Japan Visa Tips: Increase chances of Getting Japan Tourist Visa Approved

Unlike US Visa, Japan Visa doesn’t require personal interview; therefore, Consul Office will purely base on the documents that you will surrender. Based from my experience, travel history, evidence of return, and good financial status are the most important criteria that Consul considers when entering Japan.

How much money in your bank certificate or “show money” should you submit?

Japan Tourist Visa allows you to stay in Japan for maximum of 15 days only and single entry. Having a fat bank account does not guarantee your application be instantly approved. Be realistic when submitting your bank certificate, if you plan to stay there for 2 weeks, having a Php 500,000 to 900,000 in your bank account is quite not valid if you are single and a regular employee. A reasonable bank account of Php 100,000 to 120,000 is convincing enough for a 2-week stay in Japan.

Passport stamps

Meanwhile, I have read (one of the travel forums) that some applicants with Php 50,000 to 90,000 bank account were approved given their plan of stay is 1 week with 1-week itinerary.

The monthly average balance of your account is also shown in the bank certificate, so putting an immediate large amount of money in just one day is a bad idea.

Travel History

Having sufficient passport stamps is very helpful. It will serve as your decent evidence showing that you were returning back to your country in every travels. Remember, convince the Consul that you will return to the Philippines.


In my case, I have traveled to: Singapore (2x), Macau (2x), and HK. It is important to have everything ready so that you can successfully look at Hong Kong hotels, book a few nights and not have to worry about canceling or pay extra fees due to a passport not having enough stamps. Remember, convince the Consul that you will return to the Philippines after your trip.

Evidence of return

From my experience, I felt that a Certificate of Employment and passport stamps were my heaviest evidence of return. Gathering tips from other people who have traveled Japan, some of them said that CoE is a great evidence of your bond in the Philippines; I find that very exaggerated though.

Moving forward, having booked flight tickets will not guarantee your visa approval. So, do not book flight tickets prior to your visa application. Obviously, it’s a pain when you found out that your application was not approved.

Handwriting in the Visa Application Form

While waiting to be called by the staff in the agency to submit the requirements, a lady waiting in line tapped my shoulder and noticed my erasures in the application form. She informed me to repeat filling out the form and avoid erasures. I asked why, and she only said it will be nice if my application form is neat as well.

So if you weren’t able to download and print the Visa Application form and decided to just get one through the accredited agency, I recommend that you write neatly and in all block letters when filling out.

Spring in Japan: Cherry Blossom

Complete all requirements and submit originals.

Just submit complete requirements. Good luck on your application! You can also read this link for baby steps on how get Japan Tourist Visa.

This post was inspired from magnetic-rose, I have been reading her blog a lot about tips on getting Japan Visa, and mine got approved after 2 business days!

Updated as of August 01, 2012

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  • http://www.chyngreyes.com chyng

    oh my, 100K pala talaga ang dapat ko ipunin for this.. ^_^

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    Ada Reply:

    Yan ay kung maximize mo ang 15 days. :D Pero balita ko may naapprove na 50-60K if 1 week ang stay woot.

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  • http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com/ GayE @ Pinay Travel Junkie

    Very helpful, Ada! Bookmarking this one. Waley pa nga lang budget for Japan. Hihi.

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    Ada Reply:

    Thanks Gay! Mejo mahal talaga dito, ubos budget talaga yayy

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  • http://www.pinoypassportstamps.blogspot.com melvin

    woW! during spring ka pala pumunta,swerte mo naman,mahirap daw kasi ang timing for the cerry blossom kasi mabilis lang sya.this is a very informative post.i’m looking forward to more posts about japan.by the way about this line”500,000 to 900,000 in your bank account is quite not valid” baka ibig mo sabihin 50,000 to 90,000.

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    Ada Reply:

    Hi Melvin! Tama yung 500,000 to 900,000. Suspicious na kasi most especially, if Single and employee lang. Actually, 50K to 90K is okay as long as you plan to stay there for 1 week with 1-week itinerary as well. ;)

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    melvin Reply:

    ah so ibig sabihin pag ganun naman kalaki laman ng account mo pero single ka pa at employee,di rin pwede.aabangan ko iba mo posts about japan

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    Ada Reply:

    YUP, thanks for the keen eyes Melvin I have updated my posts about the show money, I also remember reading in PEX about other applicants experience which I included in the update :D

  • http://www.travelfillers.com/ killerfillers

    yun.. thanks parang US visa lang din pala. Tska na lang ako pupunta dito.hehe Sarap ng spring noh? Cherry blossoms!! woot! woot!

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    Ada Reply:

    Yep, ganda rin ng weather. Para saken malamig parin, pero grabe mga babae don, nakashirt di giniginaw haha

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  • http://none Mary

    wala namang na deny na student visa sa japan di po ba? at tsaka how many working days po talaga? haha kasi august 20 na flight namen sa japan e. thank you

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    Ada Reply:

    Not sure how many working days for student visa. Will you study there ba? Or nag-apply ka being a student here then may magsponsor sayo?

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    Mary Reply:

    meron po nag sponsor, tuesday po ibibigay sa ambassy visa namen, so how many days to release po, since we will be flying on the 20th of august

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    Ada Reply:

    Antagal girl, mine only took 2-3 business days. Did you apply in an accredited agency? Sang agency kayo? Nako baka hindi accredited yan ng Japan Embassy :-/

    Mary Reply:

    accredited nang japan po.. matagal talaga?

    Ada Reply:

    Well, kelan ka ba nag-apply? Saken kasi 2 days lang na-aapprove na.

    Mary Reply:

    okay na po, tinawagan na kme nang agency, ready to pick up na daw mga passport nmen, but di pa namen alam kng ano yung result kasi di daw cla pwedeng mag open nang passport nmen..

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    Ada Reply:

    Good! Tell me how it goes :D Sana approved! ;)

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    Mary Reply:

    lets pray its approved.. :)
    but i believe approved talga

    Ada Reply:

    Hey girl! What’s the news? Okay na ba? :D

    Mary Reply:

    okay na APPROVED na. at lilipad na kme sa monday. yay :)

    Ada Reply:

    Happy for you girl!! How many days?? Hopefully kita tayo don soon ;)

    Mary Reply:

    hello, just came back from japan, it was really a nice experience for 2 weeks. :)

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    Ada Reply:

    Oh wow Mary!! Welcome back! I know Japan always gives us nice experience. I want to come back there soon maybe live there.

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    Mary Reply:

    i want to go back there after graduation, will you please tell me how to get VISA again? cause this time, it is no longer the school will provide bank certificate.. what should i do?

    Ada Reply:

    Hi Mary, now that your applying on your own. You will to follow my How to Apply for a Japan Tourist Visa Tips blog post. Please read ;)

  • http://thecreativedork.com Robbie

    Whooooooooo! Eh paano kung ayoko nang bumalik sa Pilipinas? =))

    Thanks for this Adalove! <3

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    Ada Reply:

    Pwede naman siya yun lang di ka na makakaulit ulit, unless magasawa ka ng Japanese :D

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  • http://lamyerda.com Riz

    Very informative.. Bookmarked! kelangan q na pla mag save. :D

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    Ada Reply:

    Thanks Riz! Todo save rin ako nito, aww.

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  • http://frontpacker.wordpress.com Albin

    Salamat po sa na share niyong information… nakabookmark na rin tong site nyo! hehe

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    Ada Reply:

    You’re welcome Albin! Saw your blog and I see that you’re booked to Osaka! I haven’t been there maybe next time visit ko siya and traveling Osaka is much cheaper than Tokyo. You’ll definitely make it there!

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    Albin Reply:

    Thanks! ^_^

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  • joshua

    Hello thank u for all the information. I went to sg, hk and macau 3x so mejo na relief aq.pero my main concern is i dont have a Certificate of employment, is there any possibility na ma approve kaya if wla aq coe? i agree very accomodating talaga ang rajah ska japanese pa ang kakausap sau and kukuha ng requirements.

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    Ada Reply:

    Hi Joshua, but are you currently employed right now? I’ve heard that being employed or having a job here in the Philippines is the #1 proof that you’re coming back here in the Philippines. If you don’t have COE, try submitting ITR instead.

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    joshua Reply:

    thanks for the reply. yep i am currently employed. nag start aq last month lang so ndi cla makakapag provide ng coe for me and hindi alam ng company ang plans ko because my fiance is pregnant and i need to be there probably on december or january kaya wla aq mabbgay na proof regarding sa work ko kasi they wont allow me for sure, 3 weeks is too long para mag leave. may supporting docs naman aq from them including their ITR. nag provide dn aq ng bank statement pero sa parents ko :) ms. Ada may chance kaya ma approve ung visa ko?

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    Ada Reply:

    Hi Joshua! Thanks for coming back. One question though, so your fiancee is in Japan that’s why you’re traveling there? If that’s a yes, what does your fiancee do there? If she’s currently working there, it would be a great help if your fiance will serve as your guarantor as well. She should submit Letter of Invitation, Letter of Guarantee, and her ITR or bank Certificate too. Really cannot say your chance of approval, but I pray you get it ;) Let me know once you have the result!

    joshua Reply:

    hi ms ada! approved yung visa ko. thank u sa tips sobrang nakatulong talaga. ms. ada is it possible na ma extend yung period of stay ko? kasi 15days lang yung binigay sakin e. thank u

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    Ada Reply:

    Hi Joshua, congrats!!

    About extension of stay, that I don’t know. Once you’re given 15-day stay, that’s it I think unless you will apply for another Visa with 30-day request of stay.

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  • lester

    Good morning po….tanong ko lang po ang chances ko makuha ng tourist visa s japan …..i have a japenese friend here in qatar who’s my co-worker also…He invited me to visit tokyo together with my wife and my two children…I dont have bank account and even an ample cash on hand but my japanese friend will be the one to shoulder all of our expenses including airfare, hotel, disney land pass, food and allowance. as in all, I just need to secure our visa. I had downloaded also the forms from japan’s embassy website such as invitation letter and guarantee letter and have it filled up by him…What is our chance? Thank you

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    Ada Reply:

    If he will serve as your guarantor and will shoulder the expenses, your Japanese friend should submit the following as well, submit at least 2 of the following documents pertaining to the guarantor (much better if you will submit all):
    — A certificate of income or certificate of tax withholding (issued by the head of administration local office at place of residence)
    — A certificate of deposit balance
    — Certificate of tax payment (Form number 2 issued by the tax office)
    — A certificate of residence

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    les Reply:

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Ma’am ada let me asks again, Do we have fair chance if I able to obtain the said requirements from my friend?
    I read from the previous posts that I have to have a document that will convince the consul that we will come back in Philippines the moment our visa expires, do you think it is enough that I am traveling with my family? That they will think that we cannot afford to overstay there? Because I dont have anything to show. I am just an OFW and just started working abroad last year. Meaning no savings, haven’t aquired any properties.
    Will a short period of stay in Japan will help?suppose instead that we will consume the maximum days allowed, we will just stay for 3 days?
    Thanks agin ma’am. Im so sorry to annoy you.

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    Ada Reply:

    Hi Lester, I am not a Consul but if you will submit those supporting documents, I believe it will give you a fair chance. At the same time, you should submit your documents too like your Cert of Deposit Balance, ITR, if your wife is also working might as well submit her Cert of Depo balance and her ITR too. And once again, passport stamps really help. You can also read my another post about this, requirements in getting Japan Visa.

    les Reply:

    Hi Ms. Ada, Maraming maraming salamat po. Very informative po talaga itong page niyo, had it bookmarked. I’ll try my luck when I arrive in Philippines on Decemeber. Thank you po ulit

  • Sam

    Good morning po ask ko lang po chances maapprove yung tourist visa ko if my mom will be a guarantor for me? Tska Gaano po kaya katagal yung mabbgay na visa?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lim_jnicole Nix

    Hello mam sir ask ko lang po nadeny kasi ako nung first na apply ko sa japan tourist yung inapplayan ko
    and im planning to apply again. pupuntahan ko po sana yung mama ko na my asawang hapon.
    ano po ba dapat gawin para hindi ma deny? kasi nung una sinunod ko naman po lahat nung instruction at hinihingi nila please give me a tips. thanks godbless

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    Ada Reply:

    How did you apply before? Can you tell me your profile? Like were you a student when you applied? What were the documents you submitted before?

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  • http://adaphobic liza

    hello po miss ada! ask ko lng po if panu ako ng umpisa iniinvited kasi ako ng us navy kng bf to visit him in japan but hindi ko po alam panu umpisahan at anung gagawin ko..if anu po ba magandang egency aplayan para makuha ng visa tourist papuntang japan..pls reply naman po?

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    Ada Reply:

    Hi Liza, try Reli Tours in SM Megamll or Mall of Asia, they process application for applicants invited by Military Personnel, the application fee is PHP 2,000 though. As for the documents, you need to refer on my previous about it. Like you, I was also invited by a Military personnel. http://www.adaphobic.com/japan/how-to-apply-for-a-japan-tourist-visa/

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  • nj87

    hello po.. sa tingin nyo po mga magkano dapat show money if i have my relatives there na tutuluyan.. lahat naman po sagutin ng aunt ko.. for 2 weeks po.. thank you po sa insights

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    No need to present your bank certificate. Just present the Income Certificate, income Tax return certificate or Bank Certificate of your relatives living there. They need to get it from the City Hall in their district.

    You will need an invitation letter and guarantee letter too which is filled up by them. They should mail you those documents.

    For more info about the requirements, visit: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/visiting/new%20visa/tourism.htm

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    nj87 Reply:

    helo ms.ada.. you mean po ba na sila nalang ang required magsubmit ng bank certificate?? what if pag walang bank certificate.. ITR certificate po ba ay enough na or need both? thanks

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Yes. Kelangan nila ipadala sayo via mail yung mga requirements. Then ikaw magsusubmit non sa Japan Agency. If walang Bank certificate yung relative mo, then yung bank certificate mo na lang and recommended show money for that is PHP 90K to PHP 100K. ITR is needed as along with Bank Certificate. If you dont have ITR, you need to write an explanation letter why you don’t have it.

    For complete instructions on how to apply, you check my posts too: http://www.adaphobic.com/philippines/how-to-apply-for-a-japan-tourist-visa/

  • nj-87

    also nj87-just frgt my password hehe -
    ms.ada first ques:totoo po ba na makakatulong ng malaki ang cert.of
    enrollment ko to approve my japan visa? nagapply kasi ko student visa
    sa ibang bansa din..(wait pa po approval ) so while waiting sana gusto
    ko din muna vacation sa famly ko sa jpn.

    second ques: ok lang ba na tita
    ko magsponsor sakin? hindi ba makakababa ng chance to approve my visa
    yung ganon? (sorry for this ques..) thanks po godbless

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi. Are you student and currently studying? If susubmit ka ng certificate of enrollment from your school, you will mostly likely need a letter that your Teacher/Dean/ or school department is allowing you to be absent for 15 days indicating the dates kasi ttravel ka sa Japan. You need to submit that too sa agency.

    Regarding your 2nd question, is your Tita a Japanese? If yes, malaki chance mo maapprove. if Filipino, the chane is thereof course. If she’s a Filipino worker in Japan, she needs to mail you her her ITR and bank certificate from Japan

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    nj-87 Reply:

    ms.ada.. nope.. bale imstil waiting po para sa pag grant ng studnetvisa ko.. february pa naman start ng pasok ko.. so while waiting po sana sa approval ng student visa ko.. gusto ko po sana pumunta muna ng JPN.. so yung letter po para sa pag absent po na 15days po na sinasabi mo po, hindi pa po applicable sa akin since next year feb pa naman po start… this december po naman ako magpunta ng JPN..

    so okay lang po ba kahit COE lang po ipasa??.. yung lang po meron ako binigay ng school via email.. at yun ang pinasa ko sa embassy na pupuntahan ko.. thank you po..

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi nj! AHH So ang school mo na pala is sa ibang bansa na. Yes, okay na COE, then the rest submit mo na ;-)

  • nj87

    goodpm po.. pwede po malaman kung ano po ba nilalagay sa background of invitaion? di ko po kasi magets hehe salamat po

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hindi ka pa pala nagaapply hehe. background of invitation is “the reason why you were invited.”

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  • rhylyn

    Hi po. My british citizen boyfriend and I, as a Philippine passport holder planning to travel in Tokyo this April for 1 week. In my case, i know that i am required to get tourist visa, but i’m still a student and obviously my boyfriend will shoulder all the expenses. I just want to know if i have chance to get a visa? I have traveled to Australia and Singapore already. When i got my Tourist visa in Australia i have been sponsored by a friend there and all the documents was provided by my sponsor, i only provided my passport and NBI including other minor documents like family picture as proof that i have family and reason to return in philppines. Is it the same procedure? and at this time to travel in japan is My British BF will provide his Proof of income, provide letter that he will be the one to handle all the expenses while we are in japan? and he is living in England. can you help me please? we are really looking forward to travel together in Japan to spend our vacation as we both love to travel.. thanks alot.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Rylyn,

    From what I know, the guarantor should be based in Japan because the ITR and proof of income should be coming from the City Hall in Japan, unless, your BF is based in Japan for work. And since your BF is actually living in England and will serve as your guarantor, your application will be questioned.

    Just to be sure before submitting your application, you can also contact the Japan Embassy about this: Manila ( 02 ) 834-7514

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  • sheng

    hi I’m sheng miss Ada my question po ako. maari ko po bang invite ang mama at 2 children ko dito sa japan, I’m married Japanese but my annulment in Philippine ay hinde pa po tapos. in process padin. gusto ko Sana makasama na sila dito. alam naman po natin matagal Lumabas ang process ng annulment sa pinas. lumalaki na mga anak ko gusto ko na silang nakasama dito..

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Sheng. I believe your situation falls under Visa Visiting relative. Check this link. All you need to do is submit all the respective requirements since immediate relative mo sila. Maganda rin na pasulatin mo ng Invitation letter ang Japanese husband mo at padala siya ng Guarantee letter to your mom that he’ll be shouldering expenses ng mom and your kids.

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    sheng Reply:

    miss Ada.. actually po willing po ang asawa kong Japanese na mag shoulder ng lahat ng expenses at lahat po ng requirements naka ayos na kasi po uuwi ako next month sa pinas. plan ko po ipasa sa japan embassy. kaso Lang po ang sakin Lang di po kaya ma denay ang mga anak ko at mama ko. kasi po di pa tapos ang annulment case ko sa dati kong asawa

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Oh wait, nasa Japan ka ba ngayon?? Not really sure about your scenario. I am not a consulate hehe. Pero kung yung apelyido sana ng anak mo ay apelyido rin ng Japanese husband mo walang problem kasi naikasal kayo kahit na hindi pa napprocess yung annulment mo eh (which is kind of odd). Maybe better if you will contact Reli Tours or Friendship tour or other accredited agencies about this din. ;-)

    sheng Reply:

    thank you miss Ada .. yap dito ako sa japan ngayon. naka pag usap narin ako sa friendship.. thank you for your time. ung 2 kids ko anak ko sila sa pinoy. kaya pilido ng dati kong asawa ang dala nila. please pray for me mabigyan ng visa ang mga anak ko..

    Ada Lajara Reply:

    I’ll include you in my prayers Sheng! ;-) Best of luck and please update us ;-)

    sheng Reply:

    thank you.. I will..

  • Ayaka nakata

    hi,im also permanent holder of japan country,as io heard,also,.same case to other that my husband was assume other identity,he was got a visa before we got merraige,.but after all of a sudden,he failed,and he want to go back as his real name,.but we dont know how to proceed,..could you teach,us,.how to enter again,.and do we need to apply tour visa,?or as my husband but our merriage is still under observation,,because we file a annual,.and re merraige again,after we annaul,.and i promise to him as long as i can i do my best for him.,but japan site is change the rule since july 2012,start the pinger print,.thats why,,,and how to get visa as well,..we dicede to apply visa for a tourist only,.on davao jpn emb,could you help us,.?thnks

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Ayaka, you have a special case. Much better if you will contact the Japan Embassy in Davao: (082) 221-3100 or 221-3200

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  • Trixie

    Hi Ada, so marriage can be a reason to be granted a 90day visa… What are the additional requirements for that? And is there a way to stay there for good after the marriage? thank u.

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  • http://twitter.com/ciansan ciannesayanni

    hi there!

    got some questions here…

    my boyfriend and i were invited by our Japanese friend to visit Japan soon. He wanted to give it as a pre-wedding gift since he said he is not sure if he can attend our wedding… (Although we have informed him that wedding will not be so soon, as he is excited and wants us to get married immediately since he actually wanted us to have our honeymoon there and he’s worried that if it takes us 2-3 years to get married, he might no longer have much money at that time). So he said, we can visit Japan this year and it serves as his gift to us:) We have been very good friends with our guarantor for years now, and we have traveled together here in the Philippines.He promised to pay all expenses if we visit Japan. Questions are:

    1. do we still have to issue bank certificates and ITR?

    2. It will be my boyfriend’s first time to travel abroad, what do you think are his chances to get a visa approval?

    Hope to hear from you… Thank you :)

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi there, thank you for writing! First of all congratulations to you and to your future husband! :-D Japan is a romantic place to celebrate love! I’ll pray to both of you to have visa granted.

    Moving forward, 1) If you both have ITR and bank cert, submit it still. Since you have a guarantor, 35 to 50K is okay.

    2. As long as your BF has a stable work and income reflecting to his bank account, I believe it won’t be a problem. I can also suggest while you guys are still on the process of getting a Japan Visa, is to travel abroad like HK, SG or other visa free country if time permits for your BF.

    Bonus tip: If making an itinerary, make it 5 days only. But when booking an actual ticket, then make it 14 ot 15 days ;-)

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  • mars

    hi po ms. ada

    may tanong lang po ako.

    Medical student po ako at balak ko pong pumunta sa Japan this May. Kaya ko po gusto pumunta eh para puntahan yung special someone. Japanese citizen po siya pwede niya po akong padalhan ng invitation letter kaso ang problema, sinusuportahan po sya (financially) ng Japanese government. Hindi daw po siya pwede magbigay ng invitation letter kasi baka daw po malaman.

    Meron po akong kakilala na pwede magsilbi as guarantor. Ang problema ko po eh wala kong bank certificate. Tingin nyo po ba, valid ang 2 month-old bank account para makalusot ako at makakuha ng visa?

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi mars. I hope you don’t have any hidden intention when you said “makakalusot.” A 2-month old bank account with big amount of money is actually suspicious and can cause denial. How about your travel history? If you have guarantor, he/she should be able to provide you both invitation letter and guarantee letter.

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    mars Reply:

    Maraming salamat po sa pag-reply.

    Ahmm wala po akong hidden intensyon haha, nagkamali lang ng word na napili.
    Ahh ganun po ba, mukang hindi po pala papasa yung biglaang bank account.
    Wala din po akong travel history. Kaya mukang mas malabo. Pero di bale, mukang hindi ako papasa dun sa visa dahil sa 2-month old bank account kahit na may guarantor ako. Maraming maraming salamat po sa advice.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Mars, don’t lose hope. You can still try applying. Miracle happens right

    mars Reply:

    Opo, di po ako mawawalan ng pag-asa hehe. Maraming salamat po sa advice :)

  • Rheymomd

    hi po ms.ada were planning to go to japan this may 2013 need ba namin mag pabook na ng flight?kahit hnd pa sure if aprove na yung visa?sabi kc samin dun sa isang agency.parang need namin mag pa tentative booking.last year nagapply ako for tourist to visit my brother.kaso na deny.this time 3 kame pupunta.me and my gf tska yung tita q.yung brother ko magshou2lder lahat ng expenses.give me some tips naman.para sa purpose and background of invitation.mga 2 weeks lng naman yung irerequest nmin.hope to hear from you soon.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Please do not book your flight ticket yet. Just create a daily itinerary (Schedule of stay) when you visit Japan ;-) You can download the daily itinerary format from: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/visiting/index.htm

    The Invitation letter and guarantee letter should be filled up by your brother and he should send it to you via Mail.

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    Rheymomd Reply:

    hi, ms ada thank u for ur reply. aside from itenerary what other supporting docs can we present.like for my gf.we only have pictures of my brother with her.will coe help?she do not have bank statement.but all of our expenses will be shoulder by my brother.what is the best reason po kaya.na pwede lagay s purpose of invitation.kc sken po pnapagawa ng brother q.thank u again mam.ill wait for your reply.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Yes, COE will help ;-) Hindi mo po pwede gawin yung invitation letter. Brother mo kelangan mag fill-up non kasi need ng Signature nya yun. :-)

    Rheymomd Reply:

    additional question mam,is it ok na type written yung mga letter na ipapass namin.as long na my hand written signature?like sa background of invitation and purpose of invitation.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    yes. ok lang na hand written basta may signature ;-)

  • james jimenez

    hi ms. ada ask ko lang po sana kung malaki ba ang chances ko na maka kuha ng japanese visa kasi kukunin ako ng ate ko kasi manganganak siya ng by may at ako mag bebaby sit sa mga pamangkin ko nung una kasi na deny yung visa ko pero last 4 years ago yun..yung mama ko po kasi galing na dun at siya ang nag alaga sa 2nd baby ng ate ko..

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  • tash

    Miss Ada, sponsored po ba kayo ng isang Japanese citizen?

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi.my guarantor was an american citizen who is based in Japan

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  • Levi Guzman

    Hi Miss Ada,

    I’ve noticed you’ve been a great help for everyone in this forum. I’m also planning to visit Japan this April. May GF actually works there and I just want to surprise her on her birthday. Although I dont think she has the capability to invite me there. But I do have a savings account with I believe is already sufficient for my stay and my COE is pretty strong naman. But what other things do I need since I wouldnt have a guarantor or invitation? What are the chances na maapprove po yung Visa application ko?

    Hoping for your response.

    Thanks.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Levi, submitting ITR also increases your chance of getting approved. ;-) Another thing is to plan your daily itinerary according to the budget that you have in your bank account. Lastly, hope everything will be okay and hola! Good luck! Please update me soon :-D

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  • http://twitter.com/Mhike028 michael lico

    Ask ko lng po my tta po aq s japan my aswa po syng japanese peo gzto po aq knin ng aswa ng tta ko parang adoption po ang prblem k po pwede po bng m adopt aq ng aswa ng tta ko khit 22 yrs old n po aq help me po tnx

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  • http://twitter.com/Mhike028 michael lico

    Ask ko lng po my tta po aq s japan my aswa po syng japanese peo gzto po aq knin ng aswa ng tta ko parang adoption po ang prblem k po pwede po bng m adopt aq ng aswa ng tta ko khit 22 yrs old n po aq help me po tnx

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Michael, this thread is designed for Tourist Visa only. Please contact the Japan embassy for your inquiry.

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    michael lico Reply:

    Ok tnx ksi po pmnta po aq s agency sbi po s akn kailngn k po mna mg tourist dn dw po s japan ang process ng adoption kkha po sna aq ng tourist visa kailngn po b ng valid reason bgo po aq bgyn ng visa tnx po

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  • karylle

    hello po, ask ko lang po sana bakit po di pa ako pwede makuha ng husband ko he is a half japanese and his guarantor ay step father niya na japanese.. last 2009 po nung mkapunta siya ng japan, at nakakauwi naman po siya dto sa pinas.. almost 1year na po kaming kasal pro until now di niya pa ako nakukuha, thanks po!

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi, please contact the Japan Embassy PH for your inquiry.

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  • http://www.adaphobic.com/ Ada Lajara

    AWESOME! So Happy for you Angela! And thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your trip to Japan! OOH I miss Japan!! :-(

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  • lidrem agineb

    Hi miss ada. Nagsubmit po ako sa pan pacific travel agency cebu city branch these following requirements:
    *passport(clean and no stamps yet)
    *filled out visa application form
    *photo 4.5×4.5cm pasted on the application form
    *daily schedule(6 days itinerary to osaka only)
    *birth certificate from NSO
    *bank certificate(Php1XX,XXX)
    *ITR(old like 2 years ago kasi 2 years na po ako unepmloyed and minimum wage earner po)
    *affidavit of explanation regarding sa ITR
    *business permit( small business lang that just started 2 months ago)
    *hostel reservation
    Submitted on march 12,2013. Only had my bank certicate that time. Pero sabi ng agent they only need bank statement. So had to go back to davao city to get it. Got it on march 18 and sent it thru LBC. On march 19, the agent received it. Until now wala pa rin update. Do i have a chance to get a visa granted miss ada? I’m nervously waiting and crossing fingers.

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    lidrem agineb Reply:

    Ano po ba chances ko? Since am travelling alone without guarantor. And this will be my first time travelling abroad if given a chance.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi lidrem,

    Yes bank statement and bank certificate is different. Bank statement will show the average balance of your account per day and how old your bank account is. This will show if you have put a big amount of money in short period of time to see if your money is authentic or not.

    Pray that your Visa will be approved. I really cannot tell your chances because I am not from Embassy hehe. But when I applied I had a guarantor.

    Update me when you have news about your Visa! You can call the agency after holy week :-)

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    lidrem agineb Reply:

    Thank you miss ada. As in kinakabahan talaga ako sa result. Sige update po kita.

    lidrem agineb Reply:

    Hi miss ada. I called the agency last week. Ang sabi hindi pa rin naibabalik sa kanila passport ko. Mag 1 month na this 12th ang application ko. Is this a sign of denial?

  • lidrem agineb

    Did you apply for a tourist visa with a guarantor?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nycole21 Nicole Twentiwan

    hello po..ask ko lang po ano po kaya mga kailangan naming documents,,nagpaplano po ksi kme mg tour sa japan dahil mg 18 aq..ako po,mom ko and bf ko..sister po ng mom ko eh japanese citizen dahil may napangasawang japanese.tas may friend po mom ko na japanese 7 years na silang magkaibigan..ano po kaya kailangan ng bf q na documents..thankyou po sna mpayuhan nio po kami.and what po kayang mgandang reason..thankyou po

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    Nicole Twentiwan Reply:

    and cla po ang mgshoshoulder lhat ng expenses..

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kristopher.tomita Kazuya Tomita

    Miss Ada ask ko po kung walan shotoku shomeshou ano po bah ang pwdn kapalit? At Japanese ko ano po bah talga an kailangan kung gawin para mainvite ko GF ko po? she is a student.please po

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lourraine.tallara Lourraine Tallara

    Hi.goodeve! Tanung ko lang sna kung my supporting documents kng sinubmit? And what nilagay mo sa government id no.? Is it a tourist visa or ung SOFA? Thank you & God Bless!:)

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  • lidrem agineb

    Hi miss ada. I am so happy. I just got my passport…with approved visa.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi there. sorry for not replying to your messages, I was so busy and can only access my mobile and couldn’t reply you from there. Anyways I am soo happy that your Visa was approved!! Congrats and enjoy Japan!! :-D

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    lidrem agineb Reply:

    Its okay. Thank you for the helpful tips miss ada. Tanong ko lang po. Di ba pwede makaenter sa taiwan with japan visa? So pwede ba unahin muna taiwan this month then balik pinas after. Tapos japan naman next month? Pwede kaya ‘yon?

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    john Reply:

    Hi mam ask ko lng po ilang days po ung bngay sa inyo to stay sa visa? Tnx po

    lidrem agineb Reply:

    15 days lang. Valid for 3 months.

    john Reply:

    Ah ok po tnx…mag aaply kc sana ako this week for japan visa….saang agency kpo pla nagapply? Mgkano? Ung agency kc na pgaaplyan ko 3500 hinihingi e maxado mahal

    lidrem agineb Reply:

    Anong visa inaapplyan mo? Tourist visa without guarantor kasi sa akin. Sa pan pacific cebu branch ko ni-lodge requirements ko. Mejo matagal nga sila pero okay naman ang service at friendly ang mga staffs. 2500 ang processing fee.

    john Reply:

    Ah ok po tnx…mag aaply kc sana ako this week for japan visa….saang agency kpo pla nagapply? Mgkano? Ung agency kc na pgaaplyan ko 3500 hinihingi e maxado mahal

    karen Reply:

    hi poh. Punta ka Rajah Travel dun yung agency koh. 2000 lang.

  • lidrem agineb

    Hi miss ada. Matanong ko lang ha. I applied a tourist visa without guarantor kasi. Pero pagdating ko dun, sa bf ko ako magstay. I mean sya lahat magshoulder ng expenses ko from the air ticket and etc. Magkakaproblema ba ako ‘don? Ano kelangan i-present to the immigration upon arrival?

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  • Nic

    Hi Ada, did your passport have a signature on it? I checked the requirements from different accredited travel agencies and some require your passport to have a signature, while others just state that it must be valid for more than 6 months after intended length of stay. Mine is still valid but since it was issued in 2009 (machine readable), it doesn’t have the signature feature. Appreciate any advice. Thanks! :)

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Yes, my passport has signature on it

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  • karen

    Hi Ms. Ada ask ko lang if pwede na ba akong ulit kumuha ng visa this week. Kakauwi ko lang from Japan last month March 21,2013 two months akong nagstay dun. Complete Requirements na ako. Yung purpose of invitation ng bf ko is magpapakasal kame this May 15,2013. US Army kase sya based in Okinawa Japan. May chance ba akong makakuha ng visa ulit? Pa help naman poh. Any suggestion kung kelan ako pwding kumuha ng visa ulit?

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  • Charisse Miranda

    hi po ms ada ask ko lng po nag apply po aq ng tourist visa sa japan at kumpleto n po lahat ng requirements ko my medical certificate po yung sister ko n ng invite skin, den yung guarantor ko is japanese. friend sya ng sister ko nung friday ko po sya inapply kaso po gang ngayun wala p result.. my chance po ba na mabgyan aq ng visa? thnx sana mareplyan mo po ako

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Charisse, I am not in the position to tell if your application will be approved or not. Wait for the agency’s call to find out ;-)

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  • Sherl miranda

    hi! ms. Ada good morning I am an of worker here in Palau and working as a waitress here. I want to apply a tourist visa in japan embassy here and already get all their requirements that I am needed as a pilipino passport holder last night I spoked to my employer and he said he can’t issued me a recommendation letter,
    pinapayagan naman pro nya along magbakasyon ngayon anytime. ano po ba ang dapat Kong gawin ipapadala pro as akin ng guarantor KO is a japanese friend now he is providing all the requirements of the Japanese embassy already.
    Ka rerenew KO long pro ulit ng contrata KO as kanila dito as Palau. ano pro ball ang dapat Kong gawin? tulungan nyo nman pro along sumagot as mga katanungan KO

    anytime soon this Monday my invoice in the labor office of Palau will realize for renewal of another one yr, contract working to my employer here in Palau after will pay it I can have my working permit and bring it with me home to my country in Phil,
    i am applying for a tourist visa with a gurantor po, more power po sa inyo

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Sherl, I am actually not familiar with getting Japan Visa outside the Philippines. I apologize if I can’t help you with that. I advise you call the Japan Embassy in Palau for further details of application. I strongly recommend that you submit all the requirements.

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  • Sherl miranda

    miss Ada pasensya na po kayo sa spelling dahil pro sa dictionary noting tablet KO,
    as palagay nyo pro ba mabibigyan nila ako ng tourist visa sa japan kung uuwi pro ako next month s pilipinas para mag apply po? makakatulong din po ba kung tatawag sa japan embassy ang guarantor KO para I garantiya niya ako na babalik ako as Palau para magtrabaho po ulit Vito as Palau, tulungan NGO naman pro along magdesisyon madam Aida, kung ano pro ang gagawin KO gusto KO pro kasing magpunta as japan for sign seeings pleasure and just visiting japan and my friend will going to show me a round if ever this is the first time in Japan if gods will they will issued me a visa, just s short vication for 5 days and after we will go to Singapore, then back to my work here in Palau after I get my oec in poea,
    thanks a lot kindly help me to do it! god bless you miss Aida, thank you!!

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  • Rosie

    Hi po Ms. Ada , Matanong ko LNG ! We’re going to apply for tourist visa for Japan with my cousin at anak Nya kaya LNG wala po akong ITR At Bank acc, possible kaya makakuha ako ng visa , sponsor ng cousin ko since nanny ako ng anak Nya? Tnx

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  • Nine

    Hello po Miss Ada :)

    I’m happy to have read your blogsI Good details. I was even happier to know that you were invited by a US Military. Cheers on your successful life and journey. I have some queries and a bit too confused for some different infos. My cousin is in active duty right now as a US Military as well and I am planning to visit him and his wife for 3 months this coming October. My cousin will be my money-maker in everything.

    1. Should I prepare also a 90-day daily schedule? But how can I submit this because I haven’t booked any flight yet?
    2. About income, my cousin can only show his Form W-2.. do we need his bank certificate still or ITR?
    3. With all the forms and letters, can we do handwritten for everything to be filled up?
    4. I have seen 2 invitation letters written in one of your blogs under the requirements; what do you mean by that? Is the other, like a personal letter that he’s really inviting me?
    5. How about with the Foreign Registration Certificate, can he have it from City Hall in Japan.. though he’s not Japanese?

    Sorry for asking all these. Hope you can reply sooner.. really need answers.. Thank you Miss Ada :)

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  • Jaree

    hi miss ada..im currently employed here in philippines.I do have plan to visit Japan next year and it was my first time for out of country,in short and don’t have any stamps on my passport.But I can issue my coe,bank statement,and resume to work and also ITR.Do I have any chances to issue me a japan tourist visa from the embassy?thanks and godbless..

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  • Elea

    Hi Ms Ada,

    Ask ko lang po if needed pa bah ang bank certficate ko.. US military personnel po ang guarantor ko. Thank you po

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  • http://howhazelseestheword.blogspot.com HazelG

    Hi Ms. Ada! I really wanted to come to Japan for my 25th birthday. Okay na okay ako sa travel history (Hong Kong 2x, Macau, Singapore 2x, South Korea, Shenzhen, Malaysia) pero yung work ko kasi Independent Contractor. So wala rin akong Certificate of Employment though may ITR ako (Form 1701) for 2013 (may tax yung raket ko). Keri na kaya yon? Tsaka effective pa rin ba ipakita yung land title? How much pala ang show money and how many months dapat sa account ko yung pera? Yung husband ko naman working for almost a year. May 2316 naman sya, kaso baka di pa kaya gaya ng nabanggit mo. Anong agency ka pala nagpatulong sa visa application? Thanks~

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Hazel, kung anu yung nakalagay sa Requirements nila yun lang susubmit mo, so land title isn’t applicable here. Try mo parin magapply kahit walang COE since may ITR ka naman ;-) Please re-read my blog post as well regarding the show money.

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  • Knut Arne Frohm

    Hi Angela,puedeng malaman kung anong mga documents ang pinasa mo? Thank you in advance!

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