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

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
5F SM Megamall, 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

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

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