(UPDATED) How to Apply for Single / Multiple Entry Japan Visa for Filipino Tourists

(UPDATED) How to Apply for Single / Multiple Entry Japan Visa for Filipino Tourists

(UPDATED) Japan is, without a doubt, one the countries abroad that I would LOVE to visit over and over again! However, as a third world passport holder from the Philippines, we are always required to avail a Japan Visa whenever we want to enter their country — and such can be quite a hassle!

As a Filipino, surely you might be thinking that it’s hard to get one… but I can tell you from experience that it’s actually NOT that difficult!

In fact: it was easy, and by the second time that I applied, I got myself a multiple entry tourist visa to Japan which now gives me the chance to visit for as much as I want without having to apply for a visa beforehand. (UPDATE: As of 2018, the Embassy is now issuing 10-year visas!)

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I guess this was all partly due to how the Japan Embassy relaxed their visa requirements in the past years; BUT still and the same, you should still ensure that you submit complete and accurate documents. And hopefully, with the help of this guide, you can get to visit Japan soon!

…But first, a disclaimer:

NO ONE can give you a guarantee of your Japan visa’s approval — not even a lawyer, a consultant, a travel agent, or an embassy employee. Anyone who says otherwise is most likely going to be a scammer.

That being said, what I can offer you here is a comprehensive guide with helpful tips to increase your chances of getting that Japan Visa.

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How to Apply for a Japan Visa

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Step 1: Determine the type of Japan Visa that you need to apply for
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There are, of course, various types of Japan Visas out there that you can apply for: a visa for medical stay, a visa for business, a visa for transit, a visa for being a spouse, etc.

For this particular guide, I will only be discussing the requirements for a tourist visa since it’s an experience that I’ve gone through myself (both for single and multiple entry types, and if you’re visiting with or without a guarantor/sponsor) .

If, however, you have a different situation or purpose of visit, it’s best that you head over to this page of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines for more information.

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Step 2: Prepare the required documents for your application
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Depending on your circumstance, click the symbol ‘+‘ below to view the corresponding requirements for each section. Make sure that you have authentic, original, and complete documents at all times.

(A) Japan Tourist Visa WITHOUT Any Guarantor/Sponsor

  1. Philippine Passport. If your photo has broken lamination, it will NOT be accepted. Make sure as well that your passport is valid for 6 months prior to your intended travel date, it has your signature, and has at least two (2) blank pages.
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  2. A duly accomplished Japan Visa Application Form.
    • Print the Japan Visa Application Form in A4 size.
    • Download the application form from here (you can see a sample filled out form of this here). It is possible to type your information on this form; otherwise, if you’re going to fill it out by hand, make sure that there will be NO erasures. Best to write in print or in capitalized letters too.
    • Do completely fill the form properly and ensure that you have signed it with your signature. Put “N/A” in all spaces that are not applicable especially on the 2nd page.
    • There are sections here that ask for your airline and hotel name…

      This does NOT mean that you are required to book your airline and hotel beforehand because the embassy does NOT require applicants to book it before approval. That being said, just write here your intended airline to book with and the hotel that you plan to stay in should your Japan Visa be approved. If you’re going to stay in multiple hotels, just pick one to write on the form. 

      If in case you want some “peace of mind” and still want to book a hotel to show to the embassy, it’s best to do it with Booking.com or Agoda.com. With them, you can reserve a hotel with NO pre-payment and you can even cancel the booking a day before your arrival with NO cancellation charges at all. For flights, just watch out for promo fares on local airlines like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. (Yet again, like I said, booking these won’t really affect your application).

      And in case you’re wondering where to look for the best flight deals, my go-to platforms are MomondoKayak, and Skyscanner.

    • To view a sample filled out Japan Visa Application Form, see here.
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  3. 4.5cm x 4.5 cm Photo (white background). This must be pasted on the Japan Visa Application Form, and must be taken in the past 6 months. Photos that are pixelated or of low resolution will NOT be accepted. Please also write your name and birthdate on back side of the photo before pasting.
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  4. NSO Birth Certificate. This must be an NSO Original that has been issued within one (1) year. It must be acquired from the PSA (Philippine Statistics Office) main office or from Serbilis Outlet Centers nationwide.

    This is NOT required for submission IF you have already been issued a Japan Visa before (old or still valid).

    In case your birth certificate from PSA is unreadable or has incomplete information please submit your birth certificate issued by PSA together with a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

    Otherwise…

    • If your birth certificate is “Late Registration”, submit your Baptismal Certificate (must have complete address and telephone information of the church) andSchool Record [Form 137] from high school or elementary (must have complete address and telephone information of the school).
    • If you have NO record in PSA, please submit a “Certificate of Non-Record” from PSA together with a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.
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  5. NSO Marriage Certificate. This is only if you’re married, of course. Make sure that it has been issued within one year from PSA Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide). In case there is no record in PSA, please submit a “Certificate of Non-Record” from PSA together with the Marriage Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

    This is NOT required for submission IF you have already been issued a Japan Visa before (old or still valid).
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  6. Daily Schedule in Japan. Download the form here: [Japanese] or [English]. This is basically where you give them a rough idea of your travel itinerary. I assure you that it doesn’t need to be complicated nor thoroughly detailed. Check out the examples of daily schedule forms that I have filled out before below.
    Sample Daily Schedule.
  7. Bank Certificate. This must be an original copy from your bank which must be issued within the past 3 months.
    • How much should you have in your bank account? The Japan Embassy did not mention any minimum balance requirement, but I have surely heard of someone (and some others) who was(were) granted a Japan Visa even with only Php 50,000 in the bank (with a trip that spanned for 5 days) — so let’s use that as a minimum standard (but again it’s always best that you have more). Meanwhile, do take note that your bank certificate will often show the monthly average balance of your savings account; therefore, depositing a sudden large amount of money in order to assist you in your visa application is NOT really a good idea.
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  8. Proof of Income.
    If you’re retired or a senior citizen, you can refrain from submitting an ITR and you can also apply WITHOUT a guarantor/sponsor — for as long as you submit your Bank Certificate and explain why you can’t submit an ITR. Otherwise…

    • For employed persons.
      • Latest ITR (Form 2316/ 1700/ 1701/ 1702) original and photocopy in A4 paper.
      • Certificate of Employment
      • If you do NOT have an ITR, write a simple letter explaining why you’re unable to submit it (examples: you’re newly employed, etc.)
    • For self-employed / business persons.
      • If you’re a freelancer, provide latest ITR (Form 2316/ 1700/ 1701/ 1702) original and photocopy in A4 paper.
      • If you own a business, submit your Business Registration issued by DTI / SEC and the company ITR.
      • If you do NOT have an ITR, write a simple letter explaining why you’re unable to submit it (examples: if you are a new business, a new self-employed person, you are being taxed in another country, etc.)
    • For OFWs.
      • Provide tax exemption form from BIR.
      • Certificate of Employment (or contract of employment)
    • For unemployed persons.
      • Given the way the Embassy of Japan presents its requirements for visa application, it’s best that you acquire a guarantor/sponsor who can provide an ITR.
    • TIP: Better yet, you should start filing and paying for your taxes as early as NOW — a lot of embassies (not only Japan) require an ITR after all. So if you’re looking for a hassle-free experience for all your tax-related matters (no matter if you’re newly-registered to BIR or not), you should sign up with Taxumo who will take care of everything for you. (Sign up with my code PHTAX and you can get a discount on their plans as well as a FREE 1-month trial!)

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(B) Japan Tourist Visa WITH Non-Japanese Guarantor/Sponsor LIVING OUTSIDE Japan

This kind of application is applicable for studentsminorsunemployed persons, husband/wife (if one of you can’t submit bank certificate) and even self-employed persons/freelancers* (who can’t provide an ITR and have no strong reason why they can’t submit it). This also applies to anyone who would have a company/agency to sponsor the trip.

For submitting the necessary requirements, simply submit the requirements listed in section (A), numbers #1 to #6. And when it comes to (#7) Bank Certificate and (#8) Proof of Income, ask these from your guarantor/sponsor — such could be your mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, relative, company, etc. living in the Philippines.

In addition, you should submit…

  1. Guarantee Letter. Download the template here: [Japanese] or [English]. This must be issued within the past 3 months.
    • Under “Seal”, this is supposedly for companies who will sponsor you. If it’s an individual who does not have a seal, he/she can just put his/her signature there.
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  2. Photocopy of Guarantor/Sponsor’s Passport. Provide a photocopy of the bio page only; if not, it can be a photocopy of any Visa page or any government-issued ID.
    • If your guarantor/sponsor is a foreigner or foreign national, please also provide a photocopy of his/her identity card (I-CARD) or AEP (Alien Employment Permit).
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  3. Proof of Relationship. If your sponsor is a member of your family, you can provide documents like NSO birth or marriage certificate (as applicable), etc. If it’s a friend, it can be photos of the 2 of you together, screenshots of chat conversations, emails, etc.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • If you’re a student or minor…
    • Submit your Certificate of Enrollment too.
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  • If your guarantor/sponsor is a foreigner or foreign national…
    • If he has NO account in any of the local banks in the Philippines, he/she can provide a photocopy of his/her bank statement with contact details.
    • Providing pay slips will help.

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(C) Japan Tourist Visa WITH Japanese Guarantor/Sponsor LIVING INSIDE Japan

If your guarantor or sponsor is a Japanese person living in Japan, aside from the requirements listed in section (A), numbers #1 to #6, you should also submit the following:

  1. Guarantee Letter. Download the template here: [Japanese] or [English]. This must be issued within the past 3 months.
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  2. Residence Certificate. Called as “Juminhyo”, this must be issued within the past 3 months.
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  3. Proof of Income.
    • Income Certificate (Shotoku Shomeisho) from City Hall
    • Tax Return Certificate (Nouzeishomeisho: Form2) from Tax Office
    • Kakuteishinkokusho Hikae or Bank Certificate (Yokin Zandaka Shomeisho)
    • The following are NOT accepted: Gensen ChoShusho, Nouzeishomeisho Form 1, and Soushotoku (without annual income)
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NOTES:

In addition to numbers #7 to #9 above, if you’re invited and are intending to stay in your Japanese guarantor/sponsor’s residence in Japan who is a CLOSE** (parent, sister/brothers, aunts/uncles, or niece/nephews) or DISTANT relative (cousins, etc.), you must submit:

  1. Invitation Letter. Download the template here: [Japanese] or [English]. This must be issued within the past 3 months, signed and completed by your Japanese guarantor/sponsor.
  1. Family Registration. Called as “Koseki Tohon”, this must be issued within the past 3 months.
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In addition to numbers #7 to #9 above, if you’re invited and are intending to stay in your Japanese guarantor/sponsor’s residence in Japan who is a FRIEND only (non-family), you must submit:

  1. Invitation Letter. Download the template here: [Japanese] or [English]. This must be issued within the past 3 months, signed and completed by your Japanese guarantor/sponsor.
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  2. Proof of Relationship. This can be photos of the 2 of you together, screenshots of chat conversations, or emails.

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(D) Japan Tourist Visa WITH Non-Japanese Guarantor/Sponsor LIVING INSIDE Japan

If your guarantor or sponsor is a non-Japanese person living in Japan, aside from the requirements listed in section (A), numbers #1 to #6, you should also submit the following:

  1. Guarantee Letter. Download the template here: [Japanese] or [English]. This must be issued within the past 3 months. 
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  2. Foreign Registration Certificate. Alien Card acquired from the City Hall, this must be issued within the past 3 months.
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  3. Photocopy of Passport. All pages must be photocopied.
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  4. Photocopy of Residence Card. Both sides of the card.
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  5. Proof of Income.
    • Income Certificate (Shotoku Shomeisho) from City Hall
    • Tax Return Certificate (Nouzeishomeisho: Form2) from Tax Office
    • Kakuteishinkokusho Hikae or Bank Certificate (Yokin Zandaka Shomeisho)
    • The following are NOT accepted: Gensen ChoShushoNouzeishomeisho Form 1, and Soushotoku (without annual income)
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NOTES:

In addition to numbers #7 to #11 above, if you’re invited and are intending to stay in your non-Japanese guarantor/sponsor’s residence in Japan who is a CLOSE relative (parent, sister/brothers, aunts/uncles, or niece/nephews), you must also submit:

  1. Invitation Letter. Download the template here: [Japanese] or [English]. This must be issued within the past 3 months, signed and completed by your non-Japanese guarantor/sponsor.
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  2. NSO Birth & Marriage Certificates. Depending on your relationship with the Filipino close relative living in Japan, you must provide birth and/or marriage certificates for…
    • Parent – Child: You and your relative in Japan
    • Brother – Sister: You and your relative in Japan
    • Aunt/Uncle – Niece/Nephew: You, your relative in Japan, and parent of your relative in Japan
    • Niece/Nephew – Aunt/Uncle: You, your parent, and your relative in Japan

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In addition to numbers #7 to #11 above, if you’re invited and are intending to stay in your non-Japanese guarantor/sponsor’s residence in Japan who is a FRIEND only (non-family), you must submit:

  1. Invitation Letter. Download the template here: [Japanese] or [English]. This must be issued within the past 3 months, signed and completed by your non-Japanese guarantor/sponsor.
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  2. Proof of Relationship. This can be photos of the 2 of you together, screenshots of chat conversations, or emails.

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(E) Japan Multiple Entry Tourist Visa

The Embassy of Japan has updated its requirements for this type of tourist visa since 2018. First of all, they have the following conditions for granting a multiple-entry visa and it is only applicable to the following individuals who have ANY of these characteristics…

  • Applicant with history of travel as temporary visitor to Japan in the last three (3) years and has no known violation of Japan domestic laws nor had problem with immigration regarding entry and status during the period of stayand he/she must also have sufficient financial capacity to support expenses for travel and stay.
  • Applicant with history of travel as temporary visitor to Japan in the last three (3) years and has no known violation of Japan domestic laws nor had problem with immigration regarding entry and status during the period of stay and he/she has several history of travel as temporary visitor to G7 countries (excluding Japan) in the last (3) years.
  • Applicant has abundant financial capacity.
  • Applicant is a spouse or child of someone who has abundant financial capacity.

As for the requirements…

  1. Explanation Letter. Download this request form and fill it out.
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  2. Philippine Passport. This should be ICAO standard MRP or IC ordinary passport. If your photo has broken lamination, it will NOT be accepted. Make sure as well that your passport is valid for 6 months prior to your intended travel date, it has your signature, and has at least two (2) blank pages.
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  3. A duly accomplished Japan Visa Application Form. 
    • Print the Japan Visa Application Form in A4 size.
    • Download the application form from here (you can see a sample filled out form of this here). It is possible to type your information on this form; otherwise, if you’re going to fill it out by hand, make sure that there will be NO erasures. Best to write in print or in capitalized letters too.
    • Do completely fill the form properly and ensure that you have signed it with your signature. Put “N/A” in all spaces that are not applicable especially on the 2nd page.

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  4. 4.5cm x 4.5 cm Photo (white background). This must be pasted on the Japan Visa Application Form, and must be taken in the past 6 months. Photos that are pixelated or of low resolution will NOT be accepted. Please also write your name and birthdate on back side of the photo before pasting.
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  5. Daily Schedule in Japan. Download the form here: [Japanese] or [English]. This is basically where you give them a rough idea of your travel itinerary. I assure you that it doesn’t need to be complicated nor thoroughly detailed. Check out the examples of daily schedule forms that I have filled out before below.
    Sample Daily Schedule.

Additionally, the following are some other special requirements. If under the conditions, you…

  • Have travel history to Japan as temporary visitor and have sufficient financial capacity, you must also submit:
    • Proof of travel to Japan in the last three (3) years (old or recent passport with used temporary visitor visa and landing permission stamps)
    • Latest Income Tax Return (clear photocopy)
    • Proof of financial capacity (applicant’s bank certificate, or dividend certificate of stocks, etc. as proof of sufficient economic status)
  • Have travel history to Japan as temporary visitor and have traveled several times as visitor to G7 countries excluding Japan, you must also submit:
    • Proof of travel to Japan in the last three (3) years (old or recent passport with used temporary visitor visa and landing permission stamps)
    • Proof of travel as temporary visitor to G7 countries excluding Japan in the last (3) years (old or recent passport with entry visas and immigration stamps)
  • Have abundant financial capacity, you must also submit:
    • Birth certificate issued by PSA within 1 year
    • Marriage Certificate issued by PSA within 1 year
    • Latest Income Tax Return (clear photocopy)
    • Proof of financial capacity (applicant’s bank certificate, or dividend certificate of stocks, etc. as proof of sufficient economic status)
  • Are a spouse or child of someone who has abundant financial capacity, you must also submit:
    • Latest Income Tax Return of your guarantor/sponsor (clear photocopy)
    • Guarantor/sponsor’s proof of financial capacity (applicant’s bank certificate, or dividend certificate of stocks, etc. as proof of sufficient economic status)
    • li>Birth certificate issued by PSA within 1 year and/or Marriage Certificate issued by PSA within 1 year

**Feel free to provide additional documents to support your eligibility depending on your kind of work.
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NOTE: It seems to be customary that if you’ve already visited Japan before, you’ll already be automatically granted a multiple entry visa by your 2nd application (even if you didn’t specifically request for it — but it could be a case by case basis).

Feel free to also apply for a multiple entry tourist visa even if it’s your 1st application since there are those who have already been successful in doing so. As always though, just ensure that you have complete documents with you for submission and are properly eligible for this as per the conditions above.

NOTE: If in case you are a Philippine national living or residing in a foreign country and you wish to avail a Japan tourist visa, kindly inquire with the appropriate Japan Embassy in the country that you’re living in. In my first visit to Japan, I applied for my tourist visa at the Embassy of Japan in Brussels, Belgium and the application was fairly easy — the requirements were almost the same as the above, maybe even less.

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Step 3: Choose an accredited travel agency to process your Japan Visa application.
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The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines does NOT accept direct applications (unless you have a very special or dire case). So what you need to do instead is go to an accredited travel agency — submit your documents to them and they will process your application for you!

A Japan Visa is FREE, however, these travel agencies charge for the service that they offer of processing/sending your application, and their corresponding single-entry Japan tourist visa without guarantor fee are as follows (for fees on other types of tourist visas, kindly inquire with them or check their website).

◘◘ Which is the best travel agency to go to if I want to increase my chances of approval?
There really is NO best travel agency out there when it comes to visa approval because they have NO control whatsoever over that matter. Again, these accredited travel agencies simply ensure that the documents you are going to give are complete. After which, they just pass it to the embassy who makes the analyzation and final decision.

If however, it’s about the best in price or the one closest to where you live, then yes, it will be easy to see who’s “best”.

Personally, I applied to Universal Holidays because they were closest to my address at that time. They’re located in Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati alongside Reli Tours and Friendship Tours, but I ended up picking Universal Holidays because they didn’t have a long line. Once I was in, the overall process of submission was streamlined and easy too!

NOTEOnly pass your documents to the accredited agencies above! If you’re located far away, it’s also possible to send your documents by courier or by representative. Just inquire with the travel agency that you’re interested in to see if such is possible.

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Step 4: Wait for the results of your Japan Visa application.
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After you submit your documents to an accredited travel agency, you’ll just have to wait for their email/call/text message that either notifies you of when you can pick up your passport or when you still need to give them additional requirements. (Again, be aware that submission does NOT guarantee issuance of visa.)

Visa processing normally takes 2-5 business days — I got mine in just 2 days with Universal Holidays.

Also, I was told that if there’s a red sticker at the back of your passport upon pick-up, it means that your application has been denied. (Mine had a white sticker, which was approved).

TIP: Wanna grab a spot in Japan’s best and cheapest tours? Check here!

Ideas for your Japan travel itinerary:


I have been to a LOT of places in Japan, and you can find my travel guides below for…
Japan Itineraries
Top Things to Do in Tokyo)
Kyoto Guides
Osaka Guides
– …and more!

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See ALL of my Japan articles here.

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F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

◘◘ How long can I stay in Japan with a Japan Tourist Visa?
As a temporary visitor, the Embassy of Japan only grants 15 or 30 days of stay. (If you’re visiting a relative, they can allow up to 90 days).

◘◘ If I have a multiple entry tourist visa, how long till I can re-enter Japan again after a trip?
There seems to be NO existing rule for a “break period” when you want to enter Japan again — however, take note that if you enter the country again too soon, that will raise questions and the immigration might not let you in. Also, take note that you should NOT spend more than 180 days total in a year in Japan as a tourist.

◘◘ When is the earliest time that I can apply for a Japan Visa?
You can apply no earlier than 60 days before the date of your intended departure.

◘◘ When is the latest time that I can apply for a Japan Visa?
To be safe, apply at least 15 working days before the date of your intended departure.

◘◘ How long does it take for a Japan Visa to be released?
Like I’ve mentioned above, it can take 2-5 working days. I got mine in just 2 days.

◘◘ Will there be an interview?
Nope. The travel agencies are only there to collect and check your documents. However, it is possible that the Embassy of Japan will request that you visit them for an interview after they receive your documents — but I’ve never heard of such a case when applying for a tourist visa only.

◘◘ Do I need to book accommodation and plane tickets by the time I send in my application?
The embassy does NOT require applicants to book nor submit roundtrip flight tickets and hotel(s) before applying for a visa. I never booked mine. But if in case you want some “peace of mind” and still want to book a hotel to show to the embassy, it’s best to do it with Booking.com or Agoda.com. With them, you can reserve a hotel with NO pre-payment and you can even cancel the booking a day before your arrival with NO cancellation charges at all. For flights, just watch out for promo fares on local airlines like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. (Yet again, like I said, booking these won’t really affect your application).

◘◘ Can I submit other documents not listed above?
If it can support your application even further, then sure! The Embassy encourages that, especially if it can help provide proof of your economical or social ties within the Philippines (example: pay slips, real estate properties, land title, etc.).

Multiple Entry Japan Visa

◘◘ Do I need to provide a cover letter?
It’s not required, but it’s good practice to provide one. After all, if you can’t provide an ITR or if you’re planning to apply for a multiple entry visa, it’s important to write a letter to explain your situation.

◘◘ Do you have an example cover letter?
Yes, I have. Check it out here.

◘◘ What do I say if I don’t have an ITR with BIR?
Just be honest and explain why; just make sure you have a strong reason as to why (example: you’re new to your job, you are just newly registered to BIR, etc.). But if you’re nervous about not being able to submit an ITR or if you’re unsure if your reason is enough, you can then choose to take on a guarantor/sponsor for your Japan Visa application.

TIP: Better yet, you should start filing and paying for your taxes as early as NOW — a lot of embassies (not only Japan) require an ITR after all. So if you’re looking for a hassle-free experience for all your tax-related matters, you should register with Taxumo who will take care of everything for you. (Sign up with my code PHTAX and you can get a discount on their plans as well as a FREE 1-month trial!)

What did I do when I once didn’t have an ITR? Well, when I made my 1st application, I was a self-employed person who has no ITR. I did NOT take a guarantor or sponsor when I applied for my multiple entry visa; nevertheless, I was given a Japan visa after I explained in my letter that I have no ITR because I was being taxed in another country (Belgium) — I even provided my payslips to prove it (but take note, this was when I just newly moved to the Philippines after living in Belgium. If you’re a self-employed individual or freelancer who works in the Philippines, it is your obligation to register yourself with BIR to get ITR forms later on).

◘◘ How much money should I have in the bank?
The Japan Embassy did NOT mention any minimum balance requirement, but I have surely heard of someone (and some others) who was (were) granted a visa even with only Php 50,000 in the bank (with a trip that spanned for 5 days) — so let’s use that as a standard. Meanwhile, do take note that your bank certificate will often show the monthly average balance of your savings account; therefore, depositing a sudden large amount of money in order to assist you in your visa application is NOT really a good idea.

◘◘ What if there’s a problem with the spelling of my name/birthday on my Birth Certificate and Passport?
Kindly provide an Affidavit of Discrepancy.

◘◘ I will be traveling with my family/friends, are we all required to be there at the travel agency when submitting our documents?
It’s not really required. Besides, some travel agencies provide the option of submitting your documents and/or receiving of your passports (after application) via courier. Some travel agencies may want you all to be there upon submission though, and if in case one of you can’t personally come, just provide an Authorization Letter and photocopy of that person’s valid ID.

◘◘ Can one person among my family/friends be our overall guarantor/sponsor? We are all traveling to Japan together, and applying for a Japan Visa together.
Sure, but take note: this would mean that such person should have enough financial capacity and income to prove that he/she can shoulder each and everyone of you.

◘◘ How can I follow up on my application?
If you haven’t heard back from the travel agency in 5 days, feel free to call them to follow up.

◘◘ My Japan Visa application was denied. Is there anything I can do?
When a visa is not granted, the reasons for such denial will never be disclosed (yes, even the travel agency would NOT know why). Regrettably, I can’t find any information about making an appeal to the Embassy of Japan. You can, however, apply again after six (6) months with the same purpose of tourist visit — unless there are emergency / humanitarian reasons, or if you want to apply for a different purpose (work, study, etc.).
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As you can see, applying for a Japan Tourist Visa is relatively easy — and I hope the process of preparation becomes absolutely hassle-free with this visa guide.

Let me know how it goes… good luck!

How about you?

  • Do you have any other tips to add?
  • If you’ve already applied for a Japan visa before, how was your experience?
  • Were you approved or denied? Please feel free to share your story!

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  1. Hi Aileen!

    Thank you for your blog! I would like to ask if it will be a big factor for visa approval/denial if I haven't been out of the country for the last 5 years?

    Would you also happen to know if Japan Embassy would be keen on having a differeng employer on the COE compared to ITR? I have recently changed employer hence my latest ITR 2316 (year 2016) would bear my previous employer's name while my COE would be from my new employee already.

    Hoping for your reply. All the best!

    Ishie

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    1. I don't think it matters if you haven't been out of the country the past years. What matters is if you have the documents they need and if you have strong tiees in the Philippines. :)

      As for the ITR, just explain your situation and they will understand. Cheers and good luck!

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    2. Hello Ishie,

      Good day!

      We have same situation, i want to know if your visa was approved.

      Thank you.

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  2. Hi Ms. Aileen,
    Last March 6,2017 I applied for tourist visa with guarantor at reli tours in sm megamall, until now processing parin daw yung application ko sa embassy. Do you think may problem sa application ko cause it's already 2weeks from my application date. Or is it normal? Thank you so much and Godbless.

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    1. Hey May! How long was the duration that you requested for? It really depends as well if you are visiting family/relatives since I heard that that often takes longer. Still: I wish the best for you!!

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    2. Hi May,
      Tanong ko lang kung nakuha mo na result ng application mo?, Nag apply din kasi kami ng tourist visa w/guarantor same w/ your application, 2weeks na rin hanggang ngayon wala pa rin result.
      Thank you.

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    3. Hello. How is your visa with reli tours?

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    4. What happen to your application?how long did you waited to get your pasport? Please response. Same situation :(

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  3. Hello Aileen,
    I don't deposit every month to my bank. The amount of money I had in it had been for a year already and was not used. Will it be a big deal for my bank certificate?

    Thanks!

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    1. I'm not really sure if that matters (it really still all depends with the embassy) but the way I see it, I don't think it matters as long as you have enough funds to show. Good luck!

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  4. Hi very helpful ang blog mo.Thank you for posting this!

    BTW,hope you can help us with your advice.I already booked a flight to Fukuoka this June 27th and nagre ready na ako for the visa.I already emailed Friendship for inquiry but hindi pa sila sumasagot ,bka busy pa kasi peak season ngayon ng visa applications for Japan.
    So baka makatulong ka,hopefully :)
    We are 3 adults (me,my fiancee and mom)and our 2 children (aged 8 months old and a 6yrs old).
    Some background of me,I'm a self employed real estate agent and have bank account balance of 100k+ and my ADB is around 75k.May 2 bank accounts pa ako but too low ang balance to consider (around 5k lng).
    I have a COR from BIR and will be paying my income tax this week to get the ITR (form 1701Q)

    My fiancee would be registering in BIR pa lang so no ITR sya pero hopefully makakuha bago mag April 15 and his bank balance is around 25k and credit card with limit of 50k.

    We will be staying around 3 days and 2 nights only and bayad na ang roundtrip planetickets.Nakapag book na din ako ng hotel (with free cancellation)
    Questions are:

    1.Will I need to provide a guarantee letter for both of my kids?

    2.Guarantee letter ba ang isasama ko sa application o Affidavit of Support?

    3. My mom don't have an ITR and her bank certificate is low to consider(around 25k),do I need to provide an Affidavit of Support for her too?

    4. The Japanese website said for the bank cert,it must be issued within the past 3 months before departure but in ur blog u said it 2 months.Pakilinaw po sna please,it will be a great help.

    5. We have a relative in Osaka (my aunt,my mom's sister) but we would not be able to visit her kasi Fukuoka ang destination namin,pwede kaya namin siyang gawing Guarantor just to increase our chances to get approved?

    6.Can we provide additional requirements like land title,etc?

    7.Can we add for bank cert.the credit card of my partner?or they are only asking for savings account?

    Thank you so much at hopefully matulungan mo ako sa mga questions ko.I know you are not affliated with the embassy but I guess what you think will matter. :)

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    1. Hey there! About your questions:

      1. Now that you mention it, I'm not sure how it works for kids. I would think that it's understandable for the embassy that the kids will be sponsored by their parents. Anyhow, since you say that your mom doesn't work, I think it makes sense then (if you're the one who has the bigger income or better financial documents) to provide a guarantee letter.

      2. The embassy of Japan only needs a guarantee letter. Use the document format they provided (link above)

      3. See my answer under #1

      4. Thanks for pointing out the typo. Yes it should be within past 3 months.

      5. I think if you have enough financial documents and money to show, you don't need to get your relative to be your guarantor. It might just complicate things and make you do more requirements/documents.

      6. Sure thing. I did that too.

      7. The embassy wants bank certificate and not credit card statements. But feel free to provide those too if you want (as long as you make sure you provide bank certificate first and foremost).

      Good luck! Hope this helps!

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  5. Grabe sobrang complete details., thank u po.
    Nag submit ako nang mga requirements sa RELi Moa
    Last wednesday March 8, 2017., pero till now march 14 wala paring tawag or txt from RELI TOURS., all I have to do is wait, pero sabi nyo po sa blog na to, that I can call the agency to follow up our application., tomorrow po I will do that., mga what time po ba usually nakaka receive nang txt or call from the agency?
    7pax family application nga po pala kami., kinakabahan ako kasi baka hindi kami ma approve.,
    Thank u po ulit sa mga advices ☺
    God bless

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    1. They operate in normal business hours so you can call/text them anytime and I believe they'll reply the same. Maybe the reason why it's taking so long for you is because of how many you all are. Anyhow, all the best on the application!

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  6. Hi Aileen! This is such a great guide. Thanks for writing this. I just have a question about applying for a visa with your family. You mentioned a sole member can be the over-all guarantor for the entire family given that he has sufficient funds to support everyone. Its my mom in our case. Is there any kind of additional documentation we need to provide to indicate that she will be our overall guarantor/sponsor? Like an affidavit of support or something similar to the letter of explanation?

    Thank you again for an awesome post.

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    1. Hey Catherine, I don't think there are any requirements for an affidavit. She just needs to fill up the Guarantee Letter and then provide as much documents to prove her financial solvency. Good luck!

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  7. Hi Aileen! This is just a curious question. Do you have any idea how much the travel tax is from Japan to the Philippines or anywhere I can find that information? I've been searching it online for about 4 days now. I only gathered general answers for this. If you happen to know or not, still, thanks a billion!

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    1. Hey Kristine! Do you mean to say the amount of travel tax we pay before leaving the airport here in Manila? From what I know, all international travel has a standard price for travel tax of around Php 1600+

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  8. Thank you so much Ms. Aileen!

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  9. Hello there again! I just forgot to ask this. I will be applying for a tourist visa but I have an aunt there who is already a resident there but she's still Filipino. She says that when I apply, I can put her details in the application. However I don't know where to put her details in the application form? We'll be visiting her and my cousin there of course but our main purpose is just to tour, not to visit relatives. Our guarantor will be our dad and not her. Hope you can help me on this. Thank you! :)

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    1. Will you be staying at their place? I think it's only important to have her details if you will be staying at her place. Also, if your main purpose is tourism, then there's no need to be 'invited' by her. After all, your parents will be your guarantor so you'll only be submitting additional documents from them.

      Good luck!

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  10. Hi Ms. Aileen,

    Your blog is really a big help for all travellers who wish to spend their vacation in Japan. However, I have a few questions to ask: By the way my questions is all about for 2nd time applying for japanese visa.

    1. Do I need to indicate in my visa application form that I'm requesting for multiple entry stay?

    2. If I have a place to stay here like in my best friends home, do I need to ask them for invitation letter? Guarantee letter and the likes?

    3. My first time visa was approved as 90 days stay here, and I'm planning to go back by may or june, is it possible that they might give me 90 days again?

    4. Is there a high chance of approval of multiple entry if my best friend invites me for 2nd time around?

    That's all ms aileen, I will really recommend your blog to my friends! God bless and more power!

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    1. Hey Francis, I'm happy to hear that! Regarding your questions:

      1. Some people didn't bother indicating and upon their 2nd reapplication, they were just automatically granted a multiple entry visa. However, it doesn't hurt to ask specifically for it. So I indicated mine in the application form, and I also made a cover letter requesting for it and justifying why.

      2. Is your friend your financial sponsor too? Anyhow, if you're staying with a person in Japan, most likely they will ask you documents supporting that.

      3. No one can give you 100% assurance for that, but it's highly likely especially if you have complete documents, good financial standing, strong ties to the Philippines, etc. If you haven't overstayed your previous visit to Japan as well, that's a plus.

      4. It may be, it may be not. It's always a case by case basis, but I got my multiple visa easily upon first try. I advise that you just provide as much documents as you can.

      Good luck!

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