How I Got My Japan Multiple Entry Visa in One Shot in the Philippines

This post is about how I got my Japan Multiple Entry Visa in one shot. It was my very first time applying for a Japan tourist visa. I did not apply for multiple entry, but luckily, I got one.

I thought I share here how I got it and what I did. Our Multiple Entry Visa is valid for five years, and it allows us to travel to Japan in 30 days for five years.

The best thing about this post is I’m going to share two experiences: one for self-employed (mine) and another one for employed applicant (my sister) who got our multiple entry visas in one shot for the first time.

Two weeks ago, I found very cheap flights to Tokyo using Yes, I am always using that site when I search for the cheapest airfare. Now, you should too. My sister and I booked roundtrip flights right away even though we did not have our tourist visa yet.

Just imagine the nervousness and excitement of booking in advance without an approved visa. We were confident anyway because we gathered our complete documents (see the list and tips below) before lodging our application.

How I Got My Japan Multiple Entry Visa?

The first thing I did was gather the documents required before our application. I prepared the following documents (listed below) and submitted them to the agency. The cover letter was not needed, but I made sure I submitted one. I also made one for my sister, and she got a multiple entry visa, too.

Our cover letters had different content, though, but I mentioned why we really love to visit Japan and what makes it so special.

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Japan Multiple Entry Tourist Visa Requirements in the Philippines:

For self-employed applicants:

For employed applicants:

  • 2×2 photo (4.5 cm x 4.5 cm) – paste this on the application form
  • Original PSA Birth Certificate (released the same year of application)
  • Original Passport
  • Original Bank Certificate
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) – BIR Form 2316
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Daily Schedule in Japan
  • Cover Letter (optional)

Japan Multiple Entry Tourist Visa Application Procedures in the Philippines

1. Submit Your Complete Documents

The first tip I can share is to make sure you submit the complete documents required for your visa application, whether you are employed or not. Your documents must be consistent with the personal information you have provided on the application form.

2. Prepare a Simple Daily Schedule of Stay in Japan

Follow the specific requirements and format, including the Daily Schedule in Japan. The Daily Schedule in Japan is a tough job to make because you will need hotel reservations.

No worries, you can make hotel reservations even without paying in advance, and you can list your accommodation on your Daily Schedule. allows hotel reservations without payment.

3. Submit a Cover Letter

Also, make a cover letter indicating your keen reasons why you love to travel to Japan. Japanese are very much appreciative. Make a heartfelt letter about the reasons why you love to visit their country.

I think it was one of the reasons why we got Multiple Entry Visa. I shared a cover letter sample for Japan tourist visa application on this page: “Japan Tourist Visa Cover Letter.

Note that the letter is only an example. You still need to create your own letter that matches your itinerary and journey to Japan.

4. Prove Your Financial Capacity

Some people say that the money on your bank certificate matters when applying for a tourist visa. In my opinion, you can get approved even if your bank account is not 7-digit as long as you can afford the expenses on your travel.

My sister got her 5-year Multiple Entry Visa, and she had around 150,000 on her bank certificate. If you are traveling to Japan for five days, for example, around 80,000 on your account would do. I think they will issue you a visa as long as you have a decent job, a decent bank account, and strong reasons you will be returning to your home country.

You must prove your financial capacity to afford your whole travel to Japan. It’s another thing when you have a sponsor who will shoulder your travel expense. In that case, you would need to submit some supporting documents on your visa application.

Check out this helpful travel guide: “Japan Travel Guide for Beginners with Sample Itinerary.”

Disclaimer: This article is based on personal experiences. It is for information purpose only and should not be considered as travel expert advice. If you are not sure about your visa application, seek a professional visa advisor to assist your travel needs and services.

Fehl is the founder of Philpad and has been writing online for 12 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Accountancy and a background in Finance. She is a licensed Career Service Professional and author of a poetry book at Barnes & Noble. In her spare time, she likes to travel and discover new places.

7 thoughts on “How I Got My Japan Multiple Entry Visa in One Shot in the Philippines”

  1. Hi just wanted to ask.
    Do you consider me as “high financial individual”
    I will submit soon my application.
    Qatar bank – 52,000 riyals (roughly 730k pesos)
    Philippine bank- 200,000 php
    Citibank credit card- 1,000,000 php credit card limit.

    I have japan visas:
    Visa (1)- single entry used last April 2017
    Visa(2)- single entry again, but wasn’t able to use.
    After the expiry of the second visa, I tried to apply again the third time the same year, after one week still no result. I need to submit a letter of release for my passport because I had to process my work here in Qatar.

    I am planning to apply my visa in Manila. November 14,2019. Then my flight to japan would be on Dec 30, 2019

    Any advice please

  2. how can i apply tourist visa to visit my japanese children i have no contact yet for almost 17 yrs? Im 55 yrs old. thx

  3. Hi.. I was reading on the official Japanese website regarding the multiple entry qualification…

    Para ma approved, need na naka visit sa Japan in the last 3 years and ung isa is may stamp sa G7 countries in last 3 years..

    Ask ko lang if may G7 stamp me pero wala ng Japan, would they give multiple entry kaya?

    • Hello, my case is the same as your one. I just want to know if you got approved? I took the risk of filling out the multiple visa form because the travel agent offered it. I’m still waiting for my passport to be sent back to me sometime next week. I think being granted the multiple visa will be a bonus for me. Thanks! ????

  4. hi ask lang if san agency po kayo nag apply for visa and how much? and for your whole tour how much po estimated budget nyo? thanks in advance ????

  5. Hi ! Regarding the late registration for nso, i can only provide baptismal cert but not the form 137 or school yrbook, is that ok? i mean on ur own perspective. Coz hopefully we’ll be travelling by the 2nd week of Dec


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