For most tourists, Japan will grant a 90-day period of stay upon entry to Japan.
There are several forms of visa in Japan depending upon your purpose for going there. For this article, we will focus on the Tourist Visa.
No Tourist Visa Required
Japan has a policy for citizens from most countries that allows you to come to Japan as a tourist without obtaining a visa beforehand. For most countries, you can stay for 90 days. If you are from some European countries and Mexico, you can extend your stay to 6 months.
If you are from the USA, Canada, most of Central and South America, most of Europe, and most of Africa, no tourist visa is required before you arrive.
You must have an ePassport or you will need to obtain a visa prior to entry to Japan. An ePassport can be electronically read. Most countries issue ePassports. You’ll know if you have an ePassport if you see a rectangle with a circle and lines going left and right near the bottom of your passport.
Tourist Visa Required
If you are from China, Russia, Philippines, Viet Nam, member of the CIS, or Georgia, a tourist visa is required. The paperwork and allowed time to stay varies with each country.
Visa requirements could have changed since the writing of this article. To double-check if you need a visa prior to entry to Japan, go to the Visa page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to verify the status of your country.