How to “Sponsor” for Japan Tourist Visa?

DISCLAIMER: This post is purely based on experience. I am not in any way connected to any travel agency or the Japan Embassy itself.

I have traveled to Japan multiple times as a tourist and I have always dreamed of showing my Mom my favorite country. Year 2018, I was able to fulfill that – her first flight out of the country was bound for Tokyo, Japan.

She is not employed and is a plain house lola who takes care of her grandchildren. She only has a passport and lacks a lot of documents to apply for a Japan Visa. What I did was guarantee or sponsor her trip to Japan.

Year 2020, I was able to sponsor my mom, my nephew and my niece on their trip to Japan.


Compiled the requirements:

Philippine Passport
Visa Application Form
Japan Visa Photo
Birth Certificate
Marriage Contract
Daily Schedule in Japan
Airline Tickets
Accommodation Booking
Letter of Guarantee
My birth certificate – proof that we are related.
My bank certificate – proof that we can afford to travel.
My ITR – since she doesn’t have one.

*Check out my post Tips on How to Get Japan Tourist Visa for details on each item.*

She does not have a bank certificate and Income Tax Return (Form 2316) since she is not employed. She submitted my bank certificate and ITR  plus attached a letter explaining the scenario. Also attached a copy of my birth certificate as proof that she is indeed my mother.

*Check the ITR explanation letter here.*

Download the Letter of Guarantee from the Embassy of Japan website and fill out the form.

Below is the letter I (the sponsor) submitted to the Embassy. You can use the format and edit it to reflect your information/scenario.

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The Office of the Consul General
The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
2627 Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City, Metro Manila 1300
February 28, 2019
Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is (Name), with Philippine Passport # (passport number) and a resident of (address). I am currently employed as a (job title) at (company name) with office address at (company address).

I am writing to your office to let you know that I will be supporting my mother, (mother name), holder of Philippine Passport # (passport number), and a resident of (address). I will be taking care of all of her expenses during our stay in Japan. Attached herewith are necessary documents for your reference.

I have been to Japan last (date/s). I did not have any issues with immigration and law enforcement during my stay in Japan.

We have planned this trip since December of last year and I am excited to show my mother the beauty of Japan. We will be flying to Japan on (date) and stay until (date) only. I guarantee her compliance with Japanese laws and regulations.
I am looking forward for your positive response.



We then submitted all requirements at TravelPros in Megamall. After 3 days we received a text that the passport can be claimed. VISA APPROVED!


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OFW Guide for Japan Tourist Visa Application

DISCLAIMER: This post is purely based on experience. I am not in any way connected to any travel agency or the Japan Embassy itself.

Check this video on how to score cheap tickets to Japan! 🙂

I have a friend who works as a nurse in Saudi Arabia and she’s here in the Philippines for a 2-month vacation. She scored her promo Manila-Tokyo-Manila tickets way back 2017 and was worried about her visa. I told her it’s easy 😉

I helped her compile the requirements and here’s what we presented:


Philippine Passport
– Since she is an OFW, it shows her entry and exit in Saudi Arabia.

Visa Application Form (Download Here)
– it is an editable PDF, fill out the necessary information and print. Don’t forget your signature.
– if you trust your penmanship, go for it. Just make sure there’s no erasure.
– always put N/A when not applicable

– Photo studios at the mall offer this. Just tell them it is for Japan Visa and they’ll know what to do.

Birth Certificate
– applied online and delivered within the week.

Marriage Contract (if the applicant is married)
– Not applicable since she’s not yet married.

Daily Schedule in Japan (Download Sample Here)
– the itinerary, day to day activity in Japan.

Bank Certificate
– requested thru BDO for P100 fee. She wasn’t able to get the certificate on the same day though and was asked to return the next day. And if you’re curious, she’s at the 100k mark.

 Income Tax Return (Form 2316)
– She said she does not have this. We wrote a letter explain this. Here is the sample. Edit the letter to reflect your information.


Below documents are really “not required” but since it is available, we submitted them. I believe it gives you higher success rate since these documents will justify you’re capable of financing your trip as well as a guarantee that you will return.

Certificate of Employment
– must state your position, tenure, and salary.
– request HR to put the gross annual income to make it look like a big amount 😉

Job Order / Contract
– Submitted just a photocopy. It states her renewal and she is scheduled to be back in Saudi on the last week of February 2018.

Return Tickets to Saudi Arabia
– I didn’t know she already has tickets back to Saudi. I believe this is a great proof that she will not overstay and will be in Japan only for tourism.

Airline Tickets to Japan and back to Manila
– She already scored a roundtrip ticket back in 2017 so we submitted a printed copy.

Accommodation Booking
– printed the confirmation email from the hotel and attached together with the main requirements. For your stay in Japan, I highly recommend booking thru Agoda.


Friendship Tours
– Handling fee is P1200 and conveniently located at 3F Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.
She applied on Friday. Tuesday she got a text confirming that the visa has been granted!

Prepare and submit all the required documents to the accredited agencies. I highly recommend Friendship Tours. I know it seems a lot but if you can provide additional documents to prove you can finance your travel and that you will be returning, the better. Also apply at least a month before your flight so you have ample time should they require supporting documents.

Good luck with your application!

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Japan Visa Without ITR 2316 – Letter of Explanation

This post is for those hesitant to apply for Japan Visa because they don’t have an ITR and feel they won’t get approved. I’d like to share this experience hoping to give you light and at least lessen your worries in getting the visa approved! 🙂



We recently applied for Japan Visa last October and my girlfriend does not have an ITR because she just got hired this year (ITR will be released next year). We wrote a letter to the Embassy stating why we can’t provide it.

I believe that this example can also be used by freelancers, housewives, students, or anybody who can’t provide the ITR. Below is the letter, feel free to edit it as per your details and reason. Good luck with your application! 🙂

The Office of the Consul General
The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
2627 Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City, Metro Manila 1300

October 17, 2016

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am personally requesting for a single entry visa for myself. I am (Your Name), bearer of Philippine Passport # (ABC12345), and resident of (Complete Address). I am currently employed as a (Job Title) at (Company) with office address at (Complete Company Address).

I am writing to your office to let you know that I am lacking the required Income Tax Return BIR Form 2316. I just got employed this year and my company cannot provide the ITR for 2016 because it will be released early 2017. Attached herewith is my Certificate of Employment as well as other required documents.

I will be flying to Japan on (Departure Date) and will stay until (Return Date) only together with my family/friends for sightseeing and touring. I guarantee that I will not become a public charge or burden during my stay in Japan and will strictly follow all rules.

I am hoping for your positive response. Thank you very much.


Your Name


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