Japan, an island country in East Asia, lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea, and the Philippine Sea in the south. The country known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ has 20 world heritage sites. Apart from them, the country is known for its natural beauty, gardens, temples, festivals, food, historical sites and theme parks. Given that, there is no surprise that millions of tourists visit the country every year.
If you want to visit the country and witness the beauty, you would be required to avail a tourist visa. Here, we take a look at what an Indian national needs to do in order to get a Japan tourist visa, which is also known as a short-term visa.
Japan Tourist Visa Fees
The application fee that is required to be paid by Indian nationals in order to avail a Japan tourist visa is Rs.490 for both single and multiple entries. However, if you apply through travel agencies, a service charge would also be needed to be paid. In case, you apply through VFS Global, a service charge of Rs.650, which is inclusive of all taxes, will be levied. If the visa application is filed through Cox and Kings Global Services, Rs.600 would be charged as service fees.
Japan Tourist Visa Requirements
To apply for a Japan tourist visa, an applicant needs to submit the following documents if it is a self-arranged visit:
- Filled visa application form.
- Travel itinerary and hotel booking.
- Documents which prove that he/she can pay for the travel expenses while in the country like bank statements of the last six months or the latest income tax return.
In case, a trip to the country is taken with the purpose of tourism for Indian students, the documents listed below must be submitted:
- Visa application form.
- Valid passport (along with the old one, if any).
- Copy of the first and last page of the current passport.
- Confirmed travel and hotel booking.
- Cover letter stating the purpose of visit and the day to day details.
- Proof of student status.
Photo Requirements for Japan Tourist Visa
The photo that is affixed on the visa application form must fulfil the points mentioned below:
- The size of the photograph must be 45mm x 45mm (2 inches x 2 inches) with white background.
- The photo should be in colour
- The photograph should be easily identifiable.
- The photo must be clicked within six months before filing the application.
- The photo should be clear and the applicant must not be wearing any headgear.
How to apply for Japan Tourist Visa?
In order to apply for a Japan tourist visa, the applicant is required to visit the Japan Embassy or the Consulate-Generals. After visiting the Embassy or the Consulate-General, he/she is required to follow the steps mentioned below:
- Duly fill the visa application form.
- Attach the necessary documents that need to be submitted.
- Pay the requisite fees.
Once the steps mentioned above are successfully completed, the visa application will be processed by the authorities.
Japan Tourist Visa Application Form
The visa application form that applicants need to fill up and submit to the authorities can be downloaded from www.in.emb-japan.go.jp. The detailed process that needs to be followed to download the application form from the website is mentioned below:
- Visit www.in.emb-japan.go.jp
- Next, click on the ‘Visa’ tab.
- Following that click on the link that read ‘Japanese Visa’.
- In doing so, you are redirected to a new page.
- There, you need to click on ‘Visa Application Form’ to download the form.
Japan Tourist Visa Processing Time
As per the Japan Embassy, the time taken for processing a Japan tourist visa application is 1 day, which is excluding the date of submission of the application form to the authorities.
In case, the visa application is submitted to travel agencies like VFS Global or Cox and Kings Global Services, the time taken to process the application varies between 3 to 7 days.
List of Embassies and Consulate Generals for applying Japan Tourist Visa
Here are the Embassy and Consulate-General of Japan offices through which Indian nationals can apply for the Japan Tourist visa. The list contains the addresses, jurisdiction, contact numbers, email IDs and timings.
|Name of the Embassy and Consulate-General||Address||Jurisdiction||Contact Numbers||Email Address||Timings|
|Embassy of Japan, New Delhi||Plot No. 4&5 50-G Shantipath Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110021||Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjabfirstname.lastname@example.org||9:00 am to 12:30 pm|
|Consulate-General of Japan in Kolkata||55 M.N. Sen Lane Tollygunge Kolkata 700040||Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Biharemail@example.com||9:00 am to 12:30 pm|
|Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai||No.12/1 Cenotaph Road 1st Street Teynampet Chennai 600018||Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Keralafirstname.lastname@example.org||9:00 am to 1:00 pm|
|Consulate-General of Japan in Bengaluru||1st Floor Prestige Nebula No.8-14 Cubbon Road Bengaluru 560001||Karnatakaemail@example.com||8:30 am to 11:30 am|
|Consulate-General of Japan in Mumbai||No. 1 M.L. Dahanukar Marg Cumballa Hill Mumbai 400026||Chattisgarh, Dadra & Nagar, Daman & Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haveli, Maharashtrafirstname.lastname@example.org||9:30 am to 1:00 pm|
Frequently Asked Questions on Japan Tourist Visa
Do I need to take an appointment to submit my application?
If individuals submit visa applications, no appointment is needed to be taken. However, if visa applications are submitted in groups then booking a specific date and time might be necessary.
How can I check for the status of my visa application?
The status of the visa application can be checked using the reference number and the date of birth.
Will I get to know the specific reason for visa refusal?
No, the Embassy does not specify the specific reason for visa refusal to the applicants.
Who decides whether or not I get the visa?
The officials present at the Japanese Embassy decide who gets the Japan tourist visa.
Can I apply for the Japan tourist visa 90 days before the intended date of travel?
No, a Japan tourist visa can’t be applied for 90 days before the intended date of travel to the country.