Visiting Japan (Visa and Travel information)

2024/3/26

Visa Information

Before contacting us, please read throughly website for Visa information and instructions.
For inquiries regarding visas, please send to jvisa@ho.mofa.go.jp with your nationality and purpose of visiting Japan.

Jurisdiction

Visa applications are only accepted from residents in our jurisdiction.

  • OKLAHOMA
  • TEXAS
  *Click here to check the location of the Embassy/Consulate-General with jurisdiction over your place of residence.

Exemption of Visa (short-term stay)

Please click here to find out if you need a Japanese visa or not.
 
A visa is NOT necessary for US passport holders visiting Japan for a short-term stay of less than 90 days with the purpose of tourism and business.
*visa waiver arrangement with the United States does NOT apply to U.S. individuals wishing to travel to Japan for paid activities,  news/media related activities or attending depositions taken by U.S. Consul, or for U.S. Federal Government employees on official business or transit to/from official mission.

How to apply? 

 ★Apply via mail.
  • Visa application must be sent to:
Consulate-General of Japan
ATTN: Visa Section

909 Fannin Street, Suite 3000
Houston, TX 77010
  • A self-addressed pre-paid return envelope and A disclaimer with the applicant's inked signature are required for mail return.
  • We only ship to addresses within our jurisdiction.
  • Sender (From) on the return envelope must be your name and address.
 

 ★ Apply in person.

  • Visa window will be opened as follows. ​
    • Monday - Friday  (except holidays)
      • 9:30am-12:30pm (Please arrive by noon)  Application drop off/Visa pick up/Payment
      • 1:30pm-4:00pm (Please arrive by 3 pm)  Visa pick up/Payment only 
  • A proxy (include Visa Agents) may apply on the applicant's behalf with Power of Attorney with the applicant's inked signature.
  • If you pick up a passport for an applicant, please bring an Authorization letter with the applicant's inked signature and your ID when you pick it up.
  • The Consulate will not make copies.

When can I apply?

  • The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you enter Japan

Processing Time     

  • It usually takes 5-7 business days (Monday - Friday, except holidays) after all required documents are in order.
  • It may take more than 5-7 business days if consultation with our headquarters in Tokyo is required.
  • We will let you know by phone or e-mail when your visa is approved and issued. Please provide your best contact information.
  • We do NOT have expedited services. 
  • We do NOT provide any updates of your application process. Please do not call or e-mail us to ask about your status.

Visa Fee

  • We only accept CASH. We do not accept personal checks, money order or credit cards.
  • Please click here to check your visa fee.

List of requirement for your visa   

  *If you have a Status of U.S. Forces Agreement, click here

Other information

Japan Visa Information Hotline (for United States excluding Alaska and Hawaii)

  • +1- 202-499-1468(24 hours/7 days a week, English only) TOLL FREE CALL
  • For general information on Japanese Visas, please click here

Travel Information to Japan