Name National Epilepsy Center,
NHO Shizuoka Institute of Epilepsy and Neurological Disorders
Location Urushiyama 886, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka 420-8688, Japan
TEL +81-54-245-5446,
FAX +81-54-247-9781
Email: 307-shizuokamind@mail.hosp.go.jp
Homepage: https://shizuokamind.hosp.go.jp
Director of Hospital Yukitoshi Takahashi, M.D.
Beds 410
Outpatients Approx. 130 per day
Section Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Rehabilitation, Radiology, Anesthesiology, (Dentistry)
Designated medical treatment Special Center for Epilepsy
Designated hospital for foreign physicians


International Epilepsy News (No.131, 1998)



March 1926 Established as Shizuoka Municipal Sanatorium for Tuberculosis
August 1940 Moved to current location. Name changed to Urushiyama-So
April 1943 Transferred to Nihon Medical Foundation
April 1947 Transferred to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Independent as National Sanatorium, Urushiyama-So in August 1947
April 1968 Set up 40 beds in the wing for children with severe disabilities
March 1969 Added 40 extra beds to the wing for children with severe disabilities
March 1971 Added 40 extra beds to the wing for children with severe disabilities
March 1972 Added 40 extra beds to the wing for children with severe disabilities
April 1973 Changed name to Shizuoka Higashi Hospital
April 1975 Designated as a special center for epilepsy
October 1975 Tuberculosis treatment stopped
December 1976 Established 100 beds in the epilepsy wards
April 1981 Established division of clinical research
January 1982 Added 100 beds more to the epilepsy wards
(200 beds for epilepsy, 160 beds for patients with severe disabilities)
February 1989 Designated as a clinical training epilepsy center for foreign physicians
July 1991 Designated as a referral hospital
March 1993 Approval of long-term intracranial EEG/Video monitoring as “advanced medical technology”
May 1995 Approval of Magnetoencephalography as “advanced medical technology”
October 2001 Name changed to Shizuoka Medical Institute of Neurological Disorders.
Added 50 extra beds to the wing for neurological department
April 2004 Name changed to Shizuoka Institute of Epilepsy and Neurological Disorders.


Location & Environment

The National Epilepsy Center is located six kilometers from downtown Shizuoka, in the northeast part of the city. It is surrounded by rice fields and mountains in which mandarin oranges and green tea are cultivated. These surroundings, together with Shizuoka’s mild climate, make the National Epilepsy Center an ideal place in which to convalesce.
The area in which our hospital is located – a “Medical Treatment, Welfare, and Education” complex – also includes the Shizuoka Prefectural Children’s Hospital and Special Education Schools for physically and intellectually disabled children. The bustling Seishin (Shizuoka-Shimizu) Central Wholesale market is located one kilometer east of the National Epilepsy Center.