Friday, September 26, 2014

How to Apply a Japanese Tourist Visa for Filipinos with No Guarantor

My Japan trip is just around the corner and I am so excited to visit the land of the rising sun very soon! But before I get too excited, I will share with you the process on getting a Japan tourist visa. It's actually easy breezy compared to my previous experiences in getting a Korean and Taiwanese visa... alone! as in "sariling kayod" without help from any travel agency because I want to avoid paying processing fees haha. 

Japan tourist visa is the easiest (in my opinion) because I am forced to transact with an accredited travel agency (parang labag sa loob noh? haha). Since July 30, 2007, Japan Embassy in the Philippines announced that application can only be made via an accredited travel agency and there are only 6 accredited companies--check it out here.

Processing fees varies from Php 1,000 to 2,500 depending on what type of visa you are applying for. I chose Friendship Tours Travel Agency because it's very accessible to my office and they have the lowest visa processing fee of Php 1,200.


REQUIREMENTS FOR TOURIST VISA WITHOUT GUARANTOR:

STEP 1: Prepare your requirements

1. Passport
-Must have at least 6 months remaining validity and must have at least 2 blank pages.

2. Fully filled visa application form 
- May be typewritten or handwritten. 
- Forms are also available in the accredited agencies' offices.

3. ID Photo 
- 1 pc and pasted on the application form
- 4.5cm x 4.5 cm in white background, no border, no hair accessories, no jewelries, no smiling too haha
4. Original NSO Birth Certificate
- These are the yellow birth certificate documents. You can request for a copy via NSO's website and they will deliver it to your place conveniently via courier so expect 3-5 days to get it or if you have time, request for it on site and you'll be able to get the document the day itself!
- Authenticated NSO birth certificate must be issued within the past year.

5. Marriage Contract (if married)
- Should be authenticated by NSO as well. 

  Fees for NSO documents (birth/marriage):
         a. via Website (Delivered to your house after 3-5 days) - Php 315 per copy 
         b. via On-site Request and printing- Php 140 per copy

(Note: For #s 4 and 5 it must be from NSO Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center [Nationwide] issued within one [1] year.  In case of non-record, you must submit certificate of non-record together with the one from Local Civil Registrar.)

6. Detailed Itinerary 
- Fill up the form (Embassy's template) according to your itinerary.
- Print 1 copy
- My Sample Itinerary (see photo below):

7. Bank Certificate
- No minimum amount required by the embassy but in my opinion and based on experience, you need to show around Php 50k minimum to prove that you have enough money to travel to Japan. Note that Japan has higher cost of living so goods and services there are really expensive.
- Bank Certificate does not show your monthly average or daily transaction... it's just a 1 pager certificate indicating the total money you have in the bank. 
- Fee depends on the bank but in BPI, I paid Php 50 per copy.

8. Income Tax Return (ITR or Form 2316)
- Original and photocopy.
- Present only the original copy to your agency then they will only get the photocopy.

9. Provide Additional Requirements (Optional)
- This part is optional because it's not stated in the Japanese Embassy Website but you can always attach additional "credentials" such as: Certificate of Employment (COE), Airplane itinerary (if you have already booked your flights), Hotel itinerary (if you already booked your accommodation), or other certificates such as Certificate of Enrollment for students.

NOTE: If you have guarantors in Japan or you're visiting a friend/relative then you are required to send additional documents (e.g. Invitation letter, residence certificate, foreign registration etc...). Check out the official list here. I can't help you on this as I only know the process in getting a tourist visa WITHOUT guarantor so in case you have questions, best to ask your travel agency directly :) They should know what to do.

STEP 2: GO TO YOUR TRAVEL AGENCY  

Friendship Travel Tours Manila's details:
Address: 3F Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Center Makati City, Philippines 1226. 
Phone: (02) 893-8180 | (02) 810-9622 
Mobile No.: +63 915-8394654 | +63 908-1574956
Email: visa@friendshipmanila.com 
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm | Saturday 8:30 am to 12: 00 nn 
(NO LUNCH BREAKS so you can go there during lunch time on a weekday if you're working)

Entrance to Friendship Tour's Office
Price List

STEP 3: GIVE OUT YOUR REQUIREMENTS 
I went to the agency on a weekend around 9 am fearing that there will be long lines but good think there's none! You need to go to the Japan visa counter and the staff will get your requirements one by one and check it on the spot based on their checklist. It will only take less than 5 minutes to do the entire process (including payment of visa). The giving out of requirements is so easy the only effort you need to do is to go there personally because they need to see the applicant. But when it's time for claiming, you may ask someone to claim it for you. No need for authorization letters anymore just show your receipt :)
STEP 4: CLAIM YOUR VISA
I got a call from the agency on a Tuesday morning (because they filed my visa on a Monday). They said that my visa was ready for claiming. I was so excited and happy because my visa came in earlier than expected. The agency told me to wait for 5 to 7 working days but I got mine only after 2 working days. 

I was granted a single pass tourist visa with 3 months validity and I am allowed to stay in Japan for 15 days. But I read somewhere that for those who will visit a relative in Japan, they can be granted a 90 days stay but not really sure about this. 

The following countries are not required to get a tourist visa: 
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France,Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico,Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal (except when the passport was originally issued in present or former Portuguese colonies), Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, U.S.A., and Uruguay

NOTE: Countries highlighted in BOLD are allowed to extend for another 30 days. Brunei national is allow to stay up to 15 days without visa.
So there! Feel free to ask questions regarding Japan tourist visa by commenting on this blog post :) But, I can only answer and share to you the things I certainly know based on my experience...any other complex issues, I may not be able to answer everything so it is always best to ask someone with the same experience, ask the embassy, or better yet ask the travel agency directly :) 

>>>>UPDATES<<<<
Pls. do check out my complete Japan blog posts here! (food, accommodation, tourist spots etc..)

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329 comments:

  1. very organized information

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  2. Hi! I found your blog again, but this time for the Japan visa. :) My friend and I are planning to apply through Reli Tours but I've yet to see an intensive review from them. Apart from the fees, what are other reasons you recommend the service of Friendship Tours? There's also a Reli Tours in Dusit, so location is pretty much not a concern. :)

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    1. Hi!!! thanks for...finding me again wahaha :)) anyway, the reason why I went for Friendship Tours is because of its location and just because a friend of mine recommended it. She said they process faster daw. I didn't research for reviews for other agencies anymore so I don't really know the differences :D I'm happy with their services...super smooth and they inform you via text and call once your visa is ready for claiming.

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    2. Ahh I see. we might as well go for them. What did you write for the purpose of the trip? Is it similar to the SK visa na kelangan very specific?

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    3. I wrote "tourism" lang :) you don't have to be very specific.

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  3. I just want you to know that this blog helped me a lot and it inspired me to apply for a visa myself. Thank you so much for being so informative. I just got my visa today :)

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    1. Hi Kawaiiyeka, THANK YOU SO MUCH! :) You made me smile :) Good luck on your trip! excited for you haha!!

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    3. Welcome. :) sabi ko kasi sa sarili ko I really need to thank you once maapprove ako sa visa hehe :p will let you know how my trip will go. Wala talaga akong plan to travel this year until i saw your blog post. I was really inspired so I thought why not give it a try hehe I'll try korea next naman :)

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    4. Awww thanks!!! :) cge please do share your experiences here :)

      Let me know if you have questions about Korea next time!

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    5. So it's not true about Japan being visa free for Filipinos? I wonder why my office mates keep on saying that it's visa free.. Kasi I have a sister in Japan, guarantor namin yung hubby nya kaya 90 days palagi visa namin, sa Friendship din kami nagpapa process ng visa kasi it's faster and smooth transaction talaga..

      What I'm interested to know though is the visa application for touring S. Korea.. I hope you can give me information.. Thanks so much..

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    6. Hi Yang, yup not true! I saw that news too before and it seems legit at first because it was reported by a credible media source. Unfortunately binawi nila and apologized the next day because false alarm haha. Japan embassy even released a statement that it's not true although mejo nag less strict na sila sa visa which is still good news :)

      You can check out my South Korea posts I have a lot including visa for that country :)

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    7. Hi.. Sabi nga rin ng ate koh it's not true.. Hehe.. Okay, I will check your S. Korea posts, thanks.. :)

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  4. wow really, optional ang cert. of employment?

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  5. Thanks for the response. I'm currently working for a government agency, PERO I plan to resign and pursue an online career. chos. career talaga :D -- Elle

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    1. hahahaha thanks Elle! and good luck sa online career mo! karirin mo yan ;)

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  6. May branch ba sa cebu ang friendship travel and tours ! Thanks in advance. Want to travel kc. Tnx po

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    1. Hi meron po sa Cebu, Davao, Baguio, Manila. check the address here: http://www.visa.friendshipmanila.com/

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  8. How long valid ang visa just in case matagal pa ang flt mo

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    1. 3 months valid lang siya and only few days pwede mag stay sa Japan.

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  9. How about if we have no bank certificate?
    thanks

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    1. Hi Jay Ar, I believe you really need a bank certificate eh especially if you're of age and working.

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  10. if you already have a tourist visa for japan, will the immigration officers still have the capacity to offload you from your flight? just a curious question... same for korea?

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    1. Hi! I'm not sure about your question but I believe yes they can still hold you when you get to either Japan or Korea and even if you have a valid visa. For the reason? I don't know. depends and it's still up to their discretion. But I think very rare case naman ata yun?

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  11. very helpful.. thanks by the way :)

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  12. do i need to submit bank transaction? or certificate only?

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  13. what if hnd nasunod yung dneclare no na schedule itenerary? okay lng ba yun?

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    1. Yup that's okay! :) they have no way to monitor (i think) and check anyway haha :)

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  14. Hi Tin! Just wanna ask the following for the visa app form:
    1. Did you have it hand-written or type-written?
    2. What did you write under "ID no. issued to you by the government"?
    3. How did you list down the name of hotels or persons you're staying at?
    4. Is it better to write "NA" or "NONE" if the questions are not applicable?

    Thank you very much! :D

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    1. Hi! thanks for dropping a message here! :) to answer your questions:

      1. Type-written! but I know they're accepting hand-written application forms too since the forms are available on site (agency office).
      2. I can't remember....I think I wrote my Driver's License number haha
      3. I wrote all hotels I am staying at...in my case I wrote 2 places because we stayed in Osaka and Tokyo
      4. any! N/A is okay too ;)

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    2. Hi Tin! Thank you very much for your reply. :)
      Sorry for the numerous questions. Just wanna follow what you did step-by-step because that's what I did for our Taiwan visa. haha. Your blog really is very helpful. :)

      Cheers and more power! :)

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    3. Hi TIn!

      Sorry one more question. :)) how did you squeeze in the contact numbers of the two hotels you stayed at? :)

      Thanks!

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  15. Hi Tin

    Thanks for your informative blog! I just have a question

    I will be traveling to Osaka next month and Tokyo late this year I would like to apply for a multiple visa is this alright even if it is my first time in Japan?
    I have multiple visa for USA and Australia can this help?

    Thanks More power
    -RC

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    1. Hi RC! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! :) thanks for the nice comment and for dropping a message. To answer your question, well... I believe you can't apply for a multiple tourist visa if it's your first time to go to Japan and even though you have multiple visa pass for USA and Australia.. Well...I may be wrong din so better ask the embassy directly to be sure. But generally kasi hindi pwede yung ganun if first timer even in Chinese visa, Taiwan, and Korea eh.

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  16. Hi Ms. Tin

    Sa tingin mo magkana dapat laman ng bank certification para ma grant ang visa, staying for 6 days. 😆😆

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    1. Hi, it's already stated in this blog post pls see item #7:

      7. Bank Certificate
      - No minimum amount required by the embassy but in my opinion and based on experience, you need to show around Php 50k minimum to prove that you have enough money to travel to Japan. Note that Japan has higher cost of living so goods and services there are really expensive.
      - Bank Certificate does not show your monthly average or daily transaction... it's just a 1 pager certificate indicating the total money you have in the bank.
      - Fee depends on the bank but in BPI, I paid Php 50 per copy.

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  17. Hi! By far, this is the most detailed blog I've read regarding applying for a visa! Your blog post answered a lot of my questions, thanks soooo much . Though I have some more questions, hehe:
    1. Regarding the application form, you have to hit down info about your flight and hotel, right? Does that mean you have to have everything booked before you even acquire a visa? And when you book a flight and hotel you have to pay for it right away. So I guess this doesn't seem to make much sense, I mean you're not even sure if you'll actually get a visa. So I'm wondering what you did with that.
    2. Employment certificate is optional?! Wow. If I don't submit one, do you think it'll harm my chances of getting a visa? And what if I'm self employed?
    3. The itinerary isn't final, right? I mean they wouldn't check if I really went to Disneyland on my first day right? Haha
    That's all. Thanks and hope to hear from you :)

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    1. Hi! thank you for your kind words :) glad it helped you and to answer your additional questions....

      1.We never tried applying for visa without confirmed flight and booking but I know there are some people who get visa without booking flights and hotel. But, for flights, it's better if you book because likelihood to get approved visa will be higher since there is clear proof that you won't stay there permanently. For hotels, what you can do is to book through booking sites without cancellation fees so you can just cancel booking once you get your visa.

      2. Yup it's optional according to the one who processed by visa. If you're self employed you may send your business permit (if you have one) or not send at all since this is just optional.

      3. Yes they will not check! :)

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  18. greetings! have some thoughts regarding tourist visa going to japan then looking for work po possible po ba yun, yung tourist visa then magaaply ng working visa if nkahanap na po ng trbho?
    thank you in advance!

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    1. Hi! sorry I don't know the answer for that. I only know some info about tourist visa and not employment. Thanks!

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  19. Thank you for this very informative blog post about visa application. ^_^ I was wondering when is the ideal time to submit the application...I went to Korea twice and we submitted it 2 weeks before date of departure cause the first time we did it (2 months in advance), the visa started to run once approved and only lasted for 15 days...so in short, I we had to reapply again haha. How about in Japan? If there is a chance it would be denied, when can reapply again? Hope my questions are not too difficult.xD

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    1. Hi Ceres! the validity of Japan tourist visa is the same as Korean tourist visa so you should not apply too early or too late ;) sakto lang dapat hehe.

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  20. Hi Tin!
    Good day. I just want to know if may idea ka if you had a friend in Japan but she will only guarantee your stay (accomodation) but not your whole trip. What's the requirements kaya to prove yung relationship nyo, does it still need her certificate? Thank you very much!

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    1. In my personal opinion if that's the case then you can just write your friend's address and not declare him/her as your guarantor since it will require you to present more documents...hassle lang! :)

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    2. Thanks tin for the reply! Additional question lang, may nagagrant ba ng visa lesser than the days your applying? Like 10days yung application mo pero mas mababa dun yung naapproved?

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    3. Hi Cris! hummm....sorry what do you mean? if matagal yung time to get the approved visa? mahaba yung waiting time? or mahaba yung validity of the visa than the usual?

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    4. Ay sorry, I mean yung scheduled stay mo sa Japan, like, for example 15 days sana yung request mo to stay pero 10 days lang iggrant sayo, may nangyayari ba na ganun?

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  21. Hi Tin! Am now waiting for my Japan Visa, hoping I pass!

    I agree with you in terms of easy-process with Japan visa. I was granted visa to China, Korea (which is by the way the hardest for me) and Taiwan. Hoping my travel history helps for my Japan visa application. Grabe, nakakakaba parin talaga. Unsettling ang paghihintay. I went on a different accredited travel agency, and now secretly wishing I went to Friendship tours instead - ang bilis ng sayo!

    Cheers!
    Belle

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    1. Hi Belle! I also hope you have approved visa because aside from Korea, Japan is the second best Asian country for me :) kung na-enjoy mo ang Korea maeenjoy mo din super ang Japan. Weeee!! excited for you!!

      BTW pls. do share your experiences here again ah once approved ka na! Tell us more about your experience in your chosen travel agency :) Good Luck Belle!

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  22. Hi! :D we just submitted our visa requirements from one of the accredited agency and all we have to do now is to wait. we are applying for a tourist visa, the agency told us that we are in complete requirements and we don’t have to worry. My concern is do they still call in your house? or anyone here has experienced it? Thank you :D

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    1. I mean does the embassy calls to your house? Bcoz, yesterday we received a weird phone call and looking for my mom (Principal applicant) My dad said that he doesn't sound like a call centre agent and he sounds good in english. reason was he wants to discuss something to my mom. what baffles us if he's from a certain company, he will introduce his self with its company.

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    2. Hi Kim, not sure about other agencies but with Friendship tour, they called me via mobile to inform that my passport is ready for pick up. They didn't specify though if I got an approved or denied visa...well....I forgot to ask pala din haha! I suggest you wait for the agency's call or better yet get their number so you can call them for updates :)

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  23. We also submit our documents thru friendship tours :) They are very approachable :) My concern is did the embassy calls to your house? some says that they call you to check if your documents are true. We received an unexpected call the day after we submitted our docs. he's not from Friendship tours or other companies, because if he is, he will introduce his self with also stating his company name.

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    1. Hi Kim! hummm ... not sure if they really do random checks eh...well, possible naman! :)
      How's your visa? were you able to get it now? :)

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    2. Hi Tin! Yes, We received a phone call last Friday afternoon from friendship tours, they told us that we can now get our passports. They gave us single entry with a maximum stay of 15 days. The next day, Friendship tours also offers japan packages that's much cheaper than the other agencies here in Manila. We settle everything and we're leaving next week :D

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  24. Hi again Tin, it's Belle. (I tried to post my reply yesterday but it didn't show - so I'm gonna try again)

    Received my passport yesterday and I got approved! Yay! To my surprise, I got a multiple entry visa valid for 5 years - when I only applied for single entry. I can't believe it - I even had to ask the staff again if what I saw in my passport was for real. Prayers do get answered, and sometimes you get more than what you asked for. :)

    Will read all your Japan posts before our trip on mid-February (hoping to see even a bit of the cherry blossoms).

    I really love your blog Tin. Very helpful and inspiring. Sana ganyan din ako kasipag mag blog. Kaso yung sakin napag-iwanan na ng panahon. Hehe. :)

    More adventures and safe travels!

    Cheers!
    Belle

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    1. Hi Belle, seriously??? multiple visa???!!! WOOOOWWW congraaatsss!!! :) actually, I don't understand the process or qualifications for a multiple visa on your first application parang swertihan lang din siya :) yung best friend ko halos sabay kami nag apply but she got multiple visa and I only got single entry sooo super lucky ka haha :)

      Anyway, enjoy planning your Japan trip! so excited for you :) thanks for always reading my blog posts. Message me lang if you have questions ;) Cheers!

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    2. Hi Ate Belle, paano ka po nakakuha ng Multiple visa? Tumawag po kasi ako sa Embassy, ang sabi po hindi pwede kumuha ng Multiple visa kung first time palang po mag tratravel sa Japan. Ano po yung agency na pinuntahan niyo? Help me po, please. 🙏

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    3. Wow! Multiple entry? without guarantor? kht days lng yung itinerary mo dneclare? ilan po showmoney mo ate belle? planning to apply kc pero gusto ko sna longer than 15days. I have friends and relative kc sa Japan pero di pa sila pwdng magGurantor. Hoping for your response. O:) :D Thanks

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  25. Hi! Your japan tour is VERY informative! I've been reading all your Japan posts. haha.
    However, I still have questions as this will be my first trip abroad. Do I have a small chance at obtaining a tourist visa since my passport still has no stamps? And do I really need to have a minimum of 50k in my bank account? I wanted to do this trip on a budget!

    Thanks a lot!
    Alyssa

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    1. Hi Alyssa, THANKSSS for reading the entire Japan series hahaha :) Regarding your question, no naman, the embassy will not count that as a factor. I know some people whose passport does not contain any stamps at all and only have 50k in their bank account but was granted a tourist visa :) Don't worry!! as long as you have complete requirements then may chance naman yun.

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  26. hi tin,

    Your blog is very informative and really helpful. I would like to ask some questions, im about to file my application this week. Did you already purchase airline tickets and hotel reservation before applying for a visa? or is its fine to not have since you're just about to apply?

    hope to hear from you soon!

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    1. Hi, I already answered this question several times. Kindly check the thread in case you have follow up questions regarding booking of plane tickets or accommodation reservation. Thanks thanks

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  27. Hi Ms. Tin, ok lang kaya na kapag nagpasa ng application form ay 5 days lang ung itinerary? tapos pag na-approve ung visa n single entry,pde kaya iextend ung itinerary maging 10 days??
    chinecheck ba nila yun?? pti dun sa immigration mahigpit ba?

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    1. Not sure if there will be implications or if they can track... but if you're really planning to stay for 10 days why not declare it from the very beginning?

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  28. Yes po.

    Ms.Tin, if 2 weeks ang stay, 100K na show money ay ok na kaya?

    ung itinerary po kasi ay parang Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka-Nara-Shiga-Kobe.

    also, d may tips po ba kayo paano ung sa accommodation? kasi d ko dineclare na sa mga kaibigan ko sa tokyo at kyoto ako magsstay since ang dming requirements at hassle din para sa kanila.. paano kaya ako makakakita ng "kunwari" pagsstayan ko?

    salamat po.

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    1. Hi yup 100k is okay :)
      it's okay to say the truth ;) just write your friends' address so you don't need to worry to look for a place to stay na "kunwari lang" nakakatakot if they find out pa na it's not true.

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  29. Hello..I would like to ask I am first traveler do you think I can easily get a visa now ?

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    1. give it a try so you'll know ;) as long as you follow the required requirements then I think everyone will get a chance but the probability...I can't predict syempre since it is always a case to case basis. :)

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    2. Thank you I hope they will grant ..do you think 50 k is enough for 6 nights tour in Tokyo.?
      I might have more questions to come. Im worried about it ;) thanks in advance

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  30. NSO birth certificate must be issued within the last year? Would you know why and where was it stated?

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    1. Hi, yup it was stated in the travel agency's list of requirements and the reason, that I don't know :) to be on the safe side, I suggest you just follow anyway it's now easy and convenient to get this document na :)

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  32. Hi miss tin.. i have submitted birth certificate, employment certificate, bank certificate, detailed itinerary, and company leave of absence..they told me to wait for 5 to 7 days... just wanna ask.. what are the chances for my application to be granted?? Feeling nervous now..

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  33. Here and there, nice tips on the application, my family is now excited to go to Japan. Will be applying for the Visa next week. To Sia Tin.

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    1. Got our visa and had booked our flight for next month. Keep posting about your travel so that my family and I can get a first hand review of places to go. More power

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    2. Wow congrats!!! :) and thank you :)

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    3. My family and I just got back from Japan and we had a great time. Visited a lot places but one thing that got my wife hooked was Gotemba Premium Outlet Store. A lot of branded items that are less expensive. Mt. Fuji was just majestic and Disney Sea will really make you feel young. Sanrio Parasol is a must see as well as the famous crossing in Shibuya. We are planning to go back to Japan, but this time to Osaka. My family and I was given 5 years visa with multiple entry and a stay of 30 days. Your blog has really helped me and my family go through the work around of getting a visa and preparing our itinerary. I saw your Beijing trip, could be our next stop as well. Thanks Tin

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  34. Hi, your blog entry is very helpful! Did you buy the JR pass?

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  35. Hi tin!ask ko lang sana kung may na de denied din ba sa pag aapply ng tourist visa sa japan?salamat

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    1. Hi! not sure eh and I don't know anyone personally but I think yes.

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    2. Of course there are still people whose visas get denied. If Japan intends to grant every filipino (or any other nationality) a visa to Japan, they would waive the need for a visa like they do for all U.S. citizens.
      One friend of mine was denied for her second visa to Japan. She used the same requirements, presented the same ITR, and presented the same bank statement but was denied despite being granted a visa last April.
      So, the answer Lyn Anatalio is yes, there is still a chance they will deny a visa. For what reason? I don't know

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    3. Hi! thanks for you input! :) Unfortunately embassies do not disclose the real reason for denied visas.. but it's always a case to case basis :)

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  36. yung magra2nt na days of stay depending sa showmoney? wat if 110k ang showmoney mga how may days kya yun? aiming for 15days stay O:) :)

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    1. Nope, show money is not the basis for length of stay/visa validity :)

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  37. Hi, im 22 years old and still a student, would it be also easy for me to be granted with a tourist visa as long as i have money in my account? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Sharmaine, it depends and highly case to case basis siya :) money alone is not the reason for a granted visa minsan kahit mataas money some hindi pa din nakakuha ng visa eh :\

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  38. Hello po! I just want to ask pano kya if i dont have work but my husband will support my trip, is it ok if his bank cert and itr will be presented instead? Hope you'll reply thanks!

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    1. Hi Jade, yes I think that's possible. You may ask the agency directly and say your concern baka they have other tips or documents required pag husband's documents ang papakita mo :)

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  39. Hi Tin, first time ko pa lang mag-aapply ng visa next month, yung sa bank certificate, ano ung mga info na nakalagay? tsaka ung payroll account (savings) yung gagamitin ko, ok lang ba yun? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, yes it's okay to use your payroll/savings account :) For the bank certificate, it's a one-pager letter reflecting your total amount of money in your savings account.

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  40. Hi, my daughter and i are planning to visit japan. Your blogsite is very informative. Thanks. We want to try your sariling kayod way of applying because my daughter does not want us to get a tour package. I would just like to inquire regarding the itinerary requirement. I saw in the itinerary a contact person and accommodation. Do we have to book for acvommodation before applying for a visa and are the contact persons tour guides or tour managers? Hope you can guide me how to complete my itinerary specially the contact person part. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Sweetpea! thanks for dropping a message in my blog! to answer your question, the embassy did not specify clearly if there is a need to book everything in advance but based on my experience with 4 other countries requiring a visa, I always make sure to "prove" my stay there as a tourist by sharing all details such as accommodation and plane tickets. It will "in a way" increase your chances of an approved visa because they will get to know your purpose in their country haha :) I know naman some people who opt not to book flights and hotels prior and will only do these things after a granted visa. So it really depends whether you want to "risk it all" or stay safe :) Just a personal tip, you may book accommodations that are 100% refundable naman :) and yes, you may write your tour guide's details if you're in a tour group.

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  41. Hello Ms Tin!

    Do you have any idea as to reasons why your visa is rejected? I applied in Friendship Tours last March 21 and up until now, I still don't get any call from them.

    I'm super nervous because we got the ticket to JP already this coming March 31. :(

    Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Melissa, sorry for the late reply!!! :O to answer your question..no eh I don't know the reasons why some visas are denied :( but how was your visa with friendship tours? were you able to travel to Japan? :)

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  42. Hi ms tin....ask ko lng pano kung walang bank certi. Pero marami naman relatives sa japan?

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    1. Galing na kc ako dun,then umuwi ako after matapos ang visa ko.gusto ko sana mag apply ulit for tourist kaso wala ako papakitang bank certificate. Pero marami naman ako relatives sa japan

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    2. Hi Ariel, kailangan talaga ng financial proof eh :( I don't know ano pwede ipakita as a replacement for the bank certificate/statement requirement....ask mo nalang yung agency para sure :)

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  43. Hi! I just want to know, based from your post there is no visa fee? Meaning I only have to pay for 1200Php for the japan tourist visa?

    I am planning to have a trip in HK but probably changed plan because of your post :)

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    1. Hi! thanks for dropping a message!! hahaha and sorry to hear that you're changing your mind from HK to Japan hahaha but in my opinion....Japan is a better option ;) anyway, to answer your question...yes no visa fee but Japan embassy will not accept the application if not coursed through their accredited agencies...so in effect, you will only pay the agency the processing fee :)

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  44. Hi! I'm planning to apply for a Japanese visa this June and I would like to know what should I submit since I'm still a college student and that my both my parents are retired?

    Thank you :)

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    1. Hi fem! I believe you can send your parents' financial documents, marriage contract, and your certificate of enrollment in your school as additional documents. If you have your savings, I also encourage you to show your bank certificate/statement as well :) You may ask your agency directly in case may iba pang requirements needed :) thanks!

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  45. Hello Tin. Can I ask, did you travel to Osaka alone or you have company? Planning to travel this October but I'm alone so I'm not sure if that will be an issue w/ the visa application. Appreciate your response =)

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    1. Hi Ivy, I went with bf :)
      In my opinion, I don't think there will be a problem in terms of visa application if you travel alone or with someone.

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  46. Hi Tin, ask ko lang. What if I don't have any guarantor in Japan, anong ilalagay ko sa visa application form? Thanks.

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    1. Hi, kindly follow the process listed in this blog post. This is for those WITHOUT guarantor na :) Thanks!

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    2. I can write N/A dun sa Guarantor or Reference in Japan?

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  47. Hi,

    We just submitted our application yesterday and went to Friendship Tours cos of ur blog :) True the process was fast, around 3mins and we're done. I'll post an update once we get our visa (positive thinking, it's the key to success hehe)

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    1. Hi, wow thanks for leaving a comment!!! :) I wish you good luck! let me know how it went ah. :)

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    2. OMGGGGG approved kme :D :D :D just got our Visa today. approved cia khpon pa so 2 business days bale ang process. hay makakahinga na ako ng maluwag , grabe nakakaparanoid ng konti lol

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    3. Hello magtatanong lng sana ako sa tokyo kaba pupunta or osaka do you think yung 5k sa tokyo okay lng? Anon. Yung mga req. Sinubmitt mo?..nagbook kaba ng flight and hotel? Just want to know kasi pupunta dinha ako ..sana kagaya mo ma approve thanks in advance

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    4. I mean 50k not 5k hahaha ;)

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    5. I mean 50k not 5k hahaha ;)

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    6. Hello magtatanong lng sana ako sa tokyo kaba pupunta or osaka do you think yung 5k sa tokyo okay lng? Anon. Yung mga req. Sinubmitt mo?..nagbook kaba ng flight and hotel? Just want to know kasi pupunta dinha ako ..sana kagaya mo ma approve thanks in advance

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    7. Hi dreamer, I went to Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Tokyo in that order :) 50k pocket money you mean? Yup I think enough na siya as long as tipid ka din syempre. But if you mean 50k in your bank account for the bank requirements when applying a visa...In my personal opinion, ok lang din yun. I may be wrong but syempre the more the better haha. Book flights and hotel, yes! And i already stated that in this blog. Required ba to book in advance? No naman but it will help you "prove" your purpose of visit. Please check my Japan blog posts and comment thread (click the Japan tab under Destination) nalang..I'm sure masasagot na din dun most of your questions. Thaaanks!

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    8. hello tin!
      Ask ko lng. Okay lng "Reservation" lng muna ng air ticket at hotel okay lng kaya? In addition okay lng if yung phone number ko ang ilalagay sa sched..? Thanks in advance...

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  48. Paano po kung student palang po kami. pano po yung process nun. kung hindi po kami mag AGENCY. wala pa po kami work. pano po yung mga banks at tax?

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    1. Hi, you can't pass your requirements without an agency and that's according to Japanese embassy mismo. It's a different case versus other countries na pwede ka magpass on your own.

      For student concerns, kindly re-read the blog post and the past comments.I believe it has been answered several times already. Thanks!

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  49. Hello. Pwede mag ask how much yung money na naka indicate sa bank cert mo nung nag apply ka? Pra alam konkung magkano rin ilalagay ko sakin?, salamat.

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    1. Hi Joana, the Japanese embassy did not state a minimum amount required in your bank account ha but if you ask me...personally I always maintain at least 50k whenever I apply for a visa but some may disagree because some have tried naman na below 50k but na-grant pa din visa nila...so it really depends! the more the better of course!

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  50. hello po,

    pde mlaman what if walng ITR?

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  51. Hello Ms Tin. My family went to Hokkaido for the Holy Week. You should try visiting there too! Reading your posts on tokyo and Osaka makes me want to fly out for another trip! Hahaha good thing we were granted multiple entry for 5 years. Waiting for promos

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    1. Wow Hokkaido?!!!! Maganda nga daw dun!! too bad we weren't able to visit the last time :( Nakakamiss ang Japan noh? Have you been to Korea? same feeling ang ganda din dun :)

      Anyway, congrats on your multiple entry...for 5 years!!! luck you! :) Maybe next time, I should seek your advise when it comes to Japan haha.

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    2. Yes2! Twice na Rin sa Korea. My happy place! Hahahah I'm torn between Japan and Korea now. Super nice the snow in Hokkaido. Sabi nila it's one of the best in the world daw. :) Super gooooooodddd also their food esp SEAFOOD. We had unlimited king crab on our last day. ��������

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    3. Hahaha same! My happy place :) oh my!!! Then i must visit hokkaido soon because of snow and UNLIMITED KING CRAB???!!! Seryoso ang unli crab??!! Hahaha waaaa I hope may seat sale soon!!! :)

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    4. Yes2! Super seryoso sa unli crab! Hahahah di ko lng alam name ng restaurant. Naka japanese kase.:)) abang2 lng din Ng sale pag may time.hahahah

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  52. Ate tin, Good morning,
    Gusto ko po sana ma add ka sa facebook, mas easy po na makapag ask sayo ng mga tanong, para mapadali po yung pag kuha ko ng tourist visa. kukuha po kse ako by my own. :(
    add me pls Annie Dionisio

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    1. Hi annie!! This post is dedicated to those who want to visit Japan as a tourist..kindly follow lang the steps mentioned above and you're good na. You can't get a tourist visa on your own kasi the embassy only requires all application coursed through their accredited agency. So no choice ka but to pay the agency a processing fee kasi hindi ka din i-entertain ng japanese embassy. Kindly re-read the comments and questions posted in this post kasi baka mga tanong mo nasagot na din dati :) Salamat!!!

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  53. Hi ms. Tin, just wanna ask. I 'm planning to apply Japan tourist visa next month, I resigned my work last Feb. 2015 is it possible that it might be lesser chance to approve or can effect the visa since i have no work yet? I have my ITR last year(2014) but small amount declared on it because I just had small salary rate? Bank cert. is no problem on me my friends from London will fund for me and we will be meet in Japan hopefully..also they will be provide the bookings and hotel reservations..Hope you can answer my questions t.y.

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  54. Hi Tin, I already have visa as tourist without gurantor. I also have may 2 way ticket and hotel reservations as well. Ask ko lng if ano mga tinanung sayo dto sa immigration natin? Do they ask you to show money? And credit cards? And how was it sa immigration ng Japan? Pwede ko ba ideclare s knila na may relatives and friends ako sa Japan? Even tourist lang visa ko? Thank you. Hope you can help me with this. Kc yung iba sinasabi na magprobide dw ako invitation letter. I think hndi nmn na need because tourist visa without guarantor doesn't require it naman.

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    1. Hi, no more questions asked from me last time sa immigration :) No more documents needed or prepare for a Q&A. If nag ask sila, answer kung ano lang tinanong and if they ask what's you're purpose just stick to what you've written in your application...leisure/travel.

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  55. Hi Tin, I want to try tourist visa at this time. The big problem is i am unemployed but i can provide bank certificate. Is that okay if i include my bf bank certificate and ITR also, he is from USA? He already booked my ticket and hotel reservation and we traveled around asia before. I think 16 countries already but this time im still hesitating to apply for a visa. Do you have any more requirements recommendation?
    Thanks alot.

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  56. Hi po! May question lang po ako about sa application ko ng visa.

    Last feb 10 po nag apply ako ng visiting relatives visa via grab travels. Unfortunately, hindi po ako na approve. Pupuntahan ko po kasi sana yung asawa ko, i am currently unemployed right now, pero wala naman ako balak mag overstay sa jap or what. Sabi po nung agent na kausap ko, hindi daw dini disclose yung reason kung bat na deny. Pero tingin daw po niya, kulang daw yung amouny nung pera na naka lagau aa bank cert nung misis ko, nag max kasi ako ng 90 days. So ang ginawa ko po, nag apply ako kanina sa reli tours sa megamall, inapply ko is tourist visa, nakalagay kasi sa site ng jp embassy na hindi pwde mag apply for same visa category pag nadeny ka, however, pwde naman basta ibang visa type. Makaka apekto po ba sa application ko ng visa yung unang application ko na nadeny? Btw, unemployed po ako right now. Pero may savings po ako, so i have my bank cert. Files that i submitted:

    1: application form (from reli)
    2: 2x2 picture
    3: passport (travel history: SG and Malaysia)
    4: nso birth cert
    5: nso mar cert
    6: itinerary for 15 days
    7: bank cert 1xx,xxx.00
    Wala po ako itr, hindi naman po ako hiningan ng letter para sa absence ng itr.

    May chance po ba ako na ma approve? Grabe maka frustrate pag na deny e :(
    Thanks in advance sa magrereply.

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    1. Hi Rowland, I am not in a position to evaluate whether you have a high or low chances of getting an approved visa eh because I too don't know the probable reasons why your visa was denied on your first try... :( I also do not have first hand experience on re-applying so wala ako mabibigay na tips or how-to na process eh :( sorry.But I think it is better to raise your questions directly to your agency baka they can help.

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  58. Hi! I'm travelling with a group for 6 days, employed for about 2 years in a company, and have already paid for a promo ticket. I only have less than 40k in my bank account and have not travelled anywhere out of the country yet. Do you think there are less chances of getting my visa approved?

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  59. hi! tin, im angel, ex-japan po ako i mean galing na po ako ng japan, kinuha po ako ng ate ako as a tourist(90days) nung 2004, then after 90 days nag overstay na po, napauwi po ako last 2010 so tapos na po penalty ko... may pag asa pa po ba ako makabalik ng japan? plan ko po sana mag tourist pero wla na po guarantor, self employed pero may bank nman po ako....sana mabigyan mo ko ng advice tin

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  60. Hi Tin, my Japan visa got approved! Thanks for posting very helpful tips on your blog. The time waiting for the result was the worst part but I'm glad everything worked out fine. Here are the things that I submitted:

    1: application form
    2: 2x2 picture
    3: Passport (travel history: Vietnam)
    4: NSObirth cert
    5: Itinerary for 11 days (I included entrance fees and fares for each destination)
    6: Bank cert P100,000 (Metrobank)

    Then I submitted additional documents like approved leave, schedules approved by my manager, COE, investment/insurance policy, round trip plane tickets (I got promo fare for P5,500) and Airbnb receipts. I submitted through Discovery Tours.

    Thanks again!

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    1. Hi! Di ka nagsubmit ng ITR?

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  61. Hi Ms. Tin. Very informative po ang post nyo. Thanks po.
    Nakapunta na po akong Japan with the help of my cousin noong 2012. Ngayon gusto ko ulit bumalik doon para dalawin naman yung Japanese boyfriend ko. Balak ko mag-apply sana ng no guarantor visa. Student palang ako so wala akong maisa-submit na ITR. Pwede po kaya yon kahit walang kasamang ITR sa isusubmit na documents? Instead isasubmit ko nalang yung parang cert. from my school gaya ng ginawa ko noong 2012. What do you think po? :-)

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    1. Hi thank you! :) To answer your question, yes pwedeng hindi ka magpass ng ITR since as you said...you're still a student :) You may present supporting documents like school certificate, school id, etc... and financial documents if you have a bank account :)

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  62. hello po miss tin! :)

    thank you po sa infos!

    ask ko lng po if pano po ung Contact person and Accommodation na nasa "Sample Itinerary".
    cno po ung pwede ilagay na contact person dun if wala kang kakilala sa Japan? and if kung tour guide po, kukuha pa ba muna ako ng mga japan tour package para may mailagay ako dun?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi, for contact person you may just type in your hotel's details (tel, address, etc) and as for the itinerary, you can simply make your own pero kung mag aavail ka talaga ng tour guide sa Japan then you may ask your agency to provide you the breakdown of itinerary :)

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    2. Thank you po sa pag reply! :)

      from the station po kung san po mag sstop ung night bus (osaka-tokyo).. ilang mins or hours po ung travel time papunta dun sa Asakusa Hostel Toukaisou?? did u went there immediately after reaching tokyo or gumala pa po ba kau? .. pano po ung way papunta dun from the bus stop of the night bus?? is it via MRT or taxi?

      Thank you once again! :)

      -Junn

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    3. Hi Junn, sorry for late reply but mejo malayo yung Asakusa hotel namin from tokyo bus stop namin maybe mga 1 hour ata? we arrived in the morning and stayed in my friend's hotel near the bus stop eh... left our bags before going to Disneyland :) sa gabi na kami nag check in.

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    4. Thank you for your reply tin!..
      hmm. ahh okay so u have friends pala in tokyo kaya d mahirap mag iwan ng gamit. :)
      better cgro if mag book ako ng hotel/hostel near shinjuku, mas malapit na dn un sa bus stop ng Osaka-Tokyo night bus.. tama ba? :)

      Thank you!

      -Junn

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    5. Hi Junn, yup cguro better kaso wala masyadong guesthouse/hostel type around that area kadalasan hotel talaga since I believe CBD nila yung Shinjuku. You may adjust your itinerary nalang for Disneyland if doon yung gusto niyong puntahan :)

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    6. yes dun sana after arriving in tokyo same as ur itinerary. hehe ayos lng ba? hmm can u suggest any area na malapit dun sa shinjuku bus stop? if wala ayos lng den. :)

      Thank you!

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  63. Hi Tin,, i have a student VISA here in JAPAN, im planning to go to Korea for a 2day vacation via ferry Fukuoka to Busan, kailangan ko pa ba ng VISA for korea?? kung sakaling kailangan pwede po ba ako kumuha ng VISA d2 sa japan.,

    Slamat TIN!!!!

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    1. Hi Huertas, I am not sure what's the process for your case sorry! but I think yes you still need a visa going to Korea because Filipino passport holders are not exempted with visa application eh... ask nalang diyan sa Japan where to process your Korean visa I think pwede naman diyan i-proprocess..well...I'm not super sure ah research ka nalang :)

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    2. You still have to apply for a visa. Same requirements for Filipinos who lives here in Philippines plus your immigration ID.

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  64. Ate matanong lng po :)

    From Osaka, pano po kau pumunta ng Kyoto and Nara?? Via Bus or MRT lng po? how long per travel po?

    Salamat po!

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    1. Hi, Osaka to Kyoto and Nara via MRT lang. Then Kyoto ikot2 via unlimited bus :)
      Mejo malayo lang travel maybe 1-2 hours I think... :)

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  65. hello po!

    i just want to ask regarding the reqs for the Japan visa.

    dun po sa list of activities. did you book first your hotel/accomodation? bago nyo po nilagay dun sa "schedule of activities" sheet. or nagpaalam po muna kau sa host for the address and contact details kht d nyo pa nabook??

    thank you so much! smile emoticon

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    1. We booked everything na prior :)

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  66. Hi Kristine!

    I just want to ask if do I really need to have at least 50k at my bank account to get visa?
    Thank you :)

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    1. Hi Armia, nope it's just my personal take on the "acceptable" amount stored in your account. The embassy did not state any minimum amount eh...some people I know less than 50k yung pinass pero nakapasa naman. It's always a case to case basis.

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  67. Do you really have to book at a certain hotel/inn before you could put that on your travel itinerary? or pwedeng gawa gawa lang muna? thanks

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    1. ay wag naman po yung gawa gawa :) haha mahirap na mahuli haha. Well, personally I always prepare and book everything but I know some people they don't book hotels or even plane tickets muna but still nakarecieve ng approved visa. Mejo sigurista lang kasi ako hehe :)

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  68. Hi Tin Co, ask ako if tinatawagan pa ba nila ang bank to make sure if tama talaga yong nasa bank certificate during the application process?
    Sa July2015 na yung flight ko pero di pa ako nakapag apply ng visa.
    4 days lang naman ako sa japan pero kasali na 2 days flight ko. aakyat lang kasi ako ng Mt Fuji for 2 days and then uuwi na kaagad.

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    1. Hi John Paul, not sure if they do random check eh... :) ok lang naman month of June ka mag apply :)

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  69. Hi..can u apply for a work there in japan kahit magttourist k lng?pwede ka ba nila iapply ng working visa once natanggap?hehe

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  70. Hi Tin Co, is a representative allowed to submit my visa requirements in friendship tours? Im from the province kase. I can send it to my relatives in manila to go give it in Friendship.

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  71. Hey, is there any need for a covering letter for tourist visa or does that schedule of stay document (activities, date, accommodation table) is enough ?
    Also, I am not booking a flight but I am also thinking to submit a pre-payment page of the flight I will be using and booking, that page has flight details, routes, dates, cost, etc. Should I do it or not ?

    PS: I am a 20 year old freelancer (self employed) and would be showing self-sponsored, do you think it will be better to show my parents sponsor me instead ? I do have a 2 years bank account, 2 years ITR and around $2k USD to show in my account

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    1. Forgot one thing, regarding hotel booking, is it really necessary to do in advance ? I plan to go osaka, kyoto and tokyo and wish to book my stuff a few days prior or after reaching there.
      Even if I book in advance, I will have to book with 3 hotels so will have to pay/print/submit all 3 hotels ?

      Or can I just mention and fill the accommodation details only in that schedule stay table and it will be enough ?

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  72. Hi, I have been to Singapore, Hongkong and Macau. My last travel was October 2013. I just renewed my passport last December 2014 and no travels yet. How would they know I have been to other countries? Do I need to submit my old passport?

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    1. Hi, it doesn't matter if you have no stamps on your new passport! :) no need to bring your old passport as well. You are required to bring your old passport if you have japan visa in the past :)

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  73. Hello. My two aunties have plans of going to Japan. Auntie AA has no problem since she is an American citizen. Auntie BB is self-employed, selling Avon, Triumph and the like. Auntie AA will be the one to shoulder all of the expenses since she has more than enough funds. What do we need to submit for my Auntie BB. She has no bank certificate, ITR or COE. They are both 60++.

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  74. Hi Tin, I have been following your blog and i really find it very interesting. I have a question, though. It says in your post that 50k is enough for a visa to be approved. But i called different agencies and claimed that you need to have more that 100k to get approved. Can you help me clarify? And were there recent experiences from the people you know that they got approved despite of having less than 100k bank statement?

    Thanks!

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  75. Hi Tin,

    Regarding the itinerary, cause I'm planning to stay on my sister's place (she's already a resident) in Osaka but I'l be shouldering all the expenses for my trip, will they questioned me if I apply as a tourist with no guarantor and with my sister's address in my accommodation? I don't want the hassle part of all the requirements needed if my sister guarantees me and basically I could afford the trip on my own.

    Thanks,
    KC :)

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  76. Hi Tin. Very useful post here. Do we need to include our flight details in submission to the agency?
    I don't see that it was included in your list. But I know that the application form asks for the port of entry and airline to be used. Thing is, we haven't booked a flight yet but have to apply for the visa today. Hoping for your swift reply. Thank you!

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  77. hi ma'am, may i ask what is the "show money" for, i mean, do i need to present it upon visa application? ty

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    1. show money to prove that you have the financial capability to support yourself when you get there :) you need to show by submitting bank documents.

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  78. Hello everyone! Would you suggest to get a JR pass for this trip? Tokyo > Nagoya > Kyoto > Osaka > back to Nagoya

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  79. Hi Ms. Tin! Thank you for such detailed information. Just wanted to ask if we need to book a flight, hotel first before applying for a visa? My only concern here is what if we weren't fortunate to have one. =D Thank you so much! =)

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    1. Hi Kris, these are optional :) but based on my personal experience...I always submit everything since promo fares lang naman flights ko so nauuna yun :)

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  80. Hi!

    Can I ask if 50k show many can be possible for applying a visa valid for 15days stay?

    Thank you.

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  81. Hi! Your blog is very informative, but I have alot of questions, hehe... my boyfriend and I are planning to visit japan this January 2016. Hope you can rply to my questions.
    1. I just got my passport this yr and it's still blank, but im planning to go to HK this December, pwede kaya un, di ba ako mag kaka problem since bago lng ung passport ko?
    2. Im going to get my NSO bc next week, pwede din kaya un since bago lng din. Hehe..
    3. And do I have to buy plane tickets without knowing if my visa will get approved or I should just wait for it muna to get approved, hinihingi ba nila ung photocopy ng plane tickets mo?
    Hope you can rply. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Leah! thank you for leaving a comment :) here are my answers...

      1. No prob with this one! wala namang requirement na palagi ka nagtratravel ;)
      2. Yup! :)
      3. No naman you may book flights/hotels after you get your visa but personally, I always submit all because promo flights lang naman ako palagi so nauuna yun palagi :)

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  82. Hi Tin,

    My name is Sherwin. I really appreciate the effort you put into this blog, very detailed and still easy to read.

    My wife and I already been to Hongkong, Macau and Singapore. Last year we applied for Korean Visa but only my wife was granted and mine was denied. I think yung reason ay di successful yun background check kasi luma yung contact details na nilagay ng HR (lumipat ng floor yun HR nun week na yun kaya walang sumasagot sa lumang tel no.) kasi pinabalik ako para sa updated contact number pero na-deny pa rin ako.

    This year we are planning to go to japan, tatlo kami pupunta sa Japan, my wife, our baby daughter and myself and hopefully sana ma-grant kami ng visa. 1st time mag-travel ng baby ko (1 year and 3 months pa lang sya sa time ng travel namin).

    We already booked 3 tickets to Osaka this coming November and booked our hotel and guest house since may kasama kaming baby to make sure lang na convenient sa amin yung entire stay. we are planning to go to Osaka Kyoto and Nara, skip muna ang tokyo baka kasi kulangin sa budget at masyadong malayo since may kasama kaming baby.

    I have questions, I hope you can find time to answer some if not all of it. :)
    1. Will it matter ba sa Japanese embassy kapag nalaman na na-deny na ako before ng Korean Visa? since may date received na nakatatak sa passport ko pero wala namang visa nakalagay (hint na nakapag-apply na ako at denied).

    2.Is there additional requirements sa infant? Passport, NSO Birth certificate and Mariage certificate lang ba?

    3. Any idea how much yung show money if we are traveling with an infant or as a family?

    4. How much kaya yung average daily cost ng food and transpo?

    5. Napansin mo ba kung meron baby products like diapers and baby food sa mga convenient store dun?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Sherwin thanks for leaving a comment!!! :) to answer your questions...

      1. humm...this one I am not sure if they have access to that information but I think it won't matter naman :)
      2. Yes and give your child 1 set each of your financial documents para yun yung supporting documents niya.
      3. No definite amount but I always recommend to my readers around 50k is okay.
      4. Depends on how you and your family travel eh! Kami kasi tipid talaga to the point that we can forgo breakfast para brunch nalang and walk instead of taxi/mrt...iba na kasi if may kasamang baby siyempre but in terms of food I'm sure wala namang additional cost dun if pa-milk milk lang siya :) You may check out my blog post about Japan expenses so you have an idea lang how much.
      5. I'm sure meron but it will be too costly to buy there. Mas mura padin satin so bring all the baby stuff nalang :)

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    2. Hi there,

      Was in Japan last April and here are some tips for you. Through this blog of Tin, was able to prepare quite well for my family's trip. Thanks again Tin. On baby food, they have vending machine all over Osaka and other places that sell baby food and powdered milk (they also have hypoallergenic). They have vending machines selling diapers. There is a lot of family mart and 7/11, the price are relatively fine. If you have Certificate of Employment and latest ITR form, that will be helpful for your visa application. The cost of fare for MRT are ok but the taxi are expensive. As for your expense there, it will depend on the places you will go. Try the street food, affordable and delicious. Good luck on your application and enjoy your trip.

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  83. HELLO ATE.. Ask ko lang po.. 20 na po ako & wala pang work. Girl po ako.. Balak po kasi ako na invite ng Tita ko sa Japan.. Siya po magiging guarantor ko.. asawa po siyang hapon at almost 25years na siya sa japan. Ok naman po siya dun. Nakuha na nya pinsan ko 11years ago pa un. 3months... Ito po tanong ko, POSIBLE PO BA NA MABIGYAN din ako ng 3months of STAY? Since siya naman po lahat mag provide ng kailangan ko dun. And aasikasuhin nya po doon ung mga papers na kelangan ko isubmit dahil may guarantor ako.. sa Tokyo po sila.. By october sana dun akp magstart mag ipon at mag ayos ng requirements. . Pero balak ko talaga january ako punta dun. Please answer po. Unemployed pa po ako. Thankyou po..

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  84. Nice blog!!! This blog was one of the blogs I read before applying for a visa and ONE of the reasons why I chose Friendship Tours.You guys may also check my blog to know about GETTING A VISA WITH A GUARANTOR in this link. https://binibiningcinnamon.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/visa-for-filipinos-going-to-japan-with-a-guarantor/

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