How to apply for a Tourist Visa for Japan (for Filipinos)

A news has been lingering for a while that Japan will soon lift its visa requirement for Filipinos visiting the country. Such is being linked to Tokyo’s aim to boost its tourism in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. But unless there is an official announcement from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Filipinos have to comply with this requirement.   For Filipinos who wish to go to Japan, the first thing to do is visit this link: < EMBASSY OF JAPAN IN THE PHILIPPINES > the official online source about Japan Visa application. Surely, you can see tons of blogs (such as mine) describing the step by step process on how to apply for Japan Visa, but you should first read through the information given by the Embassy of Japan as its policies and procedures may change overtime.  Forms and samples are supplied in the website. If there are things still unclear to you and you hesitate to make a call to EOJ’s hotline, these blogs and online communities may help answer your questions:

Now, after getting all these info on the procedures, the next thing that you need to do is to prepare and then submit all of the documents required as applicable to your case. Never try to falsify or skip any of the requirements if you do not want to ruin your chances of getting a Japan visa. It seems that in many of the disapproved applications, reasons are (but EOJ will never disclose them to you) lack of financial capacity to support the applicants’ travel plans in Japan and consistency/accuracy in the documents submitted. I have previously applied for Japan tourist visa for five times and once for student visa so trust me, the key to getting a Japan tourist visa is sufficient financial capacity (yours or your guarantor’s) and consistency on the information you are giving in the documentary requirements.

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