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A Guide to the Visit Japan Web app and Japan Entry Procedures

While it’s recommended to use the Visit Japan web app, it’s not mandatory. In fact it may be quicker to use the standard paper immigration forms on arrival in Japan.

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There are now no Covid protocols for Japan. The Japanese government still recommends that visitors to Japan use the Visit Japan Web app, which replaces the paper arrival card and customs declaration, but you DO NOT HAVE TO USE THE VISIT JAPAN WEB APP.

On our last entry to Japan in October 2023, those not using the app actually moved faster through immigration and customs. So, it’s really up to you: use the app or just go old school and fill out a paper arrival card and customs declaration (and if you don’t get them on the plane, you can pick them up at immigration and customs).

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Visit Japan Web app

Time required to fill out and instruction manuals

When you first download the app and look at the instruction manual, you may get the impression that it’s going to take a long time to complete Visit Japan Web. In practice, it takes about 15 minutes and is pretty intuitive. I suggest using the simplified manual and quarantine section manuals linked below.

Three parts to Visit Japan Web

Note, Visit Japan Web actually consists of three parts: 1) immigration information (ie, disembarkation card information), 2) customs information (ie, customs declaration), and 3) tax-exemption section. When you successfully complete these sections, you will receive three QR codes. The first two you will show at the airport upon arrival. The third you will show at shops that offer tax-free shopping to tourists.

Important tip

You will need a charged smartphone with internet access for Visit Japan Web to work at the airport when you arrive. Japanese airports have free wifi, so connectivity is not an issue, but be sure to charge your phone before flying. Just in case something goes wrong with your phone or you cannot get online at the airport, it’s a good idea to do two things to print out your immigration and customs QR codes to show at the airport.

Important Visit Japan Web Links

  • Here’s the Visit Japan Web download site .
  • Here’s a detailed manual for using Visit Japan Web.
  • Here’s a simplified Visit Japan Web Manual (scroll down for instructions).

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Visit Japan Web: The Online Registration Before Arriving in Japan

Japanese customs: mysos replaced from november, 14,  2022.

During the Covid pandemic, entry procedures in Japan have changed a lot, which created some confusion. It is still somewhat the case after the reopening to tourism since October 11, even if a focus has been placed on easing the procedures especially through digitalization , to minimize human interactions and subsequent contamination risks.

Until recently, the Japanese government asked visitors to install specific app on their smartphones:

  • MySOS, for advance registration of information regarding vaccine status / PCR test, for faster airport procedures in Japan (the "fast track" system)
  • COCOA, an app to track contact-cases and infected persons, but it was discontinued in September 2022.

MySOS was not mandatory but highly recommended . Travelers who could not use the app were directed upon their arrival in Japan to a specific line in order to complete the necessary steps (showing a valid vaccination certificate / PCR test, etc.) which lengthened their time at the airport.

New website available since November 1st, 2022

In mid-October 2022, a new change in the procedure has been announced for all entry in Japan from November 14 included : every traveler (tourist, foreign resident and Japanese citizen alike) can register in advance on the Visit Japan Web site.

Visit Japan Web is a free, single portal to group formalities related to:

  • Covid-19   🦠 ( quarantine , vaccination certificate, PCR test); The Pre-registration for Quarantine Procedures section collects the information that were previously filled in the MySOS app ("Fast Track" function);
  • Immigration : the Disembarkation Card for Foreigner that was formerly handed in the plane  ✈️ just before landing (does not concern Japanese citizens and foreign permanent residents);
  • Customs  🛂 , with the Declaration of Personal effects and Unaccompanied Articles , to fill upon arrival, formerly either on a paper form or on the Japanese government’s Zeikan shinkoku app (税関申告アプリ).

In the facts, registering on the website has been possible since November 1, 2022 , for any arrival in Japan from November 14 in one of its largest airports:

  • Tokyo -Narita,
  • Tokyo-Haneda,
  • Osaka - Kansai (KIX),
  • Chubu ( Nagoya ),
  • Fukuoka ( Kyushu ),
  • New Chitose ( Hokkaido ) and
  • Naha ( Okinawa ).

Travelers arriving in Japan before November 14, 2022, can still use the MySoS app to fill their Covid related data and are not the target of the Visit Japan Web.

1 blue screen and 2 QR Codes to show on a smartphone

Like with MySOS previously, each step of the registration process is ended by a change in the page display that includes:

  • A blue screen , for a successful quarantine procedure registration,
  • and the creation of 2 QR Codes for customs and immigration procedures.

Once all the steps are completed, a visitor’s smartphone  📱 will display first a blue screen, then 2 QR Codes to show at each checkpoint.

Starting April 29, 2023 , according to March 10 and April 26 latest announcements of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, some of the borders restrictions will be lifted and the Covid-19 quarantine procedure (blue screen) will not be required anymore .

It is highly recommended to register before departing for Japan : at the latest 6h prior to the flight’s departure, and ideally within the 10 preceding days , in order to allow time for the review of the submitted documents. Reviews are sorted by date of arrival in Japan . Visit Japan Web is available in English.

Whether you are fully vaccinated or not, consider using Visit Japan Web to make sure to board your flight to Japan, as airlines reserve the right to refuse passengers who may potentially be banned at the Quarantine Procedures step.

The necessary documents are:

  • A valid email address (will be used as a user ID to each access to Visit Japan Web);
  • Until April 29, 2023 , Covid vaccination certificate or negative PCR test result taken less than 72 hours before departure and translated in English (use the Japanese-English form provided by the Japanese Ministry of Health here );
  • An address in Japan (for example, of the first accommodation you will be staying at).

If traveling with underage children , it is possible to register them on the same Visit Japan Web account (up to 10 travelers). Dependent or handicapped adults who cannot go through the procedures alone can also be registered in the Family members traveling with you section. However, each of them has to have their own passport or equivalent immigration document.

Each member of the family registered on the same account will also have their blue screen and 2 QR Codes, to show at checkpoints at the arrival airport in Japan.

Like with MySOS, registering with Visit Japan Web is not mandatory , however it helps going through the entry procedures in Japan faster, and reduces the hurdles of tedious formalities after 12 hours of more spent in a plane.

On April 5, 2023, Kono Taro, the Japanese Minister of Digital Affairs, announced that travelers are no longer required to show any document at arrival airport’s quarantine in Japan . However, filling information forms for immigration and customs is still a requirement.

Additional tips and advice

An Internet  📶 connection is required to use the Visit Japan Web site, especially to create the account, fill in the user’s information, and their family’s when applicable (name, passport number, etc.), the forms regarding vaccination or PCR test and create the first QR Code. The digital Disembarkation Card for Foreigners and custom procedures can be completed offline and the QR codes created upon arrival at the airport.

Creating a Visit Japan Web account is possible on a computer (Chrome browser is recommended) or on a smartphone (Chrome browser recommended on Android). In any case, before departure, make sure to be logged in only on the device you will use to travel (a smartphone ideally), and check that all information is up-to-date.

Questions asked at immigration and customs procedures are the same than on the paper forms. In any event, official Japanese sources (the Embassy of Japan or the Border Control page of the Japanese Ministry of Health for example) are the ultimate references regarding entry procedures in Japan and should be checked frequently.

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Are you planning a trip to Japan soon? Or are you a resident of Japan who is going to travel abroad and then re-enter? Then you may be interested to read this article to the end!

After more than two years closed due to the global pandemic situation, Japan has finally opened its doors to tourism recently. This was a long awaited opening by many, as the country of the rising sun is one of the most popular travel destinations in recent years and has been one of the places that has taken the longest to reopen to tourism. Surely many people are excited about this news, buying their plane tickets and preparing their suitcases. However, be careful! There is one very important detail to keep in mind or you could be left with the door slammed in your face and be turned back upon landing in Japan.

To enter Japan it is MANDATORY to present a vaccination passport with 3 vaccines of some of those approved by the Japanese Government or a negative PCR in COVID-19 72 hours before the departure time.

And what does the My SOS app have to do with the entrance to Japan? Well, let’s see now.

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What is Visit Japan Web?

Visit Japan Web is a web portal launched by the Japanese Government to Fast Track your entry into Japan. On the Visit Japan Web website you can upload your vaccination passport or your negative PCR certificate before boarding the plane and get a QR. Technically, you can also present it on paper at the arrival airport, but some airlines may deny you boarding if you do not show them the QR code. Also, if you do the process in advance through the website and receive the approved QR, you are 100% sure that there will be no problem with your entry (it is unlikely, but it could be the case that once at the arrival airport the certificate you present is not considered valid).

In addition, with the Visit Japan web portal you can also do the questionnaire for the customs procedure in advance, receiving a separate QR.

In my own experience, I used Visit Japan Web on my recent re-entry to Japan and the process was much faster and streamlined compared to people who did not have it. There is a separation for people who carry the QR code with the 3 vaccinations/PCR tests and you get to Immigration much faster as they don’t have to check it manually (they only check that you have the QR). And once you pick up your luggage, you use the second QR code for the customs process.

In both cases, the time spent waiting in line is reduced considerably and you leave the airport much earlier. Below, I’m going to explain how to do the processes from my own first hand experience!

How to use the Visit Japan Web before entering Japan

The first thing you have to do is to go to this website and create an account. The procedure is the usual for this kind of cases: after registering an email address and accepting the terms of use, they send you a confirmation code and after entering the code you can access your page.

Visit Japan Web

Once you are in your account, go to the “Your details” section and fill in the information requested (full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, etc).

Visit Japan Web

After registering your details, you will be able to click on the “New registration” button in the “Register Planned Entry/Return” section. Here you have to put the arrival  information (date, airline company and flight number). Then you will then arrive at a screen with two options. One for the Fast Track and the other for the customs declaration. I recommend you to start with the Fast Track.

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It’s time to start with the pre-registration procedures for quarantine. According with your departure country this part may vary slightly, but as long as I know most part of the countries have the same process. The top part is in red, and if you scroll down you can see a red band that says “Not yet registered” with your passport information. Below you can see the four documents that you must complete: passport, Questionnaire WEB, Vaccination certificate and PCR result less than 72 hours before departure.

Visit Japan Web

The documents are easy. The passport is just take a picture of the page with your information and updated it. Once they check and see that it’s ok and the information can be read well, you can go to the Questionnaire WEB. You just need to answer a few questions and then you are ready to go to the next step, the vaccination certificate. In my case I took a screenshot of my digital vaccine certificate and they accepted it.

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As you can see, since I have the vaccination certificate I do not need the PCR test (in case you do not have a valid vaccination certificate, then you can go for the COVID-19 PCR test). All the necessary documents changed from “Not yet registered” to “Completed” and the color changed from red to blue. Once you get this, you are ready to travel knowing that all your documents have been accepted.

After finishing this part, you can go back and fill in the section of “Declaration of Personal Effects and Unaccompanied Articles”. For those of you who are used to traveling, this is the typical small piece of paper that you are usually given during the flight to customs declaration in case you are carrying certain substances. With Visit Japan Web you can make this declaration in advance from the website and receive another QR code to pass through customs saving time.

How to use the Visit Japan Web after arriving Japan

Once in Japan it is very simple. When you get out of the plane there is a point where they separate people into those who have the QR code and those who do not. You just have to show the code to the staff and they will let you through.

After you have finished the process at Immigration and once you have your luggage, you will see that at Customs declaration there is a queue for those who have the physical paper and another queue for those who have the QR code. There are some machines where you have to swipe the QR code, and you are out, free to explore Japan!

And that is all. In case you can’t find it, here you have the official website of Visit Japan Web.

Visit Japan Web: https://vjw-lp.digital.go.jp/en/

And that is all. I understand first hand that with the current situation entering/returning to Japan can be confusing or make you have many doubts/worries so I hope this article helped you.

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Visit Japan Web procedure: A comprehensive guide

As the world cautiously reopens its borders, Japan welcomes international travelers with renewed enthusiasm. To facilitate a smoother entry process, the Japanese government has introduced the Visit Japan Web (VJW) system, an online portal that streamlines the immigration process. Here, we provide a comprehensive guide to filling out the VJW form, making your upcoming trip to Japan a breeze.

Table of Contents

Understanding the VJW Form

The VJW form is a mandatory requirement for all foreign nationals entering Japan. It serves as a preliminary step in the immigration process, allowing you to gather and submit essential information before arriving at the airport.

Key Benefits of the VJW Form

  • Streamlined Immigration Process: The VJW form reduces the amount of paperwork required upon arrival, allowing for a faster immigration clearance process.
  • QR Code for Immigration: The completed VJW form generates a QR code that serves as your electronic passport, facilitating a contactless and efficient immigration process.
  • Simplified Quarantine Procedures: For selected travelers, completing the VJW form may qualify you for simplified quarantine procedures, reducing the time spent in isolation.

Eligibility for the VJW Form

The VJW form applies to all foreign nationals entering Japan, including short-term visitors, business travelers, and those with pre-arranged visas.

Steps to Fill Out the VJW Form

0 – Create an Account: Visit the Visit Japan Web official website ( https://www.digital.go.jp/en/services/visit_japan_web-en ) and create an account.

1 – Register Personal Information: Provide accurate personal information, including name, passport details, nationality, and contact information.

2 – Enter Travel Details: Specify your travel dates, including arrival and departure information, as well as the purpose of your visit.

3 – Submit Informations: Upload required informations , such as your passport and visa, if applicable.

4- Present QR Code at Immigration: Upon arrival at the Japanese airport, present your QR code to immigration officials for contactless verification.

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Japan has finally re-opened its door to tourism, an event that I’m sure many of you have long awaited.

With thousands of people entering Japan every day, you can imagine things can get chaotic quickly, so you’ll want to minimize the stress by doing all the immigration and customs processes before your arrival to Japan. And yes, you can do all that online.

Read on to find out how you can simplify your immigration entry to Japan!

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PS: I entered Japan twice while COVID protocols were still in place. It was a painful experience. If you have a morbid curiosity what it was like to enter Japan while all the COVID protocols were still in place, you can read my experience here .

What is Visit Japan Web?

Is visit japan web required to enter japan, step 1: register for a visit japan web account, step 2: register details of visitors who will be visiting japan, step 3: register for a trip to japan on the visit japan web, (optional) adding your child to your visit japan web account, step 4: immigration clearance, step 5: customs declaration.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

Visit Japan Web is Japan’s online service for immigration procedures and customs declarations, launched in November 2022. While Japan was still dealing with the pandemic, Visit Japan Web also doubled as a way to verify COVID-19 vaccinations.

After Japan scrapped its COVID-related entry requirement, it became a place where visitors could complete their immigration and customs procedures before arriving in Japan. It does make the airport formalities quite efficient!

What is Fast Track?

Now, what is Fast Track ? Fast Track was a way to handle COVID-related quarantine procedures on Visit Japan Web. After registering for an account at Visit Japan Web, you could upload your vaccination document to have it pre-verified before you arrive in Japan. As of 29 April 2023, this process is no longer required .

No, Visit Japan Web is NOT a requirement to enter Japan . You could just rock up to Japan without completing Visit Japan Web.

However, you’ll have to do the same things you do on Visit Japan Web when you check in for your flight. Then when you land at the airport in Japan, you’ll need to fill in the immigration card physically on paper if you have not done Visit Japan Web.

The information you need to fill in on the physical card is the same one that you would have provided on Visit Japan Web. So might as well prepare it before you arrive. It’s free and fast. And as a bonus, if everyone uses Visit Japan Web, it will make immigration faster for everyone.

Visit Japan Web procedure step-by-step

The process of completing Visit Japan Web thankfully can be done online. To prevent any confusion, I’ll cover exactly how you can utilize Visit Japan Web to make your arrival in Japan easier:

If you don’t have a Visit Japan Web account yet, you can register for an account here .

Account registration is free and very straightforward. Just create an account with your email address and a password. You’ll need to verify your email but that’s easy enough to do – they’ll send you a 6-digit code via SMS (text message) to your phone that you need to input on the Visit Japan Web before you can proceed to step 2.

💡 Save your Visit Japan Web account credential! You can use the same account again for your future travels to Japan, so make sure to save your Visit Japan Web credential.

From my understanding, every adult needs an account for themselves, but kids under 18 can be added on to their parent/guardian. With that said, I have heard of instances where people added their spouse/parents to their account and were able to go through immigration just fine. I’ll go over how to add other people to your account in Step 2.

Once you have your account set up, proceed to log in with the password you’ve set in Step 1 before.

Then, provide your details by clicking on the button that says “ Your details ” and start filling in the form. Again it’s quite straight forward so I won’t go into too much detail here.

The only thing I would say is, please make sure your passport number is correct and that it matches the passport you’d be using to enter Japan!

Visit Japan Web

If you’re traveling with children under 18 : Once you’ve registered yourself, you can also register your kids to your account. I’ve written in detail about registering children to Visit Japan Web below .

Next, you’ll need to register your trip to Japan by clicking on “ + New registration “.

You can do this for each trip you’ll be taking to Japan if you’re planning to go more than once. Make sure you give a unique name for each trip so that you can manage multiple plans if you need to.

Visit Japan Web

Again, if you’re traveling with children and have provided their details in the “Details of family members traveling with you” section, you can indicate that the child will be traveling with you on this trip. The child’s name will come up as a dropdown that you can toggle later on. I’ve written in detail about registering children to Visit Japan Web below .

If you’re traveling with children, you can add them to your Visit Japan Web account as long as they are under 18 ! If you do this, they’ll be able to skip quarantine even if they are not fully vaccinated, as long you (the parent) are fully vaccinated.

Here is how:

1. Add your child’s details to your Visit Japan Web account

Once you’ve registered yourself on Visit Japan Web, you can register kids who are under 18 in your account by clicking on “ Details of family members traveling with you “. You’ll need to provide their passport number and personal details, similar to what you’ve done for yourself when you provided your details.

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2. Include your child as a family member traveling with you

Once you’ve provided their details, you’ll be able to select your child’s name when you’re registering a trip plan. Make sure they are selected under “family members traveling with you”, and make sure they show up on the confirmation page when you register the trip plan.

Visit Japan Web with Kids

If you forgot to include them when creating your trip, you don’t have to start over. You can just edit the existing trip plan and make sure the blue box next to their name is checked!

Now the big question: Can you also add other family members who are not your child to your Visit Japan Web?

From my understanding, every adult needs an account for themselves. However, I have heard many instances where people signed up their spouse or parents with their account under “Details of family members traveling with you” and were able to go through just fine. However, please bear in mind that each adult will still need to provide their vaccination certificate and obtain the blue screen.

If you do this, just ensure each adult has a screenshot of their QR code upon landing.

If you are a resident of Japan, you do not need to complete this step.

But as a visitor, the next thing you can do is complete your immigration clearance by filling out the disembarkation card. This is the exact same procedure for entering Japan as it has always been, even before COVID, except it’s no longer done by writing down your info manually on paper.

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You could still do this when you land via the paper way, but it literally took me seconds to do it online and I don’t see why you shouldn’t just do it now.

When you’re done, you’ll be provided with a QR code that will be scanned when you are in the immigration queue, so I recommend screenshotting this QR code for immigration later. You’ll still receive your passport stamp as usual at immigration.

Similar to the disembarkation card, you can also do your customs declaration online so you can just breeze through when you’ve landed. Again, this is the same procedure as it has always been for entering Japan, just digitized now!

what does the visit japan app look like

When you’re done, you’ll be provided with a QR code you can use when you arrive at the airport. Again, screenshot this QR code !

After clearing immigration, you’ll see a machine at the baggage carousel area to register your passport and QR code for customs declaration. The machine will also scan your face. Go ahead and do this, and then you can simply walk out of the airport using the facial scanner machine at the exit.

(Optional) Travel insurance and emergency contact

If you have travel insurance, you can also provide the information here, as well as your emergency contact in case something happens to you while you are in Japan. But this step is completely optional.

(Optional) Tax-Free QR

Japan allows tax-free shopping for purchases above 5,000 yen on a single receipt at participating stores. Normally, you’ll need to show your passport upon purchase. If you obtain the Tax-free QR from Visit Japan Web, then you don’t need to show your passport. However, it is still recommended to carry your passport or an ID with you.

And that’s all!

Frequently Asked Questions about Visit Japan Web

Still have questions about entering Japan? Here are a few questions I get asked a lot:

1. When should I complete the disembarkation card on Visit Japan Web?

You can start the process as early as you want, as long as you complete it no later than 6 hours before you arrive in Japan. I’ve done mine 3 weeks before my arrival, as well as 12 hours before arrival for an emergency visit, and both times things went according to plan. No drama!

2. Can I travel to Japan if I have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or if I am not considered fully vaccinated?

Yes, you can enter Japan! There are no more requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations to enter Japan.

3. Can I travel to Japan with kids who have not been vaccinated against COVID?

Yes, you can! There are no more requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations to enter Japan.

4. What should I do if I’m only going to be in Japan for a layover?

Many people have asked me about what to do if you’re only in Japan for a layover and don’t have a hotel booked because you won’t be staying overnight, and thus won’t have an address to fill out with.

While I must preface this by saying I am not sure since I haven’t experienced this myself, based on the accounts of other people on Reddit , it seems that you should be able to use Visit Japan Web to fast-track even if you’re only there for a layover. Simply use the address and phone number of the airport you’re going to be flying out from.

What else should I do or prepare before my travel to Japan?

Visiting Japan is no doubt one of the most exciting travel experiences. Here are a few more tips to make your travel smoother!

  • If you are traveling alone, you can look into  getting a prepaid SIM card .
  • If you are traveling in a group, or have multiple devices, another option is to rent a pocket Wi-Fi,  which you can get here
  • If you like my writing style, you can check out all my posts related to Japan to prepare for your visit to Japan.

And that’s all about fast-tracking your arrival in Japan! Let me know in the comment below if there is anything more you need to know 🙂

257 Comments

  • April 3, 2024

Everyone talks about the procedures for entering into Japan. What about the process when we leave Japan? Do we need to update the information online as well or do we just go through the normal process at the counter? Thanks

Hey CK, what information are you referring to?

Hi Melissa,

I am just wondering what is the immigration process when a tourist leave Japan. If I remembered correctly, we used to complete the disembarkation card and then line up to have our passport stamped. With the digitilization of the entry process, has the exit process change?

You still need to get your passport stamped again on the way out but there’s no more disembarkation card

  • January 16, 2024

Do I need to register for the Tax Free QR code if I want to have tax-free shopping? It seems impossible to take a picture of my passport that the website will accept when in comes to this QR code, but if I select the option in which I say I don’t need the tax free code, everything goes smoothly. Can’t I just present my passport at stores or when retrieving the JR Pass?

Hey Carol, you don’t have to. I didnt and just showed my passport and it still worked.

  • December 2, 2023

I just registered my 17 years old son to my upcoming trip as himself and not adding him to my account. Do you think it’s okay or he needs to be under mine since he’s under 18?

  • December 4, 2023

should be fine as long as he can produce the QR at immigration

  • December 5, 2023

Thanks Melissa for the response. He has his own QR code. Do I just need to fill out one e-custom form for three of us or each one of us has to do it since we have to show the QR code?

Hey Andrew, I think you can do for each. On arrival, there is a machine that scans the custom QR before you can exit the airport.

  • December 6, 2023

Thanks Melissa for the update. I will get the QR code for each one of us and try to scan just one as a family at the scanner and see what happens. I appreciate your responses.

  • November 27, 2023

Thank you for your post! I was looking on how early or how late I can fill-up the embarkation form and information was provided.

It said on the Japan website that you can do it up to 6hrs prior to your departure. I saw some people posted that they did it as far as 2 months before their departure and they had no issue.

  • November 13, 2023

Just want to say “Thank you” for this post, it is very helpful article.

  • November 6, 2023

For the “Intended address in Japan” under the Register planned entry/return section, if I am staying in multiple hotels, do I just fill the first hotel in? Thank you.

  • November 7, 2023

yes i would fill in the first one

  • November 2, 2023

Hi there! I’ll depart from Indonesia to Hongkong then Hongkong to Japan, I am wondering for the flight number which one I should write? Is it the Hongkong to Japan flight? Thankss

Hey Vin, use the Hong Kong to Japan one

  • September 24, 2023

I’m in the process of doing the Visit Japan registration. We are doing a 10 day Bike Tour of Kyushu. We are travelling to different places each day. The site asks for Accommodation details of where we are staying. Do i just put in the first address of the Hotel?

yeah i would put the first one

  • September 12, 2023

My husband has completed his own registration on the VJW and came across the question ‘how many family members are you travelling with’ giving the option of ‘over 20 years old’. Should he select 1 as he’s travelling with me (I’ll be doing my own VJW) to have my own account/QR code but wasn’t sure if that option was for adding someone to your account or simply saying how many people you are travelling with! Hope that makes sense?!

We’re coming on our honeymoon so want to make sure we’re doing it right!

Thanks so much!

Hey Amy, there have been people saying they were able to add their spouse to their VJW account. You will each get assigned QR code. Just make sure you have your QR for each of you ready at immigration.

  • September 2, 2023

Hi Melissa! If I do VJW, does that cause any issues with getting the “temporary visitor” sticker needed for activating my JR Pass? I was in Japan in 2018 and remember needing that sticker to show eligibility for the JR Pass. If you use VJW, you still have to see an immigration officer at NRT, correct? Thanks!!

  • September 3, 2023

yup, no change to the previous immigration process, except you no longer need to fill out the arrival card in the airport

  • September 4, 2023

Thanks so much! I’ll be there with my wife next April. We land at NRT at ~4pm local time, so praying that the immigration line isn’t terrible. I’ve heard it is not as bad now since they eliminated all of the Covid-related procedures … how much time do you think doing VJW saves you for the whole immigration/customs process?

  • August 12, 2023

Hi Melissa, I would like to know if I need to submit VJW only once or thrice for my trip? I already have an existing account. Every new entry, I’ll have to use this account and new Trip name?

Sin – Osaka (5days) Osaka – Hokkaido (5days) Domestic Flight Hokkaido – Osaka ( 2 days) Domestic Flight

Thank you for your kind help.

Hey Lav, you only need to submit VJW once every time you enter Japan from another country (international flight). You don’t need to do it for your domestic trips. Judging from your itinerary, you only need to do it once for your Sin – Tokyo flight.

Hi Melissa, Thank you so much for your prompt reply.

Cheers! Lav

  • June 29, 2023

Hi, I’ll be flying from Istanbul to Tokyo with Korean Airlines and I have a layover at Incheon Airport, Seoul. For the “Last Flight Number” in the immigration clearance part, I wrote the flight number from Incheon to Narita. Is this correct?

And in the customs declaration part should I add “Incheon” as my point of embarkation or “Istanbul”? I will not be going through customs at Incheon airport because I will be staying in the transfer zone as a transfer passenger. But I will be taking the 2nd flight from Incheon airport which will be the last flight. Since I wrote flight number of the flight from Korea to Japan, is it better to choose Incheon? I’m sorry for the long question, I’m really confused.

  • July 3, 2023

1. I would write the flight from incheon to narita as well 2. for customs, i would still put istanbul

  • June 21, 2023

Hi there, the website asks to put the main flight number in case of codeshare flights. Is this the flight number i booked through or the operating flight?

Hey Ahmad, I would put the flight number of the operating flight.

  • June 20, 2023

Is it a must to fill in Visit Japan Web to enter the country? When should I fill in and any suggestions on that? tq

Hey Jeffrey – it’s not a must, but it will make it easier when you land since all they have to do is scan your QR at the immigration

That means once i landed in any airports in Japan, I could cut the queue without waiting ?

U mention that you’ll have to do the same things you do on Visit Japan Web when you check in for your flight. I have no idea regarding filling any documents while checking in for the flight. Could you pls explain more for this? thanks and appreciate it

Hey jeffrey, if you didnt do VJW, you’ll have to: 1. Fill in an arrival card at immigration point 2. Join the queue 3. When you get to front of queue, Immigration officer will need to check your details and process your entry, then she/he will give you the immigration sticker and let you in

with VJW: 1. You still have to join the queue 2. When you get to front of queue, immigration officer will just scan your QR, then she/he will give you the immigration sticker and let you in

So it cuts down the time you spend getting in to Japan. And if everyone does VJW, it cuts down overall time spent in queue as its faster for the officer to process everyone’s entry.

Hope that explains.

Hi, I would like to ask whether Malaysians are required to fill in visit japan web? Since Japan authority no longer needs vaccination approval?

  • June 18, 2023

As is described, upon entering your details on the VJW, it is advised that the passenger gets a QR code. Excuse my ignorance, what do I do with this QR code ? Do I print the page showing the QR code and take it with me to show the Japanese Officers ? Please assist. Thanks.

Hey Samir, you don’t need to do anything. Immigration officer will scan it when you go through immigration in Japan. I would screenshot it to make sure you have it when you get to Japan.

Hi Melissa, In your reply, you say immigration officer will scan the QR code. Scan it ” from where” ?? Thanks in advance. Samir

Usually from your smart phone

  • December 27, 2023

Hi , I will have connecting domestic flight. Indonesia-Haneda-Hiroshima. The Flight Number is from Indonesia to Haneda? Hotel address will be at Hiroshima ,is it ok?When I arrived at Hiroshima I need to fill up new Japan visit Web again or only show only the one that I will show at Haneda? Thanks

Yes, Indonesia to Haneda only. and yes, an address at Hiroshima will be enough. You only need to do VJW once to enter Japan. They wont ask you in Hiroshima since that is a domestic flight.

  • June 15, 2023

hi, may i know..is this the same with visa?

Hi Santi. Visit Japan Web is not visa. You are still required to obtain visa from the Japan embassy in your country. Once you get the visa, you could input the visa information to your VJW account to make immigration easier

  • June 14, 2023

HI , I WILL ARRIVE IN JAPAN BY CRUISE SHIP,AND LEAVE AT HANEDA AIRPORT, ON THE VJW APPLICATION IT DOESNT SEEM TO ALLOW YOU TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AS YOU CANNOT STATE YOUR ARRIVAL PORT, ONLY LISTS AIRPORTS,SO IS THIS SERVICE NOT AVAILABLE FOR MY SITUATION???

Hey Lee, it seems that VJW is only for airports for now

  • June 10, 2023

Hi, just working through the japan web stuff. It asks for flight but only numbers if the prefix for my flight is D7, do I include the 7 or just the other 3 numbers? Don’t want to stuff it up. Thanks

Hey Sam, I believe D7 is the airline carrier code. If I were you I would just include the other 3 digit after selecting the airline carrier from the dropdown

  • June 8, 2023

Hi, I have a question – do each traveller need to complete this form to enter Japan. My husband registered and added me to his entry form. Thank you!

Lori, technically each traveller should complete their own, but I have heard it’s ok to include family members on your account. At immigration, they only care to scan your QR code

  • June 6, 2023

On the first page you are given the option to register for a QR code to help reclaim VAT taxes. This requires you take a picture of your passport. For the life of me no matter what device or lighting I used the website kept saying my picture was too dark. It seemed just fine to my eye but maybe with a US passport’s underlying patterns It is impossible for the machine to read it. In any event I was despairing finding a solution but then checked the “no” box for the VAT (not sure that’s the actual name of it in Japan). When I did that it took me on into the website where I could manually input my info as clearly spelled out in the article. Previous to that I couldn’t get by the first screen and there was no indication that the passport photo requirement was only for the VAT QR code. Whew! Thanks so much for all the useful info!

Thanks Helen for sharing this useful information!

  • May 31, 2023

I am going to hire a car with Toyota and I saw their conditions are that I must have the immigation arrival stamp in my passport in order to to hire….Could you clarify that with the Visiot Japan Web QR codes I will still pass through the normal immigatation and get the stamp… thanks Geoff

yup you will still get a stamp

  • May 28, 2023

Thank you for all the usefull infos!

  • May 24, 2023

Hi Melissa, This is very informative! I have a question, we are travelling from Canada, landing in Tokyo, 2h20 lay over, next flight to Osaka, then board a cruise ship. My question is, do we clear customs and immigration at our first stop Tokyo, or in Osaka? We have 4 hours to get to ship. I googled the distance between airport and port, it is 30 mins away, from what I read. I’m wondering if we clear customs at our first stop. This would make it easier Osaka. Thanks so much for your help.

Hey Collette, I think you will go through customs in Tokyo since the Osaka leg is a domestic leg. Was it booked under one booking? Maybe asking your airline would be the best bet

  • May 23, 2023

Thank you for the advice. However, I have a problem using JAPAN WEB. I created an account on my personal computer and all worked OK, but when I tried logging on using my mobile phone I can’t – message says loginID or password are incorrect. So using my phone I go through the “change my password” process but type in the exact same password as on my PC. This is accepted and I can now logon, but not from my PC getting the exact same error message. So I change the password again on my PC to the exact same password again – this is accepted and I can logon again from my PC, but not with my phone. The issue seems to be the different keyboards for my personal computer and the mobile phone generating different code for the required special characters in the password.

  • May 15, 2023

Great post, very informative! Thanks for sharing this helpful info.

  • May 5, 2023

Hi I completed the procedure on Japan web prior to change of rules and received QR codes for immigration and customs. Do I need to go back and update as there is an additional bit about tax free shopping. I don’t particularly wish to avail of this facility.

you don’t need to do it if you’re not going to do tax free shopping in Japan

  • April 30, 2023

I followed your advice to fill out Visit Japan Web. It was very helpful, thank you.

  • April 29, 2023

I’ve just visited the Japan Wen and found something that you may be interested and may want to update your readers. [Quote] Anyone entering Japan on or after April 29, 2023 is no longer required to show a valid vaccination certificate or a test certificate obtained before departure. With the above change, the “Quarantine procedure (Fast Track)” icon was removed on April 29 at 00:00 JST. [/Quote]

Two question. 1. Visit Japan Web – Can I complete all the process for the Vist Japan Web in advance before flying to Japan or are there certain parts where I have to complete only when reaching immigration 1) registration of Japan Web account 2) immigration information (ie, disembarkation card information), 3) customs information (ie, customs declaration)

2. Collection of JR Pass – Understand that only those who have passports bearing the Immigration stamp or sticker can exchange and use a JR Pass. Does that mean that we cannot use the Immigration E-gates?

Thanks Cae, I have updated my post to let people know vaccination is no longer required

1. You can complete all before arrival 2. Yes, this is correct. though I was not aware tourist (who qualify for JR pass) can Use E-gates?

Hi Melissa, thanks for the reply.

1. Just to clarify, can i complete the entire Visit Japan Web (including customs info) a week in advance? 2. How do i check if i can use the e-gates.

1. Yes you can, as long as you know your flight info. I think one of them asks for seat number if I remember correctly but I cannot remember if it was because of COVID. You can try and let me know! 2. I found this re: JR pass “When you use an automated gate at the airport, no stamp/sticker will be stamped or put on your passport. Therefore, you need to either use a manned automated gate or ask a clerk to apply a stamp/sticker in your passport. However, a customer who has a “registered user card” under the Trusted Traveler Program will be required to show the card to confirm the “Temporary Visitor” status.” ( Source )

  • April 25, 2023

I believe Japan has now lifted any Covid vaccine requirements for entry. Effective May 8, 2023, you will no longer need to show Covid vaccination proof.

  • April 26, 2023

Hey Nigel! Yep, you are right – just saw the news. VJW will still have the immigration and custom QR though, which will help expedite processes on arrival.

How about including elderies (patents) in the same Visit Japan Web account? Does it work? Or still need to register separately?

The reason being they are not tech savvy like us. So m thinking to include them in the same registered account.

Yes you can include them. But be prepared to flash their blue box on arrival!

  • April 13, 2023

Hai, saya mau tanya , saya dan suami sudah mendapatkan barcode dan halaman biru untuk bagian sertifikat vaksin, namun anak saya yg berusia 1tahun masih berwarna merah , pdhal sudah saya kaitkan dalam anggota keluarga saya , apa yg harus saya lakukan ? terimakasih

  • April 18, 2023

Hey Winona, buat anak yg berwarna merah tidak apa2, asal orang tuanya punya box biru.

  • April 11, 2023

Hello! Does a Booster count as a third vaccination? Thank you for your helpful information 🙂

Usually it does, yes.

  • April 10, 2023

Thank you for the very helpful write up.

I will be visiting Japan with my hubby. Wonder if I could just create one VJW account and input both our details (instead of having to create separate accounts). Would it work?

i have heard people do this and it works for them as long as you both receive the blue box on your respective profile

I will submit my vaccination certificates but it shows: Registration procedures: Time remaining to complete registration: 00 hours 00 minutes

And I can’t click the Register vaccination certificate button.

Anything I can do?

Hey it seems that you have exceeded the time given to complete the VJW process. Can you double check the arrival time you’ve provided? It should have expired 6 hours before your arrival. You can create another trip and redo the process.

  • April 28, 2023

A bit confused here. Does that mean the whole registration thing have to be done on the flight as it will expire 6 hours before arrival?

Or is there a portion that I can do before flight take off and a portion that I need to do after touchdown.

Thanks in advance for the clarification.

Hey Mich, You can complete all before arrival. Btw, vaccination is no longer required to enter Japan

  • May 6, 2023

Any idea if I were to travel to Tokyo, stay for a few days, then fly to Sapporo, then fly back home.

I just registered with the Visit Japan Web and updated a trip on Tokyo. Do i need to do another for Sapporo, so that I have a QR for “Immigration” and Customs again? And another for exiting Japan to fly back home?

Hey Mich, you only need to do it once when you enter Tokyo.

Hey, trying to register my trip and when I click it it asks for my VISA application info, but I don’t need one since I’m from the USA (just an overnight layover in Tokyo) heading back to LA from the Philippines. Not sure what to do as I don’t see any FAST TRACK info options at this point or anywhere else. Any ideas on what to do?

Hey Naundi, by visa, I assume you mean the “link VISA” option inside the trip detail on the VJW website? the visa part is a new step and it’s optional. If you won’t need a visa to Japan, then just skip that part and do the rest of the steps. right below it is the “Quarantine procedures (Fast track)” button that you’ll need to complete as detailed on the article above.

  • April 8, 2023

Received attachment file vaccination healthcert.oa from Notarise email, is this the file to upload to Visit Japan Web?

I received my vaccination certificate on email from notarise but unable to save it as psf file, click on the printer icon nothing show up and I wonder is it because i read it on handphone not pc. Pls help. Thanks.

Hey Ronald, you can try uploading screenshots if you cant save it as PDF

  • April 7, 2023

Thank you for sharing, I followed your steps and all gaps were so easy to fill up. One note: now it is possible to attaché 2 or more photos of vaccination certificate. Waiting for approval of vaccinate because I have only first dose Janssen and Pfizer booster. Wish me luck, All the best to you!

  • April 6, 2023

Hi Melissa, what do i have to do?, I have a vaccination certificate and i cant load it, it turned yellow and says ” review completed”. I must have pushed wrong button while doing the process. Please help. Thanks

Hmm you can create a new trip and try submitting the vaccine certificate again? make sure you are meeting Japan’s requirement for vaccination

  • April 4, 2023

I filled everything out and was accepted on the Visit Japan site, but I never got a QR code. Where is it? It didn’t appear when I did it on my computer, and didn’t appear when I did it on my phone.

Hey Stan, I need more info. Did you follow the steps I outlined above? there is no longer a QR code for the trip. You just need the blue box in the trip detail. For immigration and customs, the QR is inside the trip detail page.

  • May 22, 2023

Same happend me , so is it a separate line for those who got the QR code ? O how is this going to work with out QR code , How can I see the QR code ? Inside my trip details .

Hey Carolina, Starting 29 April, you no longer need to provide covid vaccination. You only need Visit Japan Web to do immigration and custom procedures. To get QR code for those, you just need to click on the “display QR code” button inside the trip detail (scroll down to see it)

  • April 2, 2023

Hello, if I will travel from Milan to Tokyo with a landing on Abu Dhabi (and wait 4 hours there), should I insert MILAN as Point of embarkation in custom declaration?

Furthermore I always used the Flight No./Name of Vessel of Abu Dhabi – Tokyo flight.

Hope I did the right thing 🙂

Thank you for your guide, it is amazing!

I am sorry if I do another question, but what is an Unaccompanied article? I don’t understand if I should include my luggage!

Thank you in advance, regards.

  • April 3, 2023

Hey Zac, it usually means the luggage you check in vs the one you’re bringing on board

  • April 27, 2023

Unaccompanied is not your check-in luggage, but other luggage you have sent separately to retrieve on your arrival. That’s my understanding, anyway.

Hey Zac. Yes i would do as you have stated – Milan as point of embarkation and the Abu Dhabi flight for the flight number

Just want to say, I love your post! Its very useful.

  • March 27, 2023

Hello Melissa,

The last two legs of my flight have Japanese cities as destination: the first one to Tokyo and the next to Osaka (from Tokyo). For the purposes of VisitJapan, which one should I choose: the one that lands in tokyo (being the first to land in Japan), or the last flight which is actually from Tokyo to Osaka?

  • March 28, 2023

i’m guessing you have to go through immigration in Tokyo then go to the local terminal to take your Osaka flight? If so I would put the Tokyo one. If you go through immigration in Osaka, then I will put Osaka one.

  • March 26, 2023

Hi there thank you for the amazing information. Question for you. Is there a time limit on the booster? Meaning as long as it’s done before you leave it’s considered valid?

Also. If I choose to test instead. Do I just do everything I can and wait until I arrive in Japan or do I submit my test once I have results?

Hey TJ I think there is no time limit. I don’t see this requirement on the website. To be safe it should be done 14 days before your arrival in Japan though.

If you decide to test, submit it as soon as you have the result to VJW. But the test must be done within 72 hours of your arrival to Japan, not any time earlier.

Can you clarify VJW?

VJW = Visit Japan Web

  • March 22, 2023

Hi there I need some help. After modifying some passport details I have been advised that the QR codes need to be updated as they do not update automatically. Could you please advise on this matter? Unfortunately nobody is answering my query on the Visit Japan chat.

Hey Violetta, where did you hear that you need to update the QR?

  • March 23, 2023

Hello Melissa:)

Thank you for getting back.

A disclaimer appears right after the passport information changes are made. It says the following:

“Editing passport details will cancel your pre-registered quarantine Fast Track and will require details registered again. The created QR code is not automatically updated so update the QR code after checking the details registered”.

After that no further instructions are shown. I did refill the quarantine Fast Track details again, and also received an approval. However I’m afraid the QR codes might not work.

I also tried asking through the chat but had no answer.

Do you think I should erase my application and re-apply?

When you refill the fast track, did you do it through a separate trip? if so, it should be fine since the QR code would have been generated via the new passport detail

Thanks you for the detailed info. It’s been so helpful especially the updates. My query is – I have registered the whole family under one account so 2 adults and under 18 kids. I -as the primary account holder- have filled out one disembarkation card for foreigner and declaration of personal effects. Do I need to fill it out for the other adult and kids too? Thanks you.

Hey May, yes you have to fill out the card for each adult and kids too. You can do it via Visit Japan Web – you just need to select your kids names from the dropdown, which will allow you to access their disembarkation card too.

  • March 21, 2023

I am currently filling in my fast track but what do I do if we are staying in multiple addresses in the one trip? Do I then need to add in each place we are staying in the trip?

You can just fill in the first address that you’ll be staying in

  • March 20, 2023

This step by step is brilliant, thanks Melissa. It’s our first trip to Japan from Australia (April 2023). I registered all 4 of us using my iphone only (husband, 18, 16 yr olds) and have received blue boxes for all. All happened within a few hours. Very grateful to peruse this website and confirm I was doing it right. Easy once you get the swing of it, I anticipate our arrival will be much less stressful with all this sorted.

Hi Ellyanne, Thanks for the comment! I hope you’ll have a lot of fun in Japan, April is a great time to visit. Make sure everyone has their QR code screenshot on their mobile devices so that it will be easy to show! Once you have the Blue box, you should not be waiting in line at all and should proceed to immigration. There might be a line at immigration though.

  • March 19, 2023

Thank you for the information on this page, it was very useful. I uploaded my Vaccination Certificate and the review was completed in 8 minutes! I was impressed.

Hey David. I’m glad you were successful! Have fun in Japan.

  • March 18, 2023

I hope you can answer my question. I am travelling with my 2 boys -age 8 and 4. They do not satisfy the 3 vaccine COVID requirement so I put “will not submit” in the Fast Track section. I understand children under 18 have exemption as long as the accompanying parent/adult meets the covid requirements. Question is do I also put “No” under “Do you wish to do prior registration of a test result certificate taken less than 72 hours before departure” OR do I leave this bit unanswered- which means it will remain “Yellow” with the wording “Please register”.?

You can put No or leave it blank, it will remain yellow eitherway. They will be ok as long as you have the blue box!

On the vaccination certificate submission page, it wants a list of vaccine names and manufacturers, and then asks for the date of “third” vaccine. I have received 4 doses altogether as I have had a booster dose in February this year. Wondering if I should put the date of the latest 4th vaccine as the “third” one they are asking for.

Hey David. You can just put the date of the third one. It doesn’t matter when, they just want you to have at least 3 doses.

  • March 16, 2023

Hi Melissa, how did you do the customs part one for the family? My mom, brothers and I will each have our own accounts on VJW, is there a category/part that we can list all our names for customs?

  • March 17, 2023

Hey Eve, when doing the customs part, one of you just need to declare that you’re traveling with 2 other adult family member. Then you can all use the same QR code for customs.

I followed your steps to the letter and even completed the disembarkation and custom declaration portions. However when I clicked on quarantine procedures (fast track), I get this big blank space with a grey line going in circles. I have left it running for hours, even overnight and nothing happened. I have tried returning to the previous page and starting again and yet I am stuck at that blank page. I cannot get to the page to upload my vaccination certificate. Did I miss a step somewhere? I need to complete this quickly within the next few days. I would hate to have to join the long queues to do it manually at Narita. Help!

Hey Jeanie. Have you tried using a different browser or different device?

Thanks for the tip. Tried it on my tablet and it is working (being reviewed).

Awesome! Hope you get the blue box soon.

Hi Melissa! This is probably a very simple question, but wanted to confirm. When you filled out the Disembarkation card for foreigner, on the section for Immigration information to Japan– asking about “Last flight number”, is that referring to just my flight number? the word “last” is what confuses me. Thanks!

Hey Nica, they just mean the flight number you take to get to Japan. It’s possible some people take multiple flights to get to Japan and they just want to make sure you provide the flight number of the last leg

  • March 14, 2023

Hi,we are flying to Tokyo and starting a cruise straight away. What go we enter as our address in Japan – the ship or the port?

  • March 15, 2023

hmm! I would put the ship if they have an address

  • March 13, 2023

Hi. Just want to ask do I need to do declaration of personal effects and unaccompanied articles for my child?. in the no of family member page its not allowing me to modify and because of that it says there 1 adult and 1 child travelling with my child. it should be 2 adults.

I can’t see how to make a comment so I thought I’d get my question in by doing this! The visit japan web just won’t accept my password no matter what I try and there is no answer that I can find to help me. All suggestions as to how to resolve this welcomed.

Do you mean when you’re creating an account or are you trying to log in to an account you’ve previously created?

Hey Jean. Is this for the customs declaration?

Hi. Yes melissa the customs declaration. is it optional for children?

For customs I have always just filled out one for the family, and my husband and toddler just goes with me

  • March 11, 2023

Hi Melissa, thank you for your very clear guidance on the VJW. I have a bit of a problem. The name on my vaccination certificate is different from that on my passport. That is because my vaccinations were done in Hong Kong using my HK ID Card which bears my maiden name. My passport which was issued in Canada is in my married name. Recently, I made a sworn declaration before a government official in Hong Kong that both names refer to the same person. Should I upload that declaration along with my vaccination certificate? I’m sure there are others who are in a similar situation and wonder how they overcome this problem. Thank you.

Hey Monica, usually they are quite specific about having the names match. I suggest checking out this fb group and asking your question there: https://m.facebook.com/groups/913769919120863/

  • March 12, 2023

Thank you Melissa. I just stumbled upon this in the Fast Track FAQ of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Q. What should I do if my family name changes due to marriage, etc., so the name on the vaccination certificate does not match the name on my passport? A. On the vaccination certificate, please use a pen or pencil to clearly write your name as indicated in your passport. Please upload an image of the certificate that clearly shows the full name you have written. Please note that your document might not be accepted if the names in the vaccination certificate and passport differ significantly (for example, neither your first nor family name actually matches between the two documents).

This might be the solution to my problem. I’m sending you this for the information of others who are in a similar situation.

hey Monica. Thanks for this info! It does indeed sound like it would solve the issue. let us know if you’re able to get through with this.

Guess what? I uploaded my vax certificate “as is” without putting my passport name on it and they accepted it. I suppose it’s because my first and middle names are exactly the same. Thanks for bearing with me!

that’s great to hear! Have fun in Japan!

  • March 10, 2023

Hello! We took our PCR in the morning but our departure is 3:45 pm. When it says 72 hours, is that specific that we need to take it in the afternoon instead. I registered it and got completed. It gave me a blue color. That does mean I don’t need to take the PCR again? I was thinking to take it again. Please advise! Thank you so much 🙏

hey ana. if it’s more than 72 hours i would take it again. the airline might check when you are checking in for your flight.

  • March 9, 2023

it was fabulous help thank you for registering.on Japan web.How do I use my registration when I arrive at the airport in Tokyo?

Hey Anna, if you have followed all the steps above, then all you need to do is show the Blue box when you land in Tokyo. Then if you complete the steps for immigration and customs, then you just need to show the QR codes for those.

  • March 7, 2023

Hello, thank you for this information. But would just like to check, I already had 3 covid-19 vaccines but may last vaccine was January 2022 and I will be travelling this June 2023. Do I still need to provide negative RT-PCR test when entering Japan? Thank you very much.

Hi Jen, as long as you provide the 3 vaccine certificates and get the blue box as I outlined in the blog post, you won’t need to provide negative RT-PCR.

Hi I have just received Email to say ‘we have re received and accepted image ‘ for our quarantine but I had logged out of system and I don’t know how to get back in for taking a screenshot It seems to come up that you have to register Thanks

Hey jennifer, you can login here with the password you’ve created before https://www.vjw.digital.go.jp/main/#/vjwplo001

What if I don’t have a vax certificate? I only have vaccination cards. My country is inefficient and my shots cannot be found in their system.

You can take photos of the vaccination card and upload them to VJW, as long as your name, date of birth, the name of the vaccine, and the date you received the vaccine are clearly stated on the card. You can review the requirement here: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/border_vaccine.html

  • March 6, 2023

Hi. Thanks for sharing this. I will be filling this up later. So from what I read above, there will no more QR code for the quarantine portion of the procedure but we can still do Fast Track. Am I right?

yes! you just need to submit your certificate or covid test and wait for the box to turn blue and you’re good

Hi I will be picking a JR pass which will need a stamp on my passport. Using the fast track system for everything including immigration and customs will I miss getting my passport stamped since everything is automated with the QR code or will there be an immigration officer that stamps the passport after checking your QR codes. Thanks!

hey AK. you’ll still get the stamp. They will just scan the QR on immigration.

Thanks for confirming!

Today 06-march-2023 I checked this site ( https://vjw-lp.digital.go.jp/en/ ) but it doesn’t have an option to upload certificates anymore.

“Notice No longer required to register your passport and answer the questions on the web for the Quarantine process (Fast Track) from Dec. 28, 2022. Due to these updates, QR code for Quarantine will not be shown any longer. The “Fast Track” service for quarantine procedure has been available in Visit Japan Web from November 1st, 2022.”

Hi Keenan, QR code is no longer generated but you can still do fast track online. in order to do fast track, you need to sign up for an account and upload vaccination certificate there. Please read the blog post from Step 1. It will tell you step by step what you need to do: https://girleatworld.net/visit-japan-web-how-to/#step-1

  • March 4, 2023

Thank you so much for this detailed page explaining EVERYTHING. This was extremely helpful. My trip to Japan is in about 2 weeks (arrival on March 17). I started doing the “Quarantine Fast Track” yesterday. Submitted around 2pm USA Eastern Time. Later in the evening, around 8pm, my info was accepted. Living in the US, I have had the first 2 Pfizer shots, the first booster shot, then the second booster shot last September. I have 2 CDC cards, front and back. This gave me 4 jpeg files to upload. I used Adobe to combined the 4 jpeg into 1 pdf file, compressed it, then submitted it. It seems that you can only upload 1 file on Visit Japan Web. I was incredibly stressed about this part. Hope this helps my fellow USA residents. The rest (Disembarkation Card and Declaration) was super straightforward. Happy travels everyone!

Hi Phuong, thank you for this update and thanks for the tip about combining everything into one PDF!

Hi Melissa. Thanks so much for your detailed page. I am heading to Japan on coming April 20th. Can I just register for the Immigration Clearance & Custom Clearance weeks ahead together with the Quarantine Fast Track? Or they can only be registered on my fly day ? Thank you.

You can register everything with the fast track!

Hi! I am going to Japan on March 14th. My vaccines certificate has a front and back. When I went to upload them there were two places where I could upload vaccine certificates, so I uploaded the front card and the back card. Now my screen has been ” thinking ” for over 10 minutes. You know the little circle that keeps spinning. I am beginning to wonder if that is because I uploaded two separate files. I almost put them in one file, but when there was a place for two of them I went ahead. Now I am wondering if I should close out the screen and upload a collage of the front and back in one file? What do you think? Another question, I read in a different post that children 13 and up should complete their own account. Well the parent should complete their account registration on visit Japan web. Here I see it is 18 and above. Has anyone registered their 13 year old child on visit Japan web as a family member traveling with you? Because hotels in other organizations in Japan consider 13 and above as an adult fee, I thought that might apply here as well per the other post. Hoping someone has personal experience. Thank you so much! Getting nervous about this!

Hey Vicki, your 13 year old does not need their own account. You can add them to your account.

Hello, Thank you for all the details and clarifications. A question for traveling in Japan. If you travel with only two vaccines, will my friend have a problem entering temples, restaurants and going on public busses and the bullet train? Regards, Hanne

Hey Hanne, once you’re inside Japan, vaccine is not checked. But to enter Japan you’ll need a negative COVID test if you only had two vaccine shots.

  • March 3, 2023

Thanks for the great info. When entering info regarding where we are staying. We are staying at multiple hotels do we just list the first one? When asked telephone contact number do we list our cell number or the hotel’s number

yes, I was staying in multiple places too and I just list the first one. I think for contact number it’s the accommodation’s number too.

  • March 2, 2023

Thank you for your post, it definitely helps me a lot! Just a quick question, I accidentally uploded my Vacinnation document under my husband’s name and is now being reviewed. There is no button to cancel or edit. How can I amend this? Thank you.

Hey Shiqah, I think you just need to wait until the review is done. When it is rejected, you should be able to provide the correct certificate.

  • March 1, 2023

Hi. When you move on to pre registration for quarantine procedures and scroll down past NOT YET REGISTERED and then past name and passport and arrival date.

there is a message saying

REGISTERING QR CODE FOR QUARANTINE PROCEDURES UPON ENTRY TO JAPAN IS NO LONGER REQUIRED. QR CODE IS NO LONGER DISPLAYED HERE.

Doeas this mean that the whole thing is a waste of time??

Hi. Is it still worth doing this as it is no longer mandatory?

It’s really easy to do, so I think it’s still worth it. You never know the situation when you’re landing. If they have a lot of people to check, it might take awhile. PS: VJW was never mandatory after border reopened.

Hi Melissa, We are almost finished with the quarantine portion and only need to send our 72 hours certificate in. The only problem, it says we timed out. Any suggestions.

Hey David. Did you input the correct arrival date and time to Japan? It should not have timed out. In this case all you can do is start over a new trip in VJW

But it says it won’t show a QR code

It won’t show QR code, but they will still check whether you have the blue box on top of your page. You could just show a screenshot of this though.

  • February 27, 2023

Hi Melisa, thank you for the detailed guide. But just wondering, is this step compulsory prior to entering Japan?

  • February 28, 2023

Hey Joanne, no completing VJW is not compulsory. However when you check in for your flight to Japan, you still need to provide your COVID vaccine certificate or a negative COVID test result 72 hours before your flight. Upon landing, you’ll be checked for these too. Otherwise, you would need to quarantine.

  • February 24, 2023

I plan to bring my niece which is 15 & 16 years old to Japan. Both of them only 2 doses mean not fully vaccine. Can I add them to family travelling together in VJW if they are not my children? As of above , can my niece exempt from the 72hrs pcr test?

The VJW FAQ doesn’t specify they need to be your kids, so should be fine to add your nieces https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/faq/fasttrack-en.html

thank you for explaining it so perfectly clean. I have got also a question: I followed all of your steps and received my blue screen for the Fast Track. We are flying on the upcoming Sunday, 26th February 2023 at 1.30 pm Germany Time. In my Web its states that the Review is only valid until the same day (26th February 2023, 3.10 pm.) but because of the time difference we will land in Japan on the 27th February at 10.30 am Japan-time. Will the blue screen turn into another color or and will it loose its validity once it surpasses the validation time?

Thanks in Advance

Hey Angi, the countdown on VJW should be tacked on to your arrival in Japan. So your departure time should not matter. So if you had specified on the trip info that you’re going to land in Japan on 27 Feb at 10:30am, then the blue screen will stay throughout. Can you double check what you’ve specified on the trip?

yes, I wrote that we due to the time difference we would land in Japan on the 27th February 2023 at 10.30 AM. The VJW has had this information since we booked in December, nothing has changed then. So it should stay blue past the expiry date, which was mentionned in my Web? And what color would it turn from blue in case it wouldn’t be valid anymore?

Thanks in advance again

Thank you for this descriptive informations. I have done mine like 3weeks ago and I haven’t gotten BLUE on my quarantine part. I wonder how long does it usually take for it to turn to blue?

Hey Vincent, what does the status say on your vaccination certificate? If any of those has been approved, it will turn blue. Approval doesn’t take long, usually only 2-3 hours after you submit the certificate.

  • February 22, 2023

Hello Again Melissa,

(1) Many thanks for your extremely prompt and helpful response – the whole process is much clearer now.

(2) You mentioned taking a screenshot of the blue box – is there any good reason why I shouldn’t do the same for the ‘immigration’ and ‘customs’ QR stages as well? This way, I wouldn’t have to worry about internet access at all.

Many thanks,

  • February 21, 2023

Thank you so much for all your valuable information and inside knowledge. Your descriptions and explanations are admirably clear. I have a few rather elementary queries for you:

(1) How do I download a ‘Visit Japan Web’ app onto my iPhone? It isn’t listed on the official Apple App Store. (2) Perhaps I don’t need an app at all, in which case how do I transfer the QR codes (on my desktop computer) into my iPhone? (3) When I arrive in Japan, will I need access to the internet in order to show my QR codes? (4) I don’t understand the purpose of the ‘off-line’ facility. (5) In a nutshell, I don’t understand the overall ‘modus operandi’ of the whole system. I cannot find any such explanation anywhere else, so I’d be very grateful for a clear exposition.

Many thanks.

(1) It’s a web app, so just go to the URL I have above on Step 1 (2) You open the website on arrival and show to them the Blue box (3) Yes you will need internet access. That’s why most people just screenshot the blue box they received (4) I am not sure what you mean by off line? (5) The point of Visit Japan Web basically, for now, is a way to get everyone checked on their COVID vaccination status or COVID test so that they can enter Japan without quarantine. That is all!

  • February 20, 2023

Hello Melissa

Thank you for this incredibly clear and complete documentation of the VJW and Fast Track. I could not figure out how to get from the registering step to the Fast Track itself. Your post saved the day. I had no clue that the “name” of the trip was a button to click to move on to the next step.

Just to be clear, after receiving the blue screen in fast track, you are done except for the disembarkation card/immigration clearance and the customs declaration?? Thanks for your help!

Yes! once you’ve go the blue screen, take a screenshot of it (because you might not have internet as soon as you land) and just show that screen and you’re good to go! I do recommend doing the disembarkation card and customs declaration though. it is optional in terms of the fast track, but you’ll still have to do it when you land anyway.

I’m really glad the post helped 🙂 I did find the Japanese app UX are often a little weird to those who are not used to how they think and operate!

  • February 19, 2023

The immigration QR is in Yellow color, is it correct ? Or it has to be blue?

it needs to be blue

Hey Corin, sorry I just went back to this and realized you’re referring to the Disembarkation Immigration QR code. You are correct, that one is yellow. When I talk about blue screen, I’m only referring to the quarantine process.

Hello, i had been registered my daughter (15 years old) under my account as family member, did she need to register or fill-up the quarantine procedures, immigration clearance and customs declaration by individual to get the QR code?

I’m already registered and get the QR code for my self.

Hey Ivy, if you have added your daughter to your visit Japan Web account and declared that she will be going with you when you created the trip plan, then you can select her name from the dropdown. Upload her vaccine certificate if any. If not, just select that she will not submit certificate. Do the same for the covid test step. Her box will be yellow if you don’t submit certificate or covid test, but she will follow your quarantine status (which should be blue if you provide vaccination certificate or test negative for yourself)

  • February 17, 2023

Hi Melissa, Can I check for the vaccination cert to be uploaded, can I just provide the QR code or need to be the full digital certificate? My trip is in 4 weeks time, when the earliest I can register for fast track entry? Thanks

  • February 18, 2023

You have to upload the full certificate with your name, passport number and the vaccine name. You can already do fast track starting from now

  • February 23, 2023

Have done exactly what you have shared. All is good & gotten the blue quarantine page & 2 QR code as required. Thank you so much 😊

Hi Melissa How can i register if I only land and depart in Japan on same day, so without an actual address (I fly into Narita and make my way to Haneda same day to fly onwards to Thailand)? It is required in the app, do i put in the address and phone number from Haneda Airport? Thank you Ward

Hey Ward, Yes it seems some people do this and succeeded. Let me know how it goes for you!

  • February 16, 2023

Hi Melissa, thank you very much for this blog post! I already submitted my vaccination information and the screen turned blue as well but I‘m a bit worried as the countdown saying „time remaining to complete registration“ didn’t stop counting down. Is there anything I missed doing or isn’t it related to the validity of the blue screen?

Hey Marla, you don’t need to worry about the countdown. If the screen has turned blue, you’ll be fine. Double check that you have entered the correct date of arrival, because the countdown is tied to your arrival. If i remember correctly, it counts down to 6 hours before your plane lands.

  • February 12, 2023

Hi, I am heading to Japan this coming June 2023. First of all, Your content is very helpful and detailed indeed. Kudos and it helps me with my confusion about their procedure. I am truly grateful.

I have a question about the section under register planned for Entry/Return. I have input the entry portion but it did not state any return info in it. Please advise if is only input only 1 time as entry? If we are heading back to Singapore, do they still need to see the fast track?

VJW is only for entry to Japan. There is no need to worry about the exit.

  • February 11, 2023

If I want to enter Japan for a 12 hour layover and don’t have an accommodation could I still use Fast Track? The “Declaration of Personal Effects and Unaccompanied Articles” ask for ” Address in Japan (Accommodation) “

Hey Andy, I’m actually not sure about this. It should be treated like any arrival card that you fill in in other countries. I have seen people’s account on reddit of putting the address as the airport’s address since they’re just transiting, so you could try that.

  • February 1, 2023

Can confirm that you can add another adult to your application as family member. Did it last week and today 1Feb23 both our quarantine boxes turned blue. Got the other 2 QR codes for each of us immediately last week and took about a week for the quarantine one to be approved. Oh by the way thanks for the useful information on this page.

thank you Richard for this very valuable update!

  • April 14, 2023

Hi Richard,

so you only needed 1 account for all your family including yourself? how did you/spouse/child show the QR to the officer since the checking done for each person? thank you

  • January 29, 2023

Hi Melissa! Thank you for your information in this article; it helped me, but I want to ask several questions because it is the first time I have been going abroad by plane.

If I want to go to Fukuoka from Jakarta but with one transit in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) before Japan : 1. Is The “flight number” the first number plane before transit (plane number Jakarta-Ho Chi Minh City) or the plane after transit (Ho Chi Minh City-Japan)? 2. In “Preparation for customs declaration,” the country point of embarkation, in my case, is Jakarta or Ho Chi Minh City?

Thank you very much

  • January 30, 2023

Hi Alya, I would do: 1. The flight number that enters japan, aka HCM – Japan 2. For this one, it depends whether you crossed immigration in HCM or not. If you just transited and changed plane, then I would put Jakarta. But if you went out of immigration in HCM and then back in to catch the next plane, then i would put HCM.

  • January 27, 2023

How do I check for my registration status to know whether it has turned blue?

Hey Ezati, you go back to your VJW account and click on the trip name you made before.

Hi Melissa. I have a pdf document issued by NHS for 4 vaccinations. Do I upload the pdf or scan and upload 3 of the certificates?

Hey Carole, you upload whichever document states the name of your vaccine and when it was taken.

Hi again. They both do. I didn’t know whether the document(s) had to be in pdf format or a scanned pic. I haven’t started to fill in any of the forms, I am trying to collate all the documentation in the required formats before I begin. Thanks for your help.

Hey Carole, then the PDF is fine, no need to scan.

  • February 6, 2023

Hi Melissa. Great post, bery helpful.

Just wonderinf if you have the answer to this query that I have. I have registered my parents under my account and get the blue box for all of us. While i understand from your post and previous comments that we can screenshot this blue box to get pass the quarantine check point, what about the QR code for immigration and customs clearance? Should I screenshot the QR code as well?

  • February 7, 2023

Hey Wan, if you can get wifi / data in Japan, you don’t need to screenshot. Otherwise, yes, please screenshot those QR codes as well.

  • January 23, 2023

I was wondering, how fast is the fast track produce actually? On average maybe if it’s hard to say.

I am used to the whole immigration process (from deboarding the aeroplane until arriving in the freely accessible arrivals terminal where all the shops are) taking at least 1.5 hours.

I’m just not sure how excited I should be for the Fast Track procedures 🙂

  • January 24, 2023

the fast track eliminates the need to queue to get your vaccine / PCR test documents checked before the actual immigration process starts. i can’t say how much time it saves, depends on how many flights arrives at the same time as you. In my case it was totally worth it bc the line to check docs was quite long.

  • January 18, 2023

HI Melissa, I have filled out the Visit Japan Web with the registration complete, however I did not received a QR code. I have gone over the website & faq questions but there is no clear answer. On one of the question & answer it says there is no longer a QR code displayed. I go into the registration again to complete the registration again and it states QR code may not be updated to register again! Do you have an answer?

When I fill out the quarantine questions I get a QR code right after I complete the questionnaire. Is this the same as the Visit Japan Web? Do you need 2 different QR codes or does this include the Visit Japan Web? Just wondering if you have some answers. Thank you.

Hi Kathy, it seems they have done away with QR code, so you don’t need to worry about it. In my experience from December 2022 as long as you show the blue screen they’ll let you through.

  • January 16, 2023

Hi, Can i add my parents as family travel with me?Or I can only add infant who are not able to fill out the form? Thank you

I was under the impression that the function is only for kids and each adult needs separate account but i have heard experiences where people register other adults and they are still let through. just make sure your husband each have the blue box screenshot on their phones when you land, so that you can show it easier as you go through the check points.

  • January 13, 2023

Hi. I registered and did everything already but I noticed you said to create one account per adult. I only signed up one account for me and I registered my husband under the details of family member traveling with you. You mentioned only kids are added here. Did I do it wrong and should I make another account for my husband still?

  • January 10, 2023

Hi! Do I need my physical vaccination card? I submitted a picture of it and it was approved however, I am not sure if I will be able to locate the misplaced card or get a replacement prior to my arrival in Japan

we were never asked to produce the vaccination proof. In Singapore, we only have digital vaccination proof (govt doesnt issue physical card) and they were ok with it.

  • January 7, 2023

Hello thank you so much for the information. I have filled in the forms and got the confirmation I don’t need to test to enter Japan due to having 3 jabs. My parents have also been registered with me under the same account. But I’m wondering do my parents need an account or can we share the same as it’s been approved already for each person.

Hey Dominic. I was under the impression that the function is only for kids and each adult needs separate account but i have heard experiences where people register other adults and they are still let through. just make sure your parents each have the blue box screenshot on their phones when you land, so that you can show it easier as you go through the check points.

  • December 29, 2022

My Pre-registration for quarantine procedures is blue has “Review Completed” for Current Status, but no QR code. Do I need a QR code?

Thanks Melissa

This message is from the Quarantine Documentation Center (QDC) in Japan.

If you register on/after Dec 28 (Japan time), no need to register passport and Questionnaire Web online. So their is no QR code required for Quarantine Procedure,please present the top page of Quarantine pre-registration procedure when arrival.

Thanks Luke. You are correct. We now only need to provide vaccine certificate and that’s it! I will update my blog post accordingly.

  • December 19, 2022

Hi Dear Melissa, if I have 2 covid vaccines + the 72h test before departure would it be possible to complete the registration?

  • December 24, 2022

Yes, as long as the test is negative

Hi Dear Melissa, all helpful and clear. Just one question: if I have 2 covid vaccines + the 72h test before departure would it be possible to complete the registration?

  • December 20, 2022

Yes, submit all the docs and see if your screen turns blue

Hi Melissa! Thanks so much for the helpful info but are you sure it’s at least “3”? For those who got Johnson Johnson (Janssen) it was only 1 shot and they didn’t need to get another after 6 months. Then those people were allowed to get a moderna booster a year later. Which would make the total 2 shots – not 3. Are you positive they only let you in if you had 3 total?

I see Janssen as needing 3 shots in the official requirements link: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/border_vaccine.html

Maybe you can try submitting your vaccine certificate anyways and see if your QR turns blue?

  • December 21, 2022

sorry! i just noticed the footnote that says

* For the JCOVDEN intramuscular injection/Janssen and CONVIDECIA/CanSino Biologics only in case of primary series, one dose is considered equivalent to two doses.

Thanks so much Melissa! You’re amazing.

  • December 15, 2022

thank you so much dear…all of the information is so helpful..finally managed to complete my son vaccination cert issues..thank u very much

glad I can help 🙂

  • December 11, 2022

How about the Insurance part? We should fill in also if we have travel insurance?

  • December 13, 2022

Yup, you can fill them in if you have an insurance but it is not required.

  • December 10, 2022

I have received four covid vaccines, three in 2021 and one in 2022. Are they still valid to be recognized on Visit Japan Web? I am planning to take the fifth one in January 2023. Thanks.

You’ll be fine as long as you’ve taken 3 shots, no matter how long ago. Also check the type of approved vaccines – i’m not sure which one you took.

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New app allows travelers to make paperless entry into Japan

New arrivals go through entry procedures at Narita Airport on Nov. 29. | KYODO

Visitors and returnees to Japan will be able to go through simpler customs, immigration and quarantine procedures by using a new phone app starting next week, the country's Digital Agency said Tuesday.

Digitalization of entry procedures is expected to help reduce the risk of infection and burden on officials at airport CIQ facilities, which have been facing a shortage of staff.

Travelers who registered quarantine questionnaires and customs declarations, among others, containing their names, addresses, health conditions and other information via the app will only need to show their smartphones or other devices to officials upon their arrival.

The new service is expected to shorten the time of entry procedures, as officials will be able to see the traveler's relevant information simply by scanning a QR code on their device.

The app will initially be available in English and Japanese, and the government will consider adding other languages later.

Japan, like other countries, has tightened its border controls amid the spread of the omicron variant of coronavirus, believed to be more transmissible than previous strains and able to evade immunity provided by vaccines.

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Visit Japan Web: How to register

Aaron Wong

Travelling to Japan? Visit Japan Web registration will save you precious time on arrival. Here's a step-by-step guide of what to do.

If you’re planning to visit Japan, it’s highly recommended that you take time to complete the so-called “Fast-track registration” before travel. This expedites the arrivals process after you land, granting access to a special lane at the airport. 

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Fast-track registration was previously done through the MySOS app, but from 1 November 2022, Japan has switched over to Visit Japan Web (VJW) instead. Here’s how the transition process works:

  • If you have not registered yet, you should do so via VJW
  • If you have already completed MySOS registration, you can use the MySOS blue screen for entry into Japan up till 13 January 2023

Those who have previously registered via MySOS are welcome to register again via VJW if they so wish. 

In this post, I’ll walk you through the VJW registration process. It’s not significantly different from MySOS, although it has the added convenience of bringing immigration and customs clearance under the same portal. 

Visit Japan Web

Visit Japan Web registration should be done at least six hours prior to your scheduled arrival time. There are three sections to complete:

  • Quarantine (Fast-track)
  • Immigration

Completion of each section will generate a QR code, which travellers will show at the arrival airport to expedite procedures. 

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Step 1: User registration

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After creating your VJW account, the first step is to register your personal details. 

You’ll first be asked two questions:

  • Do you have a passport issued by the Japanese government?
  • Will you enter Japan with a (special) re-entry permission?

For the vast majority of Singaporeans, the answer to both will be “no”.

You’ll then need to provide your passport details. 

If you’re travelling with children, you may register them under your VJW account. The portal is vague about what the cut-off age is for an individual to require their own VJW account; with MySOS it was 13 years and above. 

If you cannot complete the procedures of the airport by yourself, such as infants, you can register as a family members traveling with you without creating an account, and the representative can also enter the family members traveling with you portion to create a QR code. For those who can do the procedure by themselves, we ask that you prepare to be able to display it on your own smartphone, etc. as much as possible. -Visit Japan Web

I believe the idea is that as far as possible, each traveller should have their own device to display their own QR code, for efficiency reasons. If that’s not realistically possible, then they can be registered on someone else’s VJW account. 

Step 2: Trip registration

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The next step is to register your trip details. 

  • Optional field, for your own reference
  • Planned arrival date in Japan
  • If you’re flying a codeshare, enter the name of the operating airline
  • If you’re flying a codeshare, enter the main flight number (i.e. not the 4-digit one)

You’ll also be asked for your intended address in Japan. You can enter the postal code (without hyphens) of your hotel here and see if the fields auto-populate. If they don’t (as was the case for the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, postal code 1028585), then you’ll need to enter the information manually. 

Step 3: Quarantine procedures (fast-track)

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When you first click on the quarantine procedures (fast-track) tab, you’ll see a red screen and a “not yet registered” status. This should look familiar to anyone who’s completed MySOS registration previously.

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Our goal is to turn this screen to blue. This involves completing three sections (not four; you’ll either submit a vaccination certificate or a pre-departure test). 

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Unless you have all your documents already scanned on your computer, I’d recommend doing this section from your phone so you can snap photos and upload them immediately. 

The first step is to upload a copy of your passport’s information page.

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Once that’s done, the tag next to Passport will change to “Scanning”. Sit tight. You won’t be able to continue with fast-track registration until the system has scanned your passport.

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This should take 10 minutes at most, and you’ll receive an email confirmation once it’s done (add [email protected] to your safe list).

Refresh the page and the tag next to Passport should have changed to “Please verify”. Click on it and confirm your scanned details.

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Now return to the “Pre-registration for Quarantine Procedures” screen and scroll down. You’ll see the tag next to Questionnaire WEB has changed to “Please register”. Tap on it, and you’ll be sent to another webpage. Toggle the language on top as necessary. 

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To complete this section, you’ll need to provide:

  • Date of arrival in Japan
  • Arrival flight details
  • This section can be left blank if you don’t know
  • Whether or not you’re a crew member
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Address of accommodation
  • The calendar is not translated into English. All you need to know is 月 is month, and 日 is day. The rest should be intuitive enough
  • Departure flight detail
  • Remember to include your usual country of residence in your travel history
  • Health declaration
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • Alternative contact number

Most of the information here should already be pre-populated, though for whatever reason, the accommodation information isn’t ported over. You’ll need to complete this again, keeping in mind the following:

  • Don’t include hyphens for postal codes. Once the postal code is entered, the rest of the field should auto-populate
  • If the system refuses to recognise your postal code, leave the postal code field blank and enter the values manually
  • Remember to select the last option “lodging or destination facility”

Double check your responses, and click “complete response” when done. 

Return to the “Pre-registration for Quarantine Procedures” screen and scroll down. You’ll see the tag next to Vaccination certificate has changed to “Please register”.

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Tap on it and select “Will submit”. If your vaccination certificate details are in Japanese or English, tap “yes” for the first prompt, provide the details of your three doses and upload a copy of your vaccination certificate. 

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As a reminder, three doses of any of the following vaccinations, in any combination, will satisfy the fully vaccinated criteria (Janssen and CanSino only requires two doses).

Unvaccinated children  under the age of 18 who travel with fully vaccinated parents/guardians will be treated as fully vaccinated. Children aged below six will be treated as fully vaccinated, regardless of their parents’/guardians’ vaccination status. 

That’s it! You’ll be brought back to the “Pre-registration for Quarantine Procedures” screen, which will now show your vaccination certificate as “being reviewed”. There’s nothing more to do at this point; you can ignore the last section on pre-departure testing since you’re fully vaccinated.

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Your information will be reviewed, and you’ll receive an email once your status changes. In my case it took about 1 hour.

Return to the VJW portal, and you’ll see the status screen has turned to blue. You’re all set!

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Step 4: Immigration

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The disembarkation card requires some additional details, namely:

  • Your country and city of residence
  • Purpose of visit
  • Intended length of stay in Japan
  • Declaration 

The rest of the information should already be pre-populated from Step 3. 

Step 5: Customs

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The customs declaration requires some additional details, namely:

  • City of departure to Japan
  • Number of family members travelling with you
  • Declaration

Other sections

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There are two additional sections in the VJW advising on travel insurance and emergency contact information. These are just FYI; no action is required from you. 

Visit Japan Web registration has now gone live, which brings the fast-track, immigration and customs forms under one portal. 

Registration should be relatively quick, and my approval was received in one hour, but the key thing is to do it early. There’s bound to be a deluge of applications over the next few days, so if you’re travelling soon you’ll want to give yourself plenty of buffer time. 

Aaron Wong

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guest

do you know what happen if you need to change your date of entry into Japan after receiving the confirmation?

I noticed there is a change of plan/date function but not sure if the entire application needs to be re-submitted too. Thx!

Gary

When are you going to JP? Keep us updated whether we should use the ABCT queue! Thanks.

Aaron Wong

i was planning to go in late october but had a bout of illness. i’ll be heading in the next couple of weeks

Jim

Personally I think filling in the embarkation card and custom declaration card offline or online is a matter of self preference. I went through the process with paper fill out, the clearance actually is also brazing fast (less than 5 minutes for each of the immigration counter and custom counter)

i suppose it also depends on what time you land. maybe you got lucky during a lull period.

Maybe I am lucky. During my arrival yesterday, I think only my flight was going through clearance.

I also did a rough count, from morning until around 2pm, at most there are 4 flights arrived per hour. Some hours only got 1 flight arriving.

I felt that the tourusts arrival still not a lot yet, maybe because school holidays have not started. My flight mainly filled with Indonesian who transit.

slquek

I have been trying to get into Step 3: Quarantine procedures (fast-track) since yesterday but the page keep “loading” and nothing shows up. Is anyone else facing the same problem or did I miss something (I have no problem going through the other steps). Thanks

In case anyone face the same problem, I changed my browser from Chrome to Edge and it works.

thanks for providing the solution!

Patrick

You’re a GENIUS! I was trying for the last 3 days. Arigato gozaimasu

Lei

If I am travelling via 2 airlines with a layover in Japan, do I input the flight info of the international flight or the latter domestic flight to my destination city?

WEEM

From the FAQ:

Q. If I am entering the country as a family, do I have to create an account with a different email address for each family member?

A. In order to use the Service, one account is required for each person, so in principle, please create an account with a different email address for each person. However, infants and other children who cannot complete the procedures by themselves can use the Service without creating an account by registering as an “family member traveling with you”.

Sue

We keep scanning the passport information page to register but it keeps coming back failed to verify. We have tried from the phone and the computer. I have a brand new Australian passport. Do you know what could be the problem

passport image submissions must be jpg, png or pdf, and show the entire passport face page including the symbols at the bottom.

Yes the picture is immaculate. We have tried many different methods , from taking pictures with the phone and using a scanner . All our pictures in jpeg. Can’t understand why? Wondering if changing format (PDF) will help??

June

Hi Sue. Definitely worth trying PDF. I scanned and saved it as PDF, and did not have an issue uploading (using laptop, not phone). Image was accepted (confirmation within a couple minutes) and reviewed/registered no problem.

JDsss

When using the mySOS app previously, my wife had to upload her passport scan/photo over 30 times before the system will scan it correctly. I was lucky and only needed to upload 5-6 times. With the new visit japan web, my passport upload was recognized the first time round, not sure if it’s luck or the system had improved.

Kate

I have the same issue too, Sue, with a new Australian passport.

Rosie

I have the same issue too, with a new Singapore passport. Anyone found a solution?

John

I am facing exactly the same issue

Josie

Hi, any solution to this? or just keep trying?

Steven

Hi, thanks for your detailed instructions on the Visit Japan App. I am traveling to Japan tomorrow and have completed all the registrations using the VJA. Do I still need the MySOS app? Pls advise. Thanks!

My apologies for the typo – I meant I have completed the registration using the Visit Japan Web (VJW) and my question is whether do I still need to register using the MySOS app? I am traveling to Japan tomorrow. Pls advise. Thanks!

Jane

thanks for this. Have a Skip notification next to Passport. It is in blue and my current status says Review Completed. So it hasn’t asked to verify the passport.

Should I just start over again?

Thankyou Aaron for such a concise and informative article! Much easier to navigate than the official VJW guide!!

Cgb

How do you enter on the form if u have an English name and chinese name together on pasport nd your surname is in the middle?

For example, Ray Kris Lee Née Soon, where the surname here is Lee

If in the form, I entered Lee as the surname, the name will come out as Ray Kris Née Soon Lee, but pasport name is Ray Kris Lee Née Soon

dawn

thats fine i think

Abc

look at the machine readable part of your passport bio page. the top row begins with your last name until the >>, then it is your first name. enter it as it appears here, replacing the single >s with spaces. this will align with how most systems would read your passport.

unless you’re malaysian. then just put what you think it should be i guess…

Travis

My child is <6 and I assume considered vaccinated. I selected “will not submit” under her application “Vaccination Certificate” (cos she doesn’t have one). Her application turned yellow with a large ‘B’…

Any idea what that is?

no big deal. she will just accompany you through the blue line.

Warden

Thanks Aaron for the amazing guide. I have the same issue, status is yellow with a ‘B’. Travis, was it all smooth during immigration?

Seems like all good, just saw the below FAQ… If you completed the registration with “Will not submit” for the child’s vaccination certificate and “No” for COVID test certificate, the bar will be yellow. If the child is eligible for an exemption, the bar will stay yellow, but there is no problem entering Japan. If a child under the age of 18 does not have a valid vaccination certificate but is accompanied by a parent/custodian with whom the child lives and who does have a valid vaccination certificate and is responsible for the child’s actions, the child will be given …  Read more »

Nic

This is great. For my 13 year old travelling with me (I’m fully vaxed) what do I say about her vax certificate? She has had two doses – so when I register her do I say she’s vaxed or not? I note the form asks for details on the 3 doses

Blur

I have the same issue. I tried to register my kid as fully vaccinated but registration couldn’t be completed as must enter the 3rd dose and date. Then I went to register “will not submit” vax cert and the status now is Yellow and need to submit test result cert before 72 hours. Once submit “will not submit”, you cannot revert and change “will submit” vax cert. Not sure what is the next step… or should just leave it.

Joanna

Oh dear, I added my husband as the accompanying family member before realizing it’s really actually meant for children… is there a way to remove him (have not registered his docs etc)? Or if he does a registration using a new email himself, it is okay to have his name still listed as my accompanion? Thanks in advance!

Kiwi

I have a question, will it be too early for me to fill out this visit japan web form one and a half months before I am going to Japan, will it has a expire date?

Alice Toh

Hi, I try to register on 7 Dec 2022 morning, I was directed to a page to key in my credit card details. I key in my 1st card n was declined. I try to key in 2nd card n was approved. Both cards were being billed a amount of USD 39.99. please help. What can I do to cancel ?

Yvonne

Was wondering for the passport section, do i upload for myself or will need to upload for family members traveling with me (children) too? Where do i upload for the children as i dont see that option?

Emme

I was just processing the registration but it doesn’t have a section for uploading a scanned copy of the passport…

Sun Gin Ping

Aaron – is this Visit Japan website still required ? I went in to register for my upcoming trip on 24th March however the website just stop at Registration and entry of details. Fullstop ,,,,there is no further steps to click to proceed on as per your narration. There is a notice that qr codes no longer needed – sorry, ignore. I managed to fill in all required details.

Molly

Do we need to do the same for domestic flights? Example from Osaka to Sapporo, do I need to create a new entry for this route?

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How to Use Visit Japan Web For Immigration and Customs in 2024?

Planning a trip to Japan is exciting. However, navigating the immigration and customs process can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially in a foreign country. Fortunately, with technological improvements and the development of travel systems, the Japanese government has introduced Visit Japan Web, a digital service designed to facilitate the entry process for travelers like us. So, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler returning to Japan, Visit Japan Web can be of great help.

International travelers can use the Visit Japan Web service by creating an account with a valid email. After registering their personal information, they can enter their trip information and fill out the Immigration and Customs forms. A QR code for entry procedures is available when all the information is filled correctly.

In this guide, which includes the 2024 changes, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about using Visit Japan Web , from creating an account to obtaining the essential QR codes.

What is Visit Japan Web?

Create an account, register your information, register family members (if needed), register your trip, fill out immigration and customs forms, other questions about visit japan web.

Visit Japan Web is an online service developed by the Japanese government to facilitate entry procedures for international travelers. It allows visitors to complete immigration and customs forms online before arriving in Japan, saving time and ensuring a smooth transition through airport procedures.

Although using the Visit Japan Web service is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to make your entry into Japan easier and faster. This service replaces the paper forms you must fill out on the airplane or when arriving at the airport.

I was never a huge fan of these forms that you have to fill out using minuscule handwriting in small fields. It is faster and way more comfortable for me to fill in the information online in advance.

How Does Visit Japan Web Work after 2024?

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If you used Visit Japan Web before, you probably remember that you needed two QR codes per person: one for Immigration and one for Customs. Most people had a hard time figuring out how to retrieve both QR codes because it wasn’t very user-friendly. Luckily for all of us, this has changed on January 25, 2024!

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From this date, Visit Japan Web unified both QR codes, and you only require one for both Immigration and Customs procedures. And how does Visit Japan Web work?

To use Visit Japan Web, you need to create an account. Then you register the people traveling with you, and finally, you enter your trip details (dates, flights, address…). Once it’s done, you can fill out the forms for Immigration and Customs procedures and get your QR code required when arriving at the airport.

Since all this can be a little confusing the first time you try it, I will explain all the steps in detail and add some pictures to help you out with the process. If you prefer watching a video, you can check the one below I made for you.

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Before anything else, you must create an account to use Visit Japan Web. Here are the steps you need to do:

  • Open the Visit Japan Web website: https://services.digital.go.jp/en/visit-japan-web/
  • Click on “ Log in/Register ” at the top of the page.
  • Click on “ Sign up for a new account ”.
  • Read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy.
  • Enter your email address and password.
  • Click on “ Create account” .
  • Check your email and enter the validation code to confirm your account.

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Now that you created your account, you must fill in your information.

  • Click “ Your details ”.
  • Answer the yes/no questions.
  • Enter your passport details and click “ Next ”.
  • Confirm that the information entered is correct and click “ Register ”.

Notice that you can either enter your details manually, or you can scan your passport with the camera. However, I find it easier to enter everything manually because you usually have to try several times to scan the passport correctly, and still have to edit some information.

Yet, to use the Visit Japan Web’s QR code for tax-free, you will need to scan your passport and get a nice shot of your passport photo. But you can also benefit from tax-free without this QR code. For more information about tax-free, check out my article .

If you are traveling with family, you can register them as a family member on your Visit Japan Web account. This is mandatory for children traveling with you, but you can also register your partner, for example. People can register up to 10 family members traveling together and going through Immigration and Customs at the same time.

  • Go to your Visit Japan Web account.
  • Click “ Details of family members traveling with you ”.
  • Click “ Add ”.
  • Enter the passport details and click “ Next ”.
  • Confirm the information entered and click “ Register ”.

Repeat these steps for each family member you want to add. If you made a mistake, you can edit the information by selecting the family member and clicking the “Edit” button. However, if you want to delete a family member from your account, you have to use the trash icon in front of the concerned family member.

Now, that everyone is registered, let’s enter the trip details. For this, you will need your flight details and your first accommodation address in Japan. Just follow these steps:

  • Click “ Register new planned entry/return ”.
  • Select “ Proceed to registration without copying details ” and click “ Next ”.
  • Fill in your flight details and click “ Next ”.
  • Fill in your address in Japan and click “ Next ”.
  • Confirm the details entered and click “ Register plan ”.

You can go back to your account and see that there’s now a planned entry. If you need to edit or delete it, you have to click on the planned entry and select “Edit plan” or “Delete” at the top of the page.

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One of the key features of Visit Japan Web is the ability to complete immigration and customs forms online. This is the last step before you get the QR code you will be using at the airport in Japan for entry procedures. Please notice that you can fill out the forms way in advance, but remember to edit them before your trip if you change something regarding the items you will carry with you to Japan. Remember that you have to fill out the forms for every person traveling with you , otherwise, you won’t get a QR code for them. To fill out the Immigration and Customs forms, follow these steps:

  • Click on the planned trip you registered before.
  • Select the applicant using the drop-down menu
  • Click “ Quarantine ” and answer the question.
  • Click “ Immigration clearance and Customs declaration ”.
  • Fill out the basic information requested and click “ Next ”.
  • Complete the information required about your accommodation in Japan and click “ Next ”.
  • Select the purpose of your visit and enter the duration of your stay.
  • Answer all the questions and click “ Next ”.
  • In the end, confirm the information you entered and click “ Register ”.
  • Go back to the entry procedure, select another applicant, and repeat the steps above for each applicant.
  • When done, you can select an applicant and click “ Display QR code ” to get this applicant’s QR code for the entry procedures in Japan
  • You have to switch applicants to get everyone’s QR code ( 1 QR code per person ).

Remember to take a screenshot of each QR code and save it on your phone to access easily when arriving in Japan. This way, if you don’t have an internet connection when arriving, you’re still able to show your QR code for the entry procedure.

You can use Visit Japan Web offline to complete the forms and get the QR code, but you will need to connect to the internet to submit the forms and receive the QR code. Complete the procedures before traveling to Japan, and save screenshots of the necessary QR code to show it when arriving in Japan. You can also follow the official offline procedure .

For now, there isn’t an official app for Visit Japan Web, but the website works very well on mobile.

You can create an account at any time and register your personal information, even if you don’t have a trip planned yet. To fill out your trip information, you will need at least your flight details and your first hotel details. This means that you can fill out the procedure as soon as you have booked your flight and hotel. It is recommended that you complete the forms at least 72 hours before you arrive in Japan.

Overall, if you’re planning a trip to Japan and find customs and immigration stuff overwhelming, Visit Japan Web is a helpful tool to simplify the immigration and customs process for travelers visiting Japan. By creating an account, filling out forms, registering family members, and obtaining QR codes online, you can speed up your entry into the country and enjoy a hassle-free travel experience.

Visit Japan Web makes entry procedures easier than ever before, especially since they unified the QR codes on January 25, 2024.

Are you ready to simplify your journey to Japan? Visit Japan Web today and take the stress out of immigration and customs!

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2 thoughts on “how to use visit japan web for immigration and customs in 2024”.

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As of 7 March 2024, I believe that the Visit Japan Web URL has changed to https://services.digital.go.jp/en/visit-japan-web/ .

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Hi Frank, Yes, it has changed, but the old URL redirects to the new one. However, I changed the URL in the post in case they remove the redirection later. Thank you for your helpful feedback! Ana

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How to Plan a Trip to Japan: Ultimate Guide for First-Time Visitors

From culturally rich history, to cutting-edge technology, to foodie-worthy cuisine; Japan truly has something for everyone. It should come as no surprise then that it is currently rated as one of the most visited countries in the world. Until the pandemic, the number of tourists coming to Japan has grown steadily year after year, with 29 million visitors in 2017. With tourism at an all-time high, how can you prepare in advance to make the most out of your vacation to Japan?

Why You Should Plan Your Itinerary Ahead of Time

How to make an itinerary, finding the best time of year to visit, how to handle finances in japan, what to pack for your trip, eat like a local, useful words and phrases, what apps should i download before traveling to japan check out these 8 free useful apps.

Why You Should Plan Your Itinerary Ahead of Time

There are many places in the world that you can visit for one to two weeks and feel as though you have a good sense of the culture and way of life by the time you return home. Japan is not one of those places. It’s impossible to “do” Japan in a lifetime; let alone a two-week vacation. With so much to see, it’s easy to become overwhelmed once you find yourself in the middle of it all. Having a well laid-out itinerary - or at least a fairly solid idea of spots you'd like to go and when - will help to ensure that you are able to do what matters most to you during your time here. One of the worst experiences when visiting somewhere while on a limited amount of time is to travel out of your way for something specific; be it a famous tourist attraction or a particular restaurant, only to discover that it is not open. Many attractions in Japan operate on a seasonal basis, and it is not uncommon for restaurants to be closed on certain days of the week. In order to avoid disappointment, research schedules beforehand and make reservations in advance whenever possible. As an added benefit of researching and planning early, you can often find discounts or free admission days for many popular attractions. The money saved on tickets can then be used for other parts of your vacation. After all, who wouldn’t love a little extra money in the sushi budget?

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The first step to creating an itinerary begins with one question; “Why did I want to visit Japan in the first place? Maybe you’re a history buff that wants to walk in the footsteps of famous figures like Oda Nobunaga. Perhaps you have a fascination with Japanese architecture and dream of visiting temples dating back over 1,300 years. Or maybe you’re in love with modern Japanese media and culture and want to see where it all began. Whatever the reason, knowing what initially drew you to Japan can make planning your perfect trip much easier. Of course it’s possible to plan a vacation as widely varied as your interests, but having a focus is helpful. ・ Enjoy eating? If you love gourmet, you’ve chosen the perfect destination. Japan is a foodie’s paradise and is home to some of the top chefs in the world - plus its food culture goes back over 400 years. While many tourists tend to immediately think of sushi , Japanese cuisine is so much more diverse. Experience all of the tastes that Japan has to offer; from hole-in-the-wall ramen shops to gourmet fine dining restaurants.

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・ Enjoy sightseeing? From gorgeous landscapes , to ancient temples , to futuristic city streets; Japan has it all. Within Japan’s most popular tourist region, Kanto, there is no shortage of incredible places to visit. Below are some of the more popular destinations to help you start planning your sightseeing trip, all within easy reach of Tokyo: -Sensoji Temple As Tokyo’s oldest temple , Sensoji is a must-see for any visitor to Japan. Its towering pagoda and famous red lantern are iconic Tokyo sights that should not be missed. - Tokyo Skytree At 634 meters tall, the Tokyo Skytree provides the best panoramic views of the city. A visit to the top observation deck is the perfect way to take in the truly impressive scale of Tokyo. -Tosho-gu Shrine In Kanto’s northern prefecture of Tochigi, the town of Nikko looks like something straight out of a Studio Ghibli film. Nestled amongst the lush green mountains is a shrine by the name of Toshogu. Adorned with countless wooden carvings, its stunning decoration and serene surroundings make it one of the most beautiful temples to visit in Japan. - Hakone Nature lovers will find solace in Hakone with its abundance of rolling hills, lakes , and scenic Mount Fuji views. The town is also famous for its high quality onsens, making it the perfect spot to relax. -Sankeien Garden Just slightly south of Tokyo, the city of Yokohama is home to many sights that are worth visiting during your time in Japan. One such destination is Sankeien Garden . In addition to the picturesque flowers and bamboo groves, Sankeien is perhaps most famous for its architecture . Historical buildings from around Japan, including a massive three-story pagoda from Kyoto, have been painstakingly relocated from their original location to their new home in the garden . It’s an amazing opportunity to explore classical architecture of many of Japan’s regions all in one area. ・ Enjoy historical places ? Japan is a country filled with rich, historical experiences. In Tokyo, the Imperial Palace is a popular destination among tourists, as is the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku , in the eastern part of the city. For travelers who cannot make it to Kyoto, the historical area of Kamakura (and especially the Daibutsu, its Great Buddha) makes for the perfect day trip away from Tokyo. Other historical areas in the nation include the cultural capital of Kyoto, and ancient area of Nara . ・ Love shopping? Shopaholics will find everything they can dream of and more in Japan. Visit the Ginza area in Tokyo to browse some of the best high-end clothing and accessory retailers in the world. In nearby Yokohama , Akarenga is a trendy shopping center right on the water, located in a renovated red brick warehouse. Those looking for a more traditional Japanese market experience in Japan's western region will find it in Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, where you can find everything from fresh fish, to handmade lanterns, and so much more.

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How Long Should You Stay Once you have an idea of what you would like to see, you should next determine how much time to spend in each area. It’s a terrible feeling to leave somewhere feeling as though you missed out on essential experiences. Likewise, staying in one location for too long to the point where you become bored with your surroundings is a waste of time which could have been better spent exploring new areas. Thankfully, the internet is filled with reviews for any place that you are likely to visit; from quiet countryside villages to bustling Tokyo neighborhoods. Make a list of “must-do” activities for each area of Japan to which you intend to travel, and research what fellow travelers have to say about their experiences there. Knowing how long it takes to visit or travel between certain attractions can help you to make the most efficient use of your time. Based on data from the Japan National Tourism Organization, most American tourists spend between 7 to 13 days traveling throughout Japan. During that time, the most visited locations tend to be Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Of course there is no one-size-fits-all approach to travel, especially in a country as diverse as Japan, so consider this data more of a suggestion rather than a firm guideline.

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Planning Your Route The next step in putting together a successful itinerary is figuring out how you will get from place to place. When it comes to Japan; a country famed for its incredibly well-connected railway system, the train will be your most likely means of day to day transportation. However, it’s important to plot a carefully thought-out route. While it’s possible to travel across the country by train, this will often require switching to different railway lines along the way. As you will come to find, these changes can only be done at certain train stations that act as hubs. When deciding in which order you will visit each destination, first consult a railway map to ensure your route doesn’t require you to needlessly double back. When planning a route, you should also take ticket prices into consideration. In Japan, train fare is based on the distance you are travelling. If you intend to spend most of your time in one area, this most likely won’t be an issue for you, but if you are planning to take the train often or travel across the country, purchasing a rail pass may be in your best interest. Within Tokyo, day passes may be purchased which will give you unlimited access to JR Line or Tokyo Metro trains for a 24 hour period at one fixed price. If you intend to do a great deal of sightseeing around the city, purchasing one of these passes might be in your best interest. While these passes cover only the Tokyo area, an additional option for travelers is the Japan Rail Pass, which allows for unlimited travel throughout the country on the Japan Railway network in blocks of 7, 14, or 21 days. These passes are not cheap; starting at around ¥29,110 (about $260 USD), but they do grant you access to shinkansen lines as well; Japan’s ultra-fast bullet trains. If you are planning to travel long distances; from Tokyo, to Kyoto, and beyond for instance, this pass could be well-worth the investment. Be aware however, that these passes can only be purchased from outside of Japan, so be sure to purchase it well in advance of your trip to ensure you receive it in time.

Finding the Best Time of Year to Visit

When it comes to choosing what time of year you should visit Japan, there is no one correct answer. Sure, there are more popular seasons when tourism tends to be at its highest, but each season comes with its own positive and negative aspects. Decide what factors are most important when it comes to your vacation before booking your trip. Summer ■ Pros ・Excellent beach weather. Summer in Japan often means sunny days and high heat; the perfect conditions for a day out by the water in locations like Okinawa . ・It is the most active time of year for events and art exhibits. ・ Summer is matsuri (festival) time. There is perhaps no better way to experience Japanese culture than at a traditional matsuri . Enjoy games and delicious street food and watch as the locals carry mikoshi; portable shrines carried like a parade float, through the streets. ・Cities are slightly less crowded this time of year as locals tend to go on vacation to other countries or more remote parts of Japan. ・Many popular attractions will offer summer discounts, helping you to stretch your vacation budget a little further. ■ Cons ・ Summer in Japan is infamous for its heat and oppressive humidity. As it stands, 2018 has seen some of the highest temperatures in Tokyo in recorded history. When the heat is at its peak, outdoor activities can be become unenjoyable to downright impossible. ・Though cities in general tend to be less crowded with locals gone on vacation, tourism is still high this time of year, meaning you can expect larger than average crowd sizes at the most popular tourist attractions. ⇒ Browse seasonal articles on Summer in Japan Fall ■ Pros ・Once the summer heat breaks, the temperatures in fall are very comfortable. ・Areas such as Hokkaido and Tochigi are renowned for their beautiful fall foliage. ・As the seasons change, so does the cuisine, with seasonal favorites like sweet potato and kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) taking center stage. It’s a great time of year to sample dishes that are less widely known outside of Japan. ■ Cons ・The changing temperatures from summer to autumn is the catalyst for typhoon season in Japan. High winds and torrential rain are not uncommon at the start of fall. ・The unpredictable weather can make it difficult to pack for your trip. ⇒ Browse seasonal articles on Autumn in Japan Winter ■ Pros ・Japan is home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in the world due to its amazing powdery snow quality. ・Japan’s outdoor hot springs , known as onsen , are much more enjoyable in cold weather with the added aesthetic of falling snow. ・As the holiday season approaches, many cities across Japan decorate with spectacular LED light displays known simply as illuminations. No two displays are alike and many decorate with a specific theme each year. ■ Cons ・Though the Kanto region and all areas south rarely see snow, winters in Japan tend to be incredibly dry, which comes with its own series of discomforts like dry skin and chapped lips. ・Daylight hours are much shorter in winter , with the sun typically setting by 4:30 PM. ・Travel tends to get quite congested at the end of the year with many people heading home for the New Year’s holiday. ⇒ Browse seasonal articles on Winter in Japan Spring ■ Pros ・ Spring is the time for cherry and plum blossom viewing; one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Japan. ・Japan’s gorgeous countryside is at its most lush and full this time of year. ・Much like fall, temperatures tend to be on the comfortably warm side throughout the season . ・Late spring , after cherry blossom season has passed, often sees less tourism, so crowds at shrines and other popular attractions are much smaller on average. ■ Cons ・Due to the high number of visitors who want to see the cherry and plum blossoms, early spring is by far the busiest and therefore most expensive time of year to travel to Japan. Expect the price of flights and accommodations to be much higher than normal. ・With the blossoming flowers comes an overwhelming wave of pollen. If you are an allergy sufferer, prepare to be congested. ・Japan’s rainy season takes place in late spring . During this time, high humidity and unexpected downpours are the norm. ⇒ Browse seasonal articles on Spring in Japan It’s hard to go wrong visiting Japan at any time of year, but by selecting the season that most closely aligns with your interests, it can help to make your vacation as enjoyable as possible.

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As technologically advanced as Japan is, it has a tendency to cling to certain old-world methodologies, as is evident in their inexplicable love of the fax machine. In the same regard, cash is still king in the Japanese economy. While many restaurants in bigger cities will accept credit cards, it is not uncommon to come across businesses, especially those in more remote areas of the country, which deal only in cash. That being the case, you should never go out without some paper money at the ready. The Best Ways to Handle Your Money When it comes to having access to physical yen, you have a few options at your disposal. You can exchange a certain amount of money with your bank back home before traveling to Japan, use local ATMs to withdraw yen, or use one of the many currency exchange offices located throughout Japan. The latter is by far the least cost effective option of the three, so I recommend not using this method unless absolutely necessary. Instead, let’s examine the first two. Exchange Your Money Before Leaving Many banks offer very competitive currency exchange rates if you are an account holder. This is not a bad route to take, as you will have cash at your disposal from the moment your plane touches down in Japan. The only drawback to this solution however is that you will be travelling with a large amount of physical money. Despite the fact that Japan has been rated as one of the 10 safest countries in the world, it’s never a good idea to carry excessive cash with you while traveling. Unlike debit or credit cards, once it’s lost, it’s lost for good. Withdraw Cash in Japan Rather than bringing your entire vacation budget with you in cash, you could instead opt to withdraw cash while in Japan. Many ATMs in convenience stores and post offices throughout the country accept foreign debit and credit cards for a small fee. Be aware though that your bank will typically charge a global transaction fee (usually 3-5% of the amount withdrawn) on top of this. The fees tend to add up over time, but the added security may be worth the cost. If you decide to use this option, be sure to contact your bank before you leave to inquire about their rates as well as to notify them that you will be using your card overseas. Otherwise, your bank will most likely flag the transaction as fraud and will lock your account, leaving you without access to money.

What to Pack For Your Trip

With any vacation, people often struggle with what to pack. With such varied weather and activities, putting together a packing list for Japan can be a daunting task. Thankfully, it doesn’t need to be as complicated as it seems. Clothes After reviewing the pros and cons of each season above, you should have a better idea of what time of year you will be visiting Japan. Other than the extreme heat of summer , temperatures in Japan are mild overall, so you can plan to leave the extreme weather gear behind unless your planned activities call for it. A lightweight jacket or sweatshirt will typically suffice in spring and fall, and a slightly warmer jacket or layers should be fine for winter . As far as style, typical Japanese fashion could be described as casual chic , so don’t feel pressured to dress to impress. Electronics If you are reading this from the United States, you are in luck; outlets in Japan are the same as in the US. Three-pronged outlets are not common however, so you may want to pack a three prong to two prong adapter. While the outlets are the same, the voltage they supply is different, with 100 volts in Japan compared to 120 volts in the United States. However, most modern chargers for cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices will have a built-in convertor to automatically adjust the power as needed. To be safe, always make sure to check the label on the charger to determine the voltage range it can handle. If the device is not rated for 100 volts, a voltage adapter will be needed. For those travelling from countries with different outlets, inexpensive universal plug adapters can be purchased online or from most electronic stores. Toiletries When it comes to toiletries, there is no need to panic and overpack no matter how long you intend to stay. Japan is home to some of the top beauty and personal care brands in the world, so you are almost certain to find the same brands or suitable alternatives to the ones you use at home. For the sake of convenient packing, always opt for travel-sized versions of your favorite toiletries and replace them as needed while on the go.

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When asked to picture Japanese food , most people will instinctively picture sushi , and understandably so. This iconic and colorful staple of Japanese cuisine is a globally recognizable (albeit often locally modified) dish. Upon visiting Japan however, you will come to find that Japanese cuisine is much more widely varied than is often represented abroad. Signature Dishes In order to get a true taste of the local flavor, the following foods are a great representation of traditional Japanese foods that are still easy on more westernized palettes. Soba / Udon Udon and soba noodles are very common in the Japanese diet and can be found in most restaurants. Udon is the thicker of the two and tends to have a nice chewy texture with a very mild taste. Soba is thinner; similar to a flat spaghetti noodle, and usually has a richer, nutty taste. Both can be served hot in soups, but are more commonly served chilled with a broth for dipping on the side. This is a great summer option to help beat the heat. Okonomiyaki Equally at home at both street festivals and fancy restaurants, okonomiyaki is a traditional Japanese dish that is great for sharing with friends. At its most basic level, okonomiyaki is essentially a large, savory pancake filled with your choice of an assortment of ingredients and topped with a sweet and salty sauce. For the full experience, visit a dedicated okonomiyaki restaurant where you can cook your own on a hibachi grill built into your table. Yakiniku Literally translated as “grilled meat”, the premise of yakiniku is a simple one, but the delivery and atmosphere are what make the experience special. Rather than ordering a meal which is then cooked by the kitchen, in yakiniku restaurants, you order cuts of meat which you then cook for yourself at your table. This may seem like a lot of extra work to many visiting foreigners not familiar with the concept, but the cookout atmosphere it creates makes for a great experience to be shared with friends. In most yakiniku restaurants, items can be ordered à la carte, or tabehoudai style, which is all you can eat for a fixed amount of time. Nabe A favorite amongst sumo wrestlers, nabe is a hearty soup often eaten in the colder winter months. Nabe is a great dish to experiment with, as there is no strictly defined recipe and many restaurants will serve their own signature style. Typically, a variety of meats, fish and vegetables are placed in a broth and cooked in a large clay or porcelain pot. Once heated, the cooked ingredients are picked out and eaten. The remaining broth is then finished with udon noodles or poured over rice to make a rich, flavorful porridge. Food allergies in Japan can be slightly difficult to navigate in a foreign language, so if there are any foods you absolutely must avoid, it’s recommended that you find the Japanese name and have it printed on a card that you can present to your server.

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Outside of major cities, finding people who can speak English becomes a major challenge for many visitors. Even in major metropolises like Tokyo, many locals won’t be able to communicate in English beyond a handful of basic phrases. While no one would expect visiting tourists to be fluent in Japanese, having a few commonly used Japanese phrases at the ready will go a long way in helping you to communicate while here. Sumimasen Pronounced sue-me-mah-sen. This is a very common phrase in Japanese vocabulary and translates to “excuse me” or “pardon me”. This is helpful to use when you are trying to get someone’s attention or if you bump into a stranger on the train. Gomen Nasai Pronounced go-men-nuh-sigh. Sometimes used interchangeably with sumimasen, gomen nasai means “I’m sorry”, and should be used for situations where you have accidentally done something rude such as spilling a drink or blocking someone on the sidewalk. Arigatou Gozaimasu Pronounced ah-ree-gah-toe-go-zigh-ee-moss. This is a phrase you will hear often when in shops in restaurants, meaning “thank you very much”. If memorizing the full phrase is proving to be a bit difficult, a simple “arigatou” will suffice, though it is considered much more polite to use the whole phrase. Konnichiwa Pronounced co-knee-chi-wah. This is the most basic greeting used in Japanese. While technically intended to be used during the afternoon hours, it can be said as a basic polite greeting at any time of day. While this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to useful words and phrases in Japanese, they will serve as a great starting point for your daily interactions with locals. When in doubt, speak slowly and use a lot of gestures. Charades is a great way to communicate with people from all over the world.

What apps should I download before traveling to Japan? Check out these 8 free useful apps!

Modern technology has made it easier than ever before to visit locations where you don’t speak the language. By using a local sim card or a data plan that allows for international roaming, the following apps will help to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible. 1. Google Translate By far one of the most helpful apps when it comes to international travel, Google Translate makes reading menus or railway maps a breeze. It’s most useful feature is undoubtedly its ability to translate from a photo or live feed from your smartphone’s camera. With this, making sense of Japanese characters needs not be an overwhelming task. Be sure to download the Japanese language pack before you leave to avoid any sort of service interruption. 2. Google Maps When used in tandem with Google Translate, Google Maps is guaranteed to get you where you need to go. This app works particularly well with trains as well, listing departure and arrival times, as well as platform numbers when available. 3. Currency Converter As the Japanese yen typically deals in much bigger numbers than those who use US dollars or euros are accustomed to seeing, it’s a good idea to download a currency convertor. This way, you can be confident in the amount of money you are spending and can avoid paying too much in certain situations. 4. Line When it comes to digital communication in Japan, Line is the undisputed champion. As the most commonly used VoIP service in the country, Line gives you the ability to message and call other Line users for free. This is immensely helpful in the event that you need to contact a local person (Airbnb host, etc.) or just keep in touch with family and friends back home without paying expensive international roaming fees. 5. Gurunavi It’s almost impossible to be bored in Japan. With so much to see and do, it can often be difficult to sort through it all and find something that appeals directly to your interests. Gurunavi helps to alleviate that stress by finding events, restaurants, attractions and more throughout Japan, and filtering the results to present you the ones you are most likely to enjoy. 6. Japan Official Travel App As the official app of the Japan National Tourism Organization, this app is packed with helpful information from travel articles, to train schedules, to general rules regarding manners and much more. The app is available in English, Chinese, and Korean, and offers assistance both on and off-line. 7. Smart EX With the Smart EX app by JR, you can reserve Shinkansen tickets while you're on the go. And when reserving at least 3 days in advance, you will even receive a discount on certain lines! Check the website below for details. https://smart-ex.jp/en/ 8. Yurekuru Earthquakes are a common part of Japanese life, but for visitors, they are often a jarring experience. Yurekuru is a helpful app that can better prepare you by issuing a warning when an earthquake has been detected. Though the window of time between detection and feeling the effects of the earthquake is relatively small, having any amount of forewarning can make the experience a bit less scary.

With a bit of preparation and planning, you will be well on your way to a fantastic vacation in Japan. Have a schedule you can follow, but be sure to leave yourself open to all the wonderful and unexpected experiences Japan has to offer as well.

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Matt Vachon

Matt Vachon

Matt Vachon is a content creator in Tokyo who enjoys exploring off the beaten path locations around Japan. Graduated from the University of Massachusetts before moving to Japan. Since that time, he has created content for numerous tourism focused publications including The Japan National Tourism Organization, Tsunagu Japan, and Tokyo Localized. Holds a bachelor's degree in psychology. He is passionate about filmmaking and has been working on documentaries about Japan. During his downtime, he's often indulging his inner foodie by trying out some of the best hidden gem restaurants in Tokyo. Website: https://mattvachon.com. Instagram: @mattvachonphoto.

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PLANNING A TRIP TO JAPAN JUST BECOME A LOT EASIER WITH THESE 10 USEFUL APPS FOR VISITING JAPAN THAT ARE IN ENGLISH!

As much as we might hate to admit it, smartphones are necessary to get through most of our days. When you're traveling, they can be a real lifesaver. Especially if it's your first time in Japan , and you can't speak any Japanese! Before you leave the airport, make sure to pick up a SIM card or mobile WiFi router . Without them, getting connected while you explore different parts of Japan will be frustrating. Although you can depend on hotels to have reliable internet connections, most public places don't. Coffee shops and restaurants usually only have provider-specific routers, and city-wide WiFi is so slow it's pretty much useless. Once you've got a way to access the internet, download these apps to make your trip to Japan a breeze!

1. GOOGLE MAPS

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Let's get the obvious app you'll need out of the way first. If you go anywhere on your own in Japan, Google Maps are a must. Cities like Tokyo and Kyoto have ancient roads that go in curvy and complicated patterns. Without a navigation app, you'll quickly get lost. But what makes Google Maps the one we recommend? It'll also help you navigate local trains, buses, and subways ! When you ride the Tokyo Metro, Google Maps will show you either your train's platform number or the name of the final destination. It'll also sometimes tell you which car to board so that you can easily reach your exit or make a speedy transfer. Recently, a new feature shows how crowded it usually is, too! That said, Google Maps isn't entirely flawless. It can drain your battery life, and it's sometimes a few minutes off on train arrivals and route estimate times. If you're making a long-distance journey, you can't search for which trains and buses accept the JR Pass. If you want an alternate navigation app, take a look at Hyperdia .

2. GOOGLE TRANSLATE

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You might have heard that most Japanese people don't speak any English. While that statement isn't entirely factual , a 2016 survey by Rakuten found that 70% of respondents said they have little or no English abilities. To get around the language barrier, many travelers learn some Japanese phrases , but it never hurts to have Google Translate as a backup. Many restaurants offer English or illustrated menus, but this isn't always the case. At some mom-and-pop shops, you might get stuck with a paper filled with kanji— in cursive ! In this kind of situation, you can use Google Translate's "instant camera" function. Although it won't be 100% correct, you'll get the main idea. When it comes to face-to-face communication, using English and hand gestures goes a lot further than you might think. Only use Google Translate as a last resort, and make sure you input simple sentences.

3. INSTAGRAM

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Yes, you'll see picturesque places that you'll want to share with friends, but we're not talking about that. You can use Instagram to help map out your day. Especially if you're coming to see cherry blossoms or autumn leaves . Everyone has their favorite place for seeing these phenomenons. However, cherry blossoms and other flowers are fickle. Nothing is more disappointing than crossing oceans to find they haven't reached their full bloom or have already wilted. With Instagram, you can get the inside scoop without leaving your hotel. Using the search function, enter the name of your tentative destinations. Other user's recent pictures will pop up, and you can see for yourself if it's worth it to go. There are other apps and websites dedicated to this, but the best (and free) ones are only in Japanese.

4. WHATSAPP OR LINE

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Don't get charged exorbitant long-distance fees when you call or text. Tools like WhatsApp and LINE will make it easy for you to keep in touch without running up your phone bill. If you're joining a group tour, download WhatsApp. Most, if not all, guides use this app to contact their guests in case of an emergency. If you aren't already a user, note that you can't call landlines, nor can you call a mobile phone that doesn't have WhatsApp installed. Besides tour guides, though, WhatsApp isn't the most popular instant messaging platform. Most Japanese people use LINE instead of calling or texting through their service plans. Like WhatsApp, you can use LINE to text, call, or video chat with other users. Businesses sometimes offer discounts if you add them as a "friend," so keep an eye out for these kinds of promotions.

5. ANA OR JAL

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Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are the two largest international airlines in the country. If you're taking either of these on your flight to and from Japan, consider downloading their apps. With ANA Sky Mobile, you can make reservations, check flight statuses and your mileage, as well as apply for rewards. You can also use it to access in-flight entertainment on some domestic routes. JAL GLOBAL offers similar services, but the company has also released other apps to help you during your travels after you land. The JAL Explore Japan WiFi connects you to over 200,000 public hotspots.

6. JAPANTAXI

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Finding a cab in metropolitan areas is a sinch. You'll see them lined up at taxi stands or actively looking for passengers as they drive around town. However, if you're in the suburbs or if it's rush hour, you might have some trouble hailing one. There are ridesharing apps in Japan, but they haven't seen as much success as they have in other countries. With the JapanTaxi application, you can call a cab to your location without any Japanese needed. You don't need a credit card to sign up, and the interface is very user-friendly. Just hit "Pick me up here" to call a cab right away, or use the "Date and Time" button to reserve one. You can also change your location by moving your screen or search for an address. When you confirm your ride, JapanTaxi will send the license plate number of your car.

7. SAFETY TIPS

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Japan is one of the most seismically active countries in the world and is typhoon-prone in late summer . Although it isn't likely that you'll experience a natural disaster, it's better to stay prepared. As soon as you arrive, your phone automatically connects with the emergency alert system. Unfortunately, all of the warnings are in Japanese. The Japan National Tourism Organization developed the Safty Tips app for foreign travelers to receive notifications in their native language. You can set it to actively use your location or input the places you'll visit. The home screen shows the current weather and a flowchart of warnings and information. Among the different options, you can find information about recent earthquakes, volcanic warnings, and evacuation procedures. If you have a personal emergency, you can use Safety Tips to find the closest hospital or phrases in Japanese for seeking help.

8. ECBO CLOAK

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One of the necessary evils about traveling is your suitcase . No matter how few clothes you bring or souvenirs you buy, dragging bags around town isn't fun. Thankfully, Japan has a convenient luggage-delivery system, and most train stations have coin lockers. But what do you do when the lockers are full, or you don't want to send your things? Ecbo Cloak is like Airbnb for suitcases. On their interactive map, you can find different businesses that offer storage for a fee. Places like hair salons , language schools, coffee shops, and other establishments with extra space for sale all participate. The app very advantageous if you have oversized or unusually shaped items like sports equipment or musical instruments. You might also consider using it if you take a day trip and want to lighten your load. Best of all, you can reserve ahead of time or as needed depending on your itinerary.

9. OPENTABLE

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If wandering the streets to find something to eat doesn't sound appealing to you, you can use OpenTable to find a restaurant. Although you might know this app as a tool for making reservations, it's possible to use it to search for shops by budget, cuisine, or availability. That isn't to say Japan doesn't have apps that work like Yelp. Locals usually use Tablelog or Gurunavi to find eateries in their area. Tablelog has customer reviews, and Gurunavi notes if there is an English menu or vegetarian options. Neither app is in English, but their mobile-friendly sites have multiple languages.

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If you're a solo traveler looking to make friends from all over the world, Japan can be a somewhat lonely country. In Japanese culture, people usually don't speak to strangers, even in bars and clubs. Try to strike up a conversation with someone in a cafe, and you might get sideways glances and awkward stutters. With the Meetup app, you can find events in your area where you can meet new people. Some of the activities target travelers and ex-pats, some are for everyone, and some specifically try to connect Japanese and international people. Just enter your hobbies when you sign up, and Meetup will show happenings around town that might interest you!

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    Once you are in your account, go to the "Your details" section and fill in the information requested (full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, etc). After registering your details, you will be able to click on the "New registration" button in the "Register Planned Entry/Return" section.

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    Step 2. Arrival Schedule Registration on Visit Japan Web. Credit: Visit Japan Web. Click on "Registering Planned Entry/Return" then "New Registration". Planned entry/return. Give your holiday a nickname then enter your planned arrival date in Japan, Airline company name, and light number (without letters). Intended Address in Japan.

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    Step 2. Arrival Schedule Registration on Visit Japan Web. Credit: Visit Japan Web. Click on "Registering Planned Entry/Return" then "New Registration". Planned entry/return. Give your holiday a nickname then enter your planned arrival date in Japan, Airline company name, and light number (without letters). Intended Address in Japan.

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    If you have iPhone you can add a Suica card directly to your wallet. If you have an iPhone 8 or higher load the Suica or passmo card into Apple wallet makes carrying one less thing in the stations. Michelin has an app/website that's easy to navigate. Google maps will make using trains sooooo much easier.

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    1. Google Translate. By far one of the most helpful apps when it comes to international travel, Google Translate makes reading menus or railway maps a breeze. It's most useful feature is undoubtedly its ability to translate from a photo or live feed from your smartphone's camera.

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    1. GOOGLE MAPS. Let's get the obvious app you'll need out of the way first. If you go anywhere on your own in Japan, Google Maps are a must. Cities like Tokyo and Kyoto have ancient roads that go in curvy and complicated patterns. Without a navigation app, you'll quickly get lost.

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