So, you are booked to Japan because of Piso Fare but the truth is that you are unsure whether your flight ticket will be a waste or not because you haven’t applied for Japan Tourist Visa yet.
Ikaw kasi. You are not supposed to book a flight ticket in advance to a country with visa requirements. When you get denied, promo fares are non-refundable. But here’s the thing. Tama lang yan ginawa mo. Go lang ng go! As long as you’re confident, and have everything you need to apply for a Japan Tourist Visa, i-push lang natin yan.
Before anything else, let me tell you a brief info about my Japan Tourist Visa application. I have visited Japan as a tourist twice before finally settling down here. My application was different in that it wasn’t a standard Japan Tourist Visa for tourism; my visa type was a Tourist Visa Invited by Military Personnel, meaning that I had a Guarantor who is in the military.
Even though my own personal experience is applying for tourist visa with Guarantor, I have been able to help friends and readers of this blog get their Japan Tourist Visa approved without a Guarantor. In time, I learned that with or without a Guarantor, the Consul of Japan office processes all applications the same way – it’s just a matter of submitting the right documents.
A lot of visa applicants have been sending me emails about what are the chances of getting their Japan Tourist Visa approved. Some would even show me their complete requirements before they submit it to the accredited travel agency. The thing is, I am not in the position to tell you whether your visa will be approved or not.
As long as you feel that you have everything you need in terms of submitting the right documents, then you are good to go. Also, please stop worrying about getting denied because…
- Visa requirements relaxation. This is part of the promotion of Japan as a tourism-oriented country.
- Multiple Entry Visa requirements has also been relaxed.
But wait, relaxation doesn’t mean you should overlook the details of the documents you are submitting. You should always prove that you are financially capable to travel to Japan and/or have strong social ties to come back to your home country, the Philippines.
Here are the steps on how to get your Japan Tourist Visa:
Visit the website of Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and look for “Types of Visa.” Read the requirements carefully and make sure to obtain them as soon as possible.
Now that you know which Type of Visa you are applying for, obtain all the required documents listed from the Embassy of Japan website. You can also read these requirements I’ve carefully arranged as your easy guide. Keep in mind that all documents must be original unless otherwise stated.
Useful Tip: If you lack 1 or 2 documents because it’s impossible for you to obtain it, you may write a Letter of Explanation addressed to the Consulate-General of Japan on why you are unable to submit it.
Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and Japan consular offices no longer accept applications directly from the applicants, but instead will accept applications through the accredited travel agencies. It is very important that you only apply through these accredited agencies. If your travel agency is not listed on the Embassy website, there’s a big chance that you are dealing with a middleman.
For applicants who live outside Manila or Cebu, contact at least one of the Travel Agencies for mailing instructions.
There’s no really recommended accredited travel agency. When I applied for the first time, I chose Reli Tours & Travel Agency in SM Megamall because it was the nearest to my home. My overall experience with them was OK; I had an unpleasant experience the first time I applied as their staff was very unfriendly especially the front desk. The second time I processed a visa application through them, those irate staff were no longer there and I had a better experience with the agency. I got my Japan Tourist Visa 2 days after I submitted my documents.
For some, they would choose the cheapest travel agency such as Discovery Tours which process Japan Tourist Visa for Tourism without Guarantor for 800 pesos only. This is where my mother would always apply for her visa because they have the cheapest rate for tourist visa invited by military. She would always get a call from them 3 business days after she submitted her documents.
It usually takes 2 – 3 business days to process your application provided that all required documents were submitted and are in order. If you receive a call from the travel agency, it’s either because you’re lacking a document or your passport is ready for pickup.
For some reason, agencies do not disclose results over the phone. You will find out only upon passport pickup; a white sticker at the back of your passport indicates that your visa application was approved. Congratulations! A red sticker, on the other hand, denotes that your application has been denied.
Getting excited? While you are waiting for your trip, read more blogs and other websites featuring Japan guides. If you are arriving in Tokyo, consider top rated tours like the Robot Restaurant Show in Shinjuku or the super fun Mario Go-Kart if have you international drivers license.
If you are arriving in Osaka and only after the USJ or the Universal Studios, you can benefit from booking your discounted 1-Day or 2-Day Pass tickets in advance to avoid the ridiculously long line. And if you want to experience the famous Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ attraction rides without waiting for 2 to 3 hours line, it’s worth getting the Express® Pass – Universal Studios Japan to avoid long lines to the rides.
Have fun and enjoy Japan!
IMPORTANT: Please be informed that these sample forms and templates will not guarantee your Visa Approval! I am not affiliated with Embassy of Japan nor with the Japanese government.
Thank you for sharing the article! You can now download the following sample forms and template: Schedule of Stay, Letter of Explanation, and Invitation Letter.
Here’s the Download link.
Read Japan Visa Experiences from other Filipino Applicants
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- How to Get Japan Visa for Tourists by Shem
- Getting A Japanese Tourist Visa without Guarantor in Japan by Miggy
- How to Apply for a Japan Tourist Visa by Kisty
- How I got my Japan Tourist Visa in the Philippines by Ems
- How I got my Japanese Visa Tips and FAQs by B
Step #1: Visit the Philippine Embassy of Japan website and look for the type of Japan Tourist Visa that suits you.
Step #2: Obtain and prepare the required documents.
Step #3: Choose an accredited travel agency.
Step #4: Submit requirements to them and pay processing fees.
Step #5: Wait for the call.
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