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Japan Visa Requirements: Guide for Philippine Passport Holders (2024)

Japan is a destination that I would visit over and over again. However, as a traveler from the Philippines, obtaining a Japan visa is always a requirement, and yes, it can be a bit of a hassle. But let me tell you, it’s absolutely worth it! If you are planning a trip to Japan, you’ll find a step-by-step guide and the updated Japan visa requirements here. Read on.

Embassy of Japan in the Philippines

Before you proceed, make sure to check out the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines consular services page to get the most up to date information and any recent changes to the requirements.

Single Entry and Multiple Entry Japan Visa Requirements

  1. Passport (Must have signature and have at least two (2) blank pages.)
  2. Visa Application Form (here’s a sample Japan visa form if you need a guide)
  3. Photo (passport size 45 mm x 35 mm with a white background; Photo must be pasted on the application form.)
  4. Birth Certificate (issued by PSA within 1 year)
  5. Marriage Contract if the applicant is married (must be from NSO Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center)
  6. Itinerary in Japan (here’s the template provided by the Japanese Embassy)
  7. Bank Certificate (If the Average Daily Balance (ADB) in the last six months is not indicated, bank statement must be submitted to prove transactions within the last six months.)
  8. Income Tax Return
    • Copy of Form 2316 (must have signature of the Employer and Employee)
    • For business owners, proof of actual payment of tax and the BIR Tax Payment Certificate Form 1701 or 1702 (copy acceptable)
  9. Certificate of Employment stating your position, period of employment and salary
    • For business owners, Certificate of Business Name Registration from Department of Trade and Industry and a Mayor’s Permit from the City Hall (copy acceptable)
    • For students, a copy of School ID or Certificate of Enrollment in School (copy acceptable)
  10. Letter of explanation if unable to submit (8) and (9) above (sample cover letter here)

Important Note: If there is a used Japan visa on your passport, Birth Certificate and/or Marriage Certificate are not required.

Any other documents, such as Return plane tickets and hotel booking/reservation, will be considered as supporting documents.

Japan visa application requirements

Additional Requirements for Multiple Entry Temporary Visitor Visa

The following additional requirements are necessary for those who plan to visit Japan multiple times as temporary visitors for purposes such as tourism, business, or visiting relatives. This also applies to Philippine Nationals with Considerable Financial Capacity. The period of each stay in Japan must be within 30 days or within 90 days for Philippine Nationals with Considerable Financial Capacity.

  1. Request for Multiple Entry Visa form
  2. For frequent travelers in Japan with sufficient financial capacity:
    • Used Japanese visa and landing permission as a temporary visitor within the last 3 years
    • Old/expired passports with used Japan visas
  3. For those who traveled to Japan and G7 countries (several times, except Japan):
    • Used Japanese visa and landing permission as a temporary visitor within the last 3 years
    • Used visas and landing permissions of G7 countries (except Japan) within the last 3 years.

Japan Visa Guarantor Requirements

If you have a guarantor covering part or all of your travel expenses, the following documents are required:

  1. Guarantee Letter (here’s the template provided by the Japanese Embassy)
  2. Proof of relationship between the applicant and the guarantor (e.g., Birth Certificates or Photos)
  3. Proof of guarantor’s capacity to pay for your travel expenses:
    • Bank Certificate (same requirement above)
    • Income Tax Return (same requirement above)
    • Certificate of Employment (same requirement above)

How to apply for Japan Tourist Visa in the Philippines

A Japan Visa is one of the easiest visas to acquire, in my opinion. Ensuring you have complete Japan visa requirements is one of the best ways to secure it. Also, reading announcements on the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines website for any changes to the requirements will help your preparation.

Step 1: Complete the following mandatory requirements

Gather all the mandatory Japan visa requirements and any additional documents specified by the embassy. Here are some of the embassy’s document submission guidelines:

  • All documents issued in the Philippines must be original, except where specifically stated otherwise.
  • Original documents will not be returned. If you want the original back, submit it with a photocopy and a request for return.
  • All documents must be issued within 3 months of the application date (except for Birth/Marriage Certificates, which must be issued within 1 year).
  • All documents must be in A4 size. Documents of other sizes, like bank certificate and Income Tax Return (legal size), are acceptable.
  • Don’t staple documents

Step 2: Find an Accredited Travel Agency

The Japanese Embassy does not accept direct application, except for special cases. You can check the Japanese Embassy website to see a list of accredited agencies where you can submit the requirements. Travel agencies charge processing fee which vary from 800 – 2,000 pesos. My personal recommendation is Universal Holidays Inc. because of their very fast and efficient processing.

Step 3: Submit your Japan Visa Requirements

If you choose to course your application through UHI, you can secure an appointment online in their Visa Center PH online platform. Once confirmed, you can visit UHI’s office at the Ground Floor, Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Center, Makati City 1223 on your preferred date and time.

UHI also offers online application assessment and submission of documents via a courier. This is what I availed for my 2024 trip to Japan. For instructions, you can check out their website.

Step 4: Wait for the visa application results

After lodging your documents to the travel agency, that’s pretty much everything! All you need to do is wait. Visa processing normally takes 5-7 business days but sometimes could be longer.

Your chosen travel agency will keep you updated with your application. You will receive automated notifications via email or SMS for the status of your application, passport collection, and delivery through your preferred courier service. So, no need to worry about missing any important updates.

Shirakawa-go during summer

Planning your first trip to Japan? 

Discover the perfect itinerary for first-time visitors in my Japan Travel Guide, complete with accommodation suggestions, travel tips, and more!

Some Useful FAQs

How much money should I have on my bank account?

There is no fixed amount that can be determined for this question. What embassy wants to know is whether you have sufficient funds to support your trip to Japan. Some agencies in the Philippines advise that 10,000 pesos per day is a safe amount to allocate for a Japan trip. My advice is to make sure you have enough money to cover your costs for travel like accommodation, plane tickets, transportation, food and miscellaneous expenses. 

For the purpose of a visa application, I usually budget 10,000 pesos per day. So, if I’m traveling to Japan for 7 days, I should have 70,000 pesos. Of course, the amount in my bank account should be more than this to demonstrate to the embassy that I have sufficient funds for emergencies and for when I return home from the trip. Personally, I don’t usually spend 10,000 pesos a day in Japan, except on days when I visit theme parks, as the admission fees are typically expensive.

What if I don’t have an Income Tax Return (ITR)?

If you don’t have an Income Tax Return (ITR), you can provide alternative documents to prove your financial stability for your visa application. Also, write a letter explaining why you don’t have an ITR and detailing your other sources of income or financial support (sample cover letter here).

  • Provide a certificate of employment from any regular clients stating your work, duration, and payment details.
  • Include copies of your recent payslips or invoices if you’re a freelancer or business owner.
  • Include copies of property titles, car registration or other assets in your name.
  • Provide copies of any business permits you have obtained.
  • For newly registered tax payer, submit a copy of your BIR registration certificate to show your intent to comply with tax regulations.

How early can I apply for a Japan Tourist Visa?

It’s advisable to apply for a Japan Tourist Visa three months before your planned travel dates. First-time applicants typically receive a single-entry visa. If it’s your first time in Japan and you wish to apply for a multiple-entry visa, keep in mind that approval is not guaranteed, even for frequent or repeat travelers.

How long is the validity of Japan Tourist Visa?

Single-entry visa allows you to enter Japan once and stay for up to 15 days within three months from the date of visa issuance. Multiple-entry visa, on the other hand, allows you to enter Japan any number of times and stay for up to 30 days (up to 90 days for Philippine Nationals with Considerable Financial Capacity) per visit. This visa is valid for 1-10 years, depending on the consul’s decision.

How much does it cost to apply for a Japan Tourist Visa?

While Japan Tourist Visa itself is free, visa processing thru a travel agency has a corresponding fee. Visa application fee for single-entry ranges from 700-1,000 while multiple-entry costs1,500-2,000 pesos per person. 

Is a hotel booking required for a Japan Visa? 

No, it’s not mandatory. However, I always include a hotel reservation to support my application. Take advantage of Agoda’s free cancellation and pay-later options. By booking early, you’ll have a wider selection of accommodations and a better chance of securing your preferred hotel at competitive rates. Here are some of the hotels I have tried during my past trips. Almost all of them have free cancellation and pay later options in Agoda.

Is flight booking required for a Japan Visa?

No, it’s not mandatory. However, providing a flight reservation can strengthen your application. You can opt for a reservation with a flexible cancellation policy to ensure you have a confirmed itinerary without any financial risk.

Where to Stay in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo

So, there you have it! I hope this post helps you on your application. Feel free to add your own Japan tips in the comments section. Do you have any questions? Suggestions? Let’s chat down below! 

Download Forms

Click here to download Japan visa forms and supplementary forms needed for your application, including the daily schedule/itinerary template, multiple entry request form, guarantee letter, sample cover letters, and more.

By Project Gora

Hey there! My name is Milet Miranda, and I'm a full-time corporate employee during weekdays and a traveler during weekends (and get the picture). I'm a foodie at heart and I love joining food tours. When I'm not traveling, you'll find me walking my dogs or biking around my neighborhood.

13 replies on “Japan Visa Requirements: Guide for Philippine Passport Holders (2024)”

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Hi po pwede maginquire. Regarding sa address ng hotel, since ang trip ko ay MNL-OSAKA-Tokyo-MNL, dapat po ba dalawang hotel address ilagay ko sa visa app. Form since papasok ako osaka at lalabas ng narita? Kasi sa itinerary makikita din na may tokyo trip din ako.

Hello po! Sa application form, isang hotel address lang pwede ilagay. Osaka hotel address ang ilagay mo dito. Sa itinerary naman, ilagay mo pareho.

Very beautifully described all the columns are very informative. Every class of person can afford for the trip.

Hello.your post has made me decide to get Japan visa again. i thought i wont do it due to lack of time since Im arriving in MNL from abroad and will only stay there for 6 days before going to Mindanao. if you were able to get the visa after 24H, siguro ay may chance na I can get it less than 5 days. I plan to use UHI also kahit di sila ang pinakamura kasi sila lang naman ang nag reply sa email inquiry ko. dahil di ako nakatira sa Pilipinas, di ako makakapagpakita ng ITR, mag gawa na lang ako explanation letter at sana sapat na yun.

Hi Jeff! As long as complete naman requirements mo, mapapasa agad ng UHI sa embassy yun. Yung dalawa kong friends last week nag pass. Wednesday yun and nakuha nila visa nila by Monday. Good luck on your application! 🙂

sis, how much should one have in the bank? How much would you recommend ?Thanks for sharing this very informative information. Simple and straight to the point.Leah @ Curiousweekends

Hello Leah! I have a little over 100K in my account when I applied. It depends on how long you plan to stay there. Will be staying for 9 days so 100K is enough. For a 5 day stay, 50K will do 🙂

I really find your blog so useful and interesting, lalo na yung about sa South Korea. May tanong po ako, kailangan po ba sa pag-aaply ng visa to Japan, may plane ticket ka na at hotel bookings?

Hi Kisse! Plane tickets and hotel bookings are additional docs lang. Some travel agencies nga will not include these docs when they submit the application to the embassy. I still submitted mine hoping it would increase my chance of getting approved 🙂

Wow, I'm very much excited on your next entries about Japan! BTW, do you mind if I ask how much money you have on your bank account when you applied?

Hello P’Trey! I’m excited too! I have a little over 100K in my account when I applied. Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

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