Japan Tourist Visa Requirements for Filipinos 2020

Latest and updated Japan Tourist Visa Requirements for Filipinos 2020 – procedures in the Philippines. Also available multiple-entry visa for eligible Filipinos who want to visit Japan. This covers how to get a Japan tourist visa in the Philippines this 2020?

Filipinos love to travel and Japan is definitely listed on their bucket list. We definitely cannot miss a Tokyo drift. If you want to apply for a tourist visa in the Philippines to travel Japan, you must prepare the requirements listed below.

Recently, everyone was thrilled of the great news about the 3-year and 1-year multiple entry temporary visitors’ visa the Japanese embassy is now offering to eligible Pinoys. I am sharing the requirements for the multiple entry visa too.

I was lucky to have been given a 5-year Multiple Entry visa for my first time Japan visa application. Read my blog about “How I got My Japan Multiple Entry Visa in One Shot”

Visa application and processing is done via agencies accredited by Japan Embassy in the Philippines – meaning the applicant doesn’t need to go to the embassy anymore except when there is a request such as a personal interview by a consul.

Usually, Filipinos applying for a temporary visit visa in Japan are required to apply through these agencies except those that are required for direct application such as: diplomatic visa, invitation by Japanese government, education and cultural exchange program, scholarship sponsored by Japan, joint venture or member of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines, humanitarian related cases and custody cases of Japanese child.

Japan Tourist Visa Requirements for Filipinos and in the Philippines 2020

If you are a Filipino tourist planning to visit and travel the beautiful Land of the Rising Sun or you are visiting a friend or a distant relative, you must prepare the following original documents. Make sure these documents are latest and are valid:

  • Passport (with at least 2 blank pages)
  • Visa application form
  • 4.5cm x 4.5cm photo with white background (to be attached on the application form)
  • PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate
  • PSA Marriage Certificate (if married only)
  • Daily Schedule / Itinerary in Japan (TAIZAI NITTEIHYO) – grab a sample here: Japan Schedule of Stay and Itinerary Sample
  • Photos or documents to prove relationship (if you are visiting a friend only)
  • Latest Bank Certificate / Bank Statement
  • ITR Form 2316 (Income Tax Return) – original and photocopy
  • *Invitation Letter from a Guarantor in Japan with handwritten signature (not needed if you’re on a package tour)
  • *Residence Certificate of your Japanese Guarantor (only if you have a friend in Japan who will support your living expenses in your travel)
  • *Guarantee Letter (only if you have a guarantor/sponsor)
  • *Income Certificate (from City Hall) (SHOTOKU SHOMEISHO) from City Hall, Tax return certificate (NOUZEISHOMEISHO: form2) from Tax office, KAKUTEISHINKOKUSHO HIKAE or Bank Certificate (YOKIN ZANDAKA SHOMEISHO)


The last 4 Japan tourist visa requirements are optional and are applicable only if you have a guarantor or sponsor in Japan. To know more about your situation, just phone your local agency. You may also submit additional documents to support your application and visa processing – to prove economic and social ties with the Philippines, medical certificate, wedding invitations etc.

How much is Japan tourist visa fee?

As of now, it’s “gratis” meaning once your visa is approved and granted, it’s free. Yay! However, you may need to pay some fee on the agency where you have processed your application, around P950 or more.

What if your visa was denied? Can you apply again?

If your visa was refused and denied, you can apply again after 6 months.

Japan Tourist Visa Application Procedure:

You must be there at your chosen accredited agency early in the morning around 7am because schedule of acceptance of applications starts only from 8:40 to 9:40 a.m. weekdays. Assuming you have all your documents and requirements prepared and your visa application was filed, you’ll be issued a receipt containing the date when you can verify the status of your application. Should there be additional documents requested, they will also be noted in your receipt. Keep in touch with your agency regarding the status of your visa.

japan tourist visa requirements for filipinos

3-year or 1-year Multiple Entry Visa Japan Requirements

3-year or 1-year Japan Multiple Entry visa can be applied by Filipinos who are:

  • Employed with sufficient financial capacity to support their travel and living expense in Japan
  • Applicants with travel history or with a temporary visit visa in the past 3 years without any law violation during their stay in Japan

Japan Tourist Visa Requirements for employed applicants:

  • Passport
  • Application Form
  • Employment Certificate
  • ITR
  • PSA Birth Certificate
  • Valid IDs to prove residence in the Philippines
  • Cover Letter why you need a multiple-entry visa – sample cover letter here: Japan Tourist Visa Cover Letter Sample

Tourist Visa Requirements for applicants with previous travel in Japan

  • Passport new or old to prove previous travel in Japan within the last 3 years
  • ITR
  • Bank Certificate
  • Valid IDs or documents to prove residence in the Philippines
  • PSA Birth Certificate
  • PSA Marriage Certificate (if married)
  • Explanation Letter why you need a multiple-entry visa

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About Fehl Dungo

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128 thoughts on “Japan Tourist Visa Requirements for Filipinos 2020”

  1. Questions lang po, Manggagaling po kami sa Pinas lahat 1. ) Yung nanay ko po kasi guaguarantor nya po ang tatay ko na unemployed, pero si nanay po is working in America Green card holder but not yet citizen. Okay lang po ba na yung ITR nya at bank certificate from America lahat kasi wala po sya pag galing pinas eh? 2. ) Guaguarantor po ako at ang anak ko ng brother ko ,sabay po kami magaapply buong family, okay lang po ba kung photocopy nalang po ang isubmit namin ng anak ko na ITR,bank statement,PSA nya kasi nasaknya po yung original yun kasi ang ipapasa nya magaapply din kasi sya ng visa, pero 2nd time na po nya sa JApan. 3. ) Yung married friend ko po isasama nya anak nya na student, guarantoran nya, okay lang po ba photocopy nalang din yung marriage contract,PSA ,ITR,bank cert ang ipasa nya for his daughter kasi ung orig ipapasa nya for his visa rin eh. SAka ano po ba additional need na requirements pag student?

  2. Just want to clarify something about the single entry visa to Japan. I was able to book a cheap ticket for April 03, 2020 so I’m planning to apply for a single entry visa (15 days) around January 2020 since the validity is 3 months.

    I’m thinking of a 1 week stay so 6-7 days. If I got the visa and the expiration date is let’s say April 06 2020. Will I still be able to go because by the time I’m on my 3rd day in Japan my visa would have already expired. Or does it not matter since I was able to enter the country before the visa expired?

    • Hi, it is not recommended to book flights unless your visa has been issued. We must always follow the validity of the visa. Immigration authorities are very strict so do not put yourself on situations that are not certain. God bless!

  3. gusto ko pong mag tourist sa japan may asw po ako doon kso nki pag devorse po ako. tapos nakipag balikan siya s akin siya po uli mag sponsor . mabigyan po kaya uli ako ng visa.

  4. Hi pwede ba yung certificate ng stocks as show money? No need na bank cert?

    If ever bank cert talaga need ba bank statement din o ok lng bank cert lang?

  5. Hello po meron po ako 2 anak na japanese namatay po asawa ko aug 14 2017 pano ko po madadala 2 anak ko sa japan wala pa po ako visa ayaw din po ako bigyan ng sister in law ko haponesa ng requirments para madala ko 2 anak ko po sa japan ano po ba maganda gawin ko para maka pag apply visa kahit one week lang po para makita manlang ng anak ko tatay nila japanese sa cementery

  6. Hi good day.. Ask ko po sana kong anong letter ang dapat iproduce.. kasi ang foreigner fiancé ko mag bibusiness trip sya sa Japan.. Sya din po magsho shoulder ng expenses ko.. Thank you

  7. Hi.. balak po kasi namin mag tour sa japan kasama asawa ko at parents ko na din.. okay lang po ba kung wala na silang bank certificate?

  8. Hello po.

    tanong ko lng po, kasi e-invite ako ng cousin ng step mon ko w/c is nasa japan na sya ngayon, first time ko pong mag apply as tourist visa, nagtatrabaho ako currently dito sa pilipinas (davao) planning to resign if ever ma approve ang visa. minimum earner po ako, kailangan po ba ng ITR yun Ma’am, kasi pagkakaalam ko ITR for above minimum earner. (tama po ba?) any advice po anong gagawin.

    Thank you

    • Hi, if you’re not paying taxes, you better submit a cover letter explaining why you have no ITR. It’s allowed naman. I suggest do not resign coz tourist visa ang apply mo, you won’t be allowed to work in Japan with a tourist visa. God bless!

      • im married to japanese here in the philippines we have 2 children he abondone us since 1997.i work for my 2 children.i have a small business now like facial salon.can get tourist visa to visit japan

  9. ask ako about my issue sa birthcertificate ko in middle name ng mother ko one wrong letter sa middle niya .. magkkaron po ba ng problema sa pag aaply ko ng visa for visit my auntie sy a kasi ung kapatid ng mama ko na mag invite sa akin

  10. I am a permanent resident of japan. I want to invite my friend who is a filipino overseas worker in qatar. What are the requirements and procedures for appliying tourist visa fir japan

  11. 1st time applicant po ako tanong ko lang po kailangan po ba ng bank certificate kahit yung sponsor ko is aunte ko sa japan ?
    okay lang po ba mag apply sa cebu ?
    asan po ba madaling mag apply ?

  12. Does how much I earn impact whether ma approve or not? For example, I have a permanent job in a state university so it’s technically considered government employee ako, and my ITR has 260k listed, my show money is 150k. Would how much I earn stated on my ITR matter? Slightly worried kasi my friend thinks 260k might seem low for an annual salary.

  13. nagapply ako without guarantor last year dec.. i got 15 days… nagstay ako sa japan ng 12days.. nakabalik nako pinas january 2 2017.. balak ko ule magapply this end of january kasi sabi sa agency after 1month pwede na ule. pero balak ko magapply sana with guarantor na this time. yun japanese boy friend ko. ang concern ko lang. may chance pa ba ako madeny? pls reply thanks!

  14. Hi Ma’am add ko lang po sa question ko, what if wala naman po akong sariling bank certificate pero yung fiancee ko na nagwowoek sa Japan ang magshoshoulder ng expenses ko? puwede po kaya yun di ko po kase alam Ma’am ang process salamat po. 🙂

    • Hi. If you have sponsor from Japan, you also need to submit the following:
      -Invitation Letter from a Guarantor in Japan with handwritten signature (not needed if you’re on a package tour)
      -Residence Certificate of your Japanese Guarantor (only if you have a friend in Japan who will support your living expenses in your travel)
      -Guarantee Letter (only if you have a guarantor/sponsor)
      -Income Certificate (from City Hall) (SHOTOKU SHOMEISHO) from City Hall, Tax return certificate (NOUZEISHOMEISHO: form2) from Tax office, KAKUTEISHINKOKUSHO HIKAE or Bank Certificate (YOKIN ZANDAKA SHOMEISHO)

  15. Hi miss fehl,
    Tanong ko lang po may posibelidad po bang maka visa ang isang nag end contract ng ofw? At pano naman po kung walang I. T. R na papasa?
    Ano pong dapat gawin?

    • Just wanted to share some of my thoughts po.
      If OFW ka, no ITR needed, present your Cert. Of Employment. And regarding sa end contract kana po, how can you defend yourself na hindi ka maghahanap ng work sa Japan and babalik ka ng Pinas? You have to prove that question po. And to make sure ask the embassy. Good luck.

  16. my multiple visa na ako ng japan ..5yrs ang ibinigay nila sa kin..tanong ko lng..ilang araw ang pagitan bago ako pedeng bumalik sa japan..halimbawa..aalis akong jan 6-feb 5 2016..can i come back after a week?.. let say feb 10-march 9…pede ba un

    • hi, ask ko lang for 5 year multiple visa holder maximum na ba yung 30days stay? i do have 5 year multiple visa kasi kaso 30days stay lang…maximum na ba talaga yun?


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