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Visa and Immigration Procedures to Japan
The ministry of foreign affairs in Japan requires visitors who seek to visit Japan to obtain a visa for accessing the Japanese territories. All nationals entering Japan must carry a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business "visa free" (visa exemptions) stays of up to 90 days. Your passports must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan. Working in Japan during the "visa-free" status is strictly prohibited. "Visa-free" is available to 66 countries worldwide. Countries that require a visa to enter Japan include China, Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, Georgia, Turkey, and other nations from the Middle East.
Japan is currently closed to tourists due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Things/Items Allowed into Japan
Travelers can bring into Japan tobacco of not more than 400 cigarettes or 500 grams of any other kind of tobacco products. Allowance for alcoholic beverages per adult (20 years and above) are a maximum of 3 bottles with each bottle not exceeding 750ml in contents. Perfumes are also allowed but must not exceed the total volume of 2 ounces. All other items such as jewelry, laptops, and cameras must be declared upon arrival and all standard rules and regulations of the customs of Japan apply when entering the country.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Japan
・ Intellectual Property
・ Heroin, cocaine, MDMA, opium, cannabis, stimulants, psychotropic substances
・ Narcotic Drugs (excluding those designated by Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Ordinance)
・ Counterfeit, altered or imitation coins, paper money, Bank note or securities
・ Cash or other means of payment exceeding 1 million yen in value
Things/Items Forbidden into Japan
・ Psychotropic Substances
・ Firearms (Pistols, etc.), Ammunition (bullets), Pistol Parts
・ Ammunition/Explosives (Dynamite, Gunpowder, etc.)
・ Precursor Materials for Chemical Weapons
・ Forged Credit Cards
・ Child Pornography
・ Immoral Materials
Japan Travel FAQs
Where is the best place to stay or visit in Tokyo?
Tokyo's major districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku are both recommended for easy to access to the city's top attractions. There are also countless restaurants and popular places to eat in these neighborhoods. Trains operate till late hours and direct buses from Shinjuku can easily take you to Mount Fuji. Remember to visit the Imperial Palace while in Tokyo too; one of Japan’s most famous landmarks with its beautiful parks, walls and moats. Book your air ticket to Japan and you will can start clicking your cameras for the most memorable pictures.
What is illegal in Japan?
Medicines and drugs containing pseudoephedrine such as Vicks inhalers are prohibited in the country. Codeine is also forbidden and illegal to bring into Japan. Make sure to bring proof of prescription if necessary.
What is the best time of year to visit Japan?
Booking flights to Japan in the summer, you'll find many festivals and great beaches to relax on especially in Okinawa.
Booking your ticket in winter, will enable you to encounter thrilling snowboarding & skiing, scrumptious seafood and the relaxing hot springs. In both Spring and Fall, Japan will be at a very pleasant temperature and touring even by foot is enjoyable. For Osaka and Tokyo, the best times are from late March to mid-May (though, April can get crowded due to the cherry blossoms) or from early October to mid-to-late-November.
Japan - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights toHaneda Airport ・ Kuala Lumpur International Airport
・ Toronto Pearson International Airport
・ Beijing Capital International Airport
・ Heathrow Airport
・ Hamad International Airport
Airports handling direct flights toNarita International Airport ・ Sheremetyevo International Airport
・ Taoyuan International Airport
・ Abu Dhabi International Airport
・ Hong Kong International Airport
・ Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Airports handling direct flights toKansai International Airport ・ Kuala Lumpur International Airport
・ Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
・ Singapore Changi Airport
・ Don Mueang International Airport
・ Frankfurt Airport
Airports handling direct flights toFukuoka Airport ・ Incheon International Airport
・ Ninoy Aquino International Airport
・ Macau International Airport
Airports handling direct flights toNew Chitose Airport ・ Kaohsiung International Airport
・ Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport
Flight Routes to Japan
Popular international hubs for flights to Japan include Haneda International Airport and Narita International Airport serving Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Direct flights are available from many countries all over the world such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, US and many others. Japan is also considered an important business connection as Haneda Airport is one of the largest air cargo hubs after Kansai Airport and Narita Airport.