Health and Fitness

Taking care of your health while you are away from home in a new country is very important. Beppu has an abundance of clean drinking water, fresh air, greenery, parks, sports facilities, gyms, swimming pools as well as hot springs, health clinics and medical centers. Beside these, as an APU student, several healthcare advantages are provided to you on campus.

On Campus Gymnasium and Sports Facilities

APU supports you in leading a healthy lifestyle through maintaining your physical fitness. In our gymnasium, you can enjoy various indoor sports such as basketball, volley ball, badminton, table tennis and indoor football. Inside the fitness center, there are more than ten kinds of training machines including treadmills, bikes and free weights. Outdoor facilities include five tennis courts, two multipurpose sports fields and a basketball court. These are available to you upon reservation.

APU Health Clinic and Counseling Room

The APU Health Clinic is located on the first floor of the Administration Building (Building A) with medical staff providing first aid treatment for minor illnesses and injuries. When necessary, students are referred to local medical facilities. APU’s counseling room is available to support you should you feel any stress or anxiety during your new life as a college student. If you think that you need to talk with someone about any topic, please feel free to stop by and meet with a counselor. Consultation is available in English and Japanese, and all matters discussed will be kept in the strictest confidence.

Health Check-ups

All APU students are entitled and required to have a health check-up once a year. These annual health check-ups are paid for by the university, and are a good way to monitor your health.

National Health Insurance

All international students are automatically registered for the National Health Insurance program. Through this system, you will be responsible to pay for 30% of most medical and dental costs when going to hospitals and clinics. In general, the insurance premium for students who reside in Beppu and who did not receive any income during the previous year is about 20,000 JPY per year. Also, if your out-of-pocket medical expenses per month rise above a certain amount, you can apply for a refund of the excess at city hall.


Many drug stores in Japan sell not only non-prescription/over-the-counter medicine but also groceries, heath food, nutritional supplements in addition to other products such as cosmetics, toiletries, cleaning supplies and snacks. Each store has certified pharmacists and trained staff who can give you advice on choosing the right medicine. Make sure you understand what type of medicine you are buying before you taking any.
Pharmacies handle prescription medications and are usually located close to clinics or hospitals. To get your medication here, a physician’s prescription is required. Please do not bring medicine from your home country to Japan without confirming with your local Japanese embassy/consulate first that it is legal to bring into Japan. Japan has very strict laws regarding medicine and some medicine available in your country may be illegal in Japan or require certain documentation to bring into Japan.