To step on the land of the rising sun has always been part of our bucket list. There’s something magical and captivating about this place that will attract a wandering soul. Their obvious respect for nature, rich culture and ever famous cuisine (just to name a few) would leave you in a deep awe (Thanks to the PTV4 and RPN 9 shows about ASEAN Countries).
To a Japan-love-stricken couple, the most annoying question is ‘WHEN?’ Well, we only settled for ‘someday’ and swept the longing in a corner – making sure that it’s there but not really trashing the whole idea. Until Tay received a call from Osaka asking him if he wants to fly in to prepare Filipino dishes for the Philippine Independence Day Celebration. Tay, of course was ecstatic! Better part I guess was the fact that he can bring with him associates who will help him feed 300 folks. I did not volunteer, but Tay insisted that I go with him since we are fairly in our comfort zone having numerous caterings together. I, too, was ecstatic!
So now.. the most important question is ‘How to Apply for a Visa?’ Here are the steps…
Step 1: Prepare the required documents.
The first thing that we did was to get a replacement passport for Tay. He lost it a few years back and never had the chance to renew it (Back story: He missed two US trips because of his lost passport, so this time… I made sure that he will be able to get a replacement). For Passport Application/Renewal, please access this link.
Requirements will vary depending on the type of Visa you will be applying for. Go to this link to be able determine the type of Visa that best suits you.
For Tourist Visa Application, below are the required documents.
- Philippine Passport (Validity of more than 6 months and signed)
- Accomplished Visa Application Form (Download here)
- Photo (4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background – 2 x 2 photos are ok)
- Original Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate if married (you can request a copy from any SM Business Center for PhP 160 – waiting time is 7 business days)
- Daily schedule in Japan (Submit your daily itinerary. It should indicate the place where you will stay, the addresses and telephone numbers)
- Bank Certificate
- Income tax return (BIR Form 2316)
***If you cannot provide a certain document, you need to submit a letter of explanation.
In our case, we were only required to submit our Passports, completely filled-out application forms, NSO copy of our Birth Certificates, Letter of Invitation and Guarantee, Certificate of Business Name Registration (DTI), copy of our SSS IDs and daily schedule.
Step 2: Go to the Agency of your choice and submit your application. For a list of accredited agencies, please go to this link.
We first inquired in an accredited agency in SM Mall of Asia. We did not find the staff accommodating and we felt that they are not organized. Because of good blog reviews, we opted to submit our application to Friendship Tours in Dusit Thani. Their office is spacious, their staff are nice and very efficient.
Friendship Tours and Resorts Corporation
3rd. Flr., Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Center, Makati City
Step 3: Be patient and wait for a call from the Agency.
Standard processing time is one week, unless the embassy releases it immediately or requires additional documents. We got a call confirming that our passports are ready for pick-up in less than 7 business days.
We are going to Japan! 🙂