8 Important Documents That You Need to Prepare in Getting a Japan Tourist Visa

Japan Tourist Visa

It’s the time of the year again when folks flock Japan to experience the iconic Sakura (Cherrry Blossoms) season. The Japan Weather Association has released the 2019 Cherry Blossoms Forecast and today marks the blossom opening in Tokyo which is five days earlier than usual. To see the complete 2019 Cherry Blossoms forecast, check out https://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/

Since everyone’s excited to witness this magical season, hold on to your passport and make sure you have all the requirements in order.

(1) Philippine Passport – Broken passports are not accepted. Make sure that your passport is signed and it must have at least two (2) blank visa pages.

(2)Visa Application Form – you may download the application form online: https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/pdfs/application1.pdf

Application form should be filled out completely. If the item is not applicable, write N/A. Do not leave any fields blank.  Do not use any correction tape/liquid as means for erasure. Avoid erasures. Edit and reprint if necessary.

(3)  Photo – Specs: 4.5 cm x 4.5cm with white background. Make sure that you are wearing something formal WITH COLLAR. Most photo studios do not accept clients for Japan Visa if not dressed appropriately. Also, make sure to specify that you want to avail of the Japan Visa ID picture. The package usually costs around 85  to 100 pesos. You will only need to submit one ( 1) photo together with the application. Do not forget to write your complete name and date of birth at the back of the photo before pasting it on the application form.

(4) Birth certificate issued within one (1) year by PSA – ensure that your birth certificate does not show late registration. In case of late registration, submit a Baptismal Certificate and School Record (Form 137) from High School or elementary and School Yearbook (if possible).

(5) Marriage certificate (if the applicant is married) – same with the birth certificate, it should be issued within one (1) year by PSA.

(6) Daily Schedule in Japan (TAIZA YOTEIHYO) please use this official template: https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/pdfs/application7.pdf

Sample: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZMlhpZn2UkmXq3FVAEHaZ2fuJhIuNZsf2KQf5A-KzUs/edit?usp=sharing

(7) Bank Certificate (Personal Account) – make sure that your bank certificate shows sufficient funds. This requirement is crucial so put at least 100,000 pesos in your account two days before you request for a bank certificate. Bank Certificate fees vary per bank. Based on experience, Eastwest Bank charges 150 per certificate and 3 months statement is free of charge. BPI charges 200 per certificate plus 50 pesos per page if you request for a bank statement.

8)Applicant’s Income Tax Return (Form 2316) – you can get this from your employer. It’s not necessary to have it stamped received by BIR.

 If Guarantor who lives in the Philippines will shoulder part or all of the applicant’s travel expenses

(9) Guarantee letter with Seal/Signature of Guarantor – This is the official form: https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/pdfs/application2.pdf

(10) Proof of relationship between applicant and guarantor (if Minor, etc)

(11) Bank Certificate and ITR (2316) of Guarantor

Additional Notes:

  • Use A4 size paper only
  • Passport must have a validity of more than six (6) months from date of departure.
  • Do not staple the documents
  • Our processing fee with Friendship Tours in AS Fortuna Cebu is 1,200/applicant. There is a cheaper agency in Banilad called Discovery Tours at 1,000/applicant. For a complete list of agencies in your area, visit https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/00_000253.html


Our trip is around late April so we are no longer expecting to witness the MAGICAL Sakura bloom. We’ll be posting more tips and FYIs on our next post!


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