The outer surface proteins OspA and OspB genes of clinical Borrelia garinii isolates (JEM1-8) from Hokkaido, Japan were sequenced. One strain, JEM4, has a single ospA gene which is similar to European B. garinii strains PBr (sequence homology value: 94.1%) and T25 (91.2%). Five of the other seven strains exhibit a homologous C-terminus (300 bp) on both ospA and ospB genes (88.7-97.3%). The other two strains seem to be derived from the five strains by ospA or ospB alterations. In a phylogenetic analysis based on ospA, these strains could be classified into B. garinii, but formed independent branches and separated from the typical B. garinii isolates from Europe and Russia.