thank you so much for your tip. I really makes a difference for the expats here in Numazu.


27 06 2012

My pleasure. I glad I found it, I thought I would have to go to Yokohama or Tokyo to find one here who spoke English.

27 03 2011
chris hicks

hey scott,

I’ve been offered a job in Numazu starting immediately. I have a couple of questions, if you don’t mind. Actually I still have the questions even if you do mind, but I won’t hold it against you if you- fairly – deem them too inane to answer.

1) is Izu fun? Your blog certainly suggests that it is. This maybe my only chance to live in Japan for a year, so I really need a place with plenty of relaxed cafes and bars to meet Japanese people and bewilder them with my extended mangling of their beautiful language

2) do you need to have a car/ motorbike to live there or is there a semi decent public transport system?

3) roughly how much/ how quick is the train to osaka/ tokyo? I can see that Numazu is bang on that line, but my kanji knowledge pretty much only covers the numbers one to ten, ‘what’, ‘school’, ‘man’ and ‘woman’, none of which – I am sure you’ve noticed- are units of exchange or time, at least in Japan. Please don’t do any research for me, just a really ballpark figure will be enough to earn you the status of thoroughbred champion in my book.

4) is the summer worse than tokyo, or does the proximity to the sea make it a little more chilled? I’m in tokyo at the minute and the idea of a summer without aircon that the power cuts seem to herald frankly gives me the shakes.

Anyway, that’s enough from me. Your blog is awesome. I had assumed info on Numazu would be rarer than a sincere apology at an oil company. To say I was pleasantly surprised is a giant, inflatable understatement.


28 03 2011

Hi Chris,

Congratulations on getting a job.

1. It sure is. We have a pretty tight welcoming community of foreigners here in Numazu. There are plenty of things to see and do here and in the surrounding areas to keep the curious amused to no end. Bars and cafes are a dime a dozen almost anywhere in Japan but Numazu has a fair range of welcoming places and the locals are used to laughing at the stupid things we do enough to become happy with our presence.

2. It really depends on where you are places and how much you like cycling. Public transport is really good but if you are going to be working down the coast then your might need a car. Then again I love to ride to work so anything under a 10km commute is pleasant for me and between 10 an 20km is just fun. Check out Google maps and try and plot out your work places and determine elevation and distance for rides or public transport.

3. Numazu is on the Tokaido Line. Don’t worry all train information is in both Japanese and English so you won’t have a problem finding your way around and the ticket machines are quite intuitive. to Tokyo it is about 50minutes by shinkansen and, from memory, 3.5hrs to Osaka by shinkansen. If you want more accurate details then I recommend you check out hyperdia.

4. Summers are hot and humid here too but may be a little cooler than Tokyo. I can’t imagine the blackouts lasting until summer so I shouldn’t worry.

I hope to see you around the Zu.

21 02 2009

I really don’t know I would recommend that you go to City Hall and ask to look at their records, under freedom of information.

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