How to apply and obtain Japan Visa?: Procedures, Documents required, Cost 1

About Japan

Japan, an island country situated off the east coast of Asia. It consists of a large string of islands in a northeast-southwest arc that runs for approximately 1,500 miles (2,400 km) in the western North Pacific Ocean. Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, is located in Honshu Island’s east-central region. More than four-fifths of the land surface in Japan is covered by mountains. Mount Fuji (Fuji-san), Japan’s highest mountain, rises to a height of 12,388 feet (3,776 meters) and is both active and dormant. For tens of thousands of years, humans have lived in Japan. However, Japan is first mentioned in writing in the first century BCE, in Chinese texts.

Japan has a surface area of 377,915 km2 scattered over 6000 islands, making it slightly larger than Germany or a little smaller than the US state of California.

Tokyo, Japan’s largest city, serves as the country’s capital. Fukuoka, Fukushima, Kobe, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, and Yokohama are some of the other significant cities in Japan. When it comes to government, only Japanese can be used as a medium of communication. Japan will have 125 million residents by the year 2021.

Why is France famous for?

  • Fashion-forward districts like Ginza and Harajuku are home to the most up-to-date Japanese street fashion, while Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Skytree Tower, and Odaiba and Akihabara are hotbeds for cutting-edge technology.
  • Yoyogi Park and Ueno Park, two of Tokyo’s most tranquil green spaces, as well as well-known Japanese attractions like Meiji Shrine and Sensoji Temple, round out the city.
  • The Yoshida Trail, which takes around six hours to ascend, is the most popular.
  • One of the most prominent shrines dedicated to Inari, the god of rice, is Fushimi Inari Taisha.
  • The number of vending machines in Japan is believed to reach as high as 5 million. Everything from umbrellas to hot lunches to soiled underwear may be purchased from vending machines in Japan.

Types of Visa

1. Short Stay visa

  • A stay of up to 90 days for leisure, business, or to see family or friends without the expectation of financial gain). Documents for visas can be checked here.

Countries that need visas to enter Japan. You can check here.

  • China
  • Rusia
  • Vietnam
  • CIS Countries, Georgia
  • Philippines
  • Other nationalities

Countries that do not require visas to enter. You can check here.

2. Work or Long-term stay

a)Highly skilled professional visa

Period of stay

  1. Highly skilled professional: 5 years
  2. Dependent Spouse and children of highly skilled foreign professional (Note): 5 years, 3 years or 1year
  3. Highly skilled foreign professional’s spouse who intend to work in Japan: 5 years, 3 years, or 1 year
  4. Parents of highly skilled foreign professionals or his/her spouses who intend to take care of a grandchild/grandchildren (a child/children of a highly-skilled foreign professional) under the age of seven or take care of a pregnant highly skilled foreign professional or their spouse: 1 year or 6 months
  5. House servants of highly skilled foreign professional: 1 year

Documents required

  • Passport
  • One visa application form (nationals of Russia, CIS countries, or Georgia need to submit two visa application forms)
  • One photograph (nationals of Russia or CIS countries or Georgia need to submit two photographs)
  • Certificate of Eligibility (Note) – original and a copy
  • Copy of the Chinese Family Register
  • Temporary Residence Permit or Residence Certificate (If the applicant does not have a family register within the region under the jurisdiction of the Embassy or Consulates where the application documents are submitted.)

b) Work Visa

  • Professor (Examples: university professor, assistant professor, assistant, etc.)
  • Artist (Examples: composers, songwriters, artists, sculptors, craftspeople, photographers, etc.)
  • Religious activities (Examples: religious people such as monks, bishops, missionaries, etc.)
  • Journalist (Examples: newspaper journalists, magazine journalists, editors, news cameramen, announcers, etc.)
  • Business manager (Examples: company presidents, directors, etc.)
  • Legal/Accounting services (Examples: attorneys, judicial scriveners, public accountants, tax accountants, etc. certified in Japan)
  • Medical services (Examples: physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, etc. certified in Japan)
  • Researcher (Examples: researchers, investigators, etc. at research institutes, etc.)
  • Instructor (Examples: teachers, etc. at elementary schools, intermediate schools, and high schools)
  • Engineer/Specialist in humanities/International services (Examples: scientific engineers, IT engineers, foreign language teachers, interpreters, copywriters, designers, etc.)
  • Intra-company transferee (Examples: people transferred to the Japanese branch (head office of the same company, etc.)
  • Nursing care (Example: certified care worker)
  • Entertainer (Examples: musicians, actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, models, etc.)
  • Skilled labor (Examples: chefs specializing in the food of a foreign country, animal trainers, pilots, sports trainers, sommeliers, etc.)
  • Specified skilled worker (Work-ready foreign nationals who possess certain expertise and skills in certain industrial fields.)
  • Technical intern training (Examples: Technical intern)

c) General Visa

  • Cultural activities (Examples: unpaid internships, people studying the tea ceremony or Japanese flower arranging, etc.)
  • Student (Examples: college students, pre-college students, etc.)
  • Training (Examples: trainees in a local government, etc.)
  • Dependent (Family stays) (Examples: The spouse and children of a foreign national with working visa, etc.)

3. Medical Visa

You can check here for further details.

4. Visa Exemptions for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders

For diplomatic and official passport holders of 55 countries, Japan has implemented reciprocal procedures on the Visa Exemption Arrangements stated in the chart below. As a result, the visa-exemption actions described in this article have been halted until further notice, save for the colored nations (Note 4). (COVID-19)

According to Article 5, paragraph (1) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, foreign nationals (including those who are originally from visa-exemption countries/regions) who have stayed within 14 days prior to applying for landing in Japan are denied entry into Japan unless special exceptional circumstances are found.

To enter Japan for the first time, any foreign nationals who are recognized as having special exceptional circumstances must apply for a visa.

55 Countries entitled for Diplomatic and Official Visa Exemption
Asia Bangladesh (diplomatic passport holders only) Mongolia (diplomatic passport holders only) (Note 3)
Cambodia Republic of Korea
India (diplomatic passport holders only) Thailand
Indonesia (30days) (Note 1) Viet Nam
Laos Myanmar (diplomatic passport holders only)
Oceania Samoa Palau
Papua New Guinea Nauru
Solomon Islands
Europe Albania (diplomatic passport holders only) Liechtenstein
Austria Luxemburg
Azerbaijan (diplomatic passport holders only) Netherland
Belgium Poland
Bulgaria Romania
Czech Republic Slovakia
Georgia (diplomatic passport holders only) (90days) (Note 2) Switzerland
Germany Spain
Greece Turkmenistan
Hungary Ukraine (diplomatic passport holders only)
Ireland United Kingdom
Italy Vatican (diplomatic passport holders only)
Kazakhstan Moldova
Montenegro Uzbekistan (diplomatic passport holders only)
Latin America and Caribbean Colombia Peru
Panama Ecuador (diplomatic passport holders only)
Paraguay Bolivia
Middle East Morocco Turkey
Qatar United Arab Emirates

Visa Processing time

A visa can be issued in around five working days after the application has been accepted, provided there are no major issues with the information provided in the application. Depending on the Embassy/Consulate General and the purpose of the visit, it may take less time than expected.

Visa Fees

In order to obtain a visa, a fee must be paid. For a single-entry visa, the cost is around 3,000 yen, while for a double-entry or multiple-entry visa, the cost is around 6,000 yen. To avoid currency conversion issues, fees are collected in local currency at the Embassy or Consulate-General.

Fees may or may not be required, depending on the reason for your visit and your nationality. You won’t be charged anything if the visa isn’t obtained. Additionally, if an application is completed through an authorized agency, additional fees must be paid to cover processing and visa issuing costs.

Validity of a Visa

Only one visa can be used to enter Japan at a time. The single-entry visa is valid for three months. Visa holders must apply for landing and pass landing examinations with an immigration inspector at the port of entry where they plan on landing before the visa has expired. A person’s visa will be revoked if he or she attempts to enter the country or if the expiration date has passed.

There is no way to extend the visa’s validity length. Consult with the regional immigration bureau if a foreign national in Japan wishes to extend his/her stay in Japan.

Businesses, among other types of visitors, maybe granted visas that permit multiple entries. These visas have a validity length of one to five years and can be used as many times as needed during that time.

Best place to visit Japan

1. Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji (Fuji-san), Japan’s most famous sight, is also the country’s tallest peak. This spectacular and fabled mountain, which rises 3,776 meters above an otherwise flat landscape to the south and east, can be seen from Tokyo, more than 100 kilometers distant.

Mount Fuji

2. Hiroshima

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (Hiroshima Heiwa Kinen Ken) is visited by more than a million visitors each year, many of them are from outside of Japan.


3. Kyoto’s Buddhist

Kyoto, one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations, is one of the few Japanese cities spared from the ravages of World War II.

Kyoto’s Buddhist

4. Nara

In Nara, Japan’s cultural center for centuries, you’ll find a vast number of historic structures and significant national treasures and pieces of art.


5. Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle (Osaka-j), built-in 1586 by legendary Japanese warrior and politician Toyotomi Hideyoshi, was the country’s largest and most important fortification at the time it was completed.

Osaka Castle

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  • Xushnud Abduvosiev

    hello there . I live in the Republic of Uzbekistan. I want to get a working visa to Tokyo where should I apply for it. thank you in advance for the answer