How to Apply for Japan Visa in the Philippines

I began a series of Visa Application for Philippine passport holder posts as I went through the experience of securing visas in preparation for my epic round the world trip. It was with the hope of simplify the process for those who will be going through the same experience. Here is the simplified guide on how to apply for Japan Visa in the Philippines, specifically for Filipinos.


Japan Visa

I’ve been to Japan twice before, once in 2006 then again in 2008. It means I’ve experienced both the direct application and the new rule of applying through an accredited agency. It used to be completely free to apply for Japan visa, but the agony is that you have to be up so early to fall in line outside the embassy. That was horrible because that time I had incomplete requirement so I had to do it twice!

Japain Rail

Wanderlass in Japan, 2008 – Shinkansen


Since July 30, 2007, Japan tourist visa application can only be made through an accredited travel agency of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. The travel agency will check your requirements before submitting them on your behalf. This is actually more efficient because it saves a lot of time for both the applicant and the embassy. However, time is money, so while the Japan visa remains free, the travel agencies will be charging processing fee.


Tourist and Visiting Relatives Visa

There are probably a million types of visas, but this post (as with all my previous visa application posts) is only going to deal with tourist and visiting relatives visas. Because that’s the extent of my experience. I have a sister living in Tokyo. If you are studying, marrying, attending conference, for medical reasons, or purpose other than tourism or visiting relatives, please go to the official website of the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines.

Requirements for tourist visa (no guarantor)

  1. Passport
  2. Visa Application form - download
  3. Photo 4.5cm x 4.5cm (white background, no border, no hair accessories, paste on application form)
  4. Birth certificate of applicant
  5. Marriage contract, if married
  6. Detailed Itinerary – download
  7. Bank Certificate
  8. ITR

Requirements for visiting relatives visa (with guarantor)

  1. Passport
  2. Visa Application form - download
  3. Photo 4.5cm x 4.5cm  (white background, no border, no hair accessories, paste on application form)
  4. Birth certificate of applicant
  5. Marriage contract, if married
  6. Detailed Itinerary – download
  7. Invitation Letter from guarantor in japan – download
  8. Family Registration (Koseki Tohon) (issued within 3 mos)(1)
  9. Residence Certificate (JUMINHYO) (issued within 3 mos)(1)
  10. Residence card (2)
  11. Xerox Copy of all pages of passport (2)
  12. Bank Certificate (if applicant shoulders the expense)
  13. ITR Form 2316 (orig and Xerox copy)
  14. Guarantee Letter (if guarantor shoulders any part) – download
  15. Income Certificate (SHOTOKU SHOMEISHO) from City Hall
  16. Tax return certificate (NOUZEISHOMEISHO: form2) from Tax office

Notes on requirement #8,9,10,11
(1) If guarantor is Japanese national. 
(2) If guarantor is non Japanese resident. 


Visa validity, processing time, et. al.

The Japanese visa, if granted, is valid for 3 months. If not granted, no reason will be disclosed. Maybe they don’t like your photo, who knows.

The average processing time is one week, if complete requirement (average means more or less, it means not exact). You may be require to submit more document, appear for interview, or whatever pleases their high salaried embassy workers.

The usual granted # of days for tourist is 15 days from date of arrival in Japan. One just cannot over state the obvious.  For visiting relative, visa is allowed up to 90 days. Or so the Ministry of Foreign Affair of Japan website says.


The five (5) accredited travel agencies

(link to website, branches, fee) who file Application for Japan Visa in the Philippines

  1. Attic Tours Philippines, Inc (Manila & Cebu) - P1680 (same for independent & with guarantor)
  2. Friendship Tours and Resorts Corp (Manila & Cebu) - 1,200 (independent), 2,000 (with guarantor)
  3. Rajah Travel Corp (Manila) - - 1,800 (independent), 2,500 (with guarantor)
  4. Reli Tours and Travel Agency (Manila) 1,200 (independent), 2,000 (with guarantor)
  5. Pan Pacific Travel Corp (Manila & Cebu) - P2000

Note that all except Pan Pacific handles all types of visa application. Pan Pacific doesn’t handle applications with guarantor.


What’s the beef?

In the case of one of my sister Girlie (3), she tried applying for 90 days but was denied. Tried again for 40 days with the same result. Needless to say she had complete requirement provided by our sister Pincky (2) who was an expatriate working in Tokyo. So when she applied again, she did as an independent traveler and they called her in to inquire why she didn’t use a guarantor when she has a sister there.

In the end they gave her a visa for 15 days. What a joke, right? We don’t get it. There’s no reason for my sister to not get a visa since we have our own family corporation with her as Board of Director and she had been to Japan twice previously. She has over 20 stamps on that passport including Japan, S.Korea, USA and Canada. They didn’t want to give her visa stay of more than 15 days. So what’s the point really of submitting more requirements than regular application if you get 15 days too?

And our biggest beef is even if they won’t give her the 90 or 40 days, why not just approve it with 15 days validity instead of denying it completely? They obviously know we have family in Japan, therefore it is normal to want to visit. It takes money and time to prepare those requirements even if the visa itself is free. Unless they admit to being ignorant about the costs and troubles that comes with the application, then it is just plain intolerable arrogance.


The national of the ff. countries do not require visas to enter Japan for stay up to 90 days.

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal (except when the passport was originally issued in present or former Portuguese colonies), Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, U.S.A., and Uruguay

Notes: Countries highlighted in BOLD are allowed to extend for another 30 days. Brunei national is allow to stay up to 15 days without visa.



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51 Responses to How to Apply for Japan Visa in the Philippines

  1. Sarah B. 03/27/2014 at 10:36 am #

    Hello I would like to ask, nag apply ako for tourist visa with no guarantor but I have relatives in Japan. I’m planning to stay sa place nila pero ang nilagay kong address of stay sa application form is hotel kasi nga i have no guarantor at tourist visa ang inapply ko. Magkakaproblem ba ko sa immigration if I put my relative’s address kahit na tourist visa ako? Thanks!

  2. Hans Fabros 02/28/2014 at 4:30 am #

    Hello! I’d apply for a visa with my sister. Thing is, I’d apply with my sister who is still a student with neither bank account nor ITR. Would mine be enough? And if yes, does she have to indicate somewhere that I will be sponsoring her trip? Thank you so much! :)

  3. Bavariane 02/26/2014 at 5:34 pm #


    Thanks for this very helpful blog topic. Just want to ask, its my first time to apply for a visa without a guarantor(Last time we had an agency). I am set to tour with my family on April and I am the one in charge of basically everything. I am completing the form “Schedule of Stay” now and would like to ask, what do I put in the “contact” column since we don’t have a guarantor? Would it be the hotel number or our cellphone number?

    Thank you in advance and hope to get a reply soon. :)

    • Bavariane 02/26/2014 at 7:37 pm #

      Also my mom is a housewife. All she can show is her other visas and Bank Certificate would that be enough? Thanks!

  4. Rio Lynda Negara 02/23/2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Hi! I wonder if its ok to use stapler/staple wire on the docs? Will they return all the docs right after? Is there an interview on the time of submission? Hope to hear from u! Im gonna submit mine on the 10th of march! :-)

  5. rosemary 02/22/2014 at 3:14 am #

    hi!pwede ba akong magask?im from germany pero philippines passport parin,gusto ko pumunta sa tita ko sa japan,tinawagan ko na ang japan embassy dito yung requirements kumpleto na ako dito kasi ako naman lahat gagastos…ang tanging hinihingi sa akin is Invitaion Letter at daily schedule…my ask is saan pwede kumuha ang tita ko nun?kailangan pa ba siyang pumunta sa immigration doon sa japan para sabihin na kailangan nya ng invitation letter at daily schedule para sa pamangkin nya?or pwede naman siyang magdownload at sulatan nya yun with her signature!nalilito kasi siya kong ano gagawin,ako naman kinakabahan kasi april 9 na ang alis ko…

  6. Rika 02/16/2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi… Ask ko lang po… Husband ko nasa japan as a permanent visa and gusto ng husband ko sa japan na pag aralin dalawang anak namin. Pero pano po??? Ano po ba mga kailangan? Gusto ng asawa ko sa japan na kami. Thank you

  7. kaz 02/04/2014 at 11:11 pm #

    hi!! me and my son is planning to go to japan and visit relatives (no guarantor) how much kaya ang kailangan na money sa bank (to get approve) thanks

  8. ram 01/07/2014 at 12:01 pm #

    hi, we’re planning to go to japan this april and i do have a problem with the bank certificate.
    i am a minor and the bank i’ve been using is my mother’s. is there any substitute for this requirement as my parents are based overseas.

    • ram 01/07/2014 at 12:13 pm #

      bank account*

    • wanderlass 01/07/2014 at 4:54 pm #

      IF your parents are sponsoring you, you give your parents’ financial papers. If someone else, then their papers. If yours, then show proof of financial capability. Basta you have to show them proof that you have money to travel to their country.

  9. Mae 01/06/2014 at 8:47 am #

    Hi! I would just like to ask pano kung unemployed ako ngayon, pero ung last work ko ay sa singapore, kailangan ko ba magsubmit ng itr? Tsaka pano rin kung nagpurchase ako ng vouchers for trip to japan with tour pero wala pa flights kasi wala pa ko visa, iaattach ko rin ba ung vouchers sa mga documents na issubmit ko? Thanks

  10. Nik 11/16/2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Hello! Thank you for the info, they’re very helpful ^^
    But I was wondering, if I’m a minor and I’m going to stay on a friend’s house but I shoulder all of my expenses, will that friend still be considered as a guarantor?
    Thank you!

    • wanderlass 11/17/2013 at 3:19 pm #

      if you don’t have hotel reservations, you will need a guarantor paper. My advice is to not mention about your friend and make hotel bookings. Hotel reservations are cancellable.

  11. jon 10/21/2013 at 12:19 am #

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


    • asianflip 10/29/2013 at 11:09 pm #

      My brother got his visa with the help of his filipino friend as a guarantor for his trip a year ago

  12. asianflip 10/11/2013 at 4:35 am #

    I have/had US visa schengen visa and canadian visa Now im a bit scared I passed my application yesterday for my japanese tourist visa but my trip will be on january… isnt it too early???

    • asianflip 10/16/2013 at 8:51 pm #

      Btw thanks for this blog I got my schengen 2ce

      • wanderlass 10/17/2013 at 10:07 pm #


        • asianflip 10/18/2013 at 5:45 am #

          Got my japan visa today thanks

          • wanderlass 10/18/2013 at 8:06 pm #

            yay! single entry? uso na ang multiple entry. My sister finally got hers.

        • asianflip 10/19/2013 at 7:58 am #

          they gave me double entry! japan will be my 11th country! and tokyo will be my 45th city!!! and i am so hyped!! and seriously, im so thankful with your blog it helped me a lot and you inspire me with your travels.. keep posting more adventures!

  13. eya 08/09/2013 at 10:15 pm #

    How manu days po ma i rerelease ang visiting relatives visa ? kelangan na po kse yun until october 28.. ee wala pa kameng napapasang requirements until now.. aabot pa kaya yun? kung wala po. may express way po ba? thank you.

  14. Myheart 07/30/2013 at 9:14 pm #

    yah let’s stamp all the applications denied lol… im a filipina, resident here in japan… We own few companies… A huge Tax payer… i invited my staffs in phils, guaranttor and docs are completed we pay billion peso every year for damn Tax! Was surprised y they were denied! I tried to spoke to ministry of foriegn affairs..all i got was ” We couldn’t answer your question” So freakin annoying!

  15. John 07/22/2013 at 8:46 am #

    well, sometimes it is very difficult to understand the mind of a consul. They could be generous with the visa, and other times, they could deny your application outright. A well-travelled applicant can be denied visa while a first-timer can be issued his visa. Who knows what a consul is thinking?

  16. Merry 06/25/2013 at 9:41 am #

    Hi! This is very informative and helpful but i still need help. I dont have a bank account yet so i’d like to know what kind of bank account i should open to get a bank cert. thank you!

  17. prettyme 06/22/2013 at 3:36 am #

    hi hansee what happen to your son and your wife visa? are they granted? thanks

  18. elsie 05/05/2013 at 11:15 am #

    so its better to apply independent than with guarantor…..how much money required for bank certification and do I need to talk japanese in case of interview… my mother is in japan but they do not pau tax any suggestion?????

  19. Angela dela Cruz 03/26/2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Hi! I just want to thank you for this informative blog post! :) I was totally clueless regarding the application process and requirements for a tourist visa, especially because I’m still a student, still financially dependent on my parents. :) I passed my requirements last Friday, March 22 and today, the travel agency told me that I was granted a visa valid until June. :) yay! Congratulations on your blog :)

    • wanderlass 03/26/2013 at 11:47 pm #

      Congratulations! Glad to be of help. Bon voyage.

    • Yuen 03/12/2014 at 6:46 pm #

      san ka po agency nag apply? 3 months?

    • GCLabo 03/29/2014 at 4:20 pm #

      Hello! :D

      I just would like to ask if kasama mo ang parents mo sa iyong trip to Japan. If not, may I just know what you submitted as proofs for financial status (eg. ITR, bank certificates, etc). Thank you so much. :)

  20. Hansee 03/09/2013 at 1:46 am #

    Applied for my son and wife’s visa. They are Phil. nationals and I am foreigner with Permanent Resident status of Japan and here in Phil as TRV.
    Submitted the following docs:

    Passports, Forms, Photos
    Birth certificates of both, marriage contract

    Invitation letter from a Japanese friend
    Additional Invitation letter from my side
    Guarantee letter from Japanese friend
    Additional Guarantee letter from my side as husband and PR holder of Japan
    Income Cert and Tax docs of Japanese guarantor
    Juminhyo of Japanese guarantor
    Copy of my Japan resident card
    Copy of my Passport with entry-exit stamps Phil/Japan
    Copy of my Phil ACR-I card
    My bank certificate from BDO worth 550k
    (Because I am in the Phil presently, so I was unable to get my Juminhyo from City hall in Japan as well as my Japanese bank certificate, that’s why I used guarantee as well as invitation of my friend)

    More docs:
    OR&CR of 1 car and 1 dump truck registered on my wife name (visa applicant)
    Contract of lease of our residential apartment (my wife’s name)
    Court order/judgment valued Php 820k in favor of my wife (one of her case for sum of money/estafa/bp-22). 27k installment for every month until 2015.

    additional documents to prove my friendship with Japanese guarantor:
    6 months telephone calling record to prove relation between me and Japanese friend. (Approximately 6 hrs calling per month)
    Print outs of e-mails between me and Japanese guarantor
    My Japanese cellular phone bill as well as credit card (Japanese) bill indicating the business address of Japanese guarantor (which I always use during my absence from japan for up to date payments)

    I filed through Reli tours Dusit thani office. Today was 8th working day in the embassy. But no news yet. Actually this application fall under the category of visiting relative (Because I am the husband and Permanent Resident of Japan). I am badly waiting and don’t know how long it will take. Now I am advised by the agency to follow up on Monday.

  21. mars 02/25/2013 at 6:53 pm #

    May tatanong lang po sana ko. Pano po kung yung katulad kong medical student na gusto pumunta ng japan para i-surprise yung special someone, pero walang bank certificate at ITR, maaaccept po ba yung visa application ko?

    • GCLabo 03/29/2014 at 4:22 pm #

      Hi! :D
      I am a medical student also. Pwede ko bang itanong if natuloy ang application mo for the Japanese visa? If so, anong nangyari? Salamat. :D

  22. ronniegatsby 01/22/2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Funny I stumble on this… I have exactly 10 calendar days/8working days to obtain my Japan visa. Should be enough no?

    • wanderlass 01/22/2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Should be enough but have to tell your agent. The problem is if they didn’t realize and thought they could put it off another day or 2. You travel too much!

  23. Cyrill Jane Simbulan Tongol 01/12/2013 at 1:56 am #

    O.m.g …im applying visa no guarantor…i just want to surprise visit my bf and friends there..tourists can stay only 15 days!?ahhhh…..

  24. japinoy 01/11/2013 at 5:58 pm #

    wow. denied visa means arrogance? maybe they have reason to suspect your sister will end up a prostitute in their country. she’s been denied to enter another country, that’s it. it happens to everybody. what’s the point complaining?

    • wanderlass 01/11/2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Why I cannot complain? It’s my blog after all. I can write whatever I want.

      In the end she was given 15 days visa, therefore they didn’t think she was gonna prostitute herself.

      New Flash: Not everyone gets denied visa.

      • Adrian Gonzales 01/22/2013 at 1:06 pm #

        Their visa , their rules… :(

  25. Adrian Gonzales 01/05/2013 at 10:28 am #

    Thanks so much for this! :) I have a question though. I am an employee who are paid in minimum, therefore I don’t have taxes. I don’t even have a TIN number, so I guess I don’t have ITR too. Would that be okay? I have bank deposit though. And I have a guarantor who is a Japanese national. Thanks in advance!

  26. Agness (@Agnesstramp) 10/16/2012 at 8:26 pm #

    There are many foreign teachers from Philippines in my school in Cambodia. I will spread the word out there :-).

  27. Kat Torres 10/01/2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Sometimes you gotta wonder if they just use draw lots to grant/deny visas.

    • wanderlass 10/01/2012 at 9:15 pm #

      True. It’s like, oh mf@#$, I have a really bad headache today, let’s stamp all applications [denied]. hehe

  28. Joy 10/01/2012 at 12:51 pm #

    cool, Jeff and I will definitely use this very soon ! :)

    • wanderlass 10/01/2012 at 1:07 pm #

      honeymoon in japan! when? i propose in april para hanabi season.

  29. Albin 10/01/2012 at 11:46 am #


  30. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures 09/29/2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Wow this info will definitely help a lot of people! :)

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