Because of the sheer volume of applications, the Japanese Embassy doesn’t accept direct or walk-in applications, except in rare special cases. Instead, tourist and visit visa applications must be coursed through an officially designated travel agency, which will then compile and submit the applications in bulk.

The downside of this system, of course, is the service fee. The embassy’s processing of the visa is FREE-OF-CHARGE. But the travel agency will collect a service charge per application. But this system has ensured a fast, efficient way to process visa applications. In fact, the Korean Embassy has followed suit and employed a similar model recently. The fee varies from agency to agency, so if budget is a concern, contact them before showing up at their office.

Here’s how to apply for a Japan visa:

TOURIST Visa Requirements

VISIT Visa Requirements

Below is the list of all travel agencies that are accredited by the Japanese Embassy. Of these, we were able to try Attic Tours (Roxas Blvd), Reli Tours (SM Megamall), and Friendship Tours (Dusit Thani), and we didn’t encounter any problem with any of them.

Attic Tours Phils., Inc

Manila Main Office
Unit 202 Coko Building 1, Patio Madrigal Compound,
2550 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Telephone Nos.: (02) 556-6301, (02) 556-6302, (02) 556-6303, (02) 556-6304, (02) 556-6305

Hotel Jen Branch
Ground Floor, Hotel Jen Manila,
3001 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Telephone Nos.: (02) 984-0566, (02) 668-9845, (02) 516-0699

SM North EDSA Branch
Ground Floor, The Block, SM North EDSA,
Quezon City
Telephone Nos.: (02) 372-3254, (02) 373-2594
Mobile No.: 0917-898-0905

Cebu Branch
Waterfront Airport Hotel, 1 Airport Road,
Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu
Telephone Nos.: (032) 341-2011, (032) 341-2012

Davao Branch
Level 3, SM City Davao,
Quimpo Boulevard, Talomo, Davao City
Telephone No.: (082) 225-8920
Mobile No.: 0917-321-1328

Discovery Tour

Makati Main Office
Unit301, Ground Floor, Sagittarius Building,
H.V. Dela Costa Street,
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Telephone Nos.: (02) 892-2849, (02) 843-5832, (02) 843-5083
Mobile Nos.: 0915-320-0780, 0999-943-5231

Cebu Branch
Door No. 203-A1, 2nd Floor, Northgate Center,
Don Manuel Gotianuy Complex, Gov.Cuenco Avenue,
Banilad City, Cebu
Telephone Nos.: (032) 340-1822, (032) 340-1824
Mobile Nos.: 0916-958-3489, 0999-420-5556, 0922-769-8369

Davao Branch
Door 109, Ground Floor, Court View Inn Building,
Quimpo Boulevard corner Sandawa Road,
Davao City
Telephone Nos.: (082) 285-7188, (082) 284-4114, (082) 321-1315
Mobile Nos.: 0915-326-0111, 0920-210-4677, 0923-423-2207

Friendship Tours and Resorts Corporation

Makati Main Office
3rd Floor, Dusit Thani Manila,
Ayala Center, Makati City
Telephone Nos.: (02) 810-9622, (02) 893-8180
Mobile No.: 0917-548-1810

Cebu Branch
Unit 2-508, 5th Floor, OITC 2 Building,
Oakridge Business Park, A.S. Fortune Street,
Banilad, Mandaue City, Cebu
Telephone Nos.: (032) 345-3459, (032) 344-4825
Mobile No.: 0917-724-3373

Grand Holidays Travel and Tours Inc.

Pasig Main Office
GF Emerald Bldg, F. Ortigas Avenue
Pasig City
Phone Nos.: (02) 687-3131, (02) 687-6480, (02) 687-3232, (02) 687-8989

H.I.S. Philippines Travel Corp.

Serendra Office
2F Serendra – Shopping Arcade Serendra
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Phone No.: (02) 915 0351, (02) 915 0352, (02) 915 0353

JTB Asia Pacific Phil. Corp.

BGC Main Office
18th Floor, Unit 2, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center
26th & 25th Streets, Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig City
Phone No.: (02) 894-5528

SM Mall of Asia Branch
Ground Floor, Unit 107, Entertainment Mall,
New South Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Mobile No.: +63 949-994-0249

Cebu Branch
2F J Centre Mall, V. Albano,
Mandaue City, Cebu
Phone: (032) 260-8024

Quezon City Branch
4th floor Japan Town Retail 2 Level 4,
Ayala Mall Vertis North, Quezon City
Phone: (02) 932-5600

Makati Branch
Unit G3-315B, 3F Glorietta 3,
Ayala Center, Makati City
Mobile No.: +63 998-842-2118

Luxury Vacation Holidays & Tours Inc.

Manila Main Office
Suite 401 Mario Co Building
1945 Adriatico Street,
Malate, Manila
Telephone No.: (02) 353-6339, (02) 353-6429, (02) 536-4681
Mobile No.: 0917-535-6300

Multi Destinations Inc.

Manila Main Office
Unit 203 Avenue Square Garden
Jorge Bocobo Street corner United Nations Avenue,
Ermita, Manila
Phone No.: (02) 526-8451, (02) 526-8452, (02) 526-8453, (02) 526-8454, (02) 526-8455

Amkor Travel and Tours Inc.

Quezon City Main Office
Unit 108 G/F West City Plaza Building,
#66 West Avenue, Quezon City
Telephone no.: (02) 359 8328, (02) 376 5398, (02) 376 5399, (02) 359 8328, (02) 410 1332, (02) 411 3852, (02) 411 6244

Mandaluyong Branch
Unit 805 Cityland Shaw Tower
Shaw Boulevard corner St. Francis Street,
Mandaluyong City
Telephone no.: (02) 411 3852, (02) 376 5398, (02) 410 1332, (02) 376 5399, (02) 759 2175

Ormoc City
2F PDCI Building, J. Rizal Street,
Ormoc City
Telephone no.: (053) 561 0483
Mobile no.: +63 917 8272008

Golden Eagle Travel & Tours, Inc.

Quezon City Main Office
129 Timog Avenue, Quezon City (beside GMA Network, Inc.),
Phone No.: (02) 928-0148
Mobile No.: +63 917 581 1969, +63 999 883 795

Pan Malayan Express, Inc.

Makati Head Office
4F, Grepalife Building,
221 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City
Phone Nos.: (02) 844-1216, (02) 844-1219, (02) 844-1262, (02) 844-1274

Premiere Travel and Tours Inc.

Makati Main Office
U33 3rd Floor, Legazpi Suites,
178 Salcedo Street, Legazpi Village,
Makati City
Phone No.: (02) 893-8484
Mobile No.: 0917-893-8456

Rajah Travel Corporation

Makati Branch
3rd Floor, 331 Building, 331 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue,
Makati City
Telephone No.: (02) 894-0886
Mobile No.: 0917-529-6774

Manila Branch
Ground Floor, GLC Building, Mabini corner T.M. Kalaw Streets,
Ermita, Manila
Telephone Nos.: (02) 523-8801, (02) 523-8802, (02) 523-8803, (02) 523-8804, (02) 523-8805, (02) 523-8806, (02) 523-8807
Mobile No.: 0917-854-3614

Reli Tours and Travel Company

Makati Main Office
3rd Floor Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City,
Telephone Nos.: (02) 894-1210, (02) 893-7259, (02) 893-9226

SM Mall of Asia Branch
Bay City, Pasay City
Telephone Nos.: (02) 556-1445, (02) 556-1446, (02) 556-1447

SM Megamall Branch
Ground Floor, SM Megamall Building A, EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Telephone Nos.: (02) 637-4694, (02) 637-4695, (02) 637-5020

Binondo Branch
4th Floor Lucky Chinatown
Reina Regonte corner Dela Reina Streets,
Binondo, Manila
Telephone No.: (02) 242-0640
Mobile No.: 0906-492-1000

SM Southmall Branch
Alabang-Zapote Road, Las-Pinas City
Telephone Nos.: (02) 800-4948, (02) 800-4949, (02) 800-4950

Pan Pacific Travel Corporation

Note: Pan Pacific only accepts applications WITHOUT documents written or printed in Japanese.

Binondo Head Office
353 E.T. Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines
Telephone No.: (02) 243-6666

Cebu Branch
Diplomat Hotel. Suite No. 6, 90 F. Ramos Street. Cebu City
Telephone Nos.: (032) 254-0343, (032) 254-0345, (032) 254-0347, (032) 254-0349

Ermita Branch
G/F Pacific Place Apartelle Suites. 539 Arquiza St. Ermita, Manila
Telephone Nos.: (02) 523-1990, (02) 526-6427

Makati Branch
Unit LG-1 Herrera Tower Condominium. # 98 V.A. Rufino St corner Valero St.,
Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Telephone Nos.: (02) 810-8551, (02) 810-8552, (02) 810-8553, (02) 810-8554, (02) 810-8555, (02) 810-8556

Sparkle Holidays & Travel Corporarion

Manila Main Office
Unit 301 Mario Co Building,
1945 M. Adriatico Street,
Malate, Manila
Telephone No.: (02) 328-3700, (02) 328-3701, (02) 328-3702, (02) 328-3703, (02) 328-3704, (02) 328-3705


Makati Main Office
Ground Floor, Skyland Plaza Condominium,
Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City
Phone Nos.: (02) 706-8646, (02) 706-8625, 0917-941-2534, 0927-684-5644

Universal Holidays, Inc.

Makati Main Office
Ground Floor, Dusit Thani Manila Hotel,
Ayala Center, 1223 Makati City
Telephone Nos.: (02) 859-3857, (02) 859-3858, (02) 859-3859, (02) 859-3860, (02) 618-2359
Mobile Nos.: 0917-634-8280, 0917-530-2998

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  1. Mat says:


    I was just wondering if you were able to verify Universal Holiday’s Cebu branch ‘coz I am seeing a Cebu branch in their site but it is not listed in your page nor in the official site. I have tried this branch before and would really like to use their service again.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mat, I think legit naman sya kasi yung accreditation ng Japan Embassy yata ay per company, hindi per branch. So since accredited yung Universal Holiday, most likely kasama lahat ng branches nila.

      • Mat says:


        I applied for multiple entry at the Cebu branch and thankfully na.approve naman.
        I asked them why they were not listed and I think it has something to do with limitation of what type of visa they were allowed to apply. Nakalimutan ko ano exactly yun. Hehehe. Yung inaply ko tourist visa w/o sponsor which is pwd nila i.process.

        Thanks for the reply.

  2. Patricia says:

    Hello! Do I really need to apply a Japan visa in an accredited travel agency?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      All applications will go through an accredited agency. But you can apply at other non-accredited agencies, but they will still course it through an accredited agency rin so mas mahal sya.

  3. Nel says:

    For the visa application, since I just had my passport renewed, and of course it is all empty though i had made multiple travels in the past 5 years and it is all in the old passport.
    What can you advise for such? Would it matter if my new passport is empty? or should i send in also the copy of my old one? just to show that i have record of my old trips?

    Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Nel, I can’t say for sure because I had a different experience each time I applied. There was a time when the agency also took my old passport too. There were also times when they did not. So I’m not sure what the protocol is.

      My advice is to just bring your old passport when you visit the agency and ask them for their reco. :D

  4. Nana Kwame says:

    I am a Ghanaian and wanted to visit Japan with my team (its an agriculture company) for an AGRO Tour. How can I do with ease and through which agency can I do this?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi! Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with the policy for Ghanaians. :(

  5. Nonette Madera says:

    Hi! Just want to ask if you have an idea how to get accreditation in Japan. Thank you

  6. aim says:

    Hello Sir! My mom is a retiree (no income) and I want to sponsor her trip to Japan. I will accompany her and sponsor all her expenses during the trip. Kindly advise me as to how to go about my mom’s visa application. Thanks in advance.

  7. Jnr says:

    Is there an ordinary way of applying Japan visa or there are embassy’s that are only created for refusal especially qingdao in china? most people have never say anything good about them before

  8. J. Danice Queabeah says:

    Hi. Can I apply from Liberia, Africa? If yes what are the requirements?

  9. Violabel Sabadi says:

    Is there agency in baguio city for tousirt japan visa?Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi! I think so far, wala pang designated na agency sa Baguio. But you can still apply sa ibang travel agencies. Ico-course din nila yan sa designated agency.

  10. demi n rivera says:

    Hi..I am a FILIPINO.I would like to inquire a tourist visa requirements…I am working in Singapore…I want to go to japan as tourist any agency that i could talk to here in Singapore?

  11. Amy Lynn Magdasoc says:

    Hi! Im on my graduate study program have my research conference presentation at Osaka Japan by January 2020.Do I need to apply a tourist visa Japan?Thank you for the reply.

  12. Charmaine says:

    I just wanted know po if it is possible that the applicant, being a student, his guarantor will not be his parents? His girlfriend will have to support and shoulder his travel expenses as a graduation gift for him. Would this be acceptable? Thank you in advance po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Charmaine, I haven’t tried something like this, so I don’t know for sure. But the biggest challenge here is proving the relationship.

      According to the travel agency we consulted before, it’s still better if the sponsor is a close relative because you can easily prove the relationship using birth certificates.

      Best to consult the travel agency where you will lodge your application.

      • Maji T. Mahilom says:

        Hello good evening i apply japanese visa to traveland here in Sagay city…. Many documents needed from my japanese guarantor
        …and i comply it all but im waiting the original documents from japan because traveland ask me to bring along with me original documents from my guarantor or the person who invites me hoping you will answer me about my few questions
        …it is needed to have an interview in japanese embassy? Can i do interview in cebu City only?

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Maji, if you’re visiting Japan for a short stay only, usually there is no interview.

  13. eleny b cariaga says:

    How much rate the travel agency charge for the processing of visa.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Depends on agency and type of visa. Tourist visas usually range P700-1000, Visit visas P1500-P2000. Call the agency where you plan to apply to be certain.

  14. Karmela says:

    I am a bit confused because there is actually another list in the Japan embassy website specifying the accredited agencies. I think there were only 7 listed (UHI, friendship, Panpacific, Reli, etc.). For the list you specified here, ang nakalagay sa embassy site is List of Registered Agencies. May difference ba ang dalawa?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Karmela,

      Thanks for raising this. We emailed the embassy to clarify. Hopefully they’d respond soon. :D

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