How to apply for a Japanese Tourist Visa in Manila

Photo credit: Asian Journal

They say Japan is the new Hongkong and by observing the current travel-trend, I want to believe that is becoming true.

Since the Japan Government affirmed the relaxation of Visa application for Filipinos last year (simultaneous with Vietnamese and Indonesian nationals), along with several promo-flights from low-cost carriers, visiting the Land of the Rising Sun feels like a mall-wide sale on a pay-day. 

I will be travelling alone to Japan towards the end of the year and celebrate the New Year there. It’s not my first time to travel all by myself but it’s my first time to experience snow and apply for a Visa. It was a breeze and easier than i thought 🙂

Here’s a guide on how to apply for a Japanese Tourist Visa for Filipinos in the Philippines.


  • Philippine Passport. Must have signature and at least 2 blank pages and valid for not less than 6 months prior to departure
  • Visa Application Form (Download Form here)
  • Passport photo (4.5cm x 4.5cm, white background)
  • Original NSO Birth Certificate or NSO Marriage Contract (if the applicant is married)
  • Local Birth Certificate (They will ask for this if NSO copy is not that recognizable. It is better to bring it nonetheless)
  • Daily Schedule in Japan (Download Template here)
  • Bank Certificate
  • Income Tax Return (Form 2316) original and photocopy.
  • Certificate of Employment

Please note that…

  • There is no guarantee that your Visa will be approved, it is advised not to book your tickets prior to application.
  • Processing of Visa usually takes 5-10 working days, depends on the type of Visa you are applying for. Single-entry Tourist Visa without Dependent is usually the fastest to be granted.
  • Ensure that your Application Form is neat and the Daily schedule is in detail.
  • How much money should you have in your bank? Same logic applies, the bigger the better, especially if you plan on staying longer than a week. Your declared funds should be able to support your expenditures. Check out this helpful post from Japan Guide for a rough daily budget. For a single traveler with a low budget, average is from Y3,00 – Y7,000 or Php1,200 – Php2,700 per day inclusive of transportation, food, sight-seeing, and accommodation.

Where to apply: Partner Agencies

To check out list of other accredited agencies, click this link from the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines website.

I submitted my application via Reli Travel & Tours, SM Megamall branch (5th Flr., Bridge way, 637-5020 or 632-9207) and got my Visa after 2 working days. I paid only Php950 for my single entry Tourist Visa. They are also an accredited agency for purchasing Japan Rail Passes (JR Pass).

Stay tuned as my succeeding posts about Japan will be my lost-in-translation experience from finding authentic Sushi to trying out Onsen to freezing in the snow, to meeting a geisha and/or ninja, and to commuting via 1st world transport system! 🙂


Moshi Moshi,




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