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Japan is astonishing and known for its unique culture, art, technology, gastronomy, architecture, and history. If you are a traveler, this country has it all with the perfect combination of tradition and modernity.

If you want to visit Japan as a tourist and discover all its wonders you are in the right place because iVisa is offering the Japan Tourist Visa.

Below, we will tell you about this visa and how to apply for it.

What is the Japan Tourist Visa?

The Japan Tourist Visa is an official document that is required if you want to visit Japan for tourism purposes. This visa is great if you’re planning to do tourist and recreational activities only.

You can apply for this visa online with iVisa. Forget about going to the embassy to submit your documents! And even though in some cases, an interview at the Japan Embassy or Consulate might be required, iVisa has you covered since our service offers you professional assistance to help you succeed in your application.

This visa application process may have some different steps and it can be confusing if you do it alone, but don’t worry, iVisa is here to make it simple and stress-free. We do all the hard work for you!

We make the entire application for you and we also assign you an iVisa Expert who will guide you throughout the process from start to end, to help you avoid rejections from the government.

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What is the valid time for the Japan Tourist Visa?

The Japan Tourist Visa is divided into two types:

  • The single-entry visa has a 3 months validity and allows you to stay between 15 to 30 days. This is the visa type we are currently offering.

  • The multiple-entry visa has a validity of 1 to 5 years and allows you to stay for a maximum of 90 days per visit.

The permitted time of stay in Japan will depend on your nationality. If you desire to extend your stay you will need to apply for an extension to the Ministry of Justice before the expiring date of your stay.

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What can you do with the Japan Tourist Visa?

The Japan Tourist Visa allows you to do the following things:

  • You can do tourist activities alone or with a registered tourist group.
  • You can do recreational activities.
  • You can do sightings in the beautiful places that Japan has to offer.

What can you not do with the Japan Tourist Visa?

This visa is only for tourist and recreational purposes, therefore, bear in mind that there are certain things that you can not do such as:

  • You can not do cultural, municipal, or sports exchanges.
  • You can not work and receive payments.
  • You can not do business activities like liaisons, meetings, consultations, signing contracts, after-sales service, advertising, and market research.
  • You can not travel to visit or to stay with family and friends including your spouse.

What are the required documents to apply for this Visa?

To apply for this visa with iVisa you will need certain documents. We made a list for you to take into account which ones you need:

  • Your valid passport. It needs to be valid for at least 6 months.

  • Applicant’s photo.

Here are some additional documents that we advise you to have to apply for this visa:

  • Financial documents that prove that you can support your trip during your stay, like bank deposits or statements or any other evidence of funds or assets.

  • Travel itinerary, or any evidence of planned tourism activities in Japan.

  • Travelers are no longer required to prescribe their applications in the Entrants, Returns, and Follow-up Systems (ERFS). The ERFS was a system that foreign travelers needed to get into to obtain an ERFS certificate to get a visa to visit Japan. Without this certificate, travelers couldn’t prove they were eligible for this system, and consequently, they couldn’t go to Japan.

  • Depending on your nationality, you will probably be asked for more documents throughout the application process.

If you apply with iVisa, you don’t have to worry! We provide you with the guidance of an expert and a manual guide to help you make an error-free application and to achieve success.

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How can I apply for the Japan Tourist Visa with iVisa?

To apply with iVisa, you only need to follow 5 simple steps:

  • Step 1: Fill out iVisa's simplified form with your general and travel details.
  • Step 2: Receive support from your iVisa Expert from start to end via WhatsApp, Calendly, Email, or Chat.
  • Step 3: Collect the required documentation according to the instructions we give you.
  • Step 4: Bring all the documents to the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your home country and pay the government fee.
  • Step 5. Wait for the Japanese government’s answer, receive your visa and get ready to travel!

You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for your application process and your interview if needed, as well as the rest of the required documents. Don’t forget that you will have an expert by your side to guide you!

With iVisa you can do all of this in the comfort of your home. Our services are meant for you to apply online and avoid long lines at the embassy.

Is important to remember that the process to enter Japan does not end with your visa. At the Japanese airport, the Immigration Officer will check your visa and the reasons for your visit. After that, they will give you a Landing Permit.

That document will replace your Tourist Visa during your stay in Japan because your visa will become invalid. It will be stamped on your passport, so always keep it near you.

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Benefits of getting your Japan Tourist Visa with iVisa

  • Application 100% Government-Compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review each one of the answers you give on the form and adjust them to be 100% compliant with the government requirements.

  • Unlimited Access to your iVisa Expert: At iVisa, we assign you an iVisa Expert to guide you through the entire application from start to end and solve any questions you may have about the process.

  • Simplified Form: At iVisa, you will only have to answer a 50% shorter form with clear questions. It will be like filling out a short survey.

  • Fill out the form at your own pace: With the iVisa platform, you can fill out the form at your own pace, make changes whenever you want, and save your progress, so you do not have to start from scratch, unlike the embassy website which cuts you off from their website every time you take a break.

  • Manual Guide: Once you apply, at iVisa, we give you a Manual Guide with all the tips you need to know to answer the difficult sections and the step-by-step of what you need to do to get your new visa without problems.

What is the cost and processing time of the Japan Tourist Visa?

Applying for this visa can take months if you do it alone and it could be confusing and time-consuming because the Japan visa has a lot of specific requirements according to your nationality.

The embassy/consulate-general of Japan takes about a week to examine your application but this period time can be extended due to the extra documents that you need to deliver. Also, this process could take extra time if there is a need to do inquiries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo.

iVisa values how precious time is to you since there is no price for it. With us, you will take much less time to get your visa. We do all the hard work for you!

iVisa includes the Japan government fee (USD 21) so you can pay all at once.

Which countries need the Japan Tourist Visa to enter Japan?

Afghanistan Grenada Paraguay
Albania Guinea Peru
Algeria Guinea-Bissau Philippines
Angola Guyana Qatar
Antigua and Barbuda Haiti Russia
Armenia India Rwanda
Azerbaijan Iran Saint Christopher and Nevis
Bahrain Iraq Saint Lucia
Bangladesh Jamaica Saint Vincent
Belarus Jordan Samoa
Belize Kazakhstan Sao Tome and Principe
Benin Kenya Saudi Arabia
Bhutan Kiribati Senegal
Bolivia Kosovo Seychelles
Bosnia and Herzegovina Kuwait Sierra Leone
Botswana Kyrgyz Republic Solomon
Brazil Laos Somalia
Burkina Faso Lebanon Republic of South Africa
Burundi Liberia South Sudan
Cambodia Libya Sri Lanka
Cameroon Madagascar Sudan
Cape Verde Malawi Syria
Central African Republic Maldives Tajikistan
Chad Mali Tanzania
China Marshall Timor-Leste
Colombia Mauritania Togo
Comoros Micronesia Tonga
Republic of Congo Moldova Trinidad and Tobago
Democratic Republic of the Congo Mongolia Turkmenistan
Cook Montenegro Tuvalu
Côte d'Ivoire Morocco Uganda
Cuba Mozambique Ukraine
Djibouti Myanmar Uzbekistan
Dominica Namibia Vanuatu
Ecuador Nauru Vatican
Egypt Nepal Venezuela
Equatorial Guinea Nicaragua Viet Nam
Eritrea Niger Yemen
Eswatini Nigeria Zambia
Ethiopia Niue Zimbabwe
Fiji Oman Page Top
Gabon Pakistan Other Area
Gambia Palau North Korea
Georgia Panama Palestine
Ghana

Which countries don’t need to apply for the Japan Tourist Visa?

If your passport is issued by any of the following countries then you don’t need a Tourist Visa to travel to Japan.

Brunei Australia Iceland
Indonesia New Zealand Ireland
Malaysia Israel Italy
Republic of Korea Turkey Latvia
Singapore United Arab Emirates Liechtenstein
Thailand Lesotho Lithuania
Hong Kong Mauritius Luxembourg
Macao Tunisia Malta
Taiwan Andorra Monaco
Canada Austria Netherlands
United States Belgium Norway
Argentina Bulgaria Poland
Bahamas Croatia Portugal
Barbados Cyprus Romania
Chile Czech Republic San Marino
Costa Rica Denmark Serbia
Dominican Republic Estonia Slovakia
El Salvador Finland Slovenia
Guatemala North Macedonia Spain
Honduras France Sweden
Mexico Germany Switzerland
Surinam Greece United Kingdom
Uruguay Hungary

Covid-19 requirements

If you come from a country where the variant of Omicron is dominant you will no longer need to do a test on arriving, self-quarantine, or avoid public transportation in Japan.

However, it is necessary to provide a valid COVID-19 certificate with your 3 completed doses from vaccines approved by the World Health Organization or a certificate of a negative result of COVID-19 taken 72 hours before your date trip to Japan.

Where can I find more information about the Japan Tourist Visa?

If you have questions about the services iVisa or our products, please get in touch with our customer service team or write to [email protected]. They will help you with any questions 24/7.

Required Documents to Apply
  • A valid passport.
  • Applicant’s photo.
Important Instructions
  • The Japan Tourist Visa is a travel document created for foreigners that want to visit the country for tourism purposes.

  • This travel document is a single-entry visa that is valid for 3 months.

  • With this Japan Tourist Visa you can stay in the country for 15 and up to 30 days.

  • With this visa you can not work, do cultural, municipal, or sports exchanges, do business activities or stay with your family or friends.

  • In some cases you will need to go through an interview to complete the process of your application.

  • At iVisa, we do all the paperwork for you and we assign you an iVisa Expert who is in charge of reviewing your application to be 100% government-compliant so that you can avoid rejections.

  • Once we submit your application, we will give you the next step details via email.

  • The required documents that you will need to apply for the single-entry Tourist Visa may vary depending on your nationality. Therefore, please check the FAQs below to get information about the country you are from.

  • Take into account that at the Japanese airport, the Immigration Officer will give you a Landing Permit to replace your Tourist Visa so you can enter Japan.

  • To enter Japan you will also need to be fully vaccinated (3 doses) against COVID-19 or present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before your trip.

  • Travelers are no longer required to prescribe their applications in the Entrants, Returns, and Follow-up Systems (ERFS).

  • The ERFS was a system that foreign travelers needed to get into to obtain an ERFS certificate to get a visa to visit Japan.

  • iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Please visit the FAQs below to learn more about the Japan Tourist Visa.

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The Japan Tourist Visa is an official travel document that is required if you want to visit Japan for tourism purposes. This visa is created exclusively for foreigners that want to do tourist and recreational activities in Japan.

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To apply for a Japan single-entry tourist visa, Chinese nationals living in certain European countries and Asian countries need the following documents:

  • Passport
  • 1 visa application form
  • 1 photo
  • Document to prove legal residency (residence permit, etc)
  • Confirmation slip, certificate, or another document to prove reservation of air or ship boarding ticket.
  • Documents to prove the ability to pay for travel expenses:
  • A certificate of income or a tax declaration certificate issued by a public agency.
  • Certificate deposit balance.
  • Travel itinerary:
  • Must be indicated Activity plan, accommodation, and contact number (travel brochures, and flyers also can be submitted)

The European and Asian countries that we refer to are the USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, UK, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Finland, France, Belgium, Portugal, Luxenberg, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau.

To apply for a Japan single-entry tourist visa, Russian nationals need the following documents:

  • 2 visa application forms
  • 2 photos
  • Passport
  • Documents to prove payment ability of travel expense
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Confirmation slip for airline reservations

If you are a college student or a graduate student from a university authorized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation or the Federal Subjects of Russia or that belongs to the Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Japan You will not need to prove that you’re able to pay for your trip. Instead, you will need to show certificates of your university identifications or certificates of graduation issued within the 3 years of your graduation.

If you’re applying with a tourist group you will need the following documents:

  • 2 visa application forms
  • 2 photos
  • Passport

Your Russian travel agency will also need to provide these documents:

  • List of tour participants
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Confirmation slip for airline reservation
  • Confirmation slip for accommodation
  • Materials to demonstrate that the tour is a group sightseeing tour
  • License of travel agency, issued by the Russian Federation or the government of Japan.
To apply for a Japan single-entry tourist visa, nationals from CIS countries and Georgia need the following documents:
  • 2 visa application forms
  • 2 photos
  • Passport
  • Documents to prove payment ability of travel expense
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Confirmation slip for airline reservations.
To apply for a Japan single-entry tourist visa, nationals from The Philippines need the following documents:
  • Valid Passport
  • Visa application form
  • 1Photo (PassportSize)
  • Birth Certificate(Note1)
  • Marriage certificate (Those already married only)
  • Documents to prove the relationship like photographs, letters, e-mail, international telephone call log, money (or goods), transmittal, etc.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to defray all the expenses while in Japan
  • A certificate of tax payment issued by a public agency
  • Certificate of deposit balance.
To apply for a Japan single-entry tourist visa, nationals from Vietnam need the following documents:
  • Passport
  • 1 Visa application form
  • 1 Photo
  • Confirmation slip/certificate/ /other documents to prove reservation of air(/ship) boarding ticket or Information on the planned schedule of flight (/cruise) with entry/departure date to/from Japan
  • Documents to prove the ability to pay for travel expenses:
  • A certificate of income or a tax declaration certificate issued by a public agency.
  • Certificate of deposit balance.
  • Travel Itinerary: Travel itinerary from a travel agency, Hotel Booking, Fliers, leaflets, etc.
If you’re not from any of the previous countries we mentioned, to apply for a Japan single-entry tourist visa you need the following documents:
  • Valid Passport
  • 1 Visa application form
  • 1 Photo (Passport Size)
  • Confirmation slip/certificate/ other documents to prove reservation of air(/ship) boarding ticket or Information on the planned schedule of flight (/cruise) with entry/departure date to/from Japan
  • Proof of sufficient funds to defray all the expenses while in Japan : ・A certificate of income or tax payment issued by a public agency ・Certificate of deposit balance
  • Travel Itinerary: ・Travelitinerary from a travel agency, Hotel Booking, Fliers, leaflets, etc.
  • Nationals from Indonesia, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, and Serbia are not required anymore to have an ICAO-compliant ePassport. If you don’t have this passport you don’t need to worry anymore but we still advise you to apply in advance for this visa to prevent complications at the airport.

  • Nationals from Barbados, Turkey, and Lesotho no longer need to have a Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) that meets the ICAO standards. We also advise you to apply in advance to prevent any rejection at the airport.

  • If you are from Hong Kong, you no longer need a Special Administrative Region (SAR) or British National Overseas (BNO) passport to visit Japan without a visa.

  • If you are from Macau, you also no longer need a Special Administrative Region (SAR) passport to travel to Japan.

  • If you are from Taiwan and you have a personal passport with an ID number it will be harder to make visa exemptions.

An ePassport that meets the ICAO standards has an IC chip that stores personal information from the traveler, including a digital image of the passport photograph. ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards has ePassport’s symbol on the front cover of the passport.

An MRP that meets the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards has certain individual information, which is able to be read by a computer, and entered on the identity page of the passport.

Japan, historically referred to as the land of the rising sun, is an incredibly diverse country. It is made up of a total of 6852 islands, though the 4 biggest islands make up about 97% of the total land area.

This means that the other 6848 islands go from medium to small, to tiny. Also, not all of these islands are inhabited. This country is so full of experiences that are different to anywhere else, that even using a Japanese toilet is something to tell people at home about.

Approximately 37 million people live in Tokyo. Japan is a year-round destination. Each season has its own charm and there are many things to see and do at any time of the year. Japan is famous for having both deep traditions and also being home to plenty of modern innovation. While there’s no better place to experience Japan’s futuristic side than Tokyo, to experience the beauty of traditional Japanese culture you’ll want to head away from the major cities and into the countryside.

Japan has one of the best rail services in the world. The trains in Japan are super-fast and comparatively affordable. Travelers can buy train tickets at touch screen vending machines, kiosks, travel agencies, and even online.

The Japan Rail Pass is also a great option for visitors who will be traveling to different cities across Japan in a short timeframe, as it is a multi-use discounted ticket valid on all JR national trains. The Japan Rail Pass can only be bought from outside Japan and it is only for tourists with a temporary visitor visa. Anyone with a longer stay visa (such as for work, study or if you are permanent resident) is not eligible.

The Japan Rail Pass can be purchased for either 7, 14, or 21 consecutive days. The days cannot be split up, or additional days added to the initial selection paid for. All of the main big cities in Japan have their own subway system. A ride costs close to 2 US dollars, depending on the length of the journey. If a visitor will be in the same city for multiple days and plans to ride the subway a lot, it is advisable to purchase a subway pass.

Japan is also known for having a fascinating and contrasting culture. Japan’s traditional culture dates back centuries, while Japan’s youth are developing new trends that are constantly pushing societal norms of what should be changed and what should remain the same. Teenagers have developed their own fashion styles with tons of variations, to the point where now you can wear anything you want in Japan.

However, there is only one thing that you should keep in mind. While visiting temples and shrines make sure to wear something that covers your shoulders and knees. Manners are very important in Japan.

Here are some etiquette issues to be aware of when visiting the country: Japanese greet each other by bowing. The depth of the bow ranges from a simple nod of the head (informal) to a deep bend at the waist (very formal). Don’t worry though, tourists are not expected to know bowing etiquette. Also, when entering a Japanese home, visitors are expected to remove their shoes. Often, restaurants and temples will also require you to remove your shoes.

Japanese cuisine is renowned around the world, and with good reason. Japanese cuisine is best known for its use of fresh ingredients and careful attention to technique. Tokyo is also known as the culinary capital of the world, as it has more 5 Michelin-star restaurants than any other city.

There are 6 sumo matches held each year. Three matches are held in Tokyo (January, May, and September) one in Osaka (March), one in Nagoya (July), and one in Fukuoka (November).

In Japan, there are more elders than children. The childbirth rate in Japan is declining more rapidly than in any other developed nation on Earth. It is also the country with the most vending machines in the world. There are thought to be more than 5 million vending machines across Japan, stocked with food, beverages, diapers, toys, and almost anything you can think of.