Visa & Travel

Temporary Visitor Visa

A Temporary Visitor Visa is for those who intend to stay in Japan for 90 days or less for such purposes as follows:
Sightseeing; sports; visiting relatives, friends, or acquaintances; visiting a sick person; attending a wedding or funeral ceremony; participating in athletic tournaments; contests etc. as an amateur; business purposes (such as market research, business liaison, business consultation, signing a contract, or providing after-sale service for imported machinery); inspecting or visiting plants, trade fairs etc.; attending lectures, explanatory meetings etc.; academic surveys or research presentations; religious pilgrimages or visits; friendship visits to sister cities, sister schools etc.; or other similar activities during a short period of stay in Japan.

Persons planning to travel to Japan for a different purpose, such as students, workers, journalists, entertainers, attorneys (taking depositions), etc., must apply for a different visa in the appropriate category.

For passport holders of countries requiring visa, the following documents and information are required to apply for this type of visa. Applicants from those who entered U.S. with B1/B2 visa or who are under U.S. visa exemption status will not be accepted in this office. Please note that the temporary visitor visa excludes profit-making operations and paid activities. 
 

List of Basic Documentation for Temporary Visitors

  
1. Valid Passport (properly signed by bearer, with at least 2 blank visa pages)
*If you submit a PERMIT TO RE-ENTER THE UNITED STATES or a REFUGEE TRAVEL DOCUMENT issued by the U.S. government, it must have a validity date at least six months beyond the date of the visa application.                                            
     
2. Visa application form, completely filled out and signed by the applicant
*You may download a PDF application form below.
QR code / without QR code for handwriting ( Sample )
     
3. One passport-sized photo (2”×2”, taken within six months)
*Attached to the application form using GLUE ONLY, please do not staple or tape.
     
4. Round-trip tickets with confirmed reservations or
Flight itinerary (issued by airline company or travel agency, original only)
If using airline-provided stand-by tickets:
Employment verification letter from the airline company, explicitly authorizing the applicant to use the ticket and
Official reservation form or flight itinerary
  ø Please note that we are not responsible for tickets if they become invalid due to delay of review process or denial of visa.
     
5. Registered alien card (Green Card) or US visa with I-20 and I-94 for non-US citizen
If you will be entering a third country after leaving Japan, you must show a valid visa to enter that country (or a national passport of that country).
ø Please note that in principle we do not accept applications from B-1 and B-2 U.S. visa status holders.
 
 

For Business

  
6. Original letter from applicant’s company signed by an authorized executive officer, on company letterhead, stating:
 a) applicant’s position in the company, duration of employment, and annual  salary
 b) nature/purpose of visit in detail
 c) dates/duration of stay intended and information accommodation information
 d) contact person, company name, address and phone number of business contact in Japan
     
7. Expenses
If self-financed trip:
Tax return and
Bank statement
If the company is covering the cost:
Letter of guarantee from company
Certified copy of incorporation register or an overview of Company / Organization
  

For Visiting Friends or Relatives

   
6. Letter of invitation from friend or relative in Japan
・Letter from friend or photo taken with a friend and copy of friend’s passport or
・Verification document of relationship between your relatives and copy of relative’s passport
     
7. Expenses
If self financed trip:
Tax return and
Bank statement
If the guarantor is covering the cost:
Letter of guarantee from guarantor in Japan and
Guarantor’s tax return and Bank statement and  
Certificate of residence (Ju-Min-Hyo).

(Note) When the guarantor is a foreign national, submit a photocopy of the both sides of the valid Residence card (the Alien Registration), a Certificate of residence without omission of matters listed, and a photocopy of his/her passport.
 

For Tour or Sightseeing

   
6. Hotel confirmation
     
7. Expenses
If self financed trip:
Tax return and
Bank statement
If the guarantor is covering the cost:
Letter of guarantee from guarantor in Japan and
Guarantor’s tax return and Bank statement and  
Certificate of residence (Ju-Min-Hyo).

(Note) When the guarantor is a foreign national, submit a photocopy of the both sides of the valid Residence card (the Alien Registration), a Certificate of residence without omission of matters listed, and a photocopy of his/her passport.
     
 
   
8. Detailed day by day itinerary of stay in Japan
     
9. Visa fee (if applicable)
   
The process takes within four to seven business days.
The required documents shall be valid at the time of visa application, and shall be used within three months of their date of issue. Documents must be original (photo copies will not be accepted unless otherwise stated).
In some cases, additional documents may be required.
Please call in advance to verify that you have all of the necessary documents to apply for your visa at (808) 543-3111.