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Japan Passport / Visa Photo Requirements and Size
iVisa | 3 min read | Updated on Feb 19, 2024

When traveling to Japan, you’ll need to make sure your passport is ready to go; and this includes having a compliant Japan passport photo taken.

What are the passport photo dimensions and requirements for Japan?

Photo Specs

  • Size: 45mm x 35mm
  • Color: Must be in color.
  • Head size and position: From chin to forehead should be 32mm to 36mm. Centered and looking straight at the camera.
  • Recency: Taken in the last 6 months.
  • Background: Solid white only. No colors.
  • Smile: No smiling.
  • Eyes: Visible and open.
  • Glasses: Eyes must be in clear focus. No thick rims.
  • Headgear: None unless for religious reasons.
  • Dimensions and size (pixels): 600 dpi minimum.
  • Attire, clothing, dress code: None specified.
  • Beard: Optional
  • Quantity needed in application: 2.

Japan Passport Photo Size Requirements Guide

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Japan Passport Photo and Visa Photo Requirements, Rules, Guidelines, and Specifications

As you can see, quite a few specifications are required when considering a passport or visa photo. It’s not as simple as a quick selfie or snapshot from your last vacation. To give you an even better idea of what to expect, below is a magnified outline of requirements designated as the utmost importance to the Japanese government:

  • The photo size must be the exact measurement of 35mm by 45mm. When taking the picture, be sure your head is 32mm to 36mm from chin to forehead. Also, give a 2-6mm gap from the top of your head to the edge of the photo.
  • Use a neutral expression and avoid smiling. Keep your mouth closed and your eyes forward. This gives a true representation of your facial features.
  • No sunglasses or tinted lenses are allowed. If you wear prescription glasses, be sure the frames are not blocking your eyes.
  • All photos must be taken in the previous six months. Anything older could cause rejection and delay your passport or visa application.
  • Though a dress code isn’t specified, it’s advisable not to wear a white shirt as it will blend with the background. You want to be contrasted in the image and have a distinction from the background.
  • Keep lighting even. Simple concept but this small detail leads to many rejections. A photo underexposed, overexposed or casting shadows on the face is not acceptable. The photo must demonstrate your true skin tone.
  • All headwear, unless for religious reasons, cannot be worn. It must not block the face if worn for the acceptable reason mentioned.
  • Hair can worn down but needs to be off the face and forehead.
  • Be sure to be looking straight at the camera with shoulders squared off.

Rules and requirements for babies, infants, and newborns Passport and Visa photos

One extremely important detail about passports and visas is each child you plan to take on vacation outside Japan must have their own documents. This includes an individualized photo for each child. Taking photos of children, especially infants, can be tricky, however, we have a few tips and tricks for you:

  • Each child must be photographed separately. No one else is allowed in the image.
  • If an infant cannot sit up on their own or needs to be held, you can use a plain, white sheet or cloth to cover a car seat or hand. Either way, the background, a pair of hands or any other object cannot be seen.
  • The child’s eyes must be open. A few images may be needed before achieving this goal.
  • All regulations started above about the photo’s dimensions, lighting and other details apply.


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  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This app does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. For government source information, please visit our product pages.

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