Japan has always been a dream destination for Filipinos. If you ask 10 Filipinos which country they would like to visit first, half will answer Japan not only because Filipinos love Japanese food but because we all grew up watching Japanese anime and reading Japanese manga as a kid. Who does not have a Hello Kitty and Kerokerokeroppi stuff? Who does not know Voltes 5, Bioman and Shaider (I am not old haha), Mojacko, Doraemon and the all time famous Slam Dunk! The famous Meteor Garden Series from Taiwan, to those who don’t know, was adapted from Japan’s Boys Over Flowers Manga.
Many Filipinos are still afraid of traveling to Japan because of the impression of difficult visa requirements (they are much more lenient now – I haven’t heard of any tourist getting denied a visa recently) expensive goods (you just have to know where to eat and where to buy – I’ll help you with this), no English translations (their bus, train, and other public transportation all have English, and there are also maps, apps, magazines, and brochures to guide you along the way), etc. but in reality, it’s not so different from traveling to our neighboring non-English-speaking countries. If anything, you can count on the Japanese to be the most polite, most helpful people you can ever encounter as a traveler. Clearly, there is no reason for any fear or doubt. It’s also one of the safest places in the world! I managed to travel on my own, and I’m sure you guys can do it too! I also travelled with my mom and my Kyla there.
Spring is the most popular time to go to Japan as this is this the Sakura or Cherry Blossoms Season (between end of March to 1st week of April in Tokyo and to 2nd week of April in the Kansai Region) Spring in Sapporo is in May.
Autumn is also one of the best time to go to Japan…Trust me! (between last week of November to 1st week of December – 2nd week of December in both Tokyo and Kansai Region)
Winter – if you love snow then go! (between 2nd of December to end of February)
Summer – I honestly wouldn’t recommend coming to Japan during summer as it will be quite humid plus you wouldn’t be able to enjoy Disneyland during this time as most of the locals come to this place during summer. You don’t want to be in line for hours.
Note that the peak time differs in every city*** although Mt Fuji is near Tokyo, their peak season is earlier.
To those who does not know…Japan Visa is free for Filipinos. You just need to submit your application form and requirements.
Dubai: The Japanese Consulate is located at the 28th Floor of the Dubai World Trade Center Building which is located in the big roundabout of Sheikh Zayed Road.
Philippines: The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines does NOT accept direct applications. You need to contact an accredited Travel Agency that processes Visa Applications to Japan. All you need to do is submit all the requirements to them and they will be the one to process and submit your application to the Japanese Consulate. A Japan Visa is FREE, however, these travel agencies charge for a service fee. Fees: 800 PHP – 1500 PHP
My Mom and my Kyla submitted their requirements to Discovery Tours as they have the lowest Visa Processing Rate. They are located in Makati City.
It is safe to apply one month before your intended travel.
Dubai Opening Hours:
Visa application: 9:00-12:00 (SUN-THU)
Visa collection: 12:00 – 13:30 (SUN-THU)
※ No appointment is required.
Visa fees: Filipinos – Free
For Other Nationalities, please check this link: Visa Fees for 2017
Fees must be paid in cash on collection day. They do not accept cheque/credit card.
To my knowledge, for Filipinos, it usually takes minimum 2-4 business days. The Embassy will give you a small paper which mentions when you need to come back to get your passport.
As a temporary visitor, the Embassy of Japan only grants 15 or 30 days of stay. (If you’re visiting a relative, they can allow up to 90 days).
Tokyo – Narita International Airport and Haneda International Airport (Domestic and International)
Osaka – Kansai International Airport (Kansai Region – Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, etc
Sapporo – New Chitose Airport
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Let me know once you get your Visa! For more information about hotels, getting around, where to go, where to eat…check my other posts!
Fujisan, Japan…by the way…that’s a manhole! Kawaiiii
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