How to get Japan Tourist Visa for Filipinos

Japan visa is one of the requirements if you want to set foot on the country. But fret not, getting one is not that complicated.

The first time I have applied for a Japanese visa, my passport doesn’t have any stamp yet, it is my first time to travel, and I am a girl. I have all the reasons which other says will be the possible causes of getting a denied visa.

I’ve done much research about the requirements and after completing them, I submitted it to my preferred travel agency. After 3 days, I already have my passport with 3-month valid visa, 15 days maximum stay.

So, to ease all your worries. I will be listing down all the requirements for Japan visa application that I am using since then up to now.

Requirements for Single Entry Japan Visa

The single entry tourist visa is the common type of visa given to a first-timer. As I have mentioned earlier, it has 3-month validity with 15 days maximum stay.

Basic requirements

1. Passport

Must be more than 6 months valid and signed and must have at least two blank visa pages.

2. Accomplished Visa application form

You may download the application form here.

Fill all the applicable information otherwise, put N/A. Do not leave anything blank. All data should be correct so make sure to double check. Don’t forget to sign the form and put the date. Submit it clean and with no erasures.

3. Photo

1 Copy of 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm with white background. You can tell the photographer that you need a Japan visa size photo. Write your name and birthday at the back of your photo. Photo must be pasted to the form upon submission.

4. Birth Certificate

Must be PSA issued within one year. If in case the birth certificate from PSA is unreadable or has incomplete information, you may submit it along with a birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar.

For those applicants who have their Japanese visa issued before, no need to submit birth certificate. Just present your old or valid passport with used Japanese visa.

5. Marriage Contract(if married)

PSA issued marriage contract and valid within one year.

For those applicants who have their Japanese visa issued before, no need to submit marriage contract. Just present your old or valid passport with used Japanese visa

6. Tour Itinerary

You may download the itinerary form here.

You must list down all the places that you’ll be going to visit for your entire trip. You need to consider the amount presented on your bank certificate on creating an itinerary. Prove that you can support yourself from all the expenses of the whole trip. But of course, this may or may not be followed once you’re already in Japan.

If you are a first-timer, it is better to include just one region in the itinerary. For example, if your destination is Nagoya, your itinerary will just cover all the attractions in Nagoya or any nearby cities. It will also be helpful if you can have just one or two accommodations indicated in your form.

You may use this as a guide.


Provide the most recent which was issued within 3 months. There is no standard amount that should be on your bank account, just ensure that the amount you’ll be presenting can cover all the expenses that you have indicated on your itinerary.

Personally, I am allocating 10k budget per day. So the computation will be 10k x no. of days. You can also set your own preferred amount and look for tourist spots with free entrance so you can save more.

Address the bank balance certificate request to Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, 2627 Roxas Blvd, Pasay, Metro Manila.

8.INCOME TAX RETURN(Form 2316 or 1701)

Just provide one photocopy of the document. It must be the latest release, if you’re applying this year(2019) you must present an Income Tax Return(ITR) for year 2018. Ensure that the document is properly signed and proper dates are indicated.

Other Optional Requirements

9. Certificate of Employment (COE)

Must be valid within 3 months. Stating current position, annual income, length of service.

10. Approved Leaves

A printed copy of email conversion between you and your manager or superior. It must clearly stated that he/she is allowing you to take a vacation leave for a particular length of time.

11. Airline Ticket / e-Ticket

It is not necessary that you already booked your flight prior to visa application but just to increase the chances of getting an approved visa, you may do so. This is to prove that you’ll surely be returning to the country after your travel period.

12. Hotel Reservation / Confirmation

You may book a hotel with option to “pay later” so you can still cancel it afterwards, if in any case your visa application has been denied.

Requirements for Multiple Entry Japan Visa

Complete the requirements under Single Entry Japan Visa application and fill up this form.

In the form, put a check on all category that applies to you and provide a brief explanation of your interest in applying for multiple entry visa. Try to be concise to fit all the details on “the reason:” box. Others are attaching a separate sheet in the form for the explanation, you can do that too but as for me, I want to keep it short and straight to the point.

There are no guidelines as to what information or reason to write on the box. Just be genuine in justifying your purpose for wanting to go back to Japan. Avoid adding too many flavours and you’ll be good.


All documents must be printed in A4 size. For the bank certificates, you may ask the bank staff to have it printed in A4 size but if they have a standard size, you may still submit it with no problem. Same with the Income Tax Return(ITR) which is usually printed in legal size.

Here is the list of accredited travel agencies where you can submit your application.

27 thoughts on “How to get Japan Tourist Visa for Filipinos

  1. Paolo says:

    These are very helpful! Will apply for another Japan visa next year! Last year we applied as a family

    1. Dems says:

      Thank you for shating your experience in applying for Japan visa. I’m also hoping to visit in the near future and I do not have any international travel history yet + female. May I ask if you’re employed or working as a freelancer?

  2. Nicole San Miguel says:

    Pwede kaya mag-apply ng multiple entry kahit first time pa lang or recommended na single-entry muna? I would like to apply for multiple entry na sana.

    1. Carol says:

      You can try, they’ll give you single-entry pa rin naman just in case hindi ka pa inallow sa multiple-entry. Gandahan mu lang din siguro yung letter of intent.

  3. Jayne says:

    It seems a bit much but all are easy to get documents! Thank you for your tips as well. I will definitely need it when i go

    1. Carol says:

      Yep, better to secure all documents before applying so you’ll need not to worry upon submission of application.=)

  4. Karla Nina Mallannao says:

    Maraming nagsasabi na mahirap daw ang requirements sa pagkuha ng VISA for Japan, pero after reading this, mukhang hindi naman. Ang mahirap siguro eh yung pag-approve ng Visa. Tama ba?

    1. Carol says:

      Siguro it’s case to case basis, but if you were able to present complete up-to-date requirements then you’re good to go. In my experience, mas mabilis if you’ll process it on your own(instead of sponsorship) particularly if you are employed.

  5. Dianne says:

    I cancelled my trip last year to Japan pero we have another booking early next year.
    I might be needing this if in case I’ll apply visa from PH. Thanks!

  6. Jan Darren Guiwan (KapampanganTraveller) says:

    Appreciate it much for making the process easy to understand to common people. I never applied for any visa yet, and this lessened my anxiety in trying one in the future, soon as international leisure travel resumed.

    1. Carol says:

      Hope this can help you in your future travels. This became my worries as well during my application for my first visa.

  7. Christian Foremost says:

    Japan is one of the places I have on my countries to visit. This is for sure helpful. I just hope I’ll get to visit it soon before my passport expires!!

  8. Eve says:

    I worked for an ESL company for Japanese students in the past. My students are really nice! This made me want to visit the country soon and this post can come in handy.

  9. Polly says:

    HI Carol, I hope you’re well. What I like about Japanese visa application is that they’re prompt. It only took them three days to review and was granted with a multiple entry. Is the process the same when applying for a renewal?

    1. Carol says:

      Yes, all the same, but still you can exclude the submission of your birth-cert.

  10. Misskhae says:

    UGH JAPAN! I was supposed to be flying to Japan this year and then COVID happened. I have a lot of cancelled travels this year. Rescheduled some including Japan pero sana tatanggap na ulit sila ng tourist visitors for next year.

  11. WanderWoMom says:

    hello papano kaya pag walang ITR and freelancer lang ako? or possible bang dependent na lang ako ng mom ko?

    1. Carol says:

      Hmmmm. I am not new with this concern, ilang beses ko na din nabasa yung mga ganyan. According to them, they are attaching a letter of explanation as to why they don’t have an ITR along with their application form. Most probably ang pinakaimportant na details dun is for the embassy to know kung anung source of income mo. If you have business naman, you can present a copy of DTI permit of your business.
      Puwede mo rin namang gawing sponsor ung mom mo if she has all the requirements. To cut this short, there are plenty of ways for you to apply though you don’t have an ITR.

  12. Emman James says:

    Gusto ko sana to itry. Kaso mukhang malabo pa ngayon. But this guide is very helpful. Babalikan ko to soon.

  13. clang says:

    Madali lang pala ang mga requirements, i-take note ko ang mga ito for future reference. Thanks for this info.

  14. Franze Garcia says:

    It looks like that the documents needed are pretty easy, might as well to save this if we planned to pay a visit. Hopefully they do accept sooner. Thank you as well.

  15. Wendy says:

    been to Japan na din so I know na the requirements. let’s just pray for this covid to end:-(


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