Entering the country
Unless your visit is prepared by a professional travel agency,
you might want to double check a couple of things.
- You need to have a passport valid through your entire stay
- Check whether you need a visa to enter the country or not (
click here )
- Check the maximum length you can stay in the country without
any further permissions ( click here )
- Have the address of your accommodation ready when crossing
the border, otherwise you might encounter some difficulties
- Don't stock up more than 20 kilos of luggage per person unless
you'd like to pay the overweight fees for your packs on your way
back. ( may be more difficult than it sounds )
- If arriving to Narita Airport, use Narita Express to get to
Tokyo instead of a Taxi
VISA information per country of residence
( Quoted from the JNTO
website , for further
information please see the tips and resources
" Any foreign visitor who wishes to enter Japan must have
a passport, which will remain valid during the period of stay.
Nationals of many countries are eligible to enter Japan without
a visa unless the purpose of the visit is to reside in Japan,
to obtain employment or to otherwise engage in remunerative
activities. The following is a list of nationals of countries
that have "Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements"
For a period of 6 months or less
Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland
and the United Kingdom (UK citizens only)
For a period of 3 months or less
Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia,
Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Finland, France,
Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lesotho,
Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Norway,
Portugal (except when the passport was originally issued in
present or former Portuguese colonies), San Marino, Singapore,
Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay
For a period of 90 days or less
Andorra, Australia, Barbados, Bulgaria, Czech Rep., Estonia,
Hong Kong, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Monaco, New Zealand,
Poland, Slovakia and the USA
For a period of up to 14 days
Nationals of countries that do not have "Reciprocal Visa
Exemption Arrangements" with Japan must obtain a visa.
A "Temporary Visitor's Visa" is usually required
as permission to stay in Japan for a period of up to 90 days
for non-remunerative activities such as sightseeing, participating
in amateur sports, visiting relatives, taking inspection tours,
participating in lectures or research, attending conferences,
making business contacts or other similar activities.
Needless to say, the "Temporary Visitor's Visa" cannot
be used for any remunerative purposes, which involve profit
making or payment acceptance within Japan by the visitor.
To apply for a visa, the applicant must apply in person to
a Japanese Embassy or a consulate, usually in his or her home
country. The following documents must be submitted whatever
the purpose of visit you are going to make:
(1) Valid passport;
(2) Two passport photos taken within the six months previous
to the date of application;
(3) Two official visa application forms, available at the embassy
(4) Documents certifying the purpose of the visit.
As the type of documents required for the application may differ
according to the purpose of your visit, the applicant is advised
to check with the Japanese Embassy or consulate beforehand.
Visa Fee Exemption: The nationals of some 60 countries around
the world are exempted from visa fees. "
JNTO website, may, 2006. Click
here to visit.
For further and more detailed official VISA information visit
Visa, border entry, what to bring and be prepared with
- Japanese maps,
Navi mobile navigation, easy orientation for travelers
stores, the resupply stations that sell everything
- Japanese Vending
machines, for drinks, tickets, cigarettes and more
- Japanese Food, and
all kinds of food in Japan, restaurants, fast food, cheap food...
- Tokyo - as we see it
- Budget Tokyo
apartment rental, accommodation, let go of the concern
- Tokyo Prices, the
real cost vs. western legends, how to make most of your budget
- Cheap Tokyo Stores, bargain
tips, where to find what, fashion to electronics
- Tokyo Cafe life, a
guide to Cafes serving as meeting points, hangouts and life-savers
- Tokyo Parks
and Gardens, well maintained icons of tranquility, tradition
or having fun
- The Tokyo crowd...
escaping from Tokyo to Tokyo, evading downtown rushhours