Temporary Visitor Visa

A Temporary Visitor Visa is for those who intend to stay in Japan for 90 days or less for such purposes as follows:
Sightseeing; sports; visiting relatives, friends, or acquaintances; visiting a sick person; attending a wedding or funeral ceremony; participating in athletic tournaments; contests etc. as an amateur; business purposes (such as market research, business liaison, business consultation, signing a contract, or providing after-sale service for imported machinery); inspecting or visiting plants, trade fairs etc.; attending lectures, explanatory meetings etc.; academic surveys or research presentations; religious pilgrimages or visits; friendship visits to sister cities, sister schools etc.; or other similar activities during a short period of stay in Japan.

Required Documents
  1. Applicant's valid passport, properly signed by the bearer (Please make sure that there is at least 1 page left in your passport for a visa to be affixed to.) If you submit a PERMIT TO REENTER THE UNITED STATES or a REFUGEE TRAVEL DOCUMENT issued by the U.S. government, it must have a validity date at least six months beyond the date of visa application.
  2. "VISA APPLICATION FORM TO ENTER JAPAN" (available here), completely filled out and signed by the applicant
  3. One recent photograph (2" x 2") attached to the visa application form (no staples or tape over the photo). The photo must be no older than 6 months and color print with photo paper.
  4. Proof of sufficient funds to defray all the expenses while in Japan (e.g. applicant's three most recent bank statements for savings and/or checking accounts). If you are not paying for your trip, a letter from the person/entity covering the cost of your trip is necessary.
  5. A confirmed reservation record of your round-trip flight to/from Japan. An e-ticket or print-out from a travel agency, airline or travel website is acceptable. The print-out should include:
    -Your name.
    -Your confirmation number/record locator.
    -Your airlines, flights and all departure and destination cities.
    -Your complete round-trip flight itinerary, starting and ending in the US. This should include all of the countries you are visiting other than Japan, if applicable.
    *Please note: We do not require the purchase of tickets, but we do require a confirmed reservation. We are not responsible for tickets which may be unusable due to the delay or denial of a visa.

    For those with non-revenue ticket holders(working for an airline company):
    a) Actual Non-Revenue ticket (original plus copy of all pages), plus a printed entire flight information from the airline company
    b) A copy of the employee ID of the airline employee who obtained the flight coupon, or a letter from the airline proving the employee works for the airline, and that the applicant is authorized to use the non-revenue ticket
  6. Documents indicating the purpose of your visit
           1) If you are sightseeing, information regarding places you plan to visit, confirmation of hotel reservation, etc 
               A detailed day-by-day schedule of activities while in Japan Schedule of stay
           2) If you are visiting relatives/friends, an invitation letter from a relative/friend (Supporting documents from Japan)
  • Reason for Invitation Format: English / Japanese
  • Detailed Schedule in Japan: English / Japanese
  • Letter of Guarantee Format: English / Japanese
  • Information on the Guarantor:
    (i) copy of resident's card and JUMIN-HYO issued by the local government within 3 months, (ii) employment verification and (iii) one of the following documents (The following documents must show the gross income):
    (1) A tax payment receipt issued by the head of a local government office (NOZEI-SHOMEISHO)
    (2) or a certificate of tax payment issued by the Japanese revenue office (NOZEI-SHOMEISHO, FORM TYPE 2)
    (3) or a final declaration of tax payment bearing the receipt seal of the Japanese revenue office (KAKUTEI-SHINKOKUSHO)

        3) If you are traveling for business or a conference, an original letter from the inviting company in Japan and a letter from your company
        or School signed by an authorized executive officer, on company(school) letterhead, stating:
  • duration of employment
  • applicant’s position in the company
  • nature/purpose of visit in detail
  • dates/duration of stay intended
  • contact person, company name, address and phone number of business contact in Japan
  • guarantee of financial support during applicant’s stay in Japan and return transportation from Japan
  1. Immigration documents showing your legal status and permitting reentry into the U.S., such as copy of permanent residency (green) card or I-94 and valid U.S. visa. (Students on a F-1 visa must present endorsed I-20 form and applicants on J-1 visa need to present endorsed DS-2019 form.) If you do not intend to return to the U.S., visa to next the destination (if required) must be affixed to your passport before you apply for Japanese visa. (Copy of Immigration documents is acceptable.)
    Please note that in principle the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville does NOT accept an application from B-1 and B-2 U.S. visa/status holders. Those holders need to return to their home country in order to apply for a visa to enter Japan.
  2. Release of Liability form  (if your visa application is processed by mail)
  3. A self-addressed return envelope with a prepaid overnight air bill (or Express Mail stamp)
  4. Visa Fees

The Consulate General of Japan reserves the right to request additional documents if deemed necessary. 

Applications by mail  
If your visa application is processed through the mail, enclose a self-addressed envelope and Priority, Registered or Express Mail for return. If you would like to use FedEx or UPS, enclose a prepaid mailing label or completed air waybill and an envelope for return. Please include a Release of Liability Form. The Consulate-General of Japan is not responsible for your passport in case of its loss when sending through the mailing service for return.
Documents will not be returned (Except for your passport). Please retain copies of all documents you submit for records.
We will not make copies, if you need original documents, please make a copy.
Visa Fees
Visa fees are determined according to reciprocal arrangements between Japan and the country of the applicant's nationality. Click here for Visa Fees.
Processing Time
The time to process an application for a Temporary Visitor Visa depends on the applicant's circumstances. Please allow at least three business days, to have your application reviewed. No expedited service for visas. There are some cases; however, in which a few weeks or more are needed to process an application.
Visa Section:
Consulate General of Japan
1801 West End Avenue, Suite 900
Nashville, TN 37203 
 Office hours for Visas
Phone: 615-340-4300 Ext.151 / Fax: 615-340-4312