Last updated: 13 February 2020

Traveling to Japan as a tourist? Here’s our latest visa application guide with the LIST OF JAPAN VISA REQUIREMENTS and STEP-BY-STEP APPLICATION PROCESS. We added a detailed guide on HOW TO FILL OUT JAPAN VISA APPLICATION FORM. And as a bonus, we also answered some frequently asked questions. Note that this is for those applying as tourists.

Geographically Japan isn’t too far from the Philippines, and a good number of airlines fly to its major cities from Manila. Most Filipinos, however, feel that this amazing East Asian country is far more distant than it actually is. One reason is the visa requirement.

Visas are always a major hurdle for many Filipino travelers. One look at the list of requirements and some already feel intimidated by it. I felt exactly the same when I was new in the travel scene. But over the past few years, the Japanese Embassy has been more forgiving when it comes to visa applications.

Today, getting a Japanese visa is actually quite easy. Here’s a quick step-by-step chronicling of how I got mine.

Important! This visa guide is for those applying for a JAPAN TOURIST VISA (with and without sponsor or guarantor), meaning you will be staying in a hotel and you’re not visiting anyone in Japan. If you’re traveling to visit a friend or relative in Japan, we have a separate post for that. Read: Japan Visa Requirements for Visiting Friends or Relatives

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1. Philippine passport

  • Must have a signature. In new 10-year passports, you’ll find the signature line on page 3 (the page opposite the bio page), just below the big Philippine flag image. In older e-passports, the signature is digitally encoded on the actual bio page.
  • Must have at least 2 blank pages. The Japanese embassy attaches a sticker to a page on your passport. Then the Japanese immigration adds an entry sticker on another page upon arrival.
  • Must have at least 6 months validity. The standard immigration practice is to reject passports with validity shorter than 6 months. In cases like these, you will not be allowed to exit the Philippines or enter Japan.
  • Must be in good condition. Broken and unreadable passports are not accepted.

2. A duly accomplished visa application form.

  • You may download it from here.
  • Handwritten and computerized are both accepted.
  • Don’t leave any field blank. If a field is not applicable to you, write N/A.
  • Print the form on an A4-size paper. Other sizes will be rejected. No, legal (long) and letter (short) sizes are not allowed. Only A4.
  • Use a black pen or font. Do not use pencil or one of those erasable pens.
  • Avoid erasures. If it can’t be helped, use double line (2 strikethroughs). If there are too many erasures, start over. Never ever use correction tape or liquid.
  • If you need help accomplishing the form, we have a guide in another section below.

3. ID picture

  • Size: 4.5cm x 4.5 cm
  • White background
  • Must have been taken within the past 6 months.
  • Write your name and birthdate on the back side.
  • Paste it on the designated area on the application form. DO NOT STAPLE.

4. Birth certificate from PSA

  • Must be issued within the past one year from PSA Main Office or Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide). NO, certificates older than one year are NOT ACCEPTED.
  • If the birth certificate is marked LATE REGISTRATION, you must also submit Baptismal certificate, School Record (Form 137), and School Yearbook (if applicable). The address of the church or school must be indicated in the documents.

5. Marriage certificate from PSA

  • Only if you’re married. If you’re single, ignore this one.
  • Must be issued within the past one year from PSA Main Office or Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide).

6. Daily schedule in Japan

  • This is your daily itinerary in Japan.
  • Download the format here.
  • Must be printed on an A4-size paper.
  • It doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s what mine looked like: Sample Japan Itinerary

7. Accomplished list of Visa Applicants

  • Only if traveling as family/group. If you’re applying alone, no need to submit this.
  • You must have a REPRESENTATIVE APPLICANT, who will be the key person in your application. For example, if you’re applying as a family, one of the parents can be the representative. If one of the applicants/travelers will be sponsoring the rest of the group, that person can also be the representative.
  • In the “relationship with the inviting person and guarantor” field, write N/A if you’re applying as a tourist. Fill this in only if you’re visiting friends or relatives in Japan.
  • You can download the form here.
  • Must be printed on an A4-size paper.

In addition, you also need to provide the following financial and employment documents. There is a separate set of requirements for those with guarantor from those who will shoulder their own expenses.

Additional Requirements if WITHOUT Guarantor

If you will shoulder part or all of your travel expenses, you must provide the following:

  1. Income tax return (ITR Form 2316). They need a clear photocopy of it.
  2. Bank certificate. Must be issued within the past 3 months. I’m not sure if they require a receipt, but I submitted the receipt too. To be safe, when you get your bank certificate, ask for a receipt too. There’s no telling how big a fund is “enough” to get approved, but (in case you’re wondering) my account had only a bit north of P100,000. I planned on staying for a week. I didn’t encounter any problem.

Although a Certificate of Employment is no longer on the list of requirements, we still recommend that you provide one showing your start date, salary, and contact persons, especially if you have an irregular ITR (not covering the complete year or issued by your previous employer).

If for some reason, you can’t provide a specific document, you may write a letter explaining why you can’t and submit supporting documents instead. For example, if you don’t have a current ITR because you’re new at your job or you’re working abroad, you can provide copies of invoice or payslip or other tax forms. That’s what I did in one of my applications and they accepted it.

Additional Requirements if WITH Guarantor

If a guarantor will sponsor your trip, you will need to provide the following additional documents. Note that this only applies if the guarantor lives in the Philippines:

  1. Guarantee Letter. Must explain your guarantor’s relationship to you and their contact details.
  2. Proof of relationship between applicant and guarantor. For example, if the guarantor is a parent or a close relative, submit their birth certificate too.
  3. Bank Certificate (original) of the Guarantor
  4. Photocopy of the Income Tax Return (ITR Form 2316) of the Guarantor

Again, documents to be printed out must be done on an A4-size paper. Other sizes will not be accepted.

All birth certificates must be issued within the past year by PSA Main Office or Serbilis Center.

Update: NCov Questionnaire / Form

On 3 February 2020, the Japanese Embassy in Manila announced that visa applicants must answer and submit an additional questionnaire in accordance to the Japanese government’s decision to impose restrictions on travelers who have recently visited areas heavily affected by COVID-19.

All applicants must accomplish and submit this form, in addition to the other requirements.



  1. Complete the requirements, as listed above.
  2. Find an accredited travel agency. Except very special cases, the Japanese Embassy doesn’t accept direct applications. They must be coursed through any of their accredited agencies. You will find their very limited list of accredited agencies right here.
  3. Submit the documents. Go to your chosen travel agency in the morning or as early as you can. These days, Japan travel is so popular, queues can be so long it can sometimes eat up your entire day.
  4. Pay the Processing Fee. In reality, the visa is FREE, but the agency will charge a processing fee. The rates vary, but it’s usually between P800 – P1600 depending on the agency.
  5. Wait for your visa. After you have submitted everything to the travel agency, there’s nothing left to do but to wait and hope for the best. If they encounter any problem (e.g. additional requirements), they will let you know. Thus, you must apply not so close to your date of travel. Visa processing normally takes 3-5 days, but sometimes up to 7 working days. For others, it takes weeks. The first time I applied, I received my visa 5 days later. The second time, it took them only 2 days.

Depending on your arrangement with the agency, your passport with the visa (if approved) either will be mailed to you or must be claimed at their office.

That’s pretty much everything! Good luck and enjoy the Land of the Rising Sun!


We get a lot of questions about the various sections of the application form so we decided to make this guide to help you accomplish it without problem.

Before anything else, take note of these general guidelines:

  • THESE SAMPLES ARE FOR TOURISTS. This won’t apply if you’re visiting a relative or a friend. Check this out instead: Japan Visa for Visiting Friends/Relatives.
  • Print the application form on an A4 paper only. Other sizes are not accepted.
  • Fill out the form either digitally or by hand. Both computerized (typewritten) and handwritten are accepted. But for handwritten forms, make sure that you write in block letters and that they are readable.
  • Use a black pen. Do not use erasable pens or pencils! Likewise, if you fill it out digitally, use black font.
  • Don’t use correction tape or liquid. Try to avoid any erasure. If something needs to be corrected, use double line (2 strikethroughs). If there are too many erasures, best to start all over with a fresh blank form.
  • Don’t leave any field blank. If the item or question doesn’t apply to you, write NA or N/A, which is short for Not Applicable.
  • Do not staple the form! The agency will most likely remove them too.

Now that we have those out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the form. You’ll see that the form is quite short and straightforward. It only has two pages.

For the purpose of this post, I’m accomplishing the form using big blue letters just to highlight my answers. But please use BLACK for your application to make it neater and more professional.

  1. Given and middle names: Write both your given name AND your middle name (your mom’s last name).
  2. Other names: If you have a nickname, write it down. But I just write N/A all the time.
  3. Place of birth: Most questions we get about this part are from those born in Metro Manila. They ask what to put if they have no province. If it’s in Metro Manila, write Metro Manila. For example, if you were born in Mandaluyong, write: Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines.
  4. Former and/or other nationalities or citizenships: Write N/A if it doesn’t apply to you.
  5. ID No. issued to you by your government: You can write down any government-issued ID here like Driver’s License, SSS ID, or UMID. A few times, I wrote the passport number here too, I didn’t have any problem.
  6. Passport type: Ordinary
  7. Passport number: Make sure it’s correct.
  8. Place of issue: You can write the city name. In the case of Manila, you can write MANILA. You can also be specific. I usually write DFA NCR EAST, because that’s what’s on my passport.
  9. Issuing authority: DFA.
  10. Purpose of visit to Japan: Tourism. (If you’re visiting a friend or family, write VISIT FRIEND/FAMILY.)
  11. Intended length of stay in Japan: Number of days including the day of arrival.
  12. Port of entry into Japan: Name of the airport. It can be Kansai, Narita, Chitose, etc.
  13. Name of ship or airline: Just the name of the airline or the ship. It doesn’t matter if you’re already booked or not.
  14. Names and addresses of hotels or persons with whom applicant intends to stay: If you’re traveling as a tourist, write down the name, address and telephone number of your hotel. If you don’t know the exact address or telephone number of your hotel, Google it!
  15. Dates and duration of previous stays in Japan. Write N/A if it’s your first time in Japan. If you’ve been to Japan before write the inclusive dates of your previous visits and the number of days. If you’ve been to Japan many times and it won’t fit, use a separate sheet and indicate it on the form.
  16. Your current residential address: If you have more than one address, list them all on a separate sheet.
  17. Telephone number: If you don’t have a landline number, write N/A.
  18. Current profession or occupation and position: Be truthful! If your current occupation or position doesn’t match the ITR you’re submitting (for example, you moved to another company), you can write a letter explaining it.
  19. Partner’s profession/occupation: If you’re single and of legal age, write N/A. If you’re married, write the profession of your partner. If for a minor, write the profession or occupation of parents.
  20. Guarantor/Inviter Info: Since you’re applying for a TOURIST VISA, just write N/A in all the fields.
  21. If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, please provide relevant details: If you answered NO to all the questions, write N/A.
  22. Signature: Sign it by hand. I’m not sure if digital signatures are accepted, but I doubt it. If the applicant is minor, a parent or legal guardian can sign, but the relationship must be indicated below the signature.


I’m visiting a friend or relative. Is the process the same?

No, there is a separate set of requirements for those visiting a relative or friend. You’ll find the list of requirements and the application process here: JAPAN VISIT VISA REQUIREMENTS.

I was issued a Japan visa before. I just want to renew. What’s the process?

Still the same. The only difference is you don’t need to submit a birth certificate and marriage certificate. But you will need to submit the passport with your old visas.

Can I apply for a multiple-entry Japan visa?

The following can apply for a multiple-entry Japan visa:

  • A person who has travelled to Japan as temporary visitor within the last three years AND has sufficient financial capability to support their trip.
  • A person who has travelled to Japan as temporary visitor within the last three years AND has travelled as temporary visitor to G7 countries (excluding Japan) several times within the last three years. The other G7 countries are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (USA).
  • A person who has high financial capacity (but has not been to Japan in the past 3 years). The keywords here are HIGH FINANCIAL CAPACITY.
  • Immediate family member (Spouse/Child) of a person who has high financial capacity.

HOWEVER, if it’s your first time to visit Japan, it’s generally safer to apply for a SINGLE-ENTRY VISA for higher chances of approval.


How to apply for a multiple-entry Japan visa? What are the requirements?

We also have a dedicated post for that. You’ll find that here: Multiple-Entry Japan Visa

Do I need a travel agency to apply?

Yes. Unless it’s a special case, all visa applications must be coursed through any of their accredited travel agencies.

Here’s the complete list of officially accredited travel agencies: Japan Visa Travel Agencies.

Do I need to book flights and hotel before applying?

No. It’s not a requirement. However, on the application form, you will have to write down the specific AIRLINE and HOTEL ADDRESS you wish to book (or have booked).

Some travel agencies accept flight itinerary if the applicant is already booked for better chances. Some don’t. In general, it is not a requirement. If you haven’t booked flights yet, don’t. Get a visa first.

How long is the validity of the visa?

Single-entry tourist visas are valid for 90 days upon issue and will usually allow you to stay for no longer than 15 days. So for example, your visa is issued on January 1, you can enter Japan any time between January 1 and March 31, but once you enter, you can stay for only 15 days maximum.

Multiple-entry visas will usually allow you to stay for up to 15 or 30 days, depending on what is given to you. But it’s usually valid for 3 or 5 years. Meaning, you can visit multiple times within 3 or 5 years since the issue date, but every stay must not be longer than 15 or 30 days.

How long does it take to process Japan visa application?

7 working days, if you ask the agencies. That’s their default answer.

In reality, it varies. My first time, 5 working days. Second time, 2 days. Then on my third and fourth times, 7 days and 2 days respectively.

I know people who have waited weeks for theirs. Pretty hard to tell.

How early can I apply for a Japan visa?

As mentioned, the standard single-entry visa is valid for 90 days since issue date, so you can apply as early as 3 months before your travel date. But “3 months before” would be cutting it too close to expiry date. I personally prefer applying 1-2 months before my travel date.

Can I apply 1 week before the travel date?

That’s too close for comfort. Although there are times when results are released only 2 or 3 days after application, for others it can take weeks. Best to apply 1-2 months before.

Some agencies also refuse to accept applications that are too close to the travel date. For example, Reli Tours at SM Megamall has a 7-working-days policy. If the flight is scheduled sooner than 7 working days at the time of submission, they will NOT accept your application. It happened to a relative whom I accompanied at the agency. They turned us away and asked that we apply at another agency instead.

I’m not sure if other travel agencies have the same policy. Call them first if your trip is urgent.

How much money should I have in the bank to get approved?

The Embassy doesn’t explicitly say how much money you should have in the bank. The amount isn’t the only factor. It’s probably on a case-by-case basis.

I have applied for a 15-day stay with only P100,000+ in the bank and my application got approved.

A friend of mine applied for a 5-day stay with only P50,000 and got approved. She has a full-time job.

Another friend applied for a 5-day stay with over P200,000 and got denied. She doesn’t have a regular job.

I think the rule of thumb is: how much savings you have should be proportional to how long your stay is. For example, if you have only P50,000, don’t apply for a 15-day stay because that would obviously raise a lot of questions regarding whether or not you can afford the trip.

Also, I think the Embassy is more concerned about whether or not you have a compelling reason to return to the Philippines, which is why they scrutinize your employment status and travel history.

I am tax-exempt. Do I need to submit an ITR?

You should still have an ITR even if you’re tax-exempt.

Since 2018, workers earning below P250,000 a year (P21,000 a month) are exempted from paying income taxes. But that doesn’t mean it exempts you from having an ITR. If you’re an employee, you can still get a copy of your ITR from your employer even if you’re tax-exempt.

I don’t have an ITR. What can I do?

You need to submit the following:

  • A letter explaining why you can’t submit an ITR.
  • Other proof of income or employment.

I was able to try applying without a recent ITR during my last visa application. I wrote a letter explaining that I wouldn’t be able to submit my latest ITR because I recently shifted to becoming an entrepreneur and I won’t have a copy of my ITR until the end of the year. I then added that I’m submitting a copy of my ITR for the previous year together with COE from my clients and my business registration docs.

Another workaround is to find a guarantor.

Is Certificate of Employment needed to get a Japan visa?

Technically, no. Certificate of Employment is no longer a requirement.

BUT — and it’s a big but — it’s always a good idea to provide one because it shows your financial capability, stability, and rootedness.

So I strongly recommend that you submit one.

I’m a freelancer. I don’t have a Certificate of Employment. What can I do?

You can try to get a letter from your clients indicating what you do for them, how long you’ve been working for them, and how much salary you get. This will help your application.

I was a freelancer before so I’ve done this and my Japan visa application got approved.

Here’s the format I followed.

Sample Certificate Employment PDF


I have a guarantor. Do I still have to submit my own bank documents?

NO need. Just submit your guarantor’s bank documents, guarantee letter, and other documents listed above.

I don’t have a bank account. Can I still apply for a Japan visa?

Yes, just find a guarantor. This way, you won’t need to submit your own, just submit your guarantor’s bank documents. For better chances, find a guarantor who is an immediate relative. Otherwise, you’ll have a hard time convincing the embassy why your guarantor is willing to sponsor your trip. It’s still possible, but chances are lower.

Check out the list of requirements above for those applying with a guarantor.

Note, however, that you will still be assessed based on other criteria like employment and travel history.

Can my boyfriend or girlfriend sponsor my trip?

You can try, but no guarantees. If you want better chances of approval, an immediate family member is best to sponsor you. A parents or sibling is most ideal. You will have to submit proof of relationship, which is hard to establish if you’re not married to your sponsor or not an immediate family member.

Note that even if your trip is sponsored by someone else, you still need to provide your own bank and employment documents on top of your sponsor’s.

Can I submit a birth certificate issued more than a year ago?

NO. The birth certificate MUST be issued within the past year. You cannot fake your way around it. The issue date is printed at the bottom of the birth certificate so both the agency and the embassy can easily figure out how old your copy is.

Is personal appearance required for a Japan visa?

YES and NO. It depends on a lot of things: which travel agency you’re applying at, how you’re applying, and what your background is.

For example, based on my experience, Reli Tours and Friendship Tours require personal appearance for walk-in applicants. I have tried applying for my cousin at Reli Tours SM Megamall and they won’t accept the application. Our accountant also tried applying for my mom at Friendship Tours at Dusit Thani Makati but she was told that my mom had to be there in person. She was also told that we could just mail the application if personal appearance was not feasible.

However, on a separate occasion, my cousin was allowed to apply for my niece (a minor) at Reli Tours Southmall even when the kid wasn’t with her. It might be because of two things: because my niece was a minor and because they were traveling together (group).

I’m not sure if it’s the same for all travel agencies or for all branches. IF some of them allow it, make sure you have a signed authorization letter, ID of the applicant, ID of the representative, and proof of your relationship with them.

Best to just call your chosen travel agency to be sure.

Should the application form be typewritten/computerized or handwritten?

Either is okay. I’ve tried applying with both. No problem.

If the question doesn’t apply to me, should I write N/A or just leave it blank?

Put N/A.

It confuses applicants because Japan and Korea have different policies, and most designated agencies process both Japan and Korean visas.

But here’s the generally accepted practice: For Japan Visa form, write N/A. For Korean Visa form, leave it blank.

What are the common reasons why Japan visa applications are denied?

I can only speculate, but based on the messages we receive from our followers, the usual reasons are the following:

  • You can’t prove that you can financially support yourself on this trip. You probably have insufficient funds or your guarantor is not in a good financial standing.
  • You can’t prove that you intend to return (rootedness). You probably don’t have a stable job at this point, unemployed, newly employed, or newly resigned, and it’s giving the impression that you intend to work there.
  • Your intention/purpose in Japan is unclear. This is why it is best to be specific when you’re detailing the reasons for your visit.

I plan to submit documents X, Y and Z, and I have been to other countries before. Will my application be approved?

I can’t say. It’s hard to tell. It’s based on a gazillion factors. And even if you send me all the docs you plan to submit, everything we say will still be nothing more than a wild guess. No one and nothing can guarantee approval. At the end of the day, it is completely up to the visa officer evaluating your application. Some are very strict; some are not so much.

I have a friend who has a stellar travel history, lots of money in her bank account, and stable job, but she was denied a visa regardless.

More Japan FAQs


Although there is a big chance you won’t need to pay a visit, here’s the address of the Japanese Embassy in Manila. You will need this address for the bank certificate.

Embassy of Japan
2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, 1300
Contact No. +63-2-551-5710

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Updates Log

2020 February 3 – Added the new questionnaire (related to Hubei Province) to the list of requirements
2020 February 13 – Replaced the NCOV questionnaire with a new version that includes Zhejiang Province.

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  1. jp says:

    Quick question. I dont put much money in the bank, I put them in stocks and investment funds. Would the post a problem?

    • yoshke says:

      As Anony said in another comment, provide original documentation of your assets. And don’t forget your ITR and Certificate of Employment. :)

      • Che says:

        Question, as per the FAQ I can get a letter from my freelancing clients but I still don’t have an ITR. Well I do have a number but not able to pay as the freelancing is not a regular thing. Let’s say project based work. Would that be a problem?

      • Mrs. Q says:

        Hi! Im a housewife and my sister in sweden like to take me to travel in japan all expenses on her.. I don’t have an ITR.. Any suggestions on how can I apply a japan visa.. Thank you

    • yoshke says:

      Nope! But you need to know which flight you’re planning to take and which hotel you plan to stay. :)

      • Navy wife says:

        hi, I’m reading all the comments here. I’m planning to apply for a visa. but my situation is quite different with any of the comments here. my husband is as Navy based in the US. right now he is staying in japan until Nov. I cant apply for a tourist visa because im no longer working so I cant present an ITR. but I can provide bank certificate and I have travelled other Asian countries before. you also mentioned that I can apply for the visa even without getting a roundtrip flight? My husband is based in Misawa and tickets are quite pricey. so it was kinda relief to know that I can apply without a ticket. is that right? do you have suggestions on how I can go through this visa application? any information will be very helpful. thanks in advance

  2. Anony says:

    Jp just provide original documentation of your assets and im sure that would help as opposed to providing nothing. Your ITR and certificate of employment from a credible company will also go a long way. Also a history of travel will help

  3. fujisaki says:

    Thanks for the really helpful post! I’m Japanese but born in Canada, living in Manila with my girlfriend. I want to bring her there so bad but we thought it was hopeless with all the procedures. Only hurdle we may have is we’re self-employed (internet marketers/bloggers) so she has no ITR or Employment certificate. Hoping funds in the bank will help. Thanks again though, your outline is helpful and gave us hope to give it a shot!

  4. Crc says:

    I can’t provide ITR but I have employment certificate also I closed my bank account. What should I do?

    • yoshke says:

      Hmmm, I honestly do not know how to go about this, but I heard no visas will be needed starting June (not sure). So there’s that…

  5. Edna Perillo says:

    Can i ask something what if the reason why i need to be there in japan is to take care of my niece because my elder sister is working for how many hours…so she really needs someone who can take care of her daughter…that’s why she really wanted me to be there…

  6. wanderlustre says:

    I was reading your blog and others an hour before I received a message from Reli tours, asking me to come over and pick up my passport. I was granted a Japanese single-entry tourist visa! yay!!

    I know exactly how the others felt. I thought I didn’t have enough funds. I just have around 11x, xxx in the bank and I’m going to Osaka and Kyoto for 12 days. I thought there was no chance.

    I’ve only been with my current company for a little over a year but I have all the requirements. COE, ITR, leave of absence, round-trip tickets, hostel reservations from hostelbookers, birth certificate, bank certificate and itinerary. I spent a lot of time on the fake itinerary and made sure it will not exceed my budget for sightseeing. I even had a walking itinerary. It has the amount I’m going to spend at each tourist destination like entrance fees and stuff. It’s fake since I won’t be following any of it. I’m going with my boyfriend and we planned to do other things like whitewater rafting, canyoning and hiking since we are both adventurous. But he’s a privileged one for having an Australian passport.

    Prior to this trip, I went to Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Hong Kong. I started going out of the country since March. Then, sort of became a monthly thing. I was making ipon of the stamps. Too bad HK don’t stamp the passports anymore.

    Anyways, I submitted my application last Thursday. the visa was granted on Friday and I received my passport today, Tuesday. To those who are reluctant, if you have all the documents, there’s no reason to get denied. Best of Luck!


    • Chel says:

      Hi wanderlustre! Where did you lodged your application? It only took them 1 day to process the visa? So fast!!! Awesome!!

      • michael says:

        I have a question please if your documents is ready to submit are u the one that will come by your self and submit it or the person that is running it for you will submit it??

    • Champ wanders says:

      Same here wanderlustre! Got my visa after 2 days (submitted on friday morning, got a call on monday afternooon that my visa application was approved, and went to the travel agency on tuesday to get my passport). I had Friendship tours in 2F Dusit Thani Hotel assisted me on the visa processing.

      • regina says:

        how about for working visa? after po ba na approve, what is the next process?

    • Brian M. says:

      hi, i hope you will delete the part that you made a fake itin because if Japan Embassy reads this. they might impose stricter rules again for visa application next time. they don’t like cheating

      • wanderlustre says:

        Hi Brian M. As I explained, the only reason why I said it was fake was because I didn’t really follow it. But it’s as good of an itinerary as any other ones presented in the Embassy, if not better. If you have done a lot of travelling, you will know that you would be required for an itinerary when submitting a visa application, not all the time but most of the time. That does not necessarily mean that you have to follow everything in the itinerary as plans change all the time.
        I am quite happy with the itinerary that I made as I put a lot of effort into it. You can see for yourself.

        What I didn’t include in this itinerary was that I went to the Awa Odori festival in Tokushima, stayed in a ryokan in Kyoto, stayed in another ryokan with the monks in Daiein Temple in Koyasan, my trip to Hiroshima as well as the island Miyajima. You cannot say it’s cheating as we are not bound by an itinerary.

        • Alex says:

          Sorry, but I hate the “fake itinerary”. It sounded very unprofessional. I guess the proper term is “pseudo”.

          • wanderlustre says:

            clearly, you are inexperienced. what’s the difference of pseudo and fake? LOL. exactly. quit yapping around and start travelling

          • Maureenele Nepomuceno Lago says:

            Hello wanderlustre! I got my reg tourist visa and flight ko na sa Sat. worry ko lang kasi yung itinerary ko sa Osaka and sa hotel ako magstay (Visa application then approved) but truth is I will stay at my friend’s house. Okay lang ba yun?

    • Michael says:

      Good day… is it possible po ba na aabot ng almost 2 months ang processing ni japan visa… kasi sa pamangkin ko nag submit kami sa agency ng requirements noon feb 26, 2019… hanggang ngayon wala parin feedback…

  7. Janine Tuason says:

    Question, I do not have much money on my bank account but I will be going with my parents and will be the one financing the trip, do I have a low chance of getting my visa approved?

  8. charles says:

    Hi, do i really need a round trip ticket first and hotel reservation before I apply for a visa?

  9. champ wanders says:

    Your site made my Japan visa application preparation and itinerary planning easy and more efficient. I’ll send some additional tips to make everyone’s travel planning easier.

    Just came back from my Tokyo trip and I had hella fun. Thank you!

    Next stop: Seoul, South Korea and Osaka, Japan. Currently reading your entries about these places.

  10. tortkeeper says:


    We are in the process of completing our requirements for the visa. We just found out though that I have two registrations with NSO under two completely different names so I’m unable to get the birth certificate that matches my passport and all my ids etc. We are not aware of the first registration which has me carrying the name of my absentee father hence all my life i carried another name and my mom’s surname (I’m proud to say I was raised by a single mom). We’ve consulted a lawyer already, and I will need to have the first registration canceled which takes about a year since it’ll need to thru the courts. Since our trip is in November already, here are the items I plan to submit:

    – passport

    – birth certificate from NSO dated 2011 with receipt (late registered – I was born 1983 and was late registered 1988).

    – school form 137

    – baptismal certificate

    – all govt ids, etc that will show that I did not use any other name in my lifetime .

    – letter explaining the reason behind the NSO issue which will hopefully include a petition already to cancel my first registration

    – ITR

    – COE

    – bank certificates (substantial amount from several banks if needed)

    – Sunlife MF investment

    – Manulife Investment

    – Philamlife Investment

    – property title

    – plane tickets (piso fare, hehe)

    Have traveled to several Asian countries already, HK, Sing, Taipei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Korea, Mumbai, Bangkok and Malaysia.

    Any thoughts on the items I plan on submitting? Really worried with the NSO issue, funny enough I can’t seem to find anyone similar to my situation.

    We are traveling as a famjly as well, my mom, sister and GF. It’ my graduation gift to my sister who’s graduating in a couple of weeks.

    Hope someone can help..

    Thank you.

    • Kirstein says:

      Hi, question lng po pwede po b hindi sundin ung na submit na itinerary at sa application form after ma approved ang visa? Kasi sa application narita pero ngaun kasi we are planning haneda para mas malapit then ung araw 5days we change it to 7days

      Thank you in advance

      • Yoshke Dimen says:

        Hi Kirstein, pwede naman po basta within the allowed validity period and length of stay pa rin.

  11. destiny08 says:

    Hi, great blog you have here. I really got most of the information that I need but I have one problem though, I don’t have an ITR. I can provide a Certificate of Employment, and the reason why I can’t provide the ITR is because I just joined the company last February and this is my first job since I also graduated last February. Would a bank certificate, itinerary and a COE be enough? I plan to go to Japan on the last week of January for 6 days because I want to catch a concert on those dates.

    • James28 says:

      Hi Destiny08? How’s your visa application? Did it push through even though you don’t have your ITR?

  12. Joseline Alosbaños says:

    Loved reading your piece on how to get a Visa in Japan. One question popped into my mind just now, what if I don’t get a hotel room? I’m planning to get an accommodation via Airbnb instead of a hotel/hostel stay. The reason why I am asking this is that you should include the hotel where you are going to stay.

  13. Jun V Laya Jr. says:

    Will I get a visa if me and my fiance planned to get married in japan? Or are there any possible requirements to get one?

    • JD says:

      Hi. I would like to ask if an employee, is the BIR Form 2316 required to have a BIR stamped? Because the company i am working with doesn’t give one with bir stamped. Thanks.

  14. Leslie0623 says:

    Hi! I have a question.. regarding the guarantee letter and invitation letter.. There’s something that says “SEAL” what was that for? because my Fiance is my guarantor and we are not sure what to place there since its not a company who will be helping with my visa.. Can you please help us with this.. thank you!

  15. Scheanneth says:

    hi… my biggest concern about going to japan is actually the visa since i am not working right now… with that, i do not have an ITR.. Is there anything that could substitute to an ITR? I read from other blog that she did submit a Certificate of Involvement in a Non-Profit Organization… She got approved…. Since I am not doing any volunteering work, it would be difficult for me to get this certificate… I don’t know if it would matter, but I’ve been to couple of countries already… though most of which are those in the visa on arrival category.. any advice?

  16. Marythel hone says:

    How much show money i prepare for it..? I went there 2007 as tourist i dont know if the requirements before are same of now

  17. Maria Clariza Matute says:

    Hi. I would like to ask. The one will be shouldering my expenses in Japan is my aunt. Though she is leaving here in the Philippines. Can we put it at the visa application form and will they accept if we’ll use her bank certificate instead? Thanks

  18. DesireeKato says:

    i am married w/ the japanese national since july 30, 2008 but eversince then he never take me to his country… he just coming home here in philippines every after 2yrs.. but as of now he didnt call me for 8months… & id like to go to japan to know how was my husband is…but i dont know how to apply my visa please help me…

  19. Mae Manuel says:

    Kaka open ko lang ng bank acct and im planning to go in Jpn on march ? Ok lang kaya un ? Wala po ba magiging prob kung bago lang ung bank acct ?

  20. Pam says:

    Hi. It was very kind of you to share your experience. I am planning on going this year and I woukd like to travel with my sister. So, if you are applying for VISA as a family, you just have to submit all the required documents as one set? So, I can just submit one bank certificate for the two of us? Thanks!

    • yoshke says:

      Hi Pam! As far as I know, you need to secure for both of you, unless you’re sponsoring your sister’s trip, in which case you need to secure a second copy of your bank certificate (and indicate in her application form that you are her sponsor).

  21. regina says:

    Hello po, just want to ask po, after po na approve ang working visa to Japan, what is the next step po? kukuha pa po ba ng medical?

    • pam says:

      Hi.ask lang how long naprocessed ang working visa mo? I submitted mine may2 sa rajah travel agency upto now may 23 wala pdin result… ka ka takot magpamedical baka masayang lang po lase. Ty po

      Ang comments pls?

  22. pam says:

    Hi po.. question lang po.guys.. how long po to process working visa to Japan? I submitted mine last may 2 on rajah travel until now may 23 wala pdin resulta? Nag ffollow up n kasi ang employer..
    Thank you po sa mga ssagot..

  23. Jeanine says:

    hi, i have a question about the bank cert. i dont have a savings account but i do have cc which has up to 100k limit. will that possibly suffice?

  24. Hello!♥ I have a Japanese guarrantor and he invites me to stay in their family house. If I apply for a tourist visa, can I stay longer than the 5 days 4 nights travel package the accredited agencies offer? With tourist visa, we can stay for 15 days right?

      • Alecrystine says:

        Hello po I have a question about my NSO birth cert, late registered po ako so meaning I have to provide baptismal cert and form 138? The problem is, I don’t have those docs anymore kasi ilang beses ako nagpalipat ng bahay..

        I have a japanese national who will be sponsoring my trip, and I travelled different Asian countries already in the past few years so I guess I will not have a problem with other primary docs anymore except for the NSO thing. Pls. Let me know if there is a chance that the embassy will consider my NSO cert? And aside from that I renewed my passport thrice already and my travel stamps is on those old passports, and I only have Taiwan stamp on my new one, do I need to submit those 2 old passports to prove my travel history?

        I hope somebody can help me cuz I am planning to visit Japan this Dec, 2017.

        Thank You!

        • Alex says:

          Hello! Can I ask what happened to your birth certificate issue?

          • Jane says:

            You need to get those documents. The agency wont accept your application otherwise.

  25. Lora Jae says:

    Hi po, what if I can’t get ITR since Hindi pa po ako nag tatrabaho, student pa po ako but I have money sa bank so I can provide bank certificate. I have my own small business po kasi kaya ako nakaka pag save. Need po ba anG ITR or my other way?

    • Mikka says:

      if may business, as far as I know, you have to submit business permit tska BIR ng business.. if you cannot provide that, might as well don’t mention na lang na you have a business po it will sound like you’re a tax evader po. hope it helps

  26. Martha Kristina Boladas says:

    Hi. Question lang po. If magtravel ako in march, pwede na.po ba ako magsubmit ng application sa January? Thanks

  27. Mikka says:

    Hi! your post is very useful..but I’m having a different situation here..

    I hope you could help me..

    Me and my son are full blood Filipino (from Philippines) and we’ve never been to Japan. I’m a single-parent and would like to work in Japan.. I want to bring my son with me there so I can enroll him at a daycare/nursery in Japan while I’m at work. Do you think it’s possible to happen?

    I’m really having a hard time finding answers to this problem. :( as well as to what type of visa should me and my son apply for.

    Initially, my plan is to apply for a tourist visa for both of us and find a job in Japan that can sponsor a work visa for me. The thing is, what would my son’s visa would be if mine would change to work visa? does enrolling him to a nursery will help him get a different kind of visa too?

    my mom who is in USA is the one who would give me all the financial support until we can finally settle-down in Japan. She would get an Affidavit of Consent and Support for me and my son stating that she would shoulder all the expenses that we need.

    therefore, the requirements such as bank statement (under my name), My own Income Tax Return and my Certificate of Employment will not be needed anymore.. that’s what I think of since I haven’t had a job since I got pregnant up until now that my son is already 1y.o. I’ve been a full-time mom.. but is that correct? Does my mom have to show an American bank statement? How should she provide me the money we need? Via bank or what?

    My bestfriend who is a half Japanese lives in Japan, do you think she can do some help for me and my son too?

    Thank you! any advise would be very much appreciated!!

    • may says:

      hi mikka what happen toyour application?since we have the sme situation.thanks

  28. Undercover_wife says:

    Me and my friends are planning on going to japan this december, yet i’m the only one who’s unemployed since i’m helping my mom in our business. I don’t have ITR but i have a savings account since my mom put my name in her account. What alternative can i give for the itr?
    I have investments(stocks) but it’s still there (not going to touch/sell it yet since peso is down).
    I’m also a partly owner of a newly build business.
    I’ve been to singapore and SoKor.
    Would it help in getting a Japan visa?

  29. leys says:

    hi i am applying for a visa in Japan,but the new philippine passport has no signature on it..will it bring problem to the issuance of my visa?thank u

  30. Anna says:

    Hi there :-) my japanese husband lives with me here in Philippines, with our 10 year old son, we’re already married for 10 years, and now i decided to separate with him because of marital problems.
    My visa in japan already expires last 2013, and I’m planning to go back there and live with my son, is it possible for me to get a visa under my son’s name?

  31. Julia says:

    Hi, I’m planning to apply for a tourist visa to Japan with a guarantor. Is submitting photos optional? Di pa kasi kami nag meet in person but we’ve known each other for over a year na. Is it okay not to submit photos to prove relationship?

  32. Dean says:

    Hi. Im applying a tourist visa for the 2nd time and im not sure if the japan embassy will issue me again a visa due to lack of supporting documents. The 1st time i applied I was enrolled, I gave them my certificate of enrolment ID COM. They gave me 3mos visa. My visa expired last feb. Now, im not yet enrolled, school wont start til august. And I cant provide certificate of enrollment or ID COM. Should there be any concerns?

  33. Daniela medala says:

    Hi.. Thank u for your blog.. And now i wanted to know if what category am i.. I have a live in partner and we have a kids.. He has a mother living in japan.. And we decided to visit her mother this sept or october all of us.. So i dont know if i am consider as a close relative because we are not yet married .. Thank u for ur answer in advnce

  34. mistyrious says:

    hi good morning is it possible to get japan visa if someone have Nbi hit.looking forward for the reply thanks

    • Yep, di naman kasi required yung NBI Clearance. If you were ever convicted or charged, you need to declare it. (I think may tickbox dun sa application form.)

      If may kapangalan ka lang naman, wala namang problem, wag mo lang icheck yun.

  35. Sihn says:

    Hi. Good morning everyone!
    Is it possible that me & my husband are able to get Japan Visa. We’re both OFW here in PNG. We already have our return plane ticket. Actually, we’re planning to take our vacation on December for only 3days. We booked our ticket from PNG to Tokyo and Tokyo to Cebu. BUT, our problem is…We have those passport with existing working visa in PNG but bearing my family name when i was single (not yet change into my husband’s surname). We just got our marriage certificate last month. By the way, just got married last January 2017 that’s why our current passport and working visa as is when we’re both single. Do we need to declare that we’re married since we have our NSO-marriage certificate on hand or retain single base on our passport. Anyone same problem with us? Looking forward for reply. Salamat ng marami in advance….God bless

    • Rache says:

      Hello Sihn, Did you get an answer to your question? I’m currently in the same situation and about to submit my visa application. My husband and I are travelling together, we recently got married with Marriage Certificate on hand but our passport and ITR still says “single”. Also I’m still under my single surname in all my documents. I’d love to know what you did :) Thanks in advance!

  36. Examsorret says:

    Hi, I’m planning a Japan tour for our family of four next year – at what point do I apply for a Japanese visa? How long is the before a visa granted expires? Hubby is an OFW in Middle East & we don’t know yet when he’ll be granted a vacation. He’ll only be able to apply for a visa when he’s here. Thanks!

  37. Examsorret says:

    Oops, typo error….I mean ” how long does a visa granted effective before it expires?”

  38. Jay says:

    Thank you The Poor Traveler! This website is very helpful! I got my Japanese Visa in 2 days time… Lodged it on the 28th of August and got it the next day! :)

  39. Joan says:

    Your blog was one of the many that I’ve read when before I applied for my Japan tourist visa. Very helpful and detailed. Got mine last Sept 28. Yey! So excited to visit Japan during Autumn. :-)

  40. Alecrystine says:

    Hello po I have a question about my NSO birth cert, late registered po ako so meaning I have to provide baptismal cert and form 138? The problem is, I don’t have those docs anymore kasi ilang beses ako nagpalipat ng bahay..

    I have a japanese national who will be sponsoring my trip, and I travelled different Asian countries already in the past few years so I guess I will not have a problem with other primary docs anymore except for the NSO thing. Pls. Let me know if there is a chance that the embassy will consider my NSO cert? And aside from that I renewed my passport thrice already and my travel stamps is on those old passports, and I only have Taiwan stamp on my new one, do I need to submit those 2 old passports to prove my travel history?

    I hope somebody can help me cuz I am planning to visit Japan this Dec, 2017.

    Thank You!

    • emoteranglaagan says:

      for the Birth Certificate it says there that you ‘must’ submit the following documents (baptismal and form 138) so i guess, these are badly required.

      To heighten the probability of approval, much better if you’ll include your 2 expired passports.

    • Hi Alecrystine! Basically what emoteranglaagan said. You can submit all your past passports because it will help.

      As for the birth cert issue, it would be best to contact the agency through which you plan to apply if meron pang alternatives. :)

  41. hippieyey says:

    Hi, do you have an idea if they look through credit card debt of an applicant? Not past due though and being paid monthly.

  42. Knee says:

    Hi Yoshke, thanks for this blog. One question, you mentioned :Birth certificate from NSO. Must be issued within the past one year.:

    I have an NSO Birth Certificate that was issued like 8 years ago, so I need to request another one?

    Thank you!

  43. liz says:

    Thank you so much guys, your articles helped me a lot! Please allow me to contribute too for those who are also dreaming of visiting Japan?

    Applied for Japan visa on Sept 25 (Mon) at Reli Megamall, by Sept 29 (Fri) got a text message that the passports are ready for pick-up. By Sunday, we picked up our Japan Visa. Yay!!!
    (price increased from 900 to 950)
    We were there on a Monday at 10am. Nagkaproblema lang kasi yung 2 shops for ID picture sa magkabilaang dulo Tronix and Photoline will take 30min-1hr daw to warm/fix their machines. So better make sure instead na nakaprep na lahat.
    Back at Reli ng 11am, mabilis lang! About 10-20 minutes.

    Here are some notes on the documents we submitted:
    1. Passport – Ours are renewed in 2016, completely blank because we have not travelled

    2. visa application form – I used both the guide from the Japan embassy website and from Reli. Noticeable difference is how the names are written, so I followed what’s in the Japan embassy site – that is, LASTNAME FirstName MiddleName. With Reli, it’s all capslock

    3. ID picture – we sbumitted 2×2 (and not 4.5cm x 4.5 cm). I didn’t paste it on the form yet, just wrote name and birth date at the back. I didn’t even see the Reli staff paste it on the form

    4. Birth certificate from NSO – I tried to include the receipt from NSO, but the Reli staff returned it to me. NSO copy was blurred, so I also submitted a clear photocopy of a clearer original

    5. Marriage certificate from NSO – the Reli staff only took 1 copy for both my husband and me, because she said it will be submitted together

    6. Daily Schedule of Stay – I’ve spent literally months on researching and planning our trip and have an excel file, so this was a piece of cake. The itineraries are real and what we will really follow. The hotel is just tentative for intended accommodation.
    I followed the guide and wanted to submit 2 copies: one has “Name of Husband and 1 other”, and one “Name of Wife and 1 other”. I was concerned when the Reli staff only took one. Turns out, paranoia was all for nothing.

    7. bank certificate – we submitted 2, each on our own names, both have xxx,xxx amount. I tried to include the receipt for it, but Reli staff returned it to me

    8. ITR – we submitted photocopies only

    9. Certificate of Employment from the company/employer – I think this was helpful. It shows our employment start date and compensation

    Good luck! :)

      • liz says:

        Hi Yoshke! After our Nov 2017 trip, we realized why you guys keep going back to Japan. Sobrang WOW, as in. Himeji was the highlight of our trip. So, babalik kami sa May (so soon) haha c/o Jetstar seat sale. Hoping ma-grant ng multiple visa hihi.

        By the way, I messaged you guys dati sa fb kasi I was concerned na 2 visa nakadikit sa passport namin that time, yung isa may stamp na void. Hindi naman kami nagkaproblema about it.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Yay! Glad you have a great time! Balik ka na ulit soon. Pabalik ulit kami next week! :)

  44. Peachy says:

    When you applied for your Japan visa, was it the first time for you to travel abroad? If not, how many countries have you been to before Japan? I’ve heard it’s difficult to get approved for first time travellers. I have ITR for the past 5 years, I have a stable job and sufficient bank savings but it’s my first time to leave the country, will that be a cause of a visa application denied?

    • Hi Peachy! Japan has been much more lenient than before. I personally know friends who have no international travel history but was approved. Just make sure you fulfill all the other requirements.

  45. ivan borgonos says:

    how can you consider a passport “broken” i want to show my passport to you i’ve went to DFA this morning but they said i need to call their hotline. which i did prior in going to DFA.

    • Katara says:

      Hi, Ivan. I’m replying on this year as I had the same situation wherein my newly renewed passport had water marks due to a typhoon. I first called the DFA hotline. I was told that if I was able to use my passport to other countries despite its situation, there is a probability that I can still use it for more stricter countries like Thailand, Europe or USA. However, they recommended in going to any DFA offices to personally present my passport for further assessment. Thus, I visited Ali Mall DFA, and I was informed by their Customer Service that my passport is already considered mutilated regardless if I was able to use it in traveling to Vietnam. So, I was skeptical at first, but I decided to proceed in renewing my passport again, but it was tagged as mutilated/new passport application. I had to submit additional documents such us explanation why it got mutilated and it needs to be authenticated. Then I had to pay 350 on top of the renewal fee as a penalty even if I didn’t intentionally soaked my passport in the water. I was told there is 15 days “cleansing” (their term) period, but I was able to get my 10-year passport for just 14 days. Also, the mutilated passport needs to be surrendered and will no longer be provided back to you. Since I learned my lesson, I will ensure to keep my passport in a much safer vicinity to avoid unforeseen circumstances.

  46. Joanna Morente says:

    Hi. We already booked a flight to Japan for August. I will be submitting requirements for Italian visa this month, and Im thinking if I can already apply for Japan visa to maximize the validity of my documents. Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Single-entry Japan visa has only 3 months validity, so you won’t be able to use it in August if you apply now.

  47. Dom says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    I submitted all my requirements last saturday with my fam.. Some of our documents are not in A4 size. Would that matter? I read on the Japan Embassy website that documents must be submitted on A4. I worry about it. Also, My husband’s application form has 1 erasure, he use a line as instructed by agency.. I hope we won’t have a problem!

    Hoping for your feedback!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Not sure whether or not it would affect the application, but at this point, there’s nothing you can do but wait. :) Do keep us posted!

    • Arriane says:

      Hi Yoshke, does the erasure and document size matter? Please help, thank you

      • Yoshke Dimen says:

        Yes. All printed documents have to be A4 size. Try to avoid erasures. If there’s just one or two, you can use double strikethrough to correct something. But if there are a lot of erasures, better start over.

  48. Marko says:

    Hi! My best friend from London invited me to go to Japan with him and he will shoulder all expenses. I dont have a bank account or ITR and im still a student. Will it e possible for me to still apply for a visa? Will they allow a friend to shoulder all your expense? Becasue ive read in their website that a relative can shoulder your expenses but they didnt say anything about a friend shouldering your expenses. Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Marko. I honestly don’t know the answer to this, but I can imagine it would be much more complicated because they would also probably ask you to prove your relationship with your friend (as they do with relatives, hence the birth certificates).

  49. Sue Ann says:

    hi, would like to ask if the certificate of employment must also be issued in the past 3 months as well?
    thank you

  50. Vec says:

    Hi. You mentioned that passports should have 6-months validity. Is it 6 months upon the visa application or the date of the trip? So if my passport expires in July and my trip is on May, but I apply for a visa this month, will it be fine?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Vec, if your passport expires in July, you can’t leave the country in May. The Immigration Officers won’t allow you to exit the country because you need to have 6 months validity left for you to get through.

      Also, if your trip is in May, the earliest you can apply is February because a single-entry visa is only valid for 3 months. This means that, for example, you’re granted a visa on January 30, you can only enter Japan until April 30. :)

    • Reiko says:

      Hi Yoshke. Great post, thank you for this. I would like to ask this. This is my first time to travel overseas and I’m planning to travel to Japan this November 24. Like you said I need to include the date of arrival to my number of stays. I’m planning to stay for 15 days. Does this mean I need to get back to the Philippines on December 8 or can I extend my stay until December 9 since that will be my return flight?

      Also, may I ask if I should return to the Philippines after my Japan visa expired or can I travel to another country? I’m planning to go to Taiwan next after Japan. Sorry for the long questions, I hope you can enlighten some of my confusions. Thank you so much for reading. Will await for your further correspondence.

      • Yoshke Dimen says:

        Hi Reiko, as far as I know, you should be able to make it past Japanese immigration on or before December 8. You can double check with the agency to be sure.

        You can visit Taiwan straight from Japan if that’s what you want. Just make sure you meet Taiwan’s immigration requirements.

  51. Adi says:

    Hi Mr. Yoshke,

    Good day! Thank you for posting this informative article. I’ve been reviewing your blogs for almost a year. I’m a Filipino who was born and raised in the Philippines. I’m planning to visit Japan on April 2 for 15 days. This is going to be my first time to apply. I work as a Virtual Assistant, Freelancer as of the moment. I have a Japanese friend living in Japan who will serve as my guarantor for this trip.

    I saw on the list of requirements that “Submission of supporting documents not listed above is encouraged (e.g. applicant’s economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate, wedding invitation).” I learned from reading many blogs that others had submitted documents such as ITR, COE, Company ID, Leave of absence, and other proof that they have a strong indication to come back to the Philippines. Normally, those who I notice that submit those documents apply for a tourist visa without a guarantor.

    Unfortunately, in my case, I don’t have such documents to show any proof. I have a been working as freelancer online, and my two bosses are based in the US. I can ask a boss of mine who is currently in Dubai to send to me a document proving that I work for her, although it might take a long time to wait for the documents to arrive here (I don’t know if a digital signature would be accepted by the Embassy that’s why it must be hand-written). Do you think that I really need to submit those documents or not? I’m wondering how can I address this matter.

    Thank you very much. Looking forward to your response. :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Adi, based on experience — I’m the one who took care of my mom’s visa application last year — if the applicant has a guarantor who will sponsor the trip, no need to submit your COE or ITR. But you need a Guarantee letter, Income Certificate (Shotoku Shomeisho) from City Hall, Tax return certificate (Nouzeishomeisho: Form 2) from Tax office (Kakuteishinkokusho Hikae), and Bank Certificate of your guarantor in Japan.

  52. Aiyen says:

    Hi! I and two of my friends are going to visit Japan for 6 days, I only have 75k bank balance, do I have a chance of being granted a visa? I have a pretty stable job and my investments are in bonds and stocks. I am to submit a COE and an approved leave of absence.
    Would really appreciate some tips from you! Thanks in advance..

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Aiyen. Yep! We have friends who have similar amount in their bank accounts and they got approved probably because they have stable jobs. :)

  53. Zee says:

    Hello Sir Yoske,
    Your blog is very helpful and the comments too! I am planning to go there by Golden Week with my son, and Im 25weeks pregnant as well at that time. I am not married yet and the dad is in Japan na i-vivisit namen (he’s on 1-year training by their company) questions po:
    1. I have COE, ITR, Bank cert (which i think is enough to cover me and my son in 12days – xxx,xxx) with me – do i need to send guarantee letter? Or inivitation letter lang?
    2. Would the immigration folks (sa airport) question my profile kasi mag tour ako with 1.5 year old son then pregnant?. This worries me a lot..

    Hope to hear from you soon sir!. Godbless and more power!.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Zee!

      1. In your case, only the invitation letter will do (no more guarantee letter). But don’t forget the residence cert and proof of relationship (you can use your son’s birth cert + the dad’s birth cert as proof).

      2. I don’t know the answer to this. :(

      :) Good luck!

  54. elaine says:

    hi, I want to apply for a Japan Visa, I don’t have an ITR since I’m a housewife. How can I apply? Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Have your husband or any other family member as a guarantor and submit the necessary requirements (for those with guarantors) as listed above.

  55. peony says:

    Hi everyone, Do you have and idea if the Japanese Visa is still valid with Maiden Name, then nag change ka na ng Married name (kaka renew lang ng passport) Valid pa ba ang Visa? i hope someone could enlighten me.

  56. Sarah Yap Mercado says:

    Hi! My husband has just been to Osaka last week for an academic conference. He was given multiple visa entry. We are planning to go there by the end of this year together with our 5 year old son. He was sending messages to the travel agency that processed his visa application regarding the visa requirement for me and my son as we are his dependents but he hasn’t received any response from them yet. Would you happen to know the requirements for us? Thanks in advance.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Sarah, not familiar sa process if ganyan. Have you tried calling Reli Tours? Dun kasi kami nag-aapply.

  57. shie says:

    Hi, gud pm..mgask lng aq, pg senior mgaaply ng japan visa at housewife lng xa tas aq sna mggarantor s knya ppunta nya dun pro dto nq nktira at ngwowork s taiwan, either uuwi aq ng pinas tas sbay kming pupunta ng japan or hiwalay kmi ng departure tas s japan mgkikita, nid p b nyang mgpsa ng garantor letter pra ipasa s travel agency? tas nid p b nya ng show money? kc housewife lng xa kya no ITR or COE..tia..

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yep, kelangan pa rin ng letter from guarantor and ITR or equivalent ng guarantor. Pa-check na lang po ng requirements pag may guarantor sa taas.

  58. Jey says:

    Hi Sir, I have a question. Medyo paranoid na kasi ako coz its been 1 week since me and my spouse applied for tourist visa (no guarantor). Do we need to have an inidividual copy of marriage certificate on both of our applications? 1 for him and 1 for me? We submitted the application at the same time and hindi naman ako hiningan ng 2 copies of marriage certificate sa Reli. I only realized today that I just submitted 1 copy and it’s making me paranoid :( Hope you can answer my question. Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jey, not sure. If tinanggap naman ng Reli, baka pwede naman. Usually sinasabi naman nila if kulang.

      • Faith joy says:

        Hello yoshke! Ask kulang sna kung ang 5 year old ba need dn ng visa kung yung mother nya e mero na. Slaamt

          • RGB says:

            Hello Sir Yoshi sorry to interrupt. I am planning apply for visa this comming March, my question is, do I need to make a photocopy of my passbook including the bank certificate?

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            You need ORIGINAL bank certificate, not photocopy. Photocopy of passbook is not necessary unless they request for it.

  59. taylor says:

    hi! ask ko lang po ano yung best explanation bakit di makapag provide ng Shotoku Shomeisho yung guarantor ko, di po kse nabayaran ng 1st company yung tax nya and kasama po sya sa tax ng asawa nya which is baka asawa nya hanapan ng Shotoko shomeisho hindi magprovide asawa nya kse separated na po sila. yan na lang po talaga last requirement na hinahanap sakin para ma process na yung visa ko. thanks po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Taylor, naku, pasensya na, di namin alam kapag ganyan ang situation. :(

  60. SHAREEN says:

    If my trip is on Oct 19-28, and my passport expires on Mar 25 of next year, is it invalid? I thought it should only be valid for 3 months. I’m confused now. TT_TT

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      No, you won’t be allowed to exit the Philippines. You should renew your passport.

      • Jun says:

        is it allowed to change the date of visit to japan specified on your submitted itinerary as long as it is within 3months from date of issue of the visa?

  61. Bellepingul says:

    I have a question po. I am a US resident for almost 4 yrs now. My boyfriend And I were planning to visit japan in october. He is a filipino citizen. I am planning to be his garantor. He is also currently working but just started work in may. Is that a good idea? Or suggestions. Thank you.

  62. chui says:

    I’ve applied for visa ldays ago, but I did not fill up the not applicable information. For examplen other names, date or previous stay in japan, former or other natianalities, current profession. I felt all of these blank as there was nothing to write.
    Do you think they can deny me visa because of this?
    Please help!!!

  63. Jun says:

    What if your visa got approved on June 20, 2018, stated on your itinerary is August 19 – 25, but you have decided to go 5 days earlier or 5 days later. Is it still ok as long as within 3 months from date approved? please answer ASAP. thanks.

  64. Mei says:

    What if Im late registered in birthcertificate? Do i really need to submit my original baptismal certificate? Or kahit photocopy lang? Kase wala na akong original nun if ever na ibigay ko sa agency yon

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Best to contact the agency kung saan ka apply na lang po.

  65. Cams says:

    Hi I’m an OFW before for 4 years and just went home for good last August 2017. Currently, I’m a fulltime mother to my 6 year old daughter and with my live in partner. We are planning to go to Japan in January 2019. Will we be considered as family? I don’t have a job now only my live in partner has. Does it mean we will be submitting documents with him as our guarantor right? Do you have a sample Guarantee letter? My cousin will be flying with us and she is a first time traveller without work. So my live in partner will also be her guarantor if ever or does she needs to find other guarantor? Your insights about this will be of great help, Thanks!

  66. Rufa says:

    Hi! How true is the news that the visa for Filipinos travelling to Japan has been eased?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      True, for business travelers and those traveling for cultural purposes.

  67. Jaime says:

    Hi! I’m planning on taking a trip to Sapporo, Hokkaido. On the application form, should I indicate my intended flight going to Tokyo from Manila and also going to Sapporo from Tokyo or should I just include the flight number of the flight to Tokyo from Manila? Only one airline has a direct flight from Manila to Sapporo and it’s pretty expensive, so I am opting for a connecting flight. Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jaime, ako I just put the Manila-Tokyo flight number when I applied. Not sure if that’s the right thing to do, but that’s what I did. haha. Naapprove naman.

  68. Janran Castillo says:

    Hi, the poortraveler! I have been reading your blogs lately, I just want to ask my chances of getting a Japanese Tourist Visa, I only have 3X,XXX on my bank account. I have a stable job, I work in the Government. I will only be staying in Japan for 4 days. Will it be enough? Hoping for your response. Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Janran, baka mababa? I have friends though na nag-apply na 40K or 50K yata yun, naapprove naman. Pero wala pa ako alam na 30K.

      What I recommend is to have a guarantor/sponsor para mas safe. This way, you won’t need to submit your bank details. Yung sa guarantor na ung isusubmit. Mas okay if immediate relative mo ung guarantor.

  69. Janine says:

    I would like to know Po If is it okay to submit 2 Bank account Certificates? I just opened a joint dollar account last July 23,2018. And we will be travelling to Japan on October 2018. I have also my peso account which has already 50k but was last updated on May due to opening of my dollar account. In my dollar account I have also 50k.

  70. Mei says:

    Hi Yoshke, just for clarrification, only Bank Certificate is required right? No more Bank Statement?

  71. ralph says:

    Hi Yoshke!
    I just want to share my experience on Japan Visa.
    This site is very helpful to us and I am very grateful.
    Applied Visa Last July 17, 2018 at Attic Tours and got Approved!!

    So here is our status:
    I will be travelling with my mom and aunt
    I have a travel history in Hong Kong last September 2011 pa whereas my mom had a travel history in HK and Singapore. But the thing is nawala yung passport niya so parang first out of the country yung kaniya. Parehas kami walang stable job( being a fresh graduate and a housewife) kaya nagpaguarantee kami sa dad ko who owns a business. Siyempre napakaparanoid ko kasi nga last 2011 pa out of the country ko and nawala pa old passport ng mom ko but naapproved padin kami. Patunay na lenient na talaga at relaxed ang Japan Visa ngayon. Kaya wag kayo matakot as long as complete papers kayo

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Thanks for sharing, Ralph! Saan kayo sa Japan punta? We have travel guides to most major cities in Japan, too!

      • ralph says:

        Hi! We’re going to Tokyo and Osaka. I already read your guide since last year pa hehehe. I really want to go to Tottori talaga because I am an avid fan of Detective Conan. Sana next year hehehe

  72. Kei says:

    My friend and I were planning to go to Japan next year January 2019, When can we apply japan visa? Can we apply visa already even if its still 5 months from our trip?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      The validity of the visa is 3 months, so ideally, apply 1-3 months before.

  73. Joan says:

    Hello! What do you suggest that we submit as proof of relationship if my sponsor is my boyfriend? Photos po ba?

    Thank you in advance po sa pagsagot.

  74. Natalya says:

    HI! Your post is really helpful. I am planning to apply for a visa this year, but I am new to my current job. The ITR that I currently have is from my previous company. Is that OK? Thanks.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      yep, that’s okay. It happened to me before. The agency asked me to write an explanation letter saying that I just moved to another company.

  75. Alex DC. says:

    Hi! Can I still travel to Japan even if my passport validity left is one month? My visa expires on 2020 and multiple entry

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      You can still use the visa but you need to renew your passport. Kailangan at least 6 months ung validity ng passport eh. So pag may new passport ka na, you need to bring both the old and new passports pagpunta mo ng Japan.

  76. Mau says:

    If we are going on a multiple city tour, how do we fill out the “hotels or persons to stay with”? Do we need to list all in that field or can we just include 1 and the other is included in the itinerary. We are planning to visit Osaka and Tokyo.

    Also, Is Certificate of Employment no longer necessary?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mau, you can write just one and list all on a separate sheet or on the daily schedule.

  77. Jaime says:

    Good day! This post has been really useful and its been my main resource for preparing the documents I need for my visa application. I actually have an ITR which I got from my employer in January 2018. The problem is I only joined the company in October 2017 and since I had only been paying taxes for 3 months before I got my ITR, there isnt much on it except for the 3 months of my contributions and taxes before the year ended. Would this be a problem for my application? I was thinking that maybe the embassy would think that I’m not financially capable and might reject my application? Any help would be appreciated! :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jaime, that’s okay. Just write an explanation letter, saying you joined the company only last October so the ITR reflects that.

      You can also submit ITR from your previous company if you used to work for another before. :)

      • Faye says:

        Hello, what if you are unable to provide ITR from the previous employer? Do you think it will be an issue? Same scenario, got a new job and my ITR only reflects Oct to Dec from my current employer.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Faye, can’t you request a copy from your previous employer? I think that’s possible.

  78. Clau says:

    Hello, will it be okay if the bank certificate that I will be using is from an account which was opened in April 2018 and I will apply this month? thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Clau, I think pwede naman kasi na-reach naman ung 3 months na coverage. Pero syempre mas maganda pag older ung account.

  79. Clau says:

    Ah I see. Meron po akong older account but with less money in it. Pwede ko naman po ipasa pareho? Thank you po

  80. Shiela says:

    hi, is it possible na kumuha na kami ng visa as early as now kahit ang travel date is on August 25-30 2019?

  81. Gggweng says:

    Im married. Do i need to write my full maiden name on “other names known by”? Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Gggweng, I don’t know. But I’m publishing your comment in case other readers know the answer.

  82. Therese says:

    Hi! I would like to get your opinion: do you think it’s possible to get a visa with 30k show money in the bank for a tentative stay of 5 days? Given that I’ve already been to Japan twice? Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Therese. I’m not sure. I know friends who applied with just around P50,000 and were granted a visa, but not P30,000.


    hi Yoshke.. do u think i can get a visa? i have a sponsor which is my british husband he can provide bank certificate and employment certificate but no itr as he is working in other country not in England. weve been to different countries since 2012 but its a visa free. thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      yep. if no ITR, he can submit similar tax document in England. I’m sure they have an equivalent to ITR.

  84. Wilma says:

    Hello. Can somebody help me on my concern? I had late registration in my birth certificate. I have a baptismal certificate. Do I need to submit school records (Form 137)? Thanks

    • Popoy says:

      Hi Wilma,

      Same situation for me when I applied last November 2017. What I did was – I provided my school record (Form 137) and an Affidavit of Loss (for my baptismal certificate because it’s nowhere to be found).
      Tinanggap naman ng Reli yung docs ko at naapproved naman ang application ko.

      My comment might be a little too late but I hope this helps other people here.

      • Edgar says:

        Hello po sa inyong lahat,

        Paano po kung walang Baptismal Certificate kasi hindi naman nag-i-isyu nun ang religion ng isa? Ano pong magandang gawin? Meron naman po akong School Form 137, at i-ta-try ko pong i-locate yung School Year Book ko nung elementary (I remember meron sa aming ibinigay na ganun). Maraming salamat po. :)

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Edgar, di ko sure pag ganyan pero submit mo pa rin ung School Form and then write a letter explaining bakit walang baptismal cert.

          To be sure, call na lang ung agency kung saan mo balak mag-apply.

  85. Peachy says:

    Little details I’d like to clarify:
    1. Is a Certificate of Employment necessary, even if I already have ITR?
    2. I’m going to use my SSS UMID ID and in the application form, there is an ID number field. What number should I input? My SSS number or the number on the UMID card that starts with CRN?
    3. It is said that passport must be signed, where exactly in the passport should I sign?
    4. Do I have to submit copies of my payslip?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      1. Di required ang COE. Although kung kaya mo naman magprovide, pwede mo namang idagdag. We still recommend na magprovide ng COE.

      2. UMID card that starts with CRN

      3. If you’re holding an e-passport, there should already be a digital signature on your passport. No need to sign anything.

      4. It is not a requirement, you can submit if you like.

  86. Rowena kanoko says:

    15days lang po visa ng pamangkin ko dito sa japan,pwede po ba sakto 15days gamitin,kasama ang mga araw ng pag byahe nya.?at kung gusto pong pa extend kailan po kami pwede pumunta sa immigration office.?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Rowena, yep, okay lang na sagarin anf 15 days basta wag na wag syang lalagpas kahit oras lang.

      No idea sa extension.

  87. Clau says:

    Hello ask ko lang po if magkaka problem ako kasi naalala ko un sinubmit ko na ITR is different sa amount ng COE ko. Nag karoon kasi kami ng mga increase comes 2018. Dapat ba nag pasa ako ng explanation letter para don?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Usually sinasabi naman ng agency if concerning yun. Pero feeling ko okay lang. Maluwag naman na yung embassy lately.

  88. Erika says:

    Hi, I have a question. I have my salary bank account where my employer puts money and I also have my own peso savings account. Do I need to provide both bank certificates from these banks? Also, do I need to submit bank statement from my own peso savings or bank certificate will suffice? Thank you.

  89. clau says:

    Hello. I would like to thank you for answering all my queries. You responded so fast and informative. Got my visa approved last week and you were one of those who helped me when I was still gathering my requirements. Continue inspiring and helping others. Cheers :)

  90. Anj says:

    Hello. My son is coming with me, I wonder about his visa requirements as a grade school student. Going to Japan this December to spend the holidays. TIA! :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kate, I don’t think so. If you’re staying for only 5 days, you have to write 5 days. You don’t need to write 15 days. It will cause a confusion. And hindi magiging consistent yung documents mo since sa Schedule of Stay (Daily Schedule), 5 days yung isusubmit.

      Dun sa Partner’s Profession, NO, it’s not about your guarantor in Japan. It’s about your partner (if you have one). Nalito ka lang kasi yung legend ng Reli Tours (blue and red na legend) ay nasa taas ng part na yan. The legend does not refer to that specific part of the form. It refers to all their answers in blue or red sa sample nila.

  91. Z says:

    Hi! Thank for this informative post! I’m an OFW in the Middle-East and I’m planning on a 21-day trip to Japan next March 2019. I will be applying for a visa here in the Middle East. According to your post, the Embassy only issues single-entry visas up to 15-days, however I’ve also come across people who received 30-day single-entry visas according to their itinerary.

    I’m conflicted now as to how I should plan my itinerary. Is it advisable to plan for a shorter trip instead to ensure travelling? It will be my first time travelling to Japan, but I have traveled to 4 other countries with my current passport.


    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Z. Hmmm, I’m not sure about the process if you’re applying in the Middle East. I think the procedure and list of requirements change per mission.

      But yes, here in PH, it’s always safer to apply for a visa for a shorter trip especially if it’s your first time to visit Japan because there’s always that risk that you’ll be granted a 15-day visa only.

  92. aira says:

    Hi! Do I need the documents aside from the Application form to be in A4 size? (e.g. daily schedule and explanation letter, cover letter)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Reli Tours Megamall, madalas. Pero natry ko na rin sa Reli Tours Southmall and Friendship Tours Makati.

  93. Asterio Favis says:

    Hello Yoshke Dimen

    Pwedeng patulong yong kasal namin mali ang nakalagay na birthday ni Mrs. April 26,1958
    Peru nong lumabas ang NSO certificate ay May 1,1958 ok lang ba na may pinagawa kaming
    Affidavit of Dicrepancy isama ko sa marriage certificate namin ni Mrs.thank you God Bless.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Asterio, you can ask po the agency kung saan kayo mag-aapply directly. Mas makakatulong po sila kasi for sure, may nahandle na silang case na similar. :)

  94. Yuki says:

    Not sure where my previous comment went- apologies if this doubles up

    Hi !thank you so much for this post.
    I plan to be a repeat visitor this year but this time , I am planning to go with my stepdad ( us passport holder )my mother,and my brother.

    My stepfather will act as guarantor , providing his bank cert 1,***,***
    My mothestepfather, currently a housewife will also provide hers 1**,***

    That being said,I just have a few queries ,ma’am
    1) we’re planning to stay for 15 days, booked a flight for nov 20 – dec 5 ( maxing out the 15 day stay )
    I was just wondering whether or not it would be better to submit our roundtrip tickets and indicate that we intend to stay for 15 days given our financial background? Or will it be better to stay on the safe side and apply for a 7 day stay first instead para less analysis of finances for them?

    2). Is it true that they approve applications as a group ( specially family ) more easily? :)

    Thank you so much

    My stepfather will be sponsoring our trip,he is set to come with us

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Yuki!

      1. Yes, there’s a bigger chance of approval if you apply for a shorter stay so they won’t set the bar too high re your funds. The only risk there is if they ask you for a flight itinerary, you’re gonna have a problem. But it rarely rarely happens. They don’t usually ask for flight booking.

      2. Yep.

  95. Krisell Reynante says:

    Hi ! Sana po masagot nyo Questions ko.
    Pupunta po kasi ako ng Japan next year at duon kami magkikita ng BF ko pero taga Taiwan sya Tourist lang din sya..Wala din po akong ITR Dahil sa bahay lang po ako. Ano need ko Gawin?

    Thank you so much po

  96. AnnL says:

    Hi, me and my mom is planning to go to Japan this December. My mom is a housewife, no work but has bank cert. What does she need to provide in lieu of the working documents needed?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Best to find a sponsor na relative para yung dun sa sponor ung isusubmit. :)

  97. Nette nepomuceno says:

    Me & my husband are going to apply for a japan visa. Were both senior citizens & retired.what documents are we going to submit aside fr.the bank certificate & do we hv to buy our tickets to the agency that will.process our visa? Thanks…

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Nette,

      For seniors, ito po yung additional docs:

      – Photocopy of Senior citizen card
      – Original copy of marriage contract
      – If retired, retirement documents
      – If dependent, Affidavit of Support

      No need for a plane ticket pa po at this point. Ticket is not a requirement for visa application.

  98. Anna says:

    Hi Yoshke! I’m quite paranoid regarding the hotel we will stay at because in the application form, it is required to indicate a specific hotel, address and its contact number. i haven’t reserved a hotel yet though i wrote down a name of hotel and its address and contact. does the japan embassy really contact the hotel and ask if i have a reservation there? a friend of mine said they do. (not sure if it’s true) because i had the same situation regarding my korean visa and it was not a problem.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Anna, based on my experience, no need for a hotel reservation. I just wrote down kung saan ko plan mag-stay kahit wala pang booking.

      • Ems Garcia says:

        Hi, pag na approve na yung visa ok lang ba na mag book ng hotel upon arrival sa Japan or mahaharang ka sa immigration pag walang booking sa hotel?

        Thank you.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Mas malaki ang chance na maharang ka sa Immigration ng Pilipinas or Japan if wala kang proof of accommodations.

  99. Che says:


    Good day.

    I would like to ask if there is a specific requirement kapag nagwowork sa Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) for Visa? Thanks.

  100. Gab says:

    Yoshke, I have a question din regarding sa Visa application… should I indicate all the hotels/hostels that I intend to stay in? Kasi sa schedule of stay nandun talaga lahat, pero sa visa app form? Lahat din ba or yung unang hotel lang? Since maliit lang yung space provided


    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yung ginawa ko one lang sa form tapos the rest nasa Schedule of Stay naman. :)

  101. Nelsen says:

    Hello thepoortraveler, Thank you so much. Got my japan visa approved. Sobrang laking tulong niyo po para sa tulad kung first time kumuha ng VISA. Sinunod ko lng po lahat ng TIPS dito sa blog niyo. Ayon
    2 days lng po yung process. :) Maraming salamat po :) Hooray.

  102. Jessica Jola says:

    Hi! I couldn’t fit all the hotel addresses in one form (i’m travelling to three cities, so I’m staying at three different hotels). What do you think I should do? Should I just put one?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jessica, I put just one. Then the rest sa schedule of stay ko nilagay. :)

  103. Lanie says:

    Hi! My children are planning to go on tour in Japan( 3 to 5 ) days only. Both are working in an IT field field,, a consultant and programmer, They want to bring me with them to treat me,. I am a housewife , and have been separated for 7 years now..What documents should i submit. Will i have a slim chance of being approved? 18 yrs ago me and my kids went to S.Korea (15 days)courtesy of my husband.Then last year i was able to travel to HK & Macau courtesy of my old aunt Kindly respond Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If sagot po kayo ng anak nyo, same lang po ng nasa taas. Yung basic requirements + yung WITH GUARANTOR. :)

      • Lania says:

        Salamat! kailangan ko bang i submit yung NSO copy ng b. cert at marriage contract ko pati yung b.cert ng mga anak ko.? Promo seat sale lang ang bibilhin nilang tickets to make the most of their money . If March ang nakuha nilang booking kailan dapat mag apply ng visa. At kailangan bang i attach ang proof of booking?

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Yes po, requirement ang PSA birth certificate (issued within the past year) and PSA Marriage cert if you’re married.

          The validity of a single-entry visa is 3 months from the date of issue, so you can apply as early as 3 months before your trip. I usually apply 1 month before.

  104. AJ says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    My brother and I were planning to go this month Nov 26-Nov 30.
    Our parents both have business and they will sponsor our trip.
    However, we would need your further advice of the ff:

    1.) It is my brother’s first time and he’s currently studying,
    (are there any requirements needed of him aside from the above mentioned requirements?)

    2.) I have been issued Japan VISA 9 years ago (but it was for business/commercial purpose).
    Do I need to attach my old passport with the said VISA as proof that I am returning (but as Tourist?)

    3.) We are planning to book our flight ahead (as additional proof of our return).
    Would you recommend this option?

    Currently gathering requirements as it is just a short notice.

    Thanks in advance. :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi AJ! Greetings from Japan! (I’m currently in Hiroshima with family!)

      1. I took care of the visa application of my niece who is a student. Although we brought an enrolment certificate and a copy of school ID, the agency didn’t get these copies. But our application is still approved. I would still recommend that you have these docs handy, though. Just in case.

      2. Yep. I always submit my old passport with past visas when I apply.

      3. If you’re confident that there’s a big chance it will be approved, go for it. However, some agencies don’t accept the flight itinerary since it’s not part of the requirements. Some do. Best to call the agency where you plan to lodge your application first before booking.

      • AJ says:

        Hello Yoshke,

        Thank you for all the helpful points, at least we learned there are other things/documents that should come handy just in case.

        Grateful to have found your blog. Enjoy autumn in Hiroshima with the fam! :)

          • AJ says:

            Forgot to update. Got our VISA! I was able to be granted with multiple (maybe they have considered my previous visit 9 years ago). Although I didn’t ask my agent if she submitted all of my previous passports. She just told me that she tried to apply a multiple for us. When the passports arrived my bother was granted single entry (maybe because he’s a first-time visitor) I have attached the above mentioned enrollment certificate and school ID of him as well. Very glad to have them secured prior submission to the agent and avoid late hassle of approval. Thanks Yoshke! Your detailed tips helped alot. Merry Christmas! :)

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            Yayyyyy! Congrats sa inyo ng brother mo. Enjoy Japan and Merry Christmas din sayo! :)

  105. Rachelle Christie Banglos says:

    Good afternoon Sir,
    Are there additional requirements for government employees?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Rachelle, ang alam ko same lang din naman nung nasa taas.

      Pero sa immigration na, you need Travel Clearance.

  106. Chryss says:

    Hello! my question is:
    * if a minor is applying for a visa together with her parents, does the minor need to submit original documents of Bank Certificate, Certificate of Stock, etc since the parents are submitting the original documents?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Chryss, according to the members of our Support Group who experienced applying with family, no need for the minor to have original copy of parents’ bank docs if the parents are also applying. But don’t forget Guarantee Letter for the minor.

  107. Jojo says:

    I have a question about this, I got a 90 days visa (single entry). and I stay in Japan from 87 days, I got no problem.
    what do you mean that even I got a visa valid for 90 days, I can only stay in Japan for 15 days maximum? it is quite misleading

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Single-entry visas are USUALLY valid for a stay of up to 15 days. But you can only use it within 90 days from the issue date. The number of days you’re allowed to stay is indicated on the visa under “FOR STAYS OF.”

      If you’re saying that you’re able to stay for up to 87 days with no problem, then you probably have a visa that allows you to stay for up to 90 days. Good for you.

      But yours is not the usual case. The usual case is, first-time applicants are only allowed to stay for up to 15 days.

  108. Andrea says:

    October 17, 2018 na-received ni Japan Embassy yung application for tourist visa until now (November 12, 2018) wala pa din

    Tatlo kami nag apply – 12 days – paid flight na po MNL to FUK, FUK to OSK, OSK to MNL

    Sa November 27 na sana lipad namen kaso wala pa kami visa

    Lahat naman kami working at may ITR. Yung friend ko na isa at ako may letter of intent pa, yung isa wala sinubmit na letter.

    Bank certificate:

    Me – 180k with 98k ADB
    Friend 1 – 126k
    Friend 2 – 106k

    Travel History:
    Me: HK 3x, Macau, Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu / Kuala Lumpur), Japan 9days (2018)
    Friend 1 – HK, Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu / Kuala Lumpur)
    Friend 2 – HK, Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu / Kuala Lumpur), Japan 9days (2018)

    Recently I was granted with Canada Tourist Visa (October 2018) Multiple Entry until my passport expiry

    Ang sad until now wala pa decision samen tatlo

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Ay hala, ang weird na wala pa rin. Wala namang sinasabi ang agency kung saan kayo nag-apply?

      Kaka-apply ko lang for my family around a week before you applied, nakuha namin after 5 days.

      • Andrea says:

        Sobrang weird talaga, hindi ko ineexpect na ganito katagal.

        Galing kami ni Friend 2 sa Japan last year October 27, 2017 for 9 days. Hindi naman kami nag overstay. At kung ano yung pinasa na COE namen last year e ganun pa din this year, I mean hindi kami lumipat ng work, same company pa din.

        Si Friend 1 dati namen officemate pero nagresign tapos nagmmasteral ngyon at employed din naman.

        Ilang beses nako email at tawag sa mismo Japan Embassy, we were told na “Under Verification” pa din.

        Alam nyo po ba anong bina-background check nila?

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Andrea, no idea. Sorry. :( They’re usually very fast eh and I don’t think they normally do background checks. Bihirang lang yung ganyan katagal.

          Sana magkaupdate na kayo and sana approved yung visa! Good luck!

          • Andrea says:

            Just an update, tumawag ako Japan embassy kanina (November 14, 2018) for decision na daw appplication namen tatlo and anytime this week makukuha namen yung decision and passport.

            Hoping na approve kami, grabe ang stressful :(
            Gusto lang namen kumaen ng ramen sa Ichiran at makita ulit ang Harry Potter :(

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            LOL at Ichiran. Naku, sana nga approved. Balitaan mo kami kung anong mangyari. :D

          • Andrea says:

            Approved yung Single Entry ko

            Friend 1 – approved
            Friend 2 – denied (with travel history japan 2017)

            Natuloy namin ni Friend 1 yung Japan Tour

            Ngayon nag aapply ako ng ME. Submitted docs sa agency last Monday July 29, 2019

  109. Liza says:

    Hi. last time na punta namen binigyan kame ng 90 days na visa so akala namen 90 days is 3 months so nagoverstay kame ng 2 days. June 12 expiration sakto namimili kame nakita namen passport namen june 12 expiration so nagpanic kame tumawag kame agad sa immigration tapos pinapunta kame kinabukasan sa immigration. nagbayad kame then may sticker na void sa passport namen then this month nag apply ulit kame for visa pero nadenied kame so ask kolang if ano kailangan gawen sa next na apply namen para dina kame madenie ulit. thank you in advance :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Liza, naku, di ko alam. :( Try to call na lang yung agency kung saan ka mag-aapply. For sure mas may mabibigay silang tips.

  110. Rio says:

    hi, I’m travelling first time to Japan but my mother as a guarantor. okay lang po kaya yun? kahit na employed ako pero not enough funds for the trip. ma-accept pa po kaya visa ko? 65k laman ng bank acc. for 5 days. hope you can help me po sa supporting docs and application. thanks po.

  111. Marissa says:

    Hi we are planning to gon to Japan this march 2019, with my husband and he is also my guarantor. Kelangan pa ba namin mag submit ng guarantor letter? And may bank acct din naman ako kelangan ko pa din ba i submitt bank certificate ko or sa husband ko na lang? Thank you for your help.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Di ko lang alam kapag mag-asawa. Pero in general, if may guarantor, need ng guarantee letter. No need na for your own bank cert. Just submit the guarantor’s.

      If you can afford naman to support your trip and you have complete docs (ITR, etc), that’s easier and safer than having a guarantor.

  112. K-anne says:

    Ive read from a different blog that there’s no need to submit a birth certificate if I have an expired Japan visa already. Is this true?

    Also, can I submit an ITR from 2018? I need to apply for visa this coming January 2019 and my company usually provides a copy of our ITR late February. Will travel to Japan second week of March.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi K-anne, if as a tourist (not visit relatives), no need for birth cert kung may visa ka na dati.

      Yes you can submit pa yung ITR for 2017 (released in 2018) kung January ka mag-apply.

  113. Mojy says:

    I don’t have an ITR here in the Philippines since I’m a US permanent resident (Green card Holder) but I’m currently here in the Philippines for vacation. I still have a Philippine passport because I’m still a Filipino citizen. My issue is I don’t have an ITR here but I do have an tax declaration form in the U.S., You said we can write a letter to the embassy to explain this, can you show me the format of that letter? Thanks! :-)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yes, you can write an explanation letter and submit a copy of your US tax declaration form instead.

      No, I don’t have a format for it. It was simply a letter explaining why I can’t provide an ITR and what I’m providing instead.

  114. matessa says:

    Hello, Yoshke! :) May kasabayan kasi ako for Japan next year. Job order ang status ng employment nya pro more than a year na. Pwde kaya sya sa multiple entry visa application?

  115. Anne says:


    I am an OFW and i dont have ITR. I work for US NAVAL Base as a contractor . I have been in the company for the past 18yrs now. Since i dont have an ITR you think Certificate of employment would do ? I can also provide the some documents like land titles ,car registration and bank accounts. I also have records / history of ravel for the past couple of yrs . You think i can make . Or my chance is slim since i dont have an ITR?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Anne, if you can’t provide ITR, you can write an explanation letter instead.

      However, check with the agency if may additional requirements kapag employed by military to be sure. :)

  116. Russell says:


    We are planning to visit Osaka from 02/28 – 03/05 (tickets already booked). When is the most ideal time to submit our visa applications? Also, I am travelling with my wife and 7 y/o boy, are there any other docs that we need to provide for my son’s application aside from application form, passport, ID picture, and PSA Birth Certificate?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Russell,

      January is most ideal. :)

      Don’t forget the “list of visa applicants” used for group application.

  117. Arriane Barrientos says:

    Hello. My husband and I are planning to visit Japan on Apr 2- Apr 7. It is our first international tour. Is there a chance that our visa application will be denied just because we don’t have any other outside the country visit before? But we are both employed and could provide ITR and history of employment.
    By the way, is the visa application are we going to apply is the one for “group application”? Lastly, since we’re married is it ok to submit only the bank statement of my husband? Thanks in advance :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Arianne,

      Parati namang may chance na madeny. Depende din kasi yun sa strength ng documents na isusubmit mo. Pero di ibig sabihin na pag first time mo abroad, denied agad. Mas considerate naman ang Japan embassy compared sa iba. :)

      I think pwede ung group sa inyo. I-fill up mo lang ung List of Visa APplicants na form.

      If bank statement lang ni husband, make sure na ilalagay mo na meron kang guarantor sa form mo (which is your husband). Pero pwede un basta yung laman ng account is enough to support both of you. :)

  118. Pia says:

    Hello Yosh,

    bawal po bang magkaroon ng changes sa total savings na indicated sa bank certificate na sinubmit while the visa application is in progress?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Pwede naman. Nagwiwithdraw pa rin naman ako kahit ongoing ung application. Normal lang yun. Usually, di naman nila chine-check ulit unless in rare cases na pede sila humingi ng mas updated na document. So to be safe, wag lang yung sobrang laki nung mawawala from the account.

  119. Fhaye says:


    Sana po mapansin niyo to. :(
    tanong ko lang po sana kung bawal po ba mabawasan ung laman ng savings ko after ko kumuha ng bank certificate habang di pa po naapprove ung visa?

    Thank you in advance! :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Fhaye, normally, they won’t check the bank details again unless in special cases. But to be safe, kung mabawasan man, dapat hindi malaki ung mawawala.

  120. toto P says:

    I’m a government employee, usually when travelling abroad I bring with me this letter of authority to travel issued by our HR Dept. as a clearance that we are free of any accountabilities before leaving the country. It is a must if ever the bureau of immigration would ask for it. The question is, Do i need to secure a letter of authority to travel to be attached in my requirements for visa application in japan?

  121. Zel says:

    Hi Yoshke

    Do you know if requirements are same for senior citizen? My mom is already retired. so no itr or ceo.

    We will submit it by 1st week of Feb na! hehe


    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Ay, di ko po sure. Ask na lang po the agency kung saan nyo balak mag-apply.

  122. Paolo says:

    Hi! My wife and I want sana to bring the yaya of our son to japan for a vacation. would you know if it will be hard for us to get her a visa since she doesnt have most of the requirements needed? (bank certificate, itr etc. she does have a passport tho. Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Paolo, won’t you be shouldering her expenses? You can be her guarantor para you can submit YOUR documents instead.

      • maureen says:

        Hi! Would you know if kailangan pa ng employment contract of the yaya or sponsorship letter and explanation na lang sa cover letter? thank you!

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Maureen, I think the employment contract can help. I think it can serve as proof of relationship, so best to have it. I mean, better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

  123. Faith joy bonifacio says:

    Hi yoshke, tanong kulang kung ang 5 year old need paba ng japan visa kung ang mother e meron naman na . Salmat

  124. ola says:

    Hello! May sample explanation letter po ba kayo dun sa walang ITR? OFW kasi ako and ako yung magiging guarantor ng Tatay ko at Step-Mom for Japan Tour, both senior citizen na sila. Nakakuha na kami (family – husband and daughter) ng Japan Tourist Visa dito sa Dubai. Yung parents ko naman kukuha sila sa Pinas. Hope you reply. Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Wala po eh. Kahit magbigay ako ng sample, ung bulk ng letter kasi ay yung reason bakit walang ITR and ikaw lang ang makka-explain nun nang maayos. Simple lang naman yun, kahit straight to the point lang.

  125. Rein says:

    My fiancee from australia is attending japan business expo this march and planning na isama nya ko but im still in philippines is it possible kya na pwede nya ko isama ksi uwi xa ng ph this march and gusto nya sabay kmi punta pwede kya un ksi wala ako work now but before ofw ako,..thanks in advance

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yep, ang alam ko pwede. Finance documents ng fiancee mo ung gagamitin.

  126. Mau says:

    Hi, We recently got married last December and we decided to have a late honeymoon vacation this March. Basically, wala pa kaming PSA na Marriage contract. Can we just declare sa application form na Single pa din kami instead of Married?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mau, naku, di ko po alam pag ganyan kasi outside my experience. Consult na lang po a travel agency. :(

  127. Jing says:

    I thought you were supposed to write 15 days even if you only plan on travelling for 5 days. Isn’t that the rule before to only put 15, 30, or 90 days so Japan Embassy will approve? or bago na yung ruling na ilalagay talaga yung exact days of stay in Japan? This is confusing, please let me know the answer. Sorry :(

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Nope. I’ve experienced applying many many times for myself, friends and family, I never wrote just 15, 30 or 90 days. I write the ACTUAL number of days I intend to stay in Japan. Never had any problem.

      Even the sample accomplished forms by Reli Tours have “10 days” as sample, not 15, 30 or 90.

      I think writing 15, 30 or 90 is not ideal because if you only intend to stay for 3 days, writing “15 days” will just make things more confusing.

    • Mary says:

      I read this in one of the travel blogs also. I remember the blogger saying, one of the reasons bakit daw naddeny is because they do not put 15, 30 or 90. Thank you for this clarification.

  128. itsharvsss says:

    Hi, I am planning to applied for a visa and my mom’s husband (Japanese) is the one will sponsor my trip. I already have a one way ticket. Is there a need to have a return ticket though I still don’t know how long am I gonna stay there?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hindi required ang ticket sa visa application.

      Pero malamang hanapin yan sa Immigration.

  129. Diane Cervantes says:

    Hello! Thank you very much sa post na to. But i still have questions po sana hope po ay matulungan niyo ko.

    Teacher po ako, planning to apply visa by february para sa April for 7 days. Kasama ko mother ko to visit Japan, retired principal and senior citizen. Nag-apply na po kasi ako mga 5 years ago na denied, di ko po sure if ano reason. Do i need to get permit from DepEd and submit COE attached to my requirements?

    Also, ung mother ko po ay yung guarantor ko sana. Kasama ko rin sya, ano po kaya ung financial standing dapat meron sya? So hindi napo ako magpapasa ng bank certificate? How about ITR po?

    Thank you very much! Sana po matulungan niyo ako.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ma’am Diane, usually di naman required ang COE although makakatulong talaga sya sa application.

      Di ko rin po sure kung ano requirements kung ang guarantor ay retired. Kasi usually, need na isubmit ng guarantor yung ITR.

      May napili na ba kayong travel agency na magpoprocess? Best na tawagan nyo na lang po sila para sure.

      • Diane Cervantes says:

        Thank you po sa response.

        Bali meron po kaming ipapasa na Bank Certificate at ITR ng mother ko since may business naman po sya. Ok lang po ba na sya ang guarantor ko tapos kasama ko sya sa travel?

        Reli Tours po sa SM Megamall, meron po ba kayong updated contact number nila para makapagtanong, Bulacan papo kasi kami.

        Salamat po talaga, laking bagay ng response niyo. Godbless Sir!

          • Diane cervantes says:

            Thank you very much po sir! Godbless po. Sana maaprove kami.

          • Diana Lyn O. Cervantes says:

            Hello sir, i’m currently filling out form po. Yung sakin at sa mother ko. May ilang questions po. Pasensya na po pero napakareliable po kasi ng answers niyo kaya po para masure ko lang po na tama details ko. Sana po pagbigyan niyo pong sagutin. Thanks in advance po.

            1. Teacher po ako, pero may guarantor which is my mother na retired principal pero currently merong business at kasama ko din magtravel, ITR lang po niya ipapasa namin? yung ITR ko po hindi na po?

            2. *Partner’s profession/occupation (or that of parents, if applicant is a minor)
            – sa form ko po N/A (Single and legal age)
            – sa form po ng mother ko? Byuda na po sya. N/A din po ba?

            3. Guarantor or reference in Japan
            – mother ko po guarantor ko, retired principal, sa profession or occupation and position ano po ilalagay ko? pwede po ba na OWNER?

            4. Nationality and immigration status
            – FILIPINO (ano po sa immigration status)

            5. Inviter in Japan
            – “same as above” po ba lalagay ko? Wala po ako inviter from Japan, may guarantor lang po.

            Salamat sir! Hoping po na matulungan po ninyo kami. SALAMAT PO TALAGA.

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            Hi Ma’am Diana,

            As much as I want to help, I can’t answer your questions for sure kasi I have never applied for someone na retired, and my knowledge is limited to my personal experience. Best to call yung agency kung saan po kayo mag-apply.

  130. joy says:

    Hello, do I need to make a letter of explanation for not using a granted single entry visa to japan, on the given valid dates on the visa?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Joy, naku, I don’t know. Best to contact the agency kung saan ka mag-apply.

  131. Girruette Harvenheit says:

    Hi po! Share ko lang po :) Religiously kong binibisita ung blog niyo about tourist visa application. Interested lang ako noong 2016 at ngayong 2019, pinush ko na talaga mag-apply. January 18, 2019 po nang magsubmit ako sa Reli Tours and Travel. It made me so anxious kasi wala pa talaga akong travel history at all tapos single at babae pa po ako. Bago lang din ako sa trabaho last March 2018. ITR lang ang kulang ko pero may explanation letter naman. Ung amount sa bank ko nasa 6-digit naman since 3 years na akong nagtatrabaho. Though wala pang result, I wanted to claim na makakakita na ako ng cherry blossom during my birthday. Positive or negative ang kalalabasan, nagpapasalamat ako sa step by step guide ng application sa blog niyo :) More powers po!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Salamat for using our guides! Good luck with your application! Sana maapprove. Balitaan mo kami! :)

  132. Pat says:

    /Hi, when filling out the form do you have to put the flight number or just the airline name. I have a flight booked already.

  133. Grace P says:

    HI, I would like to ask, my husband is a British and we live here since 2014. We planned to travel in Japan and we have plane ticket already. The only thing we need to do is to apply Tourist Visa. With his case, he has ACR ID as Phil permanent residence from immigration and he works as online teacher, and paying tax in BIR quarterly. With this we can used his Phil ID ACR and ITR-BIR as other form of documents for the approval of his visa? Above stated that we need to have a Birth certificate. My husband have copy from UK and we can request marriage contract in PSA.

    Our trip will be on May, what is the best month to apply for a visa?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Grace, I have no idea po pag ganyang case kasi limited po sa personal experience ang alam ko. You can try contacting the travel agency kung saan nyo balak mag-apply para sure.

  134. Kristine says:

    Just to reiterate re: bank certificate—
    “Must be issued within the past 3 months”
    Does this mean, for example, if I requested for a bank certificate on February, I can use it for Japan visa application on March (until May)?

  135. Mary says:

    (1) My passport is under my maiden name. But my bank accounts and other assets are under my married name. Would that be okay? (2) Also, the bank account where I keep the savings are in my husband and I’s joint account, will that be a problem? I appreciate the response. Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mary, I think okay lang basta may marriage certificate ka rin na isusubmit. Ask na lang the agency po.

    • Rhon says:

      Hi Mary!

      Same situation here. How did it go with your application? Did you face any issues? Hoping to hear from you. Thanks!

  136. Michelle C says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    Ask ko lang kung ano ilalagay sa “Name of Employer” kung self-employed professional?
    – BIR registered (no business name / no DTI — Occupational Tax Receipt yung meron ako)
    – yung nakalagay sa COR ko is Name ko lang, then nature ng work.

    Please advise.


    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Michelle, naku, di ko alam pag self-employed professional. Yung sa akin kasi ay registered sole prop, so may business name ako tapos yun ang nilagay ko. Tawag ka na lang sa agency para sure sure sure.

  137. Kathleen says:


    I’m also a freelancer and I would just like to ask what I should write as my occupation. Should I say “freelance marketing specialist” or just “marketing specialist”? It’s my first time to apply for a Japanese Visa and I’m just worried na if I write “freelance” it may affect the approval. I have COR and ITR btw.

    Your blog has been super helpful and I hope you can answer my question. Thanks! :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kathleen, in my case, when I was a freelancer, I just wrote “Marketing Consultant.” Di ko na nilagay na Freelance. Pero nagsubmit ako ng letter from my clients explaining ano arrangement ko with them.

  138. Jericson Rubiano says:

    Hi ,

    Ask ko lang po kung lahat po ba ng document na ipapasa should be in a4? Including the bank certuficate?

    Binigay sa akin ng BDO ay naka short.

    Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jericson, yung bank certificate, I think, di kailangan na A4. Yung A4 ay para dun sa mga docs na ikaw ang magpiprint. :D

  139. J Cervantes says:

    Hello. My Auntie from Ireland together with her family is planning to visit Japan for 4 days and isasama nya kasi ako. She will shoulder my hotel stay and yung ibang gastos dun, airfare lang yung sakin. I have a full time job nman. Do i still need to get their bank statement kasi parang sila ung sponsor ko for that trip? I still have enough money in my account too.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi J, if idedeclare mo na sponsored ng iba yung trip mo, yes, you need to get their bank docs.

      If hindi naman, you need to submit yours.

  140. Mariel B says:

    Hello Mam! I found your blog and it’s very informative especially when applying for Japan visa. I am an OFW working in Bahrain as an executive assistant sa CEO ng company namin. Me and my fiance (who also resides in Bahrain) are planning to tour Osaka this July 2019, after our wedding. But we are applying as unmarried since plan namin sa May 2019 mag pasa ng application at di pa kami married. Is it okay?

    Also, we are concerned since yung bank account ko dito sa Bahrain is only a salary account and I am putting all my savings in my peso account for a long time na. Will it suffice kung bank statement lang ang i submit ko for my peso account? Kasi i checked with my bank sa Pinas, they said for them to issue me a certificate, I need to be there to fill out a form. But they can provide me bank statement and they can send it to me sa email ko. Is it acceptable kaya for Japan visa? Do i need to request the bank to send me through courier the original document or scan copy will be okay?

    We are really concerned coz naka book na kami ng ticket for July 2019.

    Appreciate your feedback, and God Bless you! :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mariel,

      1. I think okay lang. Di ka pa naman magpapalit ng passport? If di pa, I think wala pa namang magiging problem since same pa rin yung name mo sa passport and sa visa.

      2. I think okay lang din na form another country yung account. Gawa ka na lang ng letter explaining na you’re based in Bahrain but temporarily in PH. And yes, dapat original yung bank document.

      If mapapansin mo, puro ako “I think” kasi hunch ko lang din talaga ito ha. Hindi ko alam for sure. Ang best talaga na gawin is i-ask yung travel agency kung saan ka mag-apply kasi mas alam nila. Baka kasi may additional requirements na di ko alam kasi outside my experience ito.

    • Lindz says:

      Hi, I just renewed my passport this month and I’ll be applying for a visa, would you know if I can give my old passport along with my new one to show my travel history? Thanks!

  141. Jean Bulacsao says:

    Question on bank certificate. Does it needs to be printed in A4 size paper? The bank issued me a bank cert in short bondpaper. Is it okay?


    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jean, as far as I know based on experience ko, okay lang. Yung mga nasa control mo lang yung A4 like app form, guarantee letter, schedule of stay, etc.

  142. Denise says:

    Hi! I wanted to apply for a Japan Tourist Visa. However, I am resigning from my current job and will be starting a new one last week of February. Will this post a problem with my application? What can you suggest? Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Denise, apply now if you haven’t resigned yet so your COE and ITR still match. It just makes things simpler. :)

      But if you’re applying after you resign, that’s possible too. I’ve done that before. My ITR was different from my COE, so I wrote a letter explaining that I have just switched companies recently.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          No, unfortunately.

          I just wrote it by hand at the travel agency’s office upon the staff’s suggestion.

  143. Gian says:

    I would like to ask if it is okay to put our booked accommodation via Airnb in “Name and address of hotel” instead of hotel room for visa application form?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Gian, di ko sure kasi pa ako nag-AirBnB sa Japan. I think okay lang, i-indicate mo na lang na AirBnb?

      Or i-blank mo muna tapos ask mo na lang yung agency pag nagsubmit ka para sure. :)

  144. Mary says:


    Another question, if you applied in a group, and then may isa na di qualified or di approved, will everyone in the group be affected? Or siya lang ang maddeny?

    Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Ang alam ko, individually naman ina-assess yung application kahit part of a group.

      • Shireen says:

        Hi po, married po aq s Malaysian at d2 npo aq nkatira s Malaysia. My husband and my son d n nila klangan ng visa to visit Japan aq lng. I’ve been to japan twice 16 yrs ago as legal worker. Maging grounds kya to pra ideny nila application q.

        PS. I’m not employed so my husband will shoulder all the expenses for 15 days in japan.

          • Camry says:

            Hi Yoshke,

            just got my 5 year multiple entry visa and i’m so excited to use it next month. Thanks for all your tips, big help talaga. One thing that i can share if you can prove your capability to travel to japan even though you have friends or relatives to visit better not to declare them. Also make sure that your application is neat and no erasure para presentable. I love japan more than any other countries in asia (coz i never been to US or Europe. Haha.)

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            Hi Camry,

            Thanks for sharing these tips! Congrats!!!

            Okay lang na hindi ka pa nag US or Europe. Kami nag-Europe na pero Japan pa rin fave namin. hehe

  145. sarah says:

    Hi, okay lang ba na ilagay ko yung address ng friend ko for my accommodation itinerary. Visa form ko is no guarantor. May chance ba na madenied? at Kaka open ko lang din ng bank acct ko and planning to go in Japan this April na ? Ok lang kaya ba yun ?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Sarah, are you applying for a TOURIST visa or a VISIT FRIENDS/RELATIVES visa?

      These are two very different things and it’s one of the reasons why people get denied. They apply for tourist visa but write a person’s address in the form. This post is about TOURIST VISA though.

      If you’re applying for a TOURIST VISA, you must enter a hotel/hostel name and address. You can’t write a friend’s address.

      If you’re applying for a VISIT VISA, yes, it’s okay to write your friend’s address. More info about VISIT VISA here:

    • Marj says:

      Hi Sarah. Just wanna ask how your application for visa went? Did you went ahead for “Visit Friend” type of visa and wrote your friend’s address sa accommodation itinerary? I have the same case as yours po kasi. I have no guarantor din coz I can shoulder my own expenses naman. Thanks in advance.

  146. Zel says:

    Hi Yoshke. Your blog really is helpful. Just got our visa (whole family)! Thank you for answering my queries.