Most tourists to Japan can get a temporary visitor’s visa on arrival in Japan. Here’s a rundown of what to expect at immigration and whether you’re eligible to extend your visa
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Most nationalities visiting Japan are issued a temporary 90-day visitor visa (aka: landing stamp) upon arrival in Japan.
Visitors from the following countries are issued 90-day temporary visitor visas upon arrival:
- New Zealand
Visitors from a few countries are issued 90-day temporary visitor visas upon arrival and can usually extend these for another 90 days at an immigration office in Japan (i.e., you do not have to leave Japan to do this):
Do I Need To Show Proof Of Onward Travel?
Technically, you must be able to show proof of onward travel when entering Japan. In practice, immigration officers rarely ask to see this. However, if they were looking for a reason to refuse you entry, this would be an easy way to do so (if indeed you didn’t have an onward ticket).
Proof Of Sufficient Funds
You should be able to show proof of sufficient funds to travel for the length of your stay in Japan. This could involve a credit card, a large wad of cash or a bank statement. Again, immigration officers rarely ask to see this, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
Note that all foreign visitors to Japan are photographed and fingerprinted upon entry (when you show your passport).
How To Extend Your Visa
If you want to extend your visa or deal with any other immigration-related issue, visit the Osaka Immigration Bureau Kyoto Branch. It located on the 4th floor of the Dai Ni Chiho Godochosha Building at 34-12 Higashi Marutamachi, Kawabata Higashi-iru, Sakyo-ku. It’s a 5-minute walk from the Keihan line’s Marutamachi Station.
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