Getting a Japan Tourist Visa: An FAQ for Filipinos

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Japan Philippines Tourist Visa

I had gotten a lot of questions in the comments section of my first Japan Visa post, so I thought I’d do a follow-up summarizing some of the most frequently asked questions in the previous blog entry.

Do I need a Visa to visit Japan?

Yes, you need a Visa to enter Japan.

Is there an interview for Japan Visa applicants?

No, there is no interview for Japan Visa applications; all you need to do is submit the required documents.

Do I really need to submit a Letter of Invitation?

If you are not on a package tour, or if you are not shouldering all your expenses for the trip, then yes — a Letter of Invitation is required from your Guarantor in Japan.

What is a Letter of Guarantee?

A Guarantee Letter, also known as a Mimoto Hoshousho, is required from your Japanese Guarantor to assure the Consuls Office that some or all of your expenses while in Japan will be handled by him or her.

Alongside the Guarantee Letter, a Certificate of Income or Shotoku Shoumeisho, an Income Tax Return or Nouzei Shomeisho, and a Certificate of Bank Deposit or Yokin Zandaka Shoumeisho is also required from your Japanese Guarantor.

Do I really need to submit an ITR?

If you are employed or run a business in the Philippines, you are required to submit your Income Tax Return. Your ITR will be proof that you are earning enough to cover all your expenses while in Japan, as well as assure the Consuls Office that you will be returning to the Philippines once your fifteen days are up.

What is a Bank Certificate/Certificate of Deposit?

A Certificate of Deposit is a document you can request from your bank to indicate the amount deposited in your savings account. The suggested minimum amount of “show-money” is PhP 100,000 per single visa application.

The Japan Consuls Office uses the Bank Certificate in place of the Letter of Guarantee if you intend to shoulder all your expenses during your trip to Japan.

What other supporting documents can I submit to improve my chances of getting a Visa?

If you are a student, a Certificate of Enrollment from your school will help immensely. If you are already working, an Employment Certificate stating your position, your annual income, and your length of service to the company will also be very useful.

My boyfriend/fiance is Japanese/American/European/Australian and has assured me that he will handle all my expenses — do I still need to apply for a visa?

Yes — because you are not yet married to your Japanese boyfriend and are not included in his Family Registry or Koseiki Touhon, you will still have to apply for a regular Tourist Visa following all the required steps by the Japanese Embassy.

As for ladies with European, American, and Australian boyfriends (who are allowed visa-free entry to Japan for up to ninety days) — because you carry a Philippine passport you are still required to apply for a Tourist Visa, likewise following all the necessary steps indicated.

I am a Filipino working abroad and I plan to visit Japan– do I still need to apply for a visa?

Regardless of your Permanent Resident status or your valid Work Permit for a foreign country other than Japan, as long as you are carrying a Philippine passport you still need to apply for a Tourist Visa.

You can, however, apply for a Visa at the Japanese Embassy of your present location, and do not need to apply from the Japanese Embassy in Manila.

I plan to look for work in Japan — can I get a Work Visa even if I am not yet employed by a Japan-based company?

The Consuls Office does not issue Work Visas if you are not yet employed by a Japan-based company; many of the requirements and steps necessary to get a Work Visa are initiated by your employer and not you.

If you apply for a Tourist Visa and then enter the country with intention to find work, you are essentially an illegal alien and if caught, will be prosecuted to the full extent of Japanese law and deported back to the Philippines posthaste.

How much and how long will it take to process my application?

Direct application to the Embassy is strictly not allowed; you must apply via an accredited travel agent. Your visa, if granted, is free; however, you have to pay your travel agent a processing fee of about PhP 2500 depending on their rates.

It takes three to five business days to process applications; take note that the Consul does not accept applications during Wednesdays. To know the status of your application, get in touch with the travel agent who applied on your behalf, three to five business days after you have submitted all your requirements to them.

Why was my application denied?

The Consulate of Japan never discloses the reason for denying your visa application. If your application has been denied for any reason whatsoever, you need to wait another six months before you can apply again.

So this is everything I know about applying for a Tourist Visa to Japan, based on personal experience and a bit of research. Please take note that there may be mistakes and inaccuracies, as I am neither a travel agent nor an an employee of the Consulate of Japan.

If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to leave them in the comments box, and I’ll try to answer them to the best of my knowledge :)

Please note that this is a summary of our experience in applying for a Japanese visa. Mileage may vary with each individual. For more tips, you can also read How to Get A Japanese Tourist Visa in 24 Hours, How to Get a Japan Visa in Three Days, Getting a Japan Tourist Visa: An FAQ for Filipinos, and Tips on Obtaining a Japan Tourist Visa.

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216 Responses to Getting a Japan Tourist Visa: An FAQ for Filipinos

  1. Sese says:

    Thanks for the info!

  2. lol hope you’ll find these tips useful someday <3

  3. Kat says:

    Thanks! Still planning that trip but at least now, it’s a lot clearer for me what to do for the requirements. You truly deserve the PBA award :D

  4. “You truly deserve the PBA award :D”

    lol anuvah @kat — you guys flatter me too much ^^;; anuway, thanks! and i hope you find this info useful for your future trips :)

  5. Romeo says:

    By golly! Policies for a Visa application has certainly changed. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. lol and they get even more complicated over time; why that is IDEK >.>

  7. Romeo says:

    Regardless how strict those guidelines are, I guess there are still quite a serious number of tourists waltzing into Japan…they’re just that awesome.

  8. Faye says:

    Hi! I’d just like to ask if those letters and certificates from the guarantor should be in English or Japanese? Does it matter? Our guarantor is my Dad, he’s Japanese. And I’m not really sure if he can do it in English, LOL. And about the “show money”, there will be six of us who’s gonna be flying there for the holidays, should my Dad at least show 600,000? Thank you very much in advance and for the info., this is a really big help. :)

  9. Jadyn says:

    thanks for the info!=)

  10. hazel says:

    my tourist visa was denied and my auntie really needed me their i stop file a leave of absence in my school just to be their but then i was denied?my application was now in tokyo they were working for it. it was not yet 6 months?do japan embassy will make an consideration of it??because i already have my plane ticket and the family of my auntie needed very much.

    hope you can help me:)

    • gimme a sec to fix your post, okay? your lack of proper grammar is confusing me, and i really have no idea where to start answering your questions if i don’t understand them >.>

      my tourist visa was denied and my auntie really needs me there. i filed a leave of absence with my school just to be there but i was still denied. my application is now in tokyo and they are working on it. it has not yet 6 been months. will the japan embassy consider it? because i already have my plane ticket and the family of my auntie needs me very much.

      hope you can help me :) tnx!!!

      like i keep mentioning, it is up to the consul’s office to approve or deny your application — just because you applied for a visa with a complete set of documents, it does not mean that you’ll get a visa 100% of the time.

      and yes, you need to wait six months in between applications if you have been denied the first time. the only exception is if you are applying for two different types of visas.

      for example, if you applied for a tourist visa but was denied, you can apply for a business visa at your company’s behest without waiting another six months. hope that clears some things up!

  11. bar says:


    I have no friends/relatives living in Japan(aka no guarantor) does that mean that in order to acquire a tourist visa my only option is to opt for those travel package tours?

    • that’s the more secure option, yes — but if you’d like to go it alone you can still do so :) however, i suggest that you present solid proof that: 1) you are financially capable of covering all the costs of your trip; and 2) you fully intend to come back to the philippines once your fifteen days are up. good luck with the application!

  12. bar says:

    wait, wouldn’t the agency reject my application since by not having a guarantor i wouldn’t be able to gather all my requirements such as: Invitation Letter from Guarantor in Japan and Guarantee Letter

  13. the LETTER OF GUARANTEE is only for applicants who will be having part of or all of their travel expenses shouldered by another person.

    if you are paying your way, you can simply provide the consul’s office with your form 2316, your CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT from your bank/s, and other proofs of good financial standing such as a CERTIFICATE OF EMPLOYMENT from your current workplace.

  14. bar says:

    Thanks Rose :) I blame these agency sites though, badly made, not enough information, well atleast you’re there :) thanks again.

  15. hazel says:

    oh!im so sorry! but how can i apply business visa?without waiting for 6 months? and where can i apply for it?and what are the requirements?

  16. instructions on applying for a business visa can be found here. please note that you have to be currently employed with a japanese company or a multinational corporation and are being sent to japan on official business to qualify for this type of visa. good luck!

  17. rose vida says:

    my mom, who is a US citizen wants me to accompany her to japan. will it increase my chances of getting the visa if, aside from the letter of invitation from japan, my mom will also give her letter of invitation and support?

    • yes — if your mom can provide you with documentation stating that she will be covering all your expenses plus a certificate of deposit from her bank in the US, that will improve your chances. oh, and to further better your chances, ask her to provide you a letter signifying that you are indeed her daughter despite the fact you bear different passports, plus a photocopy (or print out of a hi-res scan) of her US passport and green card. it’s better to provide them with too much documentation than too little. good luck!

  18. hazel says:

    thank you rose:) wish me luck:)godbless!!!

  19. Joanna says:

    Hi. you mentioned in another post that previous travel experiences (with passport stamps and visas) could also help in the application. Shall i just photocopy those info? or do i have to provide my previous passports as well? thanks

    • they’ll take a look at the stamps in your current passport for previous travel. as for your expired passports, unless they are used JAPAN, US, CANADA, EURO, or AU visas then there’s probably no need to provide photocopies of those.

  20. Joanna says:

    thanks. yup i have a UK visa in my expired passport as well as my current one.

  21. if that’s the case then go ahead and photocopy the inside of the cover (with the actual passport details) plus the page with your used UK visa on it.

  22. seraph says:

    hi, i asked the same thing in your other article but i thought it would be good to post it here too :P
    it was nice reading your articles. I am a college student who has a Japanese friend willing to cover for my accommodation in Japan for 1 week only. Do i still have to provide bank certificates? ITRs and such? I do not work (as I said, I am still a student). If I need a bank certificate, how much should it contain given my age? I have a US visa, and a Saudi Arabian Visa, and 4 passports with plenty of travel stamps. Will that help? Should I still bring certificate of enrollment? My japanese friend is here in the Philippines, will it help if she comes with me to apply? Sorry for the plenty questions, I do not want my application to be denied since my friend already booked me a roundtrip ticket. I will be waiting for your reply! :)

    btw my US and Saudi Arabian visas are in passports that have expired, but the visas themselves have not. shall i just photocopy them? because if i bring all my passports they might not bother to look at all the others. (i know you mentioned this already, i am just clarifying)

    • hi and thanks for dropping by. your questions have already been answered in the comments page in this older post so it would be better if you read through all those first before asking again — thanks.

      but to summarize: 1) your friend needs to make out a letter of guarantee described in this post since all you expenses will be handled by him or her; 2) the ITR and bank certificate is only needed if you are employed and if you are paying your way throughout your entire trip; 3) the recommended amount on your certificate of deposit is PhP 100,000 per person applying; 4) you may photocopy your old passports and any previous visas granted to you to support your application — actually, it will be a massive help so i encourage you to do that; 5) since you are a student, a certificate of enrollment will also help; and lastly 6) all applications have to go through an accredited travel agent as no personal applications will be entertained at the embassy.

      good luck with your application, and please refrain from spamming the comments box — thanks!

  23. seraph says:

    do you recommend any good travel agents?

  24. Ana says:


    I would like to ask if my friend will provide me a guarantee letter and all other requirements from his side, do I still need to provide my ITR and bank certificate? He won’t be shouldering all my expenses though and I’m currently employed.


    • since you are employed, your form 2316 is required (meaning, it is not optional). as for the bank certificate, since you have a letter of guarantee, it is optional — but i still strongly suggest that you produce one as it may help your application. good luck!

  25. Ana says:

    follow-up question, if I would provide my bank certificate is it okay if it’s not Php100,000? What should be the minimum amount in this case?

    thanks so much!

    • sorry, i have no experience with making an application with less that PhP 100,000; you’ll have to ask an accredited travel agent to advise you on this.

  26. jolene says:

    I would like to get ur fiance is an american working as an English teacher in Japan..after he spends the holiday here in the philippines.we decided that he wants me to go there and visit him..our original plan is i will just visit him for 2 weeks..but since we got engaged this december were planning on getting married (were not yet decided if here in the phils or there in japan) if my visa gets approved and we get married there i can stay there with him since he has all the legal working papers.. ive been contacting rajah they are helpful but when it comes to financial aspect they are kinda play safe in answering its like they will just say it depends..(thanks for ur really helps) they also told me that the length of stay that the embassy will give you is only what you’ve requested but since tourist visa can be extended up to 3 months..and if i was approved for 1 month and would still like to extend we can just do it in japan now for me to have the tourist visa approved what do you think? should i file it for 2 weeks or 1 month? whats the better chance of getting my tourist visa approved? this visa means a lot to me..its just not a matter of me wanting to go to Japan, but of course i want to be with my fiance :-) please help :-)

  27. uh that’s a lot to take in all at once, so i’ll just answer you with what i know.

    1) you have to apply for a standard tourist visa as a fiance because you are not yet married, and you are not yet carrying a US passport (i am assuming your future husband will be applying a green card on your behalf).

    2) standard tourist visas are 15 days. there are extensions up to 90 days but those are very special circumstances granted mainly to foreign diplomats, high-ranking political figures, and intercultural exchange ambassadors. you’ll stand a better chance of getting approve by simply applying for the 15 day visa.

    3) as for staying on as a spouse, sorry but i have no idea about the paperwork that goes into that as i’ve had no personal experience that. you and your future husband will probably have to talk to someone from the local city hall for that.

  28. jolene says:

    thanks ;-)

  29. no worries — good luck :)

  30. jolene says:

    i have another question what if the tourist visa was granted for 15days and when i get to japan they didnt grant me extension when i get back to the Phils after 15days, when can i reapply for another tourist visa? is there a limit? or should i apply again next year? how many times can we go to japan in a year? any idea? thanks again :-)

  31. yes, you may reapply as soon as you’ve arrived back home in manila. the 6-month application limit only applies to individuals who were denied in the first place.

  32. jolene says:

    thank you so much :-)

  33. Bman says:

    Hi, my sister in law has applied for her Japanese visa through one of the “accredited Agencies”. She applied for the visa with the Japanese Cert. of Eligibility. However it has been almost three weeks with no notification from the Japanese Embassy. Do you think there is reason to be concerned yet?

    • the embassy will not be notifying you directly if your application has been approved or not — you should get in touch with your travel agent to ask about results.

      results are usually out in three to five working days after the application has been sent (provided that the required documents are complete) but since it’s been three weeks, they might need you to submit additional documents, or the application has been turned down.

      lastly, if there was a certificate of eligibility issued by the japanese ministry of culture or ministry of education, shouldn’t she have applied directly to the embassy as instructed here? do keep in mind that the “certificate of eligibility” is vastly different from the “letter of guarantee”.

      good luck!

  34. jolene says:


    Its me again. I just have another question for you. Tomorrow my fiance (American working in Japan as an english teacher) will gather all the requirements needed for my tourist visa, including bank certificate (since he will be paid tomorrow) he will only be getting like 160,000 yen for this month.Based on your recommended amount of money of 100,000 pesos of course its not enough. But i also have 115,000 pesos on my own savings account and ITR and Certificate of Employment. Do you think that will be enough though he will act as my guarantor? or Should we wait for his pay next month so he can present bigger amount of money on his bank certificate? any suggestions or recommendation?


  35. hi jolene. if you include your own certificate of deposit on top of your fiance’s than you should be in good shape. good luck!

  36. jolene says:

    Thank you so much rose. Your blog really helps a lot. i really wish that i would get approved :-). by the way good job with what you post on your other blog related to this (not replying to those who post comments using txt lingo or whatever you call it) i love reading your blog but when i get to those types of comments, it really gives me headache haha how much more on your part since you’re the one replying to it :-) anyways i’m excited to read more of your informative blogs. Belated happy hearts day :-)

  37. no worries — have a happy and prosperous lunar new year!

  38. Francesca says:

    I have one question…My brother is in japan right now and hes married with a japanese,he wants to invite me there for a tourist visa,i just want to know if im required to get ITR and bank certificate?Pls.reply thanks!

  39. bianca says:

    what if i dont have work right now and one of my relatives want to get me to visit in japan. what would be my requirements for that? Do I need any certificates from school?

  40. your relatives will probably have to issue you a letter of guarantee on top of your invitation since you are not currently employed. please ask for the advice of a certified travel agent to work out your visa application.

  41. anne says:

    an update for the sake of everybody!!

    kakakuha ko lang ng visa ko ngayong araw.

    para lang sa kaalaman ng iba, na baka may similar situation,

    ito ako:
    female student
    may dating student visa

    nag apply ako nung isang buwan for tourist visa with the ff docs:
    invitation from filipina spouse, PR
    guarantor letter from husband, JAP
    koseki tohon
    nouzei shoumeisho pareho
    kazei shoumeisho pareho
    return ticket
    school ids ko here and japan

    and after 3 working days, hiningan ako ng additional bank certificate ko.

    wala ako ng sarili ko so sa kapatid ko na lang. ginawa ko na lang guarantor #2

    i submitted the ff after 2 weeks:
    explanation letter
    my certificate of enrolment
    new guarantee letter
    birth certificate ng kapatid
    bank certificate ng kapatid
    certificate of employment ng kapatid
    passport copy ng kapatid
    id copy ng kapatid

    after 3 days, meaning today, approved ang tourist visa ko.

    hope this will help someone. :)

  42. cc says:

    i understand that the visa is good for 15 days in japan. however, how long does the visa last? can i apply now for travel in march 2011?


  43. silencio88 says:

    Hi! I appreciate your efforts in posting tips and FAQs such as these. They’re really helpful for people like us who intend to travel someday. :) I just have a question, and I hope you can answer them even to a certain extent:

    Money in savings account = readily withdrawable money, right? Currently, my savings account doesn’t have much money in it. If ever it reaches over and above a certain threshold, I place the excess in another SDA (special deposit account) which currently has a little over 100K. However, the money is only “withdrawable” once a month, and at a certain date. Will this be enough as “show money?” In addition to that, I’m intending to open up a US dollar account. Can they take that into consideration as well?

    Sorry if the question seems long. T_T But thanks in advance for reading and answering it. :)

    • if your bank makes out a certificate of deposit to include the amount you put away in your SDA (i assume this is something like BPI’s Save-Up program) then i suppose that should do just fine :) and yes, having a dollar savings account will help your application — it can function as additional documentation of your ties to the philippines and your intent to return. good luck with your application!

  44. holy crap…. kelangan kong maging Manager Level to afford going there first…. AMP (I plan to bring along a translator…. I still nosebleed y’know)

  45. lol you don’t really need a translator if you intend to stay in the huge cities like tokyo and osaka — most of the signs already have english translations :)

  46. Vivi says:

    I got my visa and I find it sooo cute! I know, I’m weird. I think that having a previous japanese visa helped me get one as well as my “tour-mates” get theirs. =) ours got granted in just one day. :) here’s my visa =) I find it so cute that they incorporate sakura holograms in it :) I hope that the others get theirs too!

    • congratulations vivi! quick warning though — block out all the long number sequences on your visa in the photos. talented counterfeiters can make fake visas by using the number series issued to you, causing your visa to be invalidated and ruining your travel plans. better safe than sorry :)

  47. Vivi says:

    gee! thanks!! will do that asap!!

  48. Vivi says:

    I blocked them all out! Whew! thanks for that!!! I hope I didn’t miss out anything! Thank you thank you!

  49. lnm says:

    The embassy website clearly says they do not disclose the reason for the denial, so let me not bother you with what all I submitted etc. Can you or perhaps someone whose visa request has been denied tell me this, –> does the embassy, at the least send a note saying the visa has been denied ? <– . or is the only way to determine this is to check the passport ? If there is no visa, then it means its been denied ?

    • There is no official notice or explanation — when you claim your passport and there is no visa attached, that pretty much means your application has been denied.

  50. Denise Nicole says:

    Hello there!

    I’m Denise and I’m still 15years old. I wanna go to Japan but I don’t know how to get a tourist visa. Can you help me?

    I am a green card holder po. Do I need to have the visa? If ever, yes. How? thanks! ;)

    • hi denise — sorry but i am not familiar with the visa process for permanent residents of foreign countries who still hold philippine passports. afaik you still have to apply for a visa; please consult with a travel agent for more details.

  51. Denise Nicole says:

    Thanks po! ;) But I still have to have the “show money”? I’m still minor. Right? Can I use my mother’s account? (:

  52. yes, you can use your mum’s account — all she has to do is create a document stating that she will be covering your expenses with the money she has indicated on the certificate of deposit :)

  53. Denise Nicole says:

    thank you po for answering my questions! God bless you :)

  54. no worries — good luck with your visa! :)

  55. joy says:

    hi,i have a filipino boyfriend in japan he is only a contract worker and he wants me to visit him there.I am an landed immigrant of canada but not yet a i need to apply a tourist visa?

    • if you still hold a philippine passport you will still have to apply for a visa despite being a canadian immigrant. please get in touch with your local japanese embassy to sort out the detials. thanks!

  56. jayne says:

    Hello Rose,
    Got a situation here, my fiancee and i are planning to get married in Philippines, he is an American citizen working in Japan and he wants me to go with him after the wedding in July. What are the necessary things to be done, like documents, or do I still need a tourist visa?

    Thanx a lot

    • hi jayne — as long as you still hold a philippine passport you need to apply for a tourist visa for a fifteen day holiday. now, if your future husband intends for you to live with him in japan, you’ll need to sort things out with an immigration expert since that will require a great deal more preparation. good luck!

  57. jayne says:

    Thanks a ton Rose..:)

  58. Regine Andresio says:

    hello:)how can i go to japan?how can i get a tourist visa?where i could see my long time friend in Akihabara.I will just stay for just a week.Can anyone know how to do this?thanks:)

  59. cherrystar says:

    this post is really helpful. thank you!
    i have a couple of questions, do we need to book flights first before applying for visa? because they’re already asking in the application form your flight number and the date of arrival and departure.

    another is, my mother is shouldering all our expenses and her passport doesn’t require her a visa anymore. what do i replace with the Bank certificate and such? Thank you in advance! :)

    • yes, it is recommended that you have already booked your flight prior to application. sometimes they do grant visas without an airline ticket, but this is very very rare.

      since your mum is paying for your trip, she should issue a letter stating that she intends to pay for all your travel expenses, as well as furnish documents that prove your relationship (your birth certificate, for example), and lastly — a certificate of deposit for all her bank accounts to back up the claim.

      good luck with your application!

  60. cherrystar says:

    wow. quick response! thank you for answering!
    follow up question, if ever we failed to get visa (which i hope won’t happen) what will happen to our booked flights? i’m planning to book flights on cebu pacific. can we cancel it? will we be able to get our money back? i know this question is a bit silly. it’s my first time. i’m asking you just in case you have knowledge concerning this. thank you soooooo much! :)

  61. you can cancel flights on CEBU PACIFIC only if they are regular tickets and not promo fares (the cash credits can be used for other tickets, or wired back to your credit card). if you are unable to use promo fare tickets they’re unfortunately as good as gone :( sorry but that’s the way budget airlines work ^^;;

  62. cherrystar says:

    you’re really helpful! i love you! thank you super much! :) i’ll drop by again if i have more questions, if it’s okay.^^

  63. cherrystar says:

    i’ve got another question ms. rose.
    is this “a letter stating that she intends to pay for all your travel expenses” what they call “notarized affidavit of support” that looks like this or is it the letter of guarantee that looks like this because when i asked UHI, they said i need to submit an affidavit of support but i think it’s only for students. i’m only applying for a tourist visa.

  64. cherrystar says:

    one more thing, i am still confused. the friend in japan we will be visiting there will not shoulder our expenses, my mom will. so does the friend in japan still have to provide us with letter of guarantee (plus the bank certificates etc.) or my mom is the one who’ll be providing the letter of guarantee (plus the bank certificates etc.)? the friend in japan will only let us stay in her house during our stay there.

    i super appreciate your response.
    thank you so much miss rose. :)

  65. okay, from what i understand, you wish to apply for a tourist visa with your mom paying for all your expenses. what you need to do now is to get your mom to submit as much financial documentation as she can — bank certificates, photocopies of credit cards, etc., as well as a letter stating that she will be covering for all your expenses while you are in japaan.

    since your mom will be shouldering all your expenses, you do not need to ask for a guarantee letter from a japanese national. as long as your personal documents are in order, you do not need a japanese guarantor nor letter of guarantee. good luck with your application!

  66. cherrystar says:

    you’re an angel! thank you very much! :)

  67. diane says:

    Hi I have a problem with my birth certificate.

    My birth certificate was registered twice. And so I already processed for the cancellation of the first one (which is erroneous). Unfortunately, NSO did not finish processing this. Hence, they cannot give a copy in SECPA Paper.

    Will the certified true copy from the LCR suffice?

  68. Loraine Totanes says:

    meron akong half japanese Akira Totanes Watanabe his going 5years on dec 24.i ned helf para mapuntahan ang papa nya s nagoya.kaso d ko alam kng pano.wl akong alam n lalapitan pr makakuha ng visa!please send me a message kng sino pwedeng lapitan!thank very much!

    • meron akong half japanese son. his name is Akira Totanes Watanabe and he is going to be 5 years old on dec 24. i need help para mapuntahan ang papa nya sa nagoya. kaso di ko alam kng pano. wala akong alam na lalapitan para makakuha ng visa! please send me a message kng sino pwedeng lapitan! thank very much!

      you can approach an accredited travel agent to apply for a visa. everything you need to know is already here on this page, as well as this one:

  69. cherrystar says:

    hello rose! i’m back again to ask another question. :)

    does the itinerary have to be strictly followed? for example, we passed the requirements with the itinerary that we’ll be staying in a hotel. but later after we got our visa, we decided to stay in a friend’s house and canceled our hotel booking. is that possible? will we be sued by the Japanese Gov’t or something?

    thank you as always! ;)

  70. you can design a day by day itinerary that does not have to specify a lot of things so you can be flexible. for example: DAY 1 — SIGHTSEEING IN OSAKA, DAY 2 — SIGHTSEEING IN KYOTO, DAY 3 — SIGHTSEEING IN NARA, etc.

  71. cherrystar says:

    but the sample itinerary for tourist visa provided the accommodation address plus the contact person. so is it alright not to include those details?

  72. there is no need to volunteer the information regarding your change of hotels if your original itinerary has been accepted. just follow the name of the hotel and their phone number for the contact details while being interrogated by japan immigration. you can always say to the immigration officer that the rooms you booked were canceled at the last minute so you were forced to look for alternatives: i.e. your friend’s house.

    next time please make sure that all your trip details (flights, accommodations, etc.) are in order before you apply for a visa. making plenty of sudden changes to your itinerary may cast doubt over your application, and the consuls office may consider this as grounds to deny you a tourist visa.

  73. yang says:

    this post is really informative. I just want to ask about our situation. there will be 4 of us traveling to Japan for 6 days, but 2 of them will be going home at day 4..takas lang kasi sa work here in the Phils. scheduled leave was not approved by their managers. Is it possible for them to go home early? Or the four of us should travel back home?

    thanks in advance ms. rose.

    • yes, you may apply together for your tourist visas even if you have different itineraries. ang mangyayari kasi e lahat kayo fifteen days ang makukuha ninyong visa at hindi niyo kelangan ubusin lahat yun nang isang pasada — the members of your party may leave on the 4th day or the 6th day as scheduled.

      isang pahabol lang: kapag gamit na yung visa kahit di pa ubos yung “bala” (kunyari apat na araw lang ang nagamit sa kinse na laman ng visa), hindi na pwedeng gamiting yung natitirang araw para sa isa pang dalaw, at kelangan kumuha ng panibagong visa kung may balak kayong bumalik :)

  74. yang says:

    hello. it’s me again.

    tanong ko lang po. paano po mangyayari sa ticket date pauwi nung dalawa kong kasama? maaari bang magpabago nang date pauwi dun na mismo sa japan airport?

    • you will have to contact your airline or your travel agent to get the ticket rebooked. only your airline can make arrangements for flight changes, the airport administration cannot do that for you.

  75. yang says:

    thanks po sa mga replies.

    may I also ask. is it necessary to have a ready itinerary when you visit a travel agency?

  76. botz says:

    Hi, I’ve been to Japan last May 2010, I really want to thank you for the information I read this before applying. Thank you very much. ^____^

    But I wanted to go back this September (i desperately want to watch a concert lol), is it possible for me to be granted another tourist visa within the year?

    • yes, you may apply again. you may apply for as many tourist visas as you need in a year, but you can only apply for one each time you leave. have fun and good luck!

  77. cherrystar says:

    if you’re traveling without any tour guides or japanese friends, what will you write in the CONTACT column of the Schedule of Stay?

  78. you may include your own contact details: input your roaming-activated mobile phone number and your personal e-mail, etc.

  79. A says:

    Hi magnetic rose,

    I really love how you complied information about getting Japan Visa. But I have still some few questions to ask :)

    Can I still apply for Visa even if I don’t have 100K in my account? My dollar account only have $1K+. I worry too much afraid of getting denied lol. I plan to visit Japan as my boyfriend works there.

    I’m a traveler by the way, but I love traveling to Philippines lol, and I’ve only been to Singapore and Macau. Do you think those stamps are enough?

    I appreciate if you have any suggestions! :D

    Thank you so much and I will visit this blog post again to check for your reply ;)


    • a USD account works in your favor, even if it falls below the recommended amount (but i’d still try to reach it if i were you to better your chances of getting approved). you already have two stamps in your passport which is good, but if you can try to squeeze in one or two more trips overseas before your japan holiday just to be sure. good luck!

  80. A says:

    Thank a bunch magnetic rose! I plan to visit asian countries to make sure I got in one click. ;) Again, thank you :D

  81. mika says:

    elow poh! i have 300,000 in my account gusto ko sanang pumunta ng japan as a tourist for 1 week lang..mangangailangan parin ba nang garantor eh wala akong kakilala sa japan?gusto kulang talagang pumunta don kc pangarap ko talagang makapunta ng japan..

    • you can apply for a tourist visa even without a guarantor, as long as you fulfill all the requirements such as furnishing a copy of your ITR, your bank certificates, etc. and filing your application with an accredited tourist agency.

  82. kates says:

    hello po,gusto ko po sanang magtanong about sa case ng friend kong japanese here in japan.2007 nakilala po nya ang filipino friend nya,na lagi po daw syang ipinapasyal sa twing bumibisita sya ng pilipinas,marami silang old and new picture.ask ko lan po kung my chance po ba na mainvite nya yung friend nyang pilipino as tourist here japan.slamat po na marami

    • photos signifying proof of relationship are not the main document considered when applying for a visa; even if you have plenty of photos but no documents, your visa application will be denied.

      the letter of invitation, letter of guarantee, proof of income, and other japanese documents issued by the japanese guarantor on behalf of the filipino invitee are more important for the consul than mere photos. please check above post again for the complete list. thanks.

  83. nada says:

    hi…i’m planning to go to japan for a week.completed all of my papers and i’m going to submit it to accredited agency…i don’t have a guarantor but i know it’s possible now…the only problem is,i just recently got my passport,and i haven’t went to abroad or anything,so i don’t have a previous travel visa stamped on my passport.Do you think it’s still okay?It’s going to be my first time to apply a tourist visa abroad.But I’ve saved enough for my travel in japan.
    Thanks a lot….more power.

  84. nada says:

    magnetic rose,if i could just post this…
    hey botz…I’ve read your post here.You said you’re going to a concert this september?Is that the NEWS concert?
    I’m going there too!That is…If they’ll approved my visa.
    See you at Tokyo Dome!(crosses fingers!)

  85. @nada travel history carries a lot of weight with visa applications. yeah, you can go ahead and apply for a visa with a blank passport, but your chances of getting approved are slim at best.

  86. mika says:

    hello gud pm! magnetic_rose..talagang pwede lang ba kahit wala akong sponsor or garantor 1 week lang naman talaga ako don! pls help me naman ohh…kung ano ang mga kailangan at dapat kung gawin..gustong gusto ko talagang pumunta don…pls pls pls

  87. mika says:

    yun lang talaga ang problema ko wala akong sponsor or garantor yun lang talaga!! may 300,000 ako sa bank ko.. at kukuha ko lang nang passport ko..and my next step is to get visa kaso yan talaga ang malaki kung problema natatakot kasi ako pag nag apply ako nang visa para japan di ako ma aprobahan..pls help me magnetic rose..sorry talaga if naka isturbo ako sayo..

  88. mika says:

    i mean kakukuha ko lang nang passport……..

  89. mika sinagot na kita dati pa — ang sabi ko pwede kang mag apply ng tourist visa kahit walang guarantor kung kumpleto ka ng papeles.

    wag po sana tayong makulit. at kahit na magpumilit ka sa akin hindi kita matutulungan kasi hindi naman ako ang consul na namimigay ng visa.

  90. Tehcila says:

    Hi it’s me again :-)

    Somebody told me kasi that me & my husband have a slimmer chance of getting a visa if kami lang dalawa… is this true?

    also, just want to inquire if it’s okay to submit a bank certificate na joint account kami ni hubby. I have my own account too under my name, can hubby attach this also to his application?

    Thanks in advance!

  91. the number of people applying as a group has no bearing on the approval.

    there are even instances of some people in a large tour group getting approved while others are not, so it is not true that the more members in a tour group the better the chances of getting approved.

    you may submit your joint account certificate, but it is also a good idea to include your own. financial documentation is a key factor in getting your visa application approved. good luck!

  92. Tehcila says:

    another thing po : I have my own account too under my name, can hubby attach this also to his application?


  93. only minors are allowed to use financial documentation made out in other people’s name. unlike the joint account certificate that bears his name, your husband cannot use your personal account’s certificate because it has your name listed down and not his.

  94. lorie says:

    helo, ask lang ako… may auntie kasi ako sa japan… married sya before sa japanese man tapos nag divorced na po sila.. so single na po auntie ko uli pero may permanent visa na po sya.. then she want me to go in japan by petetion… pero may prob. kasi di pa sya regular sa work nya… kasi require din daw yun.. so she decide na tourist visa nalang daw…ok lang ba yun? can i still get tourist visa? or petention? sorry for wrong grammar.. hope u

    • yes, it is important that your guarantor in japan have a regular job and a large income — even for just a tourist visa, so i’m afraid that your aunt petitioning for you to stay in japan to become a permanent resident is even more impossible.

  95. jm says:

    is there a greated likelihood of japanese visa approval for me? i’ve travelled in other asian countries and issued me a chinese visa before, do you think this would help me geta japanese visa approval?

    • as far as i know, only schengen, US, aussie, and japan visas are given extra consideration by the consuls office when applying for a japanese visa…

  96. cherrystar says:

    Hi rose!

    If the agency told you, “kindly pick up your passport at our office” does that mean your application is accepted?

    I’m sorry I’m just too excited/nervous because we’ll be getting our passports tomorrow at the agency and I’m not getting any response from them.

    Thank you!

  97. no — it just means that you need to pick up your passport at the agency. once you claim it, check inside if the visa is already affixed.

    if none can be found, it means that your application has been rejected. you need to wait six months before you can apply again.

  98. jennifer says:


    • first of all, please do not type in all-caps; typing in all-caps is like shouting online. second of all, i am not the one making the decision to approve or deny applications — that’s the job of the consul.

      third, the consul puts more weight on government-issued personal documents and financial certificates issued by the bank than personal photographs, letters, and other easily-faked “proof” so you should concentrate on more on getting your docs together than stressing over photos.

      lastly, while i can give advise on how to increase your chances of getting approved, if the consul decides to deny you a visa that’s pretty much it, and no amount of POH ATEH POH PLZZZ OMG!!!! will change that. good luck with your application.

  99. jennifer says:


  100. princesz says:

    sorry naman po ate ! sorry kung capslock ! ano po sa tingin niyo po ? may chances po ba ako makapasa ? may show money naman po eeh almost 1million po? tapos kompleto po lahat. baka ma deny pa po ako nun. pasensiya na po. sorry po. picture lang po ang wala talaga kame.

  101. princesz says:

    tsaka po pwede po pakitagalog na lang po hehe nosebleed po para mas malinaw ko po maintindihan sensiya na po ma’am ? tingin niyo po may chances ako makapasa ? almost 1million po pang show money niya saken ? tsaka kompleto picture lang po ang wala. sana di ma deny kasi lahat naman po requirements sinunod po namin ang hirap lang po isipin baket po madedeny po diba???? ayon sana nga makapasa po ako !

    • okay, sasagutin kita sa tagalog, pero pag may susunod ka pang comment na paulit ulit lang ang sinasabi spam na yun at mapipilitan akong i-block ka sa site ko.

      ang sabi ko sa dati kong comment e hindi ako ang nagbibigay ng visa kaya kahit mag PLZZZZ ka at mag ATEH POW ka sa kin wala akong magagawa, wala sa akin ang desisyon. pangalawa, masmahalaga ang mga dokumento kesa sa larawan pagdating sa application, kaya yun ang dapat mong pagtuonan ng pansin at hindi ang picture.

      at huli sa lahat, pwede akong magbigay ng visa advice para sa mga aplikante na pwedeng makatulong, pero kapag nasa consul na ang application ninyo siyempre hindi ko alam kung ano ang kalalabasan nun kasi hindi naman ako manghuhula.

      kung may tanong ka pa princesz o jennifer o kung ano pa man ang pangalan mo, wala na akong magagawa para sa yo. bigyan naman natin ang ibang tao ng pagkakataong magcomment dito, at sa totoo lang medyo naririndi na ako sa kakulitan mo. hinay hinay ka lang sa pag comment — hindi mo to facebook wall na pwedeng pwede kang post ng post lang nang walang nakikialam.


  102. geylie says:

    thanks for the info ms. magnetic_rose!

    i have question.
    i have read in a forum that there is a 30-day validity tourist visa also. is it advisable to avail it even if i dont have guarantor.

    and are there additional reqmts if possible?
    thanks in advance!

    • hi there geylie! standard tourist visas are just fifteen days long — anything longer than that is a special visa, and given only to government officials, high-ranking businessmen, and and other VIPs. good luck with your application :)

  103. geylie says:

    thank you very much for your prompt reply :)
    it will be my third time to go to japan but my first time as a tourist. that is why im still kinda nervous in this particular application :)

    thank you again for your help :)

  104. Mooncake says:

    My husband and his mistress were able to get Japanese visas last 2007 and were able to travel to Japan for 10 days last May 2007. The mistress used the surname of my husband (of course my married name) when she applied for the said visa!
    I just found out about this last month thru a document I got from the Bureau of Immigration.How do I inform the Japanese Embassy about this in the meantime I am getting more information from DFA how she was able to acquire a passport with a faked marriage contract? My husband and I are still very much married.What are the penalties for falsifying the documents she submitted to the Embassy too? Means her passport was acquired thru falsificationof documents.

    • hi mooncake — so sorry to hear of what happened. however, i’m afraid i will be unable to answer your question since i have had no experience in handling a case like yours, nor do i have any information that i can help. i think the best thing you can do is to contact your lawyer, and approach the DFA — the DFA may be able to help you get in touch with the japan embassy.

  105. travel_addict says:

    Hi, would just like to ask for your opinion… should the guarantor be Japanese? My boyfriend and I are planning to go to Japan for a holiday… he is not Japanese… can he be my guarantor? or can he provide anything (letters, documentation, etc) to convince the embassy/consul that we are just going there for a vacation?…

    Thanks :)

    • any resident of japan — including foreigners, can become a guarantor as long as they fulfill their obligations.

      however, from what i understand from your question, you are actually traveling with your boyfriend — hence he is not a resident of japan and therefore cannot be your guarantor.

      what he can do instead is create a letter stating that he will be shouldering both your expenses during the trip, and then back that up with financial documentation that proves we will be able to provide for you both.

      then, you can lodge an application at a travel agency together, and specify to your travel agent that you intend to travel together, and that only one of you (ie your boyfriend) will be covering all costs. good luck!

  106. sherramae says:

    ilang weeks or days po ang processing ng visa sa japan

  107. sherramae says:

    bakit sabi ng agency 7-10days processing po totoo po ba yun? bakit po sayo 3-5 days lang,, huwag po kayo magagalit ha im asking lang po,, thanks

  108. the consuls office itself just takes three to five days, but your travel agent has to take your application to and from their office to the japan embassy — and that will take a few more days.

  109. mat says:

    hi, magnetic_rose!

    I plan to go to japan this November. I just graduated from college this April and still, no job (though i am applying and waiting for responses). I do have a bank account but not much in it. And so my parents will be financing all of my expenses. I will be going with my Japanese (-national) teacher (w/c is also my friend). We will watch a concert together. She got the tickets and she will take her with me. She also secured me that I won’t have to worry about hotel fees since she got a friend who can lend her place for us. In short, she will be my guide. This Japanese teacher works here in the Philippines and so we only scheduled our trip for 3 days.
    Sorry for the long list of questions but i’m quite confused…

    1) I guess I should ask my parents for a letter of support and consent, right? but I keep seeing a format (affidavit) which looks too formal (needing witnesses and all), or could we write our own? Or can they just fill out the “letter of guarantee” that is downloadable from the embassy, (I figured since it was requesting for a Japanese address, it meant the guarantor should be from japan). I also read from the replies here in about this Is this okay?

    2) Though I do have someone to finance my stay there, since I still don’t have a job, what could I submit as a proof that I would come back here? Would they think that I plan to find job there?

    3) Can I request my teacher to answer the Letter of Invitation? or no need? She is technically inviting me to go with her but she currently lives here. So the invitation isn’t really coming from Japan.

    4) According to the Daily Schedule, there’s a space for “Accommodations”. Should I write down the address of my teacher’s friend though we haven’t met?

    5) Should I establish that I am friends with my teacher and she will be with me when we go to Japan? Like a photocopy of her passport and some pictures? Or a letter from her stating that she will supervise (but not finance) me. Maybe that could also help to justify why I wrote her friend’s address. I really don’t want to cost too much trouble for her but if these could help…

    Thank you for your time!

    • hi mat. let’s tackle your concerns one by one.

      1) yes, a letter of support from your parents will do just fine as long as they enclose their own financial documents such as bank certificates and ITR forms as proof that they will be able to cover your travel expenses.

      2) yes, that is a legitimate concern — but if you state that this trip was a vacation after college and that you intend to come back to the philippines after your holiday it should be okay (and just to be sure, include a photocopy of your diploma to back up your claim).

      3) any resident of japan (including foreigners), or any japanese citizen living abroad may issue a letter of invitation. your teacher can state that he or she is taking you to see a concert in that letter.

      4) yes, you need to write down the address of your teacher’s friend. you will need to ask your teacher though to inform his or her friend of your arrival, as the immigration office may call to confirm that you will be staying over at his/her place.

      5) she can include her personal details with the letter of invitation such as photocopies of her passport, etc., as well as other evidence of your relationship such as photos of you together or materials where your names were published together as part of a group (school yearbook, newspaper, magazine, etc.).

      good luck with your application!

  110. mat says:

    thanks very much! that’s one fast reply! ^_^

    um, so for my parents’ letter of support, my letter explaining that it’s just a vacation and my teacher’s letter of invitation, those can be self-made letters? I mean I don’t have to use the forms from the Embassy, I just have to make sure we mention all the essential details and submit the necessary documents to back them up?

    • yes, you can make your own — just get it signed (and notarized even, if you’re feeling paranoid) and list down all the supporting documents you are attaching with the letter, and you’re good to go.

  111. mat says:

    Thanks again! ^_^ I feel so much better…

  112. mat says:

    hello again!

    i would just like to ask if there would be a problem if the itinerary submitted is only for 3 days but after the visa was approved, i decided to extend my stay to one week?

  113. yes, you may extend beyond your declared itinerary as long as you do not stay beyond fifteen days.

  114. sherramae says:

    what if na deny ako for visiting friends ? pwede ba ako mag apply kahit wala pang 6 months ? ikakasal na ako sa hapon ? pwede po ba yun ? oh mag aantay pa rin ako within 6 months ?

  115. if your application was denied you need to wait six months before you can apply again — sorry but rules are rules.

  116. Ralph says:

    Hi, Magnetic Rose! I’m a Philippine national, i want to ask this question.. I’m applying for a Japanese Visa, my guarantor or sponsor will be the step father of my girlfriend. He is a Japanese national. He is willing to support my application and be my guarantor.. This is my question magnetic rose.. If possible he will be my guarantor or sponsor in applying Japanese Visa, even though we don’t have a relations as a family member?.. thanks..

    • he may act as your guarantor if you can prove that you have a solid relationship with him as a family friend or something similar — such as giving copies of photos of the two of you together, personal letters dating back to a few months or years, etc.

  117. A says:

    Hi magnetic rose, it’s me again. I have few questions again :D

    1. Yung letter of invitation from guarantor, paano kaya yon, kelangan ba niya i-snail mail yon yung talagang letter na galing sa kanya? Or pwedeng print out like by email and fax?

    Thanks bunch

  118. Ralph says:

    Hi good afternoon magnetic rose..This is me again. regarding to my question yesterday, September 30, 2010. Ahm, you said that he could be my guarantor for applying japanese visa. We will follow all the documents, (i.e.guarantor/sponsor must have a job in japan, filling of income tax, etc.) If I could proof that we have a solid relation as a family friend. What is the chance that I could get a Japanese Visa.. If you will rate in 1-100. 1(below)-100(Highest). What is the rate?………My second question is, if there’s any specific age for applying Japanese Visa? I’am 22 years old and my guarantor is 54 years old?……… and my last question is, There’s any situation just like me, that I’am a Philippine national and my guarantor is a Japanese national, we don’t have any relation to each other except we are a FRIEND, we are not in Third degree or same blood,, that get and approved his/her Japanese Visa?…… Thank You..

    • Hi — good afternoon, magnetic rose. This is me again — regarding to my question yesterday, September 30, 2010, you said that he could be my guarantor for applying Japanese visa.

      We will follow all the documents (i.e. guarantor/sponsor must have a job in japan, filling of income tax, etc.). If I could prove that we have a solid relation as a family friend, what is the chance that I could get a Japanese Visa? If you could rate it from 1-100 (1 being the lowest – 100 being the highest), how would you rate it?

      My second question is, is there a specific age for applying for a Japanese Visa? I’am 22 years old and my guarantor is 54.

      And my last question is, if there has been any situation just like mine, where I am a Philippine national and my guarantor is a Japanese national, but we don’t have any relation to each other except for being friends. They are not related in the third degree nor have the same blood. Did they get a Japanese Visa?

      Thank you.

      okay, i had to make a quick grammar check because all the misplaced punctuations were giving me a headache. next time please speak in straight tagalog instead, i might be able to understand you more succinctly.

      moving on with your queries: 1) i am not a consul officer and i am not in charge of applications, so i cannot give you a solid, numerical percentage of whether your application will pass or fail. however, as long as your documents are valid, clean, and complete then you have a better chance of being granted a visa than someone with incomplete documents.

      2) your age has nothing to do with your application.

      3) a large percentage of applications are lodged with a japanese guarantor, mostly by boyfriends or fiances but also long- time friends or work colleagues. some of these applications get approved and some of them don’t — it’s really all up to the consul officer if they choose to grant you a visa or not.

  119. Ronald says:

    Magandang Hapon po, itatanong ko lang poh. Ung sa pag aaply po ba ng Japan Visa, para student kailangan pa ng guarantor? Kasi gusto ko sana mag-aral sa japan sa LANGUAGE SCHOOL sa japan, Bachelor’s Degree Holder n poh ako dito sa pilipinas, eh gusto ko sana mag-aral lang sa Langage school.. puede b un?.. salamat poh.

    • Magandang hapon po, itatanong ko lang po: yung sa pag-aapply po ba ng Japan Visa para sa student kailangan pa ng guarantor? Kasi gusto ko sana mag-aral sa Japan sa language school. Bachelor’s Degree holder na po ako dito sa Pilipinas, eh gusto ko sana mag-aral lang sa language school. Pwede ba yun? Salamat po.

      kung student visa po ang hanap ninyo maari po itong makuha ng walang guarantor kung meron na pong Certificate of Eligibility tulad ng nakasulat sa dito. upang magkaroon ng COE, kailangan lang po e mag apply muna kayo sa isang eskwelahan online at kung tanggap na kayo, sila na ang bahala dito.

      ang COE ay binibigay ng eskwelahan — mapa-kolehiyo man yan o language school, na galing pa sa Ministry of Education, upang mabigyan ka ng consul sa Pilipinas ng student visa na nagtatagal mula isang taon hanggang limang taon.

      isa pa po, kung college graduate po tayo e patunayan lang po natin sa pamamagitan ng tamang pag-type ng buong salita. hindi po cellphone ang computer meron po siyang keyboard na maaring gamitin. salamat po.

  120. Danver says:

    Gud eve, this is Danver, i’am applying a japan visa, I have a friend japan he will be my guide me and sponsor my application. I saw to the questions of ralph, and I wonder what kind of documents must I apply here in Philippines. Also, there will a obstacles while I’am applying my application? Thank you

    • Gud eve, this is Danver. I’m applying for a japan visa. I have a friend in Japan he will be my guide and sponsor my application. I saw to the questions of Ralph, and I wonder what kind of documents must I apply here in Philippines. Also, there will a obstacles while I’m applying my application? Thank you.

      the list of documents has already been posted here are well as on the embassy website. as for obstacles, many people consider the entire application process to be one huge obstacle, but as long as your documentation is complete and acceptable then you will have no problem securing a visa.

  121. mat says:

    I just realized that my signature is nowhere in my passport..I got the brown one (just like the pic on this page). But the embassy requires the passport to have signature. Then I read in Wiki that:

    “Machine-readable passports (I think this is what I have…) originally had no signature field, a source of much controversy as Filipinos applying for foreign visas, whether for travel or employment, have either been requested to get a copy of their passport application form, or denied altogether. Newer versions of this passport eventually had the signature field at the back cover, below the important reminders for Philippine passport holders, while older versions have the field stamped on.”

    I’d like to believe that my passport would not pose a problem and I’m just overthinking stuff…Am I?

    • I just realized that my signature is nowhere in my passport..I got the brown one (just like the pic on this page). But the embassy requires the passport to have signature. Then I read in Wiki that:

      “Machine-readable passports (I think this is what I have…) originally had no signature field, a source of much controversy as Filipinos applying for foreign visas, whether for travel or employment, have either been requested to get a copy of their passport application form, or denied altogether. Newer versions of this passport eventually had the signature field at the back cover, below the important reminders for Philippine passport holders, while older versions have the field stamped on.”

      I’d like to believe that my passport would not pose a problem and I’m just overthinking stuff…Am I?

      hey mat! i wouldn’t rely on the wiki too much if i were you; the official embassy website is still the authority on applications. as for your passport problem i wouldn’t sweat it: the embassy accepts even the old green, non-machine readable passports as long as they have not yet expired. i’ve confirmed with a co-worker who went on holiday to osaka just last month bearing an older passport, and a visa was issued for it just fine. good luck with the application!

  122. mat says:

    Thank you again! ^_^*

  123. Danver says:

    salamat poh, kasi po noong nag re-research ako sa INTERNET, naguguluhan po talaga ako. sa Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School, ang nakalagay ay, kailangan ng guarantor, kahit po duon sa isang site for application ng japan visa for filipinos kahit tourist visa o mapa student kahit anong visa eh kailangan daw poh ng guarantor, kasi ang embahada daw ng Japan dito, eh naghhigpit. For assurance na bblik daw po ang applicant within the given date daw poh,.. Pero nakalagay naman sa Japan guide, tama po ang sabi ninyo na, if I will enroll to he specific Language School, they will be given me a COE. Also, eto poh ung statement
    “Visa Matters Short time studies at Japanese language schools are permitted on a tourist visa. All other foreign student in Japan need a student visa in order to study in Japan. Visa applicants require an educational institution as their sponsor in order to obtain a student visa.”

    ..Eh tanung ko poh, if there’s any Language school na d na kailanagan ng guarantor and also they allow to have a part time job and affordable price?..thank you poh..

  124. each school will of course have its own set of requirements, so no matter what kind of advice i give you, there will always be one school not covered by that. as for finding a language school that suits you, i think google will be more helpful. thanks.

  125. chiro says:

    good eve ms rose..
    this is the first time i’ve been to this site..and i must say, it’s quite informative and interesting..

    im a 3rd year college student and planning to work in japan or maybe pursue my studies there..

    i had little knowledge about the embassy and the necessary processes in order to get there, so i was just wondering if it’s really that hard to acquire a student or working visa?,

    if maybe i learn nihongo or befriended a jap. national, would that be of some help (like on the actual interview)?

    i would really like to see your thoughts about this…thanks!

    • yes, it is generally difficult to secure a visa because of the japanese govenrment’s policy to reduce the number of illegal aliens in the country.

      if you intend to work there, your application must be initiated by your employer from the japan side — you can’t just enter the country with a tourist visa with intent to find work as that compromises illegal entry.

      lastly, trying to improve your chances with the interview will be fruitless because no interview will be conducted — the approval of your application is based on the documents you submitted.

      good luck with your vis application.

  126. trishia says:

    hi magnetic rose! nag pass nako ng mga requirements ko para sa visa sa raja agency.. kulang daw ako sa requirements,,, wala daw akong joint account sa husband ko. nagwowork sya as seafarer.. advice ng agency mag send nalang daw ako ng letter na explain kung bakit wala kaming joint account… ako lng ang meron account lagi nmn wala d2 sa pilipinas. pwede bang advice kung pano mag write letter? thank u! god bless

  127. hi magnetic rose! nag pass nako ng mga requirements ko para sa visa sa raja agency. kulang daw ako sa requirements. wala daw akong joint account sa husband ko. nagwowork sya as seafarer. advice ng agency mag send nalang daw ako ng letter na explain kung bakit wala kaming joint account. ako lang ang meron account lagi naman wala d2 sa pilipinas. pwede bang advice kung pano mag write letter? thank you! god bless

    hi trishia — sorry, i am unmarried so they never asked me to furnish documents for a joint account. actually, this is the first time i’ve heard of a travel agency asking for an applicant to furnish one, since it is not included in the requirement list supplied by the embassy. please speak with your travel agent again, and if necessary speak to a different travel agent to get a confirmation.

  128. trishia says:

    thank u sa reply magnetic rose,, un requirements ng japan visa sa agency bank certificate lang. yun lng yung binigay ko sa kanila since wala naman kaming joint account nag add din ako ng xerox ng land tittle namin mag asawa. kanina nag follow up ako sabi daw ng japan embassy kulang daw sa requirements… un nga dapat daw may bank certificate na magrereflect yun name ng husband ko.. laging wala naman dito yung hubby ko kaya puro tlga sakin nakapangalan account namin.. mag pass nlng daw ako ng letter na nageexplain kung bakit wala kaming jont account.. panibagong 7 working days na nmn. thank you ulit magnetic rose

    paano po kaya gumawa ng letter para sa embassy??

    • thank you sa reply magnetic rose. yun requirements ng japan visa sa agency bank certificate lang. yun lang yung binigay ko sa kanila since wala naman kaming joint account. nag-add din ako ng xerox ng land tittle namin mag-asawa. kanina nag-follow up ako sabi daw ng japan embassy kulang daw sa requirements. yun nga dapat daw may bank certificate na mag-rereflect yun name ng husband ko. laging wala naman dito yung hubby ko kaya puro talaga sakin nakapangalan account namin. mag pass nalang daw ako ng letter na nag- explain kung bakit wala kaming joint account. panibagong 7 working days na naman. thank you ulit magnetic rose.

      paano po kaya gumawa ng letter para sa embassy?

      like i said hindi pa po ako hinihngan ng requirements na ganyan kaya wala po akong alam sa paggawa nito. ang maaari niyo nalang pong gawin e humingi kayo sa travel agent ninyo ng template tapos isulat ang pangalan ninyong mag-asawa imbes na yung nakasulat sa sample.

  129. trishia says:

    thanks ulit magnetic rose. godbless.

  130. emanuelle says:

    hi rose

    thanks sa info mo at medyo gumaan loob ko sa paghahanap ng tips sa pag aaply ng japan visa my question is..

    3rd year college na ako, wala pa ako work and im planning pumunta sa japan as tourist.. wala ako kakilala dun.. may bank account ako isang bank book at atm account ang laman kung pagsasamahin is 400k nakapangalan sakin yun pareho.. sabi mo nga show money tingin mo ba ok na yun ngayon? pwede ba ako mag apply?

    thanks in advance

  131. emanuelle says:

    thank you..

    isa pa.. if ever na ma grant ako ng visa..
    anong pera ang dapat mong dala kapag nasa japan ka na? yen ba or dollar?

    • well, you *are* going to japan and their currency is the yen so most people bring just that — however for me, it depends on who has the better exchange rate on the day i leave.

  132. emanuelle says:

    package tour ka nung nagpnta ka sa japan?

    or sarili mo lang?

  133. the first three times was by special arrangement by my school and my company, the fourth time i took care of all the arrangements myself — and no, i was not on a packaged tour :)

  134. lezzielyn says:

    Hi magnetic!

    My BF is US Navy based in Japan. Gusto ko siya punta dun. Which do you think have better chances of getting approved between Applying under Sofa Status or Tourist Visa?

    My status:
    I have 1xx,xxx in bank account.
    I will stay in his house there.
    Passport: Macau 2x, HK, Singapore.
    I just got employed last September earning 1x,xxx a month.

    I was wondering, he’s not totally my guarantor. I will shoulder my flight ticket, transportation (from Osaka to Tokyo), and others, and will stay in his house. Magsusubmit pa rin ba ako ng Guarantee Letter or Invitation lang?

    What can you suggest to write sa invitation letter, na magBF/GF kami or friends?

    Marami kasi ako nababasa sa ibang forum, kapag BF or GF nilagay nadedeny. Konti lang nakita kong naapprove under Sofa Status if GF.

    Thank you magnetic.

    • @lezzielyn hi there. since you are paying for all your own expenses you can opt not to get a letter of invitation. as long as your finances and documents are in order you should be fine.

      @analyn if your passport is still a philippine passport you will need a visa, but if you already bear a french passport then you no longer need to secure a visa.

  135. analyn broutin says:

    ask ko po bali may passport na po ako at nakapag asawa po ako ng french men.ask ko lng po mam.. kung need ko pa po bah ng visa sa japan.. bali 3 days lng po kame stay ..?

  136. Miko says:

    hello, good day. . My question is. . what if I’am an undergrad from a college school. . and I’m planning to work on japan. . what will I do to do so I can work on japan and finish documents. . I do have a relative in japan also. . can they help me on the concerns of my planning to work in japan. . because many says that if you are an undergrad of a college school. . japan can’t approve you to work in their country. . is that true? can you help me. . thank you so much. . just email ad. me or message me on my facebook account I’m always active. .

    • Hello, good day. My question is: what if I’m an undergrad from college, and I’m planning to work in Japan? What will I do so I can work in Japan? I have a relative in Japan also. Can they help me with my concerns on planning to work in Japan? Because many people say that if you are a college undergrad, Japan can’t approve you to work in their country. Is that true? Can you help me? Thank you so much. Just email me or message me on my Facebook account I’m always active.

      Hi there. First of all, all applications for work visas are initiated from the Japanese side — meaning that you already have a job in Japan and it is your Japanese employer who is applying for a work visa on your behalf. You can’t just waltz into the country on any visa (especially a tourist visa) hoping to find work while you are there — that is illegal.

      Second, unless your relatives are the ones hiring you for a job in Japan, they cannot vouch for you to get a working visa — the best they can do is act as your guarantor to get a tourist visa. Like I said earlier, only your employer can apply for a working visa for you; you cannot apply for one on your own especially if you have not been offered a job yet.

      Third, applying for a job in Japan is a long and difficult process — bachelors degree or no bachelors degree. Your Japanese proficiency should be native level in order to fill out all the application forms and to pass all the hiring interviews. You should be able to pay for the fees of your recruitment service since many Japanese companies do not accept walk-in applications or unsolicited resumes that did not go through a hiring firm. You should have a skill set that is desirable in the Japanese job market — it does not matter if you want to work in Japan, if Japan does not need you they will not hire you.

      Lastly, please work on your English grammar and punctuation. If you were an applicant for a Japanese company and I was in charge of hiring people I would reject your application outright due to its unaccaptable grammar and lack of proper punctuation. I also do not respond via email despite requests from readers; I prefer using the comments box so that succeeding readers with the same problems already have their answers before they even ask a question.

      Best of luck to you.

  137. emanuelle says:

    hi rose.

    ask ko lang kung kelangan pa ilagay sa itenerari yung tel. no. ng hotel sa accommodation?

    thank you in advance..

  138. imee says:

    hi po. I’m a student and i want to visit my family in japan, nakapunta na po ako dun 3 years ago at nainterview po ako sabi po nung classmate ko wala na daw po interview ngayon sa embassy? tourist visa po yung kinukuha ko tska po naadapt ako ng grand parents ko na nasa US is it possible po ba na madeny ako kasi po wala na yung name ng biological parents ko dun sa mga papers ko? pero may invitation po ako galing sakanila. :)

    • hi imee — wala na pong interview para sa pagkuha ng japan visa ngayon. bale magsumite lang kayo ng lahat ng dokumentong kelangan sa travel agent ninyo at sila na ang maglalakad nito. medyo delikado nga po na wala ang pangalan ng magulang mo sa papeles mo; mabuti pa e makipagusap ka nalang sa NSO para malaman kung may dokumentong pwede kang kunin mula sa kanila para maayos ang problema mo. good luck!

  139. emanuelle says:

    thank you rose..

    waiting nalang ako kung approve or hinde..

    salamat sa info mo at pagsagot mo sa questions ko..

    i hope maapprove ako :)

  140. sherramae says:

    kapag may experience na po for travel like sa hongkong may stamp na ang passport ko po may possibility na ma approved visa ko kapag pumunta po ako ng japan mag tourist lang po sana?

  141. Recie Badaguas says:

    Good Day Magnetic Rose,
    Itatanong ko lang kung paano kami maiinvite ng anak ko na may asawang adopted child ng japanese. Pilipino po ang asawa ng anak ko pero adopted child sya. Ang apelyido pa ring ginagamit nya ay sa Pilipino. Mya trabaho po ang anak ko pero bago pa lang sya sa trabaho. Ano ano po ang kailangan nyanng ipadala sa Japanese embassy at ano rin po ang kailangan kong iprocess na mga papers para isubmit sa embassy. May small business po ako dito na internet cafe na kabubukas lang at wala pa akong business permit. Pero ang sabi po ng asawa ng aking anak na sya ang mag iinvite sa akin.

    Hingi lang po ako ng payo sa inyo kung paano mo ang gagawin ko.

    Thanks and God Bless

    • hi sherramae. hindi lang sa stamp ng passport nakasalalay ang approval. dapat e kumpleto ka din ng dokumento na hinihingi ng japanese embassy. kung sa tingin nila e kulang ang nasumite mo denied ka parin kahit na may stamp na ang passport mo ng ibang bansa.

      hi recie. kung japanese citizen po yung asawa ng anak ninyo — adopted man siya at may apelyido ng pilipino, basta meron siyang maibigay na letter of guarantee at mga requirements tulad ng mimoto hoshousho,shotoku shoumeisho, souzei shomeisho, at yokin zandaka shoumeisho pwede siyang mag-invite sa inyo. tungkol naman sa business ninyo, kelangan po na may business permit at ITR ng business owner para magamit na “proof of return” ang negosyo ninyo. salamat!

  142. Daniel says:

    Hi Magnetic_rose..
    Im an OFW working here in Dubai. Ask ko lang po kung kailangan ko ba mag submit nang ITR as one of the requirements? Kaso di po ako nang babayad nang tax sa Philippines kasi im an OFW. What are the other options? Im planning to visit Japan for just 3 days and how much do you think it cost from hotel, airfare and food etc.? Thanks.

    • hi daniel — you may use the tax form used by your employers in dubai. as for your accommodations, it depends on what you want to do or see or where to stay at, so it would be better to consult a travel agent for your questions.

  143. anna says:

    hi po!thanks at npadpad ako sa website na to..For how many months na po kasi akong nsstress sa pag pplan mg-apply ng Tourist Visa sa Japan ksama po ang Anak ko sa Japanese.kaya lang worried po ako sa mga requirements ko like wala akong ITR.pinagagawa lang po ako ng explanation letter or reason letter kung saan daw ako kumukuha ng Monthly income.
    Nahihirapan din po ako kasi hindi kami pwdng iinvite ng Father ng baby ko at hnd pwndg bgyan ng guarantee letter.dahil against po yong Parents niya samin mag-ina.kaya po ang iaapply ko vacation man lang kahit 5days makarating yong baby ko dun,she’s already 4 yrs old na po kahit family name ng dad nya d pa pwdng ilipat.this end po dec sana plan ko na mkapunta dun at ipasyal siya.tumutulong naman po ung dad nya sa amin monthly at almost 5 yrs na po.
    kpag natapos ko po yong explanation letter ko sa ITR pwd na po kami mg apply ng Tourist Visa this Dec.pero d ko po alam kong makakaalis isa pa po yong inaalala ko.bawal kami mgkita ng dad ng baby ko sa Japan kpag nkaalis kami?
    Sorry po haba ng story ko…wait ko po reply mu.plz…thanks and Godbless…

    • hi! sorry but the ITR is a requirement if you want to apply for a visa if you are funding your own trip, and the letter of guarantee is required if somebody else is paying for your trip. since you cannot submit either types of documents, i’m afraid there is nothing much you can do. you can talk to an accredited travel agent if you insist on applying for a visa, but as for me i really cannot help you. sorry.

  144. cy says:

    Hi rose,

    It’s my dream to travel to japan someday. It came out of the blue and browsed the internet for info, luckily I found this site.

    I have a distant relative who’s working there (i dunno if she’s married but she has a kid there). Below are my queries:

    1) I’m working in Singapore, can I apply for a tourist visa here in SG?

    2) Is there a visa fee, how much? or you’ll just pay your agent?

    3) If I will provide a letter of guaranty, will they require to present the original papers or printed copy sent via email will do?

    4) I don’t have ITR to present also, what other documents could suffice?

    Thanks. Your site is so informative. Keep it up.

  145. anna says:

    thank u Ms. Magnetic_rose…Godbless…

  146. hi cy — yes, you may apply at the local embassy in singapore. the fees are for your travel agent; the consul issues them for free. all documents such as your letter of guarantee must be the original (scans and photocopies are not accepted). unfortunately, your income tax form is required; as far as i know there are no substitutes. good luck with your application!

  147. kat lorenzo says:

    if I am an exchange student to Japan, how long will my visa last?

  148. elisa says:

    Is there an accredited travel agency in Davao City aside from Discovery Tours that already closed? How long it will take to apply for a visit Visa? Do I need to apply to a travel agency if my invitation is from an institution in Japan? I hope you can help me with these questions! Thank you!

  149. ogureisuo says:

    hi.. do i need to show them bank certificate with atleast php100,000 kahit na may guarantor po ako?

  150. JEL says:

    My husband, kids (who are all Canadian citizens) and I plan to visit Japan this summer. I am the only Filipino and is a housewife with no income and bank statements. Can I use my husband’s bank statements and ITR to submit ? What are the other documents that i need or can to submit to the embassy?Thanks

  151. siopao says:

    hi there… thank you for posting this FAQ page… i find it very helpful to hear stories from those people who have gone through what i’m about to go through… don’t want to rely solely on the embassies’ websites :)… some questions though:

    – If I plan to go to Japan on August this year. When should I apply for a visa? Can I submit my application a few months before, say, April?

    – I’ve read about this document called “Schedule of Stay”, do you have to have hotel reservations already? I mean, I am willing to risk buying a plane ticket without the assurance of getting my visa application approve, but booking hotels, too, beforehand would be a bit too much.

    – Should my answers on the documents(application form, schedule of stay) be written by hand or can I just type them directly on the forms and print them out? Sorry, I know it sounds silly, but when I applied for an AUS tourist visa, they require for your answers to be hand-written.

    Thanks in advance! :)

  152. miya says:

    hi i got my visa na po from my japanese husband.. now i have to bring this to japanese embassy here in Philippines.Is there an interview to me? what was there question? help please..
    Thank you

  153. jhen says:

    hi ms rose, im a sofa status dito s japan at plano kong iinvite ang mother at kapatid it ok n ang husband ko which is nsa military ang magsilbing guarantor?kase asawa ko lng ang may trbaho and im just a plain housewife. pwdeng ako ung gagawa ng invitation letter under my name?ung guarantee letter ay ang aswa ko?mrming slamat!

  154. pretty says:

    hello po..kaka apply ko lang po ng tourist visa, at dumating na po yung passport ko,galing sa embassy ng japan. paano ko po malaman kung approved o deny po ako? kung deny po ako, puwede pa po ba akong mag apply ulit para tourist visa din po.. maraming salamat po..

  155. audi says:

    Hi there! I’m Audi.. I’ve read some of the posts here and i would like to know about my situation. My wife is a nikkeijin and she is staying in japan right now. I want to visit her even for a short period of time and planning to live there permanently. My question is what type of visa should i apply, for me to go there the soonest time possible? will visiting relatives visa possible? Right now I’m in the process of completing required visa documents. Another question, do i need to provide bank certificate even if she will shoulder all the expenses?
    I hope you could help me..
    Thanks a lot.
    Regards and more power..

  156. nessy penaflor says:

    good ev,ask ko lang kung ilang araw marerelease ang family visa after application…gusto ko sana malaman para magkaroon ako ng idea.bata pa kasi ako turning 20 this year of nov mother ko sana ang papuntahin ng ate ko sa japan sa panganganak nya kaso ill ung mum ko at hindi pa sya allow to fly so ako ang pinadala ng mum ko to help my sister to para katuwang sa pag alalaga ng baby nya for the meantime.busy kasi husband nya lage sa work.kaya pinadala nila ako para tulungan ko ate ko sa pag alalaga ng baby nila,ok naman po backround ng husband nya at malaki po ang salary maaprobahan po ba ako pag nag apply ako ng family visa kasi bata pa ako.pakiresponse po asap thanks.

  157. rhona adel says:

    manganganak po kc sis q mlaki po b chance q n approved visa q my anak dn p kc sya n andon and mag isa lng sya nghahanapbuhay..
    thnx po

  158. janjan says:

    good afternoon magnetic rose…. i’m from davao city…. i also have a situation here… my japanese boyfriend is married in Japan… they are not divorce but they are living separately… we have a son who is a japanese passport holder…recently, my boyfriend and I are not in good terms. i want to go back to Japan because I want my son to study there but he disagrees…. Is it possible to get there without his documents? I want my son to study there but he disagrees. please help.

    • hi janjan — didn’t i already advise you in september of last year that you need to talk to a lawyer or an immigration expert regarding your concerns?

      because that is exactly what i will be telling you again: please talk to a lawyer. i can only give advise on tourist and temporary visas; i do not have the expertise for family issues and migration matters. thanks.

      the most recent visa-related post can be found here: How to Get a Japan Visa in Three Days.