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.


STEP 1

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.

EXEMPTION OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES & MARRIAGE CONTRACT
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

STEP 2

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

  1. judz

    Hi , Good day!
    Me and my two kids (8yrs,18mos) including my mother (65 y.o) are planning to visit my sister whos already a residence there with japanese kids but divorced na po.
    Im planning to apply for a tourist visa instead of visiting relatives since under ng government yung sister ko. Meaning may natatanggap sya sustento from the governement due to his status. Pero sa bahay po kame nila tutuloy.
    please advise po

    Thanks and Godbless

  2. Ryan

    Hi to everyone,
    I just need for some advice, I am a former OFW in Singapore and I worked there for 3 years. From Aug. 2010 – April 2013, Right now I am self-employed. After my contract ended I and my family decided to travel to some several countries such as Australia, UK, Netherlands, France. Spain, Hong Kong and Macau. Now I am planning to apply for a Japan visa for tourism purposes together with my wife And my Son. My wife is also working in Singapore for almost 6 years until now. I manage to get an ITR in Singapore from the end of 2013. Is it valid to pass my ITR in Singapore since I am not working anymore? I appreciate for any advice. Thanks

  3. emilyn bueno

    we booked for a flight to Japan on April 24 to 29, 2014 and now we are reading blogs for Japan trips. Can you advise us when is the best time to apply for a visa considering our scheduled flight date?

  4. ella

    hi!….me and my husband been married since 2009..unfortunately my husband ay nawalan ng trabaho for 3 years dala narin sa problema sa money,
    pamilya at nakaranas din sya ng depresyon…kaya di kaagad naapply ang COE nya sa japan at 3 time apply pa bago sya naaprobahan at nabigyan ng COE…almost five years this coming feb. unang apply ko ng spouse visa na deny and that was 2013,january and almost one year narin simula nang ma deny ang spouse visa.at nag apply uli sya ng coe nung september 2013 then till now la paring result..i’m dying to go to japan just to be with my husband..tanong ko kung pwde ba akong mag tourist visa?ano ang dapat kung gawin?
    sana po ay mapansin nyo itong aking sulat.God Bless!

    • ritchel

      Hello may I know how to apply a visa ? I want to get only tourist visa..I will go japan my fiance is there and his family want me to visit there how can I apply just for 1 week

  5. Elkah

    Hi, i would like to know how much do i need to have in my bank account so my application will not be denied im planning to visit japan next yr with my bf, we are a regular employee and we can submit itr coe bc and passport now i just need to know if theres a min requirment for bank deposit. Thanks

    • Jean

      i am a government employee and planning to visit my sister in japan sometime this year. My husband is an American citizen so there is no need for him to secure a visa, but in my case I need to, being a Filipino citizen. May I know how many weeks or months in advance should I apply for a visa prior to our planned trip? Thank you and more power.

  6. Blusan

    Hi Ms. Jean.Good evening! Im so worried with my japanese tourist visa application. I submit all my requirements last 2 Dec and until now I haven’t received any feedback from Friendship which is my chosen agency, Im so nervous kasi its almost a week na din po. Any advice if need ko na po sila tawagan for follow up? If I could remember, the lady who assisted me there said that either Friday last week or Monday tomorrow they will inform me. Do you think is it normal to wait for that long? Thank you in advance.

    • Lei

      Same scenario here… it has been 7 days now and every time I make a follow up from Reli Agency it’s still on process… Is there a big possibility that it would be denied?

  7. mary grace elamparo

    i want to go to japan to watch a concert i have a friend there where i can stay.but what i dont heve is a bank statement.how much do i need for that i hope its not that much cost i only have few month to save.
    thanks

  8. Hello there. I want to go to japan for a tourist only with my mom and girlfriend. I might stay only 15days bcoz im an Ships builder Engr. Money is not a problem. so i already plan this tour for a short period of time. I already travel some other countries but japan its a good place for vacation. I also have a travel history in US,Cuba,UK,Poland,Amsterdam,Madrid,SK,HK,India,Dubai,Cairo,Spain,SG and Indonesia,etc. But the only question i want. How long will it takes to get the japanese tourist visa, even i dont hve any relatives or family there??Is it possible?? I heared that tourist visa in japan are strict. I want to travel this Dec or Jan next yr. Thank you. I appreciate it.

  9. Jhen

    First time nmin mgbksyon mg anak s japan ask qo lng n kung preho kmi ng aswa qo mg aapply ng visa pwede n bng isang marriage contract ang ipa2sa nmin? Nd original b ang ku2nin pg ngpsa ng requirements ng visa?

  10. Ma. Lynan Gustilo

    Very informative blog. I’m a businesswoman here in Philippines. And planning to visit Japan next month. First time I’m gonna visit Japan. Lucky I got my visa in just 5 working days! See you Japan next month. Dec-29- Jan-5 2013

  11. Hello there…my real name is Daniella Ysabel B. Gatdula…. i’m still 2nd yr student in the Philippines .. and I really want to go to Japan. Can I ask? My mother will accompany me to go to Japan since I am still a minor and this is our first time to go on vacation to Japan. we still don’t know how to go there, so what shall we do to go to Japan, and I have a japanese schoolmate who studied here in the Philppines and in our school particularly and this December they will go to Japan for a visit and they invited us to go with them but they will be ahead of us and we’ll follow later. Is this okay? and what are the requirements for them to invite us to go to Japan and how much is the roundtrip for one week in Japan and can you suggest us what are the cheapest airlines so we can avail.
    please.. kindly text or call me in this number. #09077482448 :D
    I really appreciate if you could help us. Help us what shall we do. because since this is first time.
    THANK YOU ! AND WE APRRECIATE MUCH IF YOU WILL REPLY.. AND HOPE YOU WILL READ THIS LETTER OF MINE :D
    GOD BLESS!!!!

  12. Hello there. I would just like to ask. I’m about to apply for a tourist visa. I’m still a student and my trip will be funded by my father. Although I will submit my own bank certificate because my dad will be putting money for me in my account. I plan to stay for 5 days in Tokyo. I don’t want to be denied, can you help me with some advice? Also as I arrive in Japan, is it possible that if I want to wander around the country, could I like extend my stay like for 3 days? Let say that in my visa application process I will be writing down 5 days of itenerary and tour. Then later on I’ll realize (because I will then book my flight after my visa is approved)that I would want to stay more than 5 days in which I have written in my visa application? What is the answer to this? or Japan always grant 15 days visa as always even when i only wrote in my application 5 days?

    • Hi Nathan, usual length of tourist visa granted by the embassy is 15 days so if that’s what they gave you then you are free to extend your stay. As long as you submit complete requirements and show proof that you have every intention to exit from Japan (i.e. through a plane ticket, letter from your school, schedule of stay) then there shouldn’t be a problem. Good luck with your application!

      • Nathan Sison

        Thank you Ms. Jean for responding! :) I’ll update you soon. I’ll submit my requirements 2nd week of December.

      • Ms Jean, one last question. Even when I apply for a three day tourist visa, will I still be granted a 15 day visa? because I’m still unsure about my pocket money. Hmm, But I already reserved a three day hotel, just in case kasi na madami ako mapamaskuhan maybe I could spend a week in Japan. But as of now, I will apply for a three day visa, sana 15 days padin igrant nila para kung sakali mapadami baon ko.. Please answer this Ms. Jean. Thanks :)

  13. tigercub

    Hi! very informative blog. one question lang. since this is your third trip to japan, this might not be an issue. inn your itinerary, you already have a confirmation on your accommodations and e tickets for your for your plane while applying for your visa. is that a good idea?:)

    • Redd

      Hi, I don’t think Americans need visa to go to Japan. All you need is your passport. You can even stay there for 90 days and can request for extension for another 3 months. :)

      Thank you Jean for this very informative post :)

    • jacky

      ask ko lang po im planning to go to japan, meron po ako bank statement pero un employed po ako wala din ako itr, pero meron po mag iinvite skin na friend possible po ba na mabigyan ako ng visa? please answer this, thanks po

  14. I’ve just written one about how to apply for an extended Thai visa through the Kuala Lumpur agency, since it was such a confusing process when I tried researching how to do it. Just waiting until I actually get said visa before I post ;) Safe travels and keep in touch! xoxx

  15. Leonah

    hello i’d like to know if its possible po na mainvite ako ng auntie ko even she has long term visa only?but she is paying her tax regularly…i’m planning to apply this end of October and hopefully be in Japan early November….and yung mga documents po, need nia pa ba itranslate sa English lahat??i’m a freelance Teacher…do i need to get Form 2316? and sa Bank certificate po..need ko pa po ba yun kahit pagpprovide na ung auntie ko n g Bank certificate nia??

    hope you could me…thanks a lot po

  16. Adorah soriano

    Hi there .. Gusto ko lang po Malaman kung pwd rin po ba Ako makipag apply ng multiple visa for 1 yr LNG.. Naka rating narin po Ako ng japan last 4 yrs ago po 15 days lang po Ako dun.. Anu po ba pwd ko Gawain para makipag apply po Ako pa punta dunkahit 15 days lang po ulit.. Bbsitahin . KoPo sis ko na andun po.. Kung May bank accnt po Ako dito kahit Ako lang po pwd po ba un prang surprise visit ko po sana sa sis ko? Kung 15 days po ba pwd po kaya un kahit Ako lang po mag is a mag apply without her permission? Ng sis ko po..

  17. Princeaki

    Gud eve! Ask ko LNG pd rin ba kumuha ng tourist visa ka hit guarantor ko is American marami na akong travel record sa Japan,pero this time kasi guarantor ko ay American.may chance ba Ito?

  18. Mario

    Good day!, mag-apply ako ng transit visa kasi requirement ng airline na nagbigay ng murang ticket, mabilis ba kung ako na lang mismo magfile ng document sa japan embassy kaysa dumaan pa sa accredited agency, makakamura po ba ako o mahirap magfile directly sa embassy?

  19. Aileen

    hi. thanks for posting this. its very helpful. btw, do you think its better to take a tour package from travel agency or just make my own schedule, what would you recommend? thanks

  20. M.J.

    Hi… I’m planning to apply for a tourist visa in Japan.. This September 25, but I will not be able to provide an ITR which is on their line for application requirements…. I called up the embassy and they said just write an explanation letter why I won’t be able to provide an ITR… What can you suggest to me as a homebase entrepreneur … . .? What is the best explanation can I make? I also have travel history in Singapore,Malaysia,Macau,china and hongkong … And I do have a bank certificate….

    Thank you.

    • M.J.

      Hi… I’m planning to apply for a tourist visa in Japan.. This September 25, but I will not be able to provide an ITR which is on their line for application requirements…. I called up the embassy and they said just write an explanation letter why I won’t be able to provide an ITR… What can you suggest to me as a homebase entrepreneur … . .? What is the best explanation can I make? I also have travel history in Singapore,Malaysia,Macau,china and hongkong … And I do have a bank certificate….

      Thank you.

      • nora

        Hello MJ,
        Have you got your visa? I am planning to send mine tomorrow and I cannot provide an ITR because I was a full time mom for almost 10 years, but I am employed now and have bank certificate , 3 land titles and right now I am earning atleast 500k / year, I also have previous travel. sana ma grant… I hope yung saiyo eh na grant na! GOOD LUCK!

  21. Very thoughtful and helpful post, thank you for putting such time into it. I am looking at visas for Japan, as I am in the process of applying for a three month teaching assignment there.

    I will have to check out the rest of your posts on Japan.

    Keep traveling dear, it is create to hear your stories!

  22. John

    Hello! Your blog is very informative. just wanna ask a question, My auntie wants me to visit them in japan in October, She’s an american citizen who works/lives in japan for 11 years together with her children and husband. I’m 20 years old. is there any chance na ma approved ang visa ko? she’s my guarantor and she would files an invitation letter in japan. I look forward to your response.

    Thanks! -John

    • mellicent okada

      basta complete lang ang papers…
      and have a proof to your relation ship with your untie,at dahil pamangkin ka need nyong bank certificate niya or zendaka shomeisho qng tawagain! for special case ….

      requirement for visiting relatives;

      1.)invitation letter or yobu }
      2.)guarantee letter or hosionin }—–> write hand with hangku or sells of signature
      3.)travel interinary letter }
      4.)family registration or koseki tohon
      5.)residence registration or jumin yo,o juminshou
      6.)tax income or no sei shomeisho
      BIRTH7.)tax certificate of payment
      8.)cedula or gaikokojin gempyo
      9.)certificate of employement or shotoku shomeisho
      and zeikin or genzen shomeisho.
      10.)Xerox copy of passport:front,visa page and back page.
      11.)Xerox of alien card or residence card;back and front.

      FOR APPLICANT IN PHILLIPINES:

      1.)BIRTH CERTIFICATE FROM nso
      2.)passport
      3.)IF WORKING;
      -certificate of employement
      -income tax in phillipines
      -bank deposit for special case
      4.)application form for entrey in japan

      • jerome claveria

        mam,,mellicent okada,,anu po kaya ang dahilan kong bakit na dinied ang torist visa ko sa japan pero ang asawa ko naman po ay japanese,,anu po kaya ang dahilan

  23. D to J to the R

    There is a very good reason Japan is still strict on visa policies towards Pinay.
    It’s not going to change much until the PI GDP (ppp) jumps up another 15% at least.

    For many years Philippine females accounted for the highest number of non Japanese nationals imprisoned in Japan for various crimes I won’t mention.

    Recently there has been a sharp spike in Asian Romance Scammers from the PI as well.

    I myself feel uneasy when I’m in a place like HK or Japan and get chatted up by a girl with a Philippine/Indonesian accent.

  24. emily

    Hello po Ms Jean… ako lng kc mgisa dto s pinas mgcelebrate ng xmas at new year so gsto ng sister q s Japan n mgvisit aq sknya for 15days lng.. matagl n xa dun mga 10 yrs… marriage xa bfore den devorce na at my anak xa n japanese…..cnu po b ung pd qng mgng guarantor pra hnd po aq mdeny ppntang japan??pd po b ung sister q?? rply po kau tnx po..

    • mellicent okada

      basta complete lang ang papers…
      and have a proof to your relation ship with your untie,at dahil pamangkin ka need nyong bank certificate niya or zendaka shomeisho qng tawagain! for special case ….

      requirement for visiting relatives;

      1.)invitation letter or yobu }
      2.)guarantee letter or hosionin }—–> write hand with hangku or sells of signature
      3.)travel interinary letter }
      4.)family registration or koseki tohon
      5.)residence registration or jumin yo,o juminshou
      6.)tax income or no sei shomeisho
      BIRTH7.)tax certificate of payment
      8.)cedula or gaikokojin gempyo
      9.)certificate of employement or shotoku shomeisho
      and zeikin or genzen shomeisho.
      10.)Xerox copy of passport:front,visa page and back page.
      11.)Xerox of alien card or residence card;back and front.

      FOR APPLICANT IN PHILLIPINES:

      1.)BIRTH CERTIFICATE FROM nso
      2.)passport
      3.)IF WORKING;
      -certificate of employement
      -income tax in phillipines
      -bank deposit for special case
      4.)application form for entrey in japan

      dahil devorce siya ung copy ng talaan ng anak niya kamu isali…. sister mo pwede garantor…

      • gud eve, pwde po ba mg ask, completu n po ako sa gaurantor papers ko. but my application form denediny nila yung purpose ko! anu po ba ung dapat ilagay? pls rfly… gusto q na po mg go ng japan

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