VISA / Residing in Japan
Nationals of China who wish to come to Japan for a short-term stay

May 27, 2015

1. Visas for “short-term business affairs” or “visit to relatives/ acquaintances”

 Please refer to the website of the Japanese Embassy or Consulates-General that covers the area of your residence for details.

2.Visas for Chinese group tourists and individual tourists

 If the purpose of the visit is “group tourism,” please apply for a group-tourism visa through an approved Chinese travel agency, who would be able to tell you what documents are necessary for the visa application. To see which travel agencies handle tourism to Japan, please refer to the web-site of the Japanese Embassy / Consulate-General in China.
 PLEASE NOTE that if the purpose of the visit is short-term business affairs, visiting relatives or acquaintances (including those cases where you are visiting Japan for sightseeing but staying at a house of relatives / acquaintances), you need a visa for “short-term business affairs” or “visit to relatives / acquaintances” rather than tourist visas. Applications should be lodged with documents provided by an “inviter” or “guarantor” in Japan.
 In case the applicant is a Chinese national residing outside China, please refer to the Japanese Embassy or Consulates-General closest to the applicant’s place of residence.

(1) Group Tourists (single-entry visa)

 As a general rule, tourist visits to Japan by Chinese nationals take the form of "group tours" based on the related laws and regulations of China (period of stay is up to 15 days).

 If you are coming to Japan as part of a tour group operated by a tour escort through the approved Chinese travel agency, the Chinese travel agency will apply for a group tourist visa on your behalf. To find out what documents are necessary for a group-tourists visa application, please contact any approved Chinese travel agency.
 As a matter of information, participants in "Group Tours" are not allowed to travel on his/her own for the duration of the tour and must be accompanied by a tour escort when travelling.

(2) Individual Tourists

 To respond to increasing demands for more flexible tourism in small groups, when certain requirements are met, visas may be issued for "individual tourists".
 In a “Chinese individual tour” the tourist need not be accompanied by an escort. Under this category of “Individual Tourists” visas, there are two types of visas: single-entry and multiple-entry. If you are interested in an individual tour, please apply for this type of visa through an approved Chinese travel agency. For multiple-entry visa, a Chinese travel agency must arrange the travel itinerary and reserve the accommodations for your first visit. Tofind out what documents are necessary for obtaining multiple-entry visas, please contact any approved Chinese travel agency for further details.

(A) Single-entry visas for Individual Tourists

 If the applicant meets certain requirements, the applicant may obtain a visa for individual tourist (non-group tour visas). The period of stay allowed under this visa category is either 15 days or 30 days. The applicant seeking individual tourist visas must prepare his/her own travel itinerary in advance, approach an approved Chinese travel agency to make further arrangements for the travel, and to lodge the visa application through the travel agency.

(B) Multiple-entry visas for individual tourists visiting Okinawa / Tohoku Region (Iwate, Fukushima, Miyagi)

 Multiple-entry individual tourist visas may be issued to those travelers who (1) stay at least one night in either Okinawa Prefecture or any prefecture in Tohoku Region (i.e. prefectures of Iwate, Fukushima, Miyagi) and (2) meet the requirements described below. These visas are valid for 3 years and the period of stay allowed for each visit is up to 30 days. If the applicant meets the requirements, his/her family members may also travel with the applicant or on their own. This is due to a relaxation of Japan’s visa policy introduced in January 2015. (With the introduction of this visa policy relaxation, the period of stay was reduced from 90 days to 30 days. However, those who have already been issued a multiple-entry visa with 90-day stay period may continue to use that visa with 90-day stay period, while his/her family may now travel on their own.)
 In order to apply for these visa types, the applicant must prepare his/her own travel itinerary in advance, approach an approved Chinese travel agency to make further arrangements for travel, and then lodge the visa application through the travel agency for the first visit. The applicant need not make travel arrangements through the travel agency for his/her second visit onwards.

The requirements:
The applicant must have either:
(1) a sufficient level of financial capability, or
(2) a certain level of financial capability and traveled to Japan at least once in the last three years for a short-term visit. The applicant must be able to demonstrate the visit.

(C) Multiple-entry visas for individuals with a substantially high level of income

 Multiple-entry individual tourist visas may be issued to those travelers who have a substantially high level of income. The same type of visas may also be issued to the applicant’s family members. These visas are valid for five years and the period of stay allowed for each visit is 90 days. Unlike the “Multiple-entry visas for individual tourists visiting Okinawa / Tohoku Region (Iwate, Fukushima, Miyagi)”, the visas issued under this category imposes no requirement to visit any specific destination in Japan.
 The applicant seeking this type of visa must prepare his/her own travel itinerary in advance, approach an approved Chinese travel agency to make further arrangements for the travel, and to lodge the visa application through the travel agency. The applicant need not make travel arrangements through the travel agency for his/her second visit onwards.