Here is a brief description of Japanese Visas with information to questions you may have. For official advice on applying for a visa, we advise you contact your nearest embassy or consulate of Japan. The government of Japan requires the citizens of countries to apply for a visa to a Japanese foreign institution unless you are within the visa exempted countries, or the passenger ship that docks in Japan disembark. The Japanese government permits citizens of over 60 countries and regions to travel to Japan on a visa-free basis if their visits are for tourism, commerce, conference, or visiting relatives. Citizens of certain countries and regions need to apply for a visa beforehand to enter Japan. If you would like to know if you have to apply for a visa to Japan, please check with your nearest embassy or consulate. Visas cannot be obtained at the port of entry in Japan.
When entering Japan, all foreigners receive a status of residence, the legal status of which a foreign national is permitted to stay in Japan. There are over twenty statuses of residence, including "temporary visitor" for tourists, and a various statuses for students, workers, and relatives of Japanese nationals and residents. The period of stay that is granted at the time of landing will vary depending on the purpose of your stay and your citizenship. Japan's Sightseeing Landing Permit allows passengers who are designated by the Japanese Minister of Justice to pre-designate passenger ships and foreign tourists for sightseeing purposes. The port is exempted from entry and the foreign passenger must return to the passenger ship before the passenger ship leaves the port.