Japanese tourist visa application for Filipinos in the Philippines from the embassy
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How to Apply and Get a Japanese Tourist Visa in the Philippines

As I prepare the requirements for my upcoming vacation to Japan, I took the liberty of sharing the process which have already brought me there twice in late 2012. Should be a good sign, right?

[UPDATE] Filipinos are now eligible to apply for the multiple-entry tourist visas, as part of the relaxation of Japan’s visa policies toward ASEAN countries.


Complete all the Requirements for the Tourist Visa Application

1. Philippine Passport

As with other visa applications, tampered passports will not be accepted. Ensure that your passports are in their best condition! Oh and be sure to take out those dainty passport holders.

2. Photo
  • 4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background
  • Photo must be pasted on the application form.
3. Visa Application Form 

Here is a soft copy of the visa application form.
Given that you’re hoping to make a good impression, I recommend you fill out the online PDF form with your computer. The form is readily editable so you don’t have to worry about converting the file.

4. Birth Certificate*

You may request a birth certificate online from National Statistics Office (NSO).

Fill Out Online Application Form
Pay through Accredited Payment Channel
Wait for Delivery

A copy of the birth certificate costs Php 315 and takes 3-5 working days to be delivered within Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.

NSO Website | FAQ | Payment Instructions | Delivery
E-mail address e-census.info@census.gov.ph

*Note that you only need to present a birth certificate once for the Japan visa application. As it’s already my third application, I may skip this step.

If the applicant is has his/her passport (old or valid) with a used Japanese visa

5. Marriage Contract 

Same procedure with the birth certificate.

6. Daily Schedule or General Itinerary

Here is a soft copy of the Schedule of Stay in word format.

Below is a Sample Schedule of Stay,

sample schedule of stay for filipino tourists applying for japanese visa in the philippines

Sample Schedule of Stay for Japan Visa Application for Citizens of the Philippines

7. Bank Certificate

The intention of this article is to show that you are financially capable of  supporting yourself for the duration of your vacation in Japan. It is known that the cost of living in Japan is high so you have to be smart about how you will be presenting your financial standing. There is no pre-defined monetary basis as long as you will be able to sustain your stay, including any emergencies, based on what you have presented in the schedule of stay.

8. Income Tax Return (Form 2316)

This should readily be available from your HR department.

Otherwise, you can request through Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR),

Telephone no: 981-8888
Trunkline: 981-7000
Email address: contact_us@cctr.bir.gov.ph
Office address: BIR National Office Bldg., BIR Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

9. Additional proof of your vacation and exit from Japan

It is applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he/she meet the requirements for the grant of a visa. Submission of any supporting documents not listed above is encouraged (e.g. applicant’s economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate, wedding invitation). ~ Embassy of Japan in the Philippines

  • Certificate of Employment (COE) – stating current position, annual income, length of service and approved leaves
  • Airline Ticket / e-Ticket
  • Hotel Reservation / Confirmation
  • Approved Leaves – with confirmation or acceptance of manager

For those who wish to apply for the 3-year or 1-year multiple entry visa, the additional requirements would have to be submitted (depending under which classification you fall under).

Classification A: Applicants with travel history as temporary visitor to Japan in the last three years without any record of violations of the laws and regulations of Japan during their period of stay.

1. Recent or old passport that shows previous stays in Japan within the last three years.
2. ITR (Income Tax Return) or Bank Certificate of the applicant or of the person who will support the applicant
3. Documents to prove residence in the Philippines (copy of Identification cards etc.)
4. Explanation Letter why the applicant needs a multiple-entry visa

Classification B: Employed individuals with sufficient financial capacity to support their stay in Japan.

1. Employment Certificate
2. ITR (Income Tax Return )
3. Documents to prove residence in the Philippines (copy of Identification cards etc.)
4. Explanation Letter why the applicant needs a multiple-entry visa


Submit Application to an Accredited Agency

Click here for the detailed list of accredited agencies by the Embassy of Japan.

I recommend that you submit your visa application directly to the accredited agencies listed above, otherwise you might be charged with additional handling fees. I’ve personally experienced this because I was charged twice the handling fee when we submitted the application through a non-accredited travel agency in Manila.

The handling fee of my 2nd visa application through Friendship Tours and Resorts Corporation in Dusit Thani Hotel was only Php 1,200. The staff were friendly and approachable. I submitted my application on Friday afternoon and by Monday afternoon I had already received an SMS from the agency that my passport is ready for pick up. Of course, the agency has no control on the turn around of your application once they have transmitted it to the Embassy.

I wish you the best of luck on your application!

Should you have any inquiries or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below or email me at theeagertraveller@gmail.com.

Click here for the official tourist visa application by the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.

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236 thoughts on “How to Apply and Get a Japanese Tourist Visa in the Philippines

  1. Hi :)
    ask ko lng po sna if ever napasa qna lhat ng requirements as in complete with my guarantor documents + my old passport also with a used japan visa before…”and now im applying tourist for 30days only!hmmm…do you think they can give me a chance to enter in japan again without deniying my application?curious :( cause i submit lastweek my documents and now waiting for the result…Cross finger!this is my first time that i submit papers by myself…mix emotion -_-“thank you so much :)

  2. wanderlustre

    I was reading your blog and others an hour before I received a message from Reli tours, asking me to come over and pick up my passport. I was granted a Japanese single-entry tourist visa! yay!!

    I know exactly how the others felt. I thought I didn’t have enough funds. I just have around 11x, xxx in the bank and I’m going to Osaka and Kyoto for 12 days. I thought there was no chance.

    I’ve only been with my current company for a little over a year but I have all the requirements. COE, ITR, leave of absence, round-trip tickets, hostel reservations from hostelbookers, birth certificate, bank certificate and itinerary. I spent a lot of time on the fake itinerary and made sure it will not exceed my budget for sightseeing. I even had a walking itinerary. It has the amount I’m going to spend at each tourist destination like entrance fees and stuff. It’s fake since I won’t be following any of it. I’m going with my boyfriend and we planned to do other things like whitewater rafting, canyoning and hiking since we are both adventurous. But he’s a privileged one for having an Australian passport.

    Prior to this trip, I went to Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Hong Kong. I started going out of the country since March. Then, sort of became a monthly thing. I was making ipon of the stamps. Too bad HK don’t stamp the passports anymore.

    Anyways, I submitted my application last Thursday. the visa was granted on Friday and I received my passport today, Tuesday. To those who are reluctant, if you have all the documents, there’s no reason to get denied. Best of Luck!

  3. aiza hoybia arcega

    hi po!ako po c aiza arcega,tanung ko po sana,kung my paraan po ba para makabalik ako sa japan o kmi ng anak ko ko.pilipino po napangasawa ko sa japan pero my visa po sya,family visa.matagal na po naming hindi sya nakakausap at ilang taon na rin po hindi nagbibigay ng sustento sa anak ko. yung asawa ko.sa japan po kmi kinasal at sa japan po ako nanganak.gusto ko po sana makabalik sa japan para sa anak ko.my chance po ba at my paraan po ba?diko po kc alam kung anu dapat kong gawin.balita ko din po na my asawa at anak na sya sa japan.at kinasal din po sila.diko po alam kung panu po nila nagawang magpakasal.hindi pa po kmi divorce.at wala rin po akong pinipirmahang kahit anung divorce papers.matagal na po kming walang communication ng father ng anak ko.my habol po ba ako para po karapatan ng anak ko?pls pki sagot po message ko.salamat po.

  4. rovelyn yamamoto

    hi po . baka po pwede nyo ko matulungan . 2x na po na deny kapatid kong bunso . kapatid kong bunso nalang po hindi pa nabibigyan ng visiting relatives visa japan . napapunta ko na po hipag ko at kapatid kng asawa nya at nanay ko . na ok po visa nilang tatlo pero yng bunso pang 2x po na deny. maganda naman po reason nmin na gusto ko makatulong sa bahay ksi kakagawa lang po ng
    bahay nmin 2years ago .at may baby po ako 1year and 6months old hindi po sya pwdeng i ipaalagaan sa yochien or hoikuen. ksi po bawal dw po sabi ng doctor . madali mahawahan ng sakit baby ko every month po check up sa dugo ng baby ko . nahihirapan po ko sa mga hawaing bahay at may 8years old pako na inaasikaso araw araw kya hirap po tlga ko sa araw araw . yng japanese byenan ko po plagi po nasa tokyo inaalagan din po mga apo nya sa tokyo kya ako lang po lahat nag aasikaso sa bahay at 2 anak ko asawa ko naman po sobrang bc sa work nya kaya gusto ko po papuntahin bunso kong kapatid pra makatulong po sakin balak ko po i aaply ulit kapatid ko sabi nila tourist nalang dw po i apply ko sa kapatid ko para mabigyan ng visa? ano po ba ang pinaka the best i apply ng tourist visa or visiting relatives visa? kc pang 2deny na po kapatid ko sa visiting relatives visa, salamat po sana matulungan nyo po ako . gobless

  5. Clarissa Eda

    ask ko. what if may friend ako sa japan and i just want to visit him for 4-5 days. at sa house nila ako titira and hindi sa mga hotels, paano po ko po yun sasabihin sakanila. siya kasi magtu-tour sa akin sa japan. and what if wala akong bank account and i am still a student kasi but i am turning 21 years old this yr. i can’t open my bank account yet. but i have ATM cards

  6. Zoe Grill Mamingao Yanai

    Hello po,ask ko lang po if ano dapat kong gawin if kukuha ng tourist visa for japan.. Married na po ako for 7years saking japanese husband at meron po kaming 1, 4 months old baby..

  7. Hi po..ask q lng po sana .first time lng po aq mg aaply for tourist visa.
    Matagal q na po kase dream n mpuntahan ang distney land don at mkpag tour.sa japan…kaso po wala ako frnd at kamag anak don..sagot po ng mga kapatid ko ang gastos q.gusto po kase nila na ma experience q n mkapunta don po kya aq ng tourist visa?pls reply po salamat…ano po ang kailangan kong gawin..?

  8. Melody Tiangson

    Hi po Ms. Jean..nkapunta na po ako sa japan at ngstay ng 30days nitong April 2014..Balak ko pong pumunta next year ng January..90days po ako magstay dun..ask ko lng po if same pa po ba ung requirements na kukunin at ipapass ?? Guarantor ko po is japanese boyfriend ko po..please help me po at mghihintay po ako sa reply nio..sna po matulungan nio po ako..thanks po..

    • Pearl

      Hi melody ! Ask q lng sna if same requirements ung nasa website ng Japan embassy for tourist/visit friends for visa application. Punta aq Japan this sept 5days lng taz ang guarantor q father ng bf q . Jap bf q kaso student plng xa . My mga additional papers kbng bingay? Ngwo2rk aq sA private company . Thanks !!

      • kuu

        mas ok kung mag apply ka as tourist na lang(provide a hotel booking that you can easily cancel when visa is approved) mas onti requirements kesa with guarantor na tatay ng bf(una papatunayan m relation mo sa tatay ng bf mo). magbigay ka lang ng 30-50k na bank cert for 2day stay sa japan mabibigyan ka na ng visa for 15 days

    • mikaela rose

      Hi ms.melody tiangson medyo same kasi tayo ng situation may gusto sana ako itanong sayo if you dont mind.. jc_rose10@yahoo.com email add ko i hope you can spare me some of your time pls. Email me as soon as you read this..thanks in advance.

  9. angel

    hi po …
    help nmn po magpapasa n po AQ ng papers q same this July 7 OK n po lahat ng papers ko at sa boyfriend q Japanese day po sang gaurantor q… sang problema ko po msg overstay po AQ sa south Korea for almost 1 year last 2012 ng April 30 umuwi ako..dahilan kaya Yuan para madenie ako ano pa po supporting documents ang Kaylangan ko PRA may chance name mag kavisa?

  10. Rachel

    Tanong ko lang po Kung ano po ang pwede ko gwin f kasal ka sa hapon tapos Ng hiwalay kayu! Wala na kc ako balita kinasal kami d2 sa pinas tpos umuwi na xia Ng japan ilng buwan nawalan na kmi Ng cumincation hangang ngaun pwede p kaya ako kumuha Ng visa sa japan? Ano ang pwede Kung Gawin para mkapunta Ng japan!!

  11. ann garcia

    hi ms jean….ask q lng po my brother akong japanese at nsa osaka xa ngyon.dti narin po ako nkapunta ng japan dahil invite aq ng mother q dahil nag ksakit xang cancer at nabgyan kmi ng visa…ang prob q po ay ang gmit ng mother kong name ay fake pla at dun nrin xa namatay sa japan at nakapag over sty din po aq dhil d n kmi bnigyan pa ng visa nunng nag apply kmi sa yokohama kya nag diside aq mksama mother q…pde q po kaya mbisita bro kong japanese sa japan ???at pno po nmin ptunayan n mag kpatid kmi dahil iba name ng mother namin s bc???pls reply po..thanks and godbless

  12. Johnny23

    Hi. It is my first time to apply for Japan visa. Can I just bring a certified true copy of birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar instead of NSO-issued, since I do not have an NSO-issued certificate now but I already had certificate from Local Civil Registry. Thanks!

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  14. Anna Rose

    I want to go to Japan too, I don’t have any relatives there, but I have a friend in Japan who will support me financially.. Is it possible for me to go to Japan and have my tourist visa approved even I am not working so far. Please help me.. Thank you so much.

  15. Rommel V. tamayo

    Previously trainee ako sa Japan gusto ko sana kumain ng Ramen dun sarap kasi e pwede b ako mabalik ng Japan under visit visa pls. Reply me soon thanks po.

  16. wena

    I am a Fresh Graduated I am planning to go to japan for my vacation there what are the requirements should I prepare? pls reply po thank you :)

  17. tamagoxkare

    nagapply po kami ng japan visa for commercial purpose, pero pano po kapag may konting typo sa guarantee letter? strict po ba sila? hope you answer my question. thanks po!

  18. aida agsalud

    Japan is a beatiful country, kaya naman marami ang gustong makapunta dun. Sa mga papunta pa lang, i can show you where to get a cheaper ticket.

  19. hi ms.jean i found this blog so helpful and very informative i wanted to ask for a little help, this coming july my japanese boyfriend wanted to invite me in japan to meet his parents and hopefully get married there if ever visa will be granted,but as far as I know there’s no fiance visa right?what kind of application should i do? tourist visa with guarantor?(my boyfriend), apply for tourist visa independently? or would it be better if my boyfriend would do the visa process in japan then i will just send the documents needed there,i’m really confused i don’t want my visa to be denied what should i do..by the way my boyfriend already visited me twice last year here in the Philippines as for the photos together wouldn’t be a problem i guess,i used to work as a singer in japan since 2008 on off,for 4 times my last flight in japan was last year of may and i don’t have any violations during my stay there…hope you can help me. any suggestion?thank you in advance

  20. Niz

    thank you sharing your experience, this was very helpful to me i got my japan visa last april 1, 2014 multiple entry valid for 3 years 15 days per stay. goodluck to all who are planning to get theirs. You can also add additional supporting documents like DTI, Business permit, financial statement, and the like. if employed add your employment certificate.

    • Pearl

      Hi ! Ask q lng sna if same requirements ung nasa website ng Japan embassy for tourist/visit friends for visa application. Punta aq Japan this sept 5days lng taz ang guarantor q father ng bf q . Jap bf q kaso student plng xa . My mga additional papers kbng bingay? Ngwo2rk aq sA private company . Thanks !!

  21. EJ

    Hi Jean,

    I was just wondering if I may also submit a photocopy of my J1 US Visa in good faith that it might help me get a higher chance of Japan Visa approval. Your reply would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks! :)

  22. Ina the Cat

    Hello po. For the itinerary, kaninong number ang ilagay sa contact? Wala kaming guarantor and etc. It’s just really us. Thank you.

  23. miekha

    hello po madam ask ko lang kung anung mga requirment po kase kukunin ako ng bf ko nsa japan xa mother father nya japanese pero xa is brazil sa japan naxa naninirahan at devorce po xa sa brazil

  24. Hello po! I am a visa applicant all our papers are submitted to the embasy completely and we are waiting for the cunsol interview. Its been 5 month ago since we still waiting. What was the reason of delayed?

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  28. gela

    hi po,ask ko lang po 3times na ko na ddeny .may sister ako sa japan na nakapagasawa ng japanese at may anak cla, ung sister ko talent dati,since underage cya nun pangalan nya ginamit ko.pero ngaun kasal na cya ung true name na nya gamit nya.advice na man po pls.

  29. hello there. I’m an illegitimated child and my auntie (my mom’s sister) married a japanese and she’s a permanent citizen in japan now. my problem is my middle name and her maiden middle name is different from mine with just a single letter.will these affect my invitation? :((( so depress and hopeless Y_Y

  30. MLyn

    Hi! What if I’m still a student or fresh graduate in my case since I’ll be traveling next year after my graduation? Of course I can’t provide for my ITR yet, and other proofs of financial capability. Though my folks will shoulder all pf my expenses. I’ll be traveling with friends who will be fresh graduates as well.

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  32. Mel


    Magtatanung lang po if pde gamitin ang payroll account para sa bank certificate. Naka-name naman po sakin ung account. Madedeny po b pag yun yung ippresent ko.


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  34. Allen

    Hi. I’m just wondering if I still need a guarantor from Japan. In your list of requirements, wala po. But sa list kasi ng embassy, meron po. I plan to go there as a tourist (and not on package tour) this April. Thanks!

  35. euthyne breiana santos

    Hi jean,
    I need your advice.. I am planning to apply a tourist visa for Japan together with my grandparents. I have been there in Tokyo twice, first in 2006 I stayed there for only 4months and 2nd visit 2009 and stayed there for 6months.. So what do I need to do if I want to apply a multiply visa.? Any suggestion or help?
    What requirments do i need to comply..
    Thanks you:)

  36. Pinch

    Hi Ate!

    Ask ko lang po about sa multiple-entry visa, yung max na 15 days po every entry po yun sa Japan for 3 years? Or 15 days lang po max for 3 years?

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