General Information


【Important Notice】 The operation of consular services including window hours is changed, effective March 23, 2020. Please click here for more information.

Nationals from countries that have visa exemption arrangements with Japan Open a new windowcan apply for landing permission for short term stay without obtaining a visa.


Japan does not require a 6 month remaining validity, as long as your ORDINARY passport (no travel document) is valid at the time of travel.


An applicant with an arrest or criminal record can refer to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition ACT SECTION 2 LANDING OF A FOREIGN NATIONAL (Denial of Landing) Article 5Open a new window (Pages 4-7). Please direct any further inquiries directly to Japanese Immigration Open a new window


No Appointment Necessary


Window hours
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Telephone inquiry hours TEL: 213-617-6700
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5 pm

Monday through Friday, except certain U.S. and Japanese holidays


Japan Visa Information Hotline TEL: 1-888-671-4583
(Start at 5 PM March 31st, 2019)
24 hours, English Only


Requirements for visa applications vary depending on your nationality, U.S. immigration status, purpose and duration of trip. Please refer to Short Term Stay and Long Term Stay.


**Please note that a visa itself does not guarantee landing permission, although it is one condition that applies for landing at an airport or seaport. You must obtain landing permission during the immigration procedures.


Please print out all of the documents, as incomplete applications will not be accepted. The Consulate General of Japan WILL NOT MAKE COPIES.


Visa applications must be submitted in person.
However, those who reside in a remote area can apply for a visa by mail. Applications by mail will only be accepted from counties of San Diego, Imperial, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, some cities in Riverside County, some cities in San Bernardino County, and the state of Arizona. In this case, a self-addressed stamped envelope for FedEx or USPS must be submitted along with the Release of Liability. Our office is not responsible for the loss or delay of passports in the mail. In some cases, personal appearance or additional documents may be required.


Visa processing time:
Normally, a visa can be issued in 4-5 working days if all the requirements are met. There are, however, some cases where referrals to the government office in Japan are necessary. In such cases, it may take around 1-2 months for the results. Therefore, early planning for your trip to Japan is recommended.


Visa fees:
Please check the Visa Fee Page. We accept cash or money order ONLY. Personal checks and credit cards ARE NOT accepted.