Citizens of 68 countries can travel to Japan without needing a visa. All you need is your valid passport and two blank pages for stamping.
If you do not find your country on the visa exemption list, then you will need a visa to enter Japan. Currently, you must go to the embassy or consulate to apply for a Japanese tourist visa. There is also a temporary visa for business purposes.
In April 2020, Japan will release its e-Visa program where you can apply online for an e-Visa and save the trouble of going to the embassy or consulate.
Countries that are Visa Exempt from Requiring a Japanese Visa
Visa exempt means that if you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you can temporarily go to Japan visa-free for vacation or business purposes up to 90 days.
|Belgium*||Brunei (Only 15 days)||Bulgaria*|
|Denmark*||Dominican Republic||El Salvador|
|Iceland||Indonesia (Only 15 days)||Ireland*|
|Taiwan^||Thailand^ (Only 15 days)||Tunisia|
|Turkey**||United Arab Emirates (Only 30 days)||--|
|United Kingdom*||United States||Uruguay|
Need an extension on your stay? These countries can apply for an extension with the Ministry of Justice. UK citizens: only British citizens & British Nationals (Overseas) citizens are visa-exempt. You will need either an ePassport or a Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) to get visa-free entry. Only ePassport holders will receive visa-exempt travel to Japan. ^Taiwan passports that display a personal ID number will be allowed to enter visa-free. ^^You’ll need an SAR passport from China or a BNO passport to be visa-exempt. ^^^You’ll need an SAR passport from China to be visa-exempt.
What to Pay Attention to if You are Visa-Free | Japan Visas
Always be sure to carry your passport with you at all times so you do not lose it. You can also take a picture of your passport or use a scanner app to upload a digital copy of your passport. If you do this, do not lose your phone!
Do you need more time in Japan? You may be able to apply for an extension with the Ministry of Justice.
When in doubt, get a visa. Rules and regulations change with the events of the world.
North Korean citizens are not permitted to enter or to have connecting flights to or from Japan.
The e-Visa for Japan
What’s great is that wherever you are in the world, you will be able to apply for an e-Visa online with your smartphone, computer, or tablet.
The Japanese e-Visa program will be released in April 2020. Considerations of which countries will be accepted first are not announced at this time.