How I Wrote my Letter of Explanation Japan Tourist Visa

How I Wrote My Letter of Explanation for Japan Tourist Visa

Japan Letter of Explanation

A lot of people are interested to go to Japan because of the cheap flights being offered by some local airlines here in the Philippines. I received a lot of inquiries on Getting A Japan Tourist Visa in the Philippines without Income Tax Return especially on how I wrote my letter of explanation. Now, here’s a screenshot of the draft I wrote last year.

This letter I wrote was the second time I applied for a visa which the intention is to get a multiple entry visa. I wasn’t granted for the multiple entry, but I am still happy that they granted me a single-entry tourist visa.

Greet them in Japanese

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Be Honest and Clear with your Intentions in traveling to Japan

I think one reason why I wasn’t granted a multiple entry visa is because I don’t have any proof of employment as what I have mentioned in my letter, I quit my job and do volunteer work. What’s important is Embassy of Japan granted me a tourist visa to get in Japan the second time around on the same year.

Related Article: Photos: Autumn in Japan 2015

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To get that Japan tourist visa, you have to show that in your bank certificate, you have enough money to travel in Japan. Although it is expensive, I was able to get around on a low budget. Aside from bank certificate, I also submitted the original copy of Stock Investment Certification.

Related Article: My Travel Summary in 2015

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Write the letter of explanation by hand

To make it more authentic, I wrote my letter of explanation by hand.

Everyone has its own explanation of getting a visa. I am just sharing you here how I wrote mine and hope this will give you an idea. Why do you love to go to Japan?

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New Update: I got my Japan Multiple Entry Visa (2019 Guide)

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222 thoughts on “How I Wrote my Letter of Explanation Japan Tourist Visa

  • Hi Miss Roxanne, I am planning to visit Japan early jan or feb next year. I dont have an ITR for this year as I shifted from being in a Corporate employee to a freelancer. I have a bank account as well. My question is, is there any estimated money on my bank like 30k or 50k for only 7days visit? I just wanted to have this trip as a birthday gift for myself. I’ve to China, Malaysia, Vietnam, HongKong and Cambodia but that was way way over 3 years ago. Will travel documents suffice as an alternative with my old passport stamps since I’ve lost my old passport. Hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi ma’am roxane. Tanong lang maam, kelangan parin ba ng explanation of letter japan tourist visa? Kahit my business permit ka, itr, dti, bank statement? Kasi plan ko this week pasa ng documents ko.

  • Hello po Miss Roxanne!
    Plan kasi naman mag asawa na mag trip ng Japan pag uwi nya OFW kasi sya kasama ang baby namin as a gift sa baby namin sa 1st birthday nya.
    We only have one bank account nakapangalan po sa akin, okay lang po ba yon na nakapangalan sa akin? May Visa credit card sya pwede ba yon ang ipakita nya at ang CEO nya at bank certificate ko po? Gagawa nalang po kami ng letter na wala kaming ITR kasi OFW sya at ako naman wala po akong work.

  • hello parang off topic tong sakin tatanong q lng sana kung ok lng ba na hand written lng yung letter of invitation as in naka separate sa ibang bondpaper wla don sa parang official na form tapos fience pa nka sulat sa invitation peru nakasal na kami nung nagbakasyon yung girlfriend ko..bibisitahin q sana yung asawa q sa japan bakasyon na din,anyway may japan visa na ako planu kac namin mag tourist nlng ako hindi q gagamitin yung invitation nya? bka kac matanong sa immigration officer bka ma offload pa dahil dyan hihingi lng ng advice..thank you

  • Hi Ms. Roxanne!
    I am planning to get a visa on january, but the problem is walang telephone yung company na pinagttrabahuhan ko ngayon, small outsourcing company lang kasi kami. Do you have any advice for me kung anong pwede kong gawin about this? Thank you.

  • Good day Ms. Roxanne,
    If senior citizen po ba tapos walang ITR, kailangan pa ba ng letter of explanation? And kung need ng supporting documents, what type? Isasama ko po kasi lola ko e bank certificate lang meron siya.
    Thank you.

    • Yes also explain it na it’s you who will shoulder all the expenses. If you are working then show all your assets: bank accounts, properties, certificate of employment, investments

  • Good day Miss ROxanne,

    HI, i already went to Japan last May 2017. In my single entry visa, i have a guarantor for my bank certificate.Now, I am planning to apply for a multiple visa, but on my own account. Is there a possibility that it will be approved even the bank certificate was different from the first one that i passed for the single entry visa before? Would it will have effect on my multiple visa application?

    Arigatou Gozaimasu. πŸ™‚

  • Hello….
    Ive read some bloggers about kung paano sila mag process ng visa. Ask ko lng po….ano po ung mas maganda??? Okay lng ba na ako nlng mismo ang mag fafile ng visa to japan embassy or kailangan ko tlaga mag travel agency???

  • Hello Roxanne. Im from Leyte, Philippines. Pupunta kami ng family ko consisting of my husband and 2 daughter (11yrs. & 1 yr. old) sa Japan this coming Feb. 2018 to visit a friend. Nakabili kasi kami ng promo tickets tsaka 4days lang kami dun. Sa tingin mo po, ok napo ba yung 150k para sa bank certificate for the 4 of us? Although meron nman kaming titirhan dun kasi ng-offer din yung bestfriend ko na dun tumira sa kanila pero ayoko rin naman cyang kulitin cya sa mga requirements na kelangan din nyang isubmit. At tsaka kelangan din ng Explanation letter about the relationship with the applicant, ako ba ang mgpo-provide nun or yung bestfriend ko? Sorry talaga pero andami palang requirement ng Japan Visa hindi gaya ng S.Korea. Thank you.

      • Hello Miss Rox. Natuloy nga pala kami sa Japan ng family ko. But instead na Visit A Friend yung visa namin, Tourist with no guarantor nalang ang inapply namin para walang hassle sa friend ko. Nagbook ako ng hotel with free cancellation then yung itinerary ko Tokyo lang talaga tapos nung na-approve na yung VISA namin agad ko din kinancel yung hotel booking namin then dun kami sa bahay ng friend ko nagstay. Hiningan ako ng japan embassy sa airport ng itinerary namin kaso hindi ako nakadala ng print-out so sinabi ko nalang na Tokyo lang kami, so okey nman din ang lahat. Salamat.

  • Hi Ms. Rox!
    I have a question regarding may documents. Kasi I just got married last January and may Bank account and passport(which i got last december 2016 lang) is still maiden name pa din kaya yung plane ticket ko maiden name ko din ginamit ko kasi yun yung sa passport. But yung ITR na makukuha ko dito sa office yung married name ko na ang nakalagay kakahire ko lang kasi this March so married name ko na ginamit ko.. Tpos yung marriage contract naman 6months after pa pwede kumuha kaya halos kakakuha ko lang din.. Magkakaissue kaya about dun? or need ko na lang gumawa ng letter to explain tapos attached ko na din yung marriage contract?

    Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

      • Hi Ms Rox!
        I have a follow up question, My idea ka ba kung anong name dapat ang ilgay ko sa pag fill up ng Visa Application, is it may maiden name or my married name na? i am still using my maiden name sa passport at sa ticket na binili ko..
        Thank you πŸ™‚

  • hi! nakapag travel na ako sa japan last 2015 yung nanay ko nagwork dun ininvite ako pero andito na sya ngayon plano naming bumalik dun ngayong April do I need to write a letter if I` m going back there with my mom and my daughter?

  • hi roxanne! when you were granted a multiple entry visa, did you perhaps bought JR Pass as well? is multiple entry visa with temporary status accepted that time? i was searching the net and one JR Pass seller mentioned that multiple entry visa holders cannot use JR Pass… thank you!

  • Hi Roxy, good read! I was reading other blog’s and said to check “ROX” letter for Japan’s Visa with NO ITR. Upon seeing the Roxanne M. Tamayo, I was wondering if this is the same person I have hiked with in Mt. Batulao years ago. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Helo poh maam..ASK Lng poh maam ung guarantee letter na ipinadala sa akin ng tita ko na confuse poh kc ako kc sabi niya ang reason daw naelgay ko ay baby sitter..saan poh don elalagay?

  • Good day po mag ask lang po ok lang po ba if magpresent kami parehas ng guarantor q ng bank certificate kasi maliit lng ung pera ng guarantor q sa bank acct. nia?

    • That I don’t know. If your guarantor has small money sa bank account Nya, then it’s not convincing to be your guarantor.

          • Dapt po ba ung schedule of stay specif cia.. eh pano po kung ung guarantor q may work sympre ndi nmn po kami lagi lagi makakaalis.. then. Mas ok po ba kung may ticket na kami back en port kasi sv nila mas ok daw bumili kaya nag buy na kami ng ticket.. thank u

  • Hi Roxanne,
    I have money in my bank, an itr, but i just recently resigned from my job. but sa application for visa, meron duon name of employer. but since i am not employed in that company anymore, do i need to submit a letter to explain why i want to travel to Japan?

  • H, 3 times na ko nagapply for tourist visa with conplete documents. My husband is japanese but separated. Its that my surname matters? Thanks

  • hi,
    I went to Japan with my Mom 3 years ago with my brother who is married to a Japanese as our guarantor…this time I am applying for a MULTIPLE VISA, as a tourist with no guarantor, Currently working in a BPO company, I have my bank certificate, COE & ITR already. Do you think I need to tell them that I will be visiting my brother and his family in the Letter of explanation ?. or better not to talk about it if not asked?

    • Hi Jojo! Actually, if depends on you. I went to Japan twice solo trip and only applied tourist visa with no guarantor although I have a cousin in Osaka.

  • Hi Rox,

    Thanks, I’ve already forwarded my application to the agency last Saturday (04/07/18), and I think the result will come out anytime this week… hoping I could get Multiple then…

  • Good day gusto q sana malaman po pag nag apply ka po ba ng 90days sila pa din ba mag dedecide kung ilang araw tlga ang ibbigay sayo…thank you

      • Ok thank you and may isa p qng question what na denied ilang months pwede mag reapply?? Tas mern kasi qng nabasa na blog pag nadenied pwede ba mag reappeal? Thank you

  • Hi! ask ko lang if I could give a reason na my husband which happens to be a japan citizen is still in japan fixing stuff if I could visit him there kaya I am applying for a multiple visa?? I am employed here in PH, no worries about the financial requirements. Hope you could help me with this kind of matter.

    • Just apply for single entry visa first coz that will be the initial to give you. if they will give you multiple entry visa, then you’re lucky.

      • Hello po pwedi pubang magtanong kase kinukuha po ako ng bf ko papuntang japan ano puba ung mas mabilis kung fiancee or tourist and pano pu sya gagawa ng valid reason para ma granted po ung visa ko

        • Hi, better try ka muna tourist visa. Di ko kasi alam about Fiancee visa po. But better talaga visit ka muna Japan as a tourist.

    • Hello! Sorry for the late reply. Just explain that you have no baptismal certificate. How is it going? Did you apply na ba?

  • Hello ms. Roxan ask ko lng kung ano pwd e reason out pag wala ITR,im a insurance agent..and it happen po n may company drives for 5days po ung insurance na pinagtratrabahuan ko, as agent lng po ako don pero kasama ako sa drives ..the problem is i dont have ITR kasi di pa ko nkapag file last year ng ITR ko…

    • Just say you are an insurance agent and you haven’t filed for tax payment although you will have plans in the future to have one.

  • good day Ms.Roxanne
    Ask q lang.planning to apply japan visa with my son , i’m self employed with DTI and Business permit but no ITR it’s a home base travel and tours. My sister will shouldered our fare because it’s a treat for her 50th birthday! Is it okay ung may Guarantor na lang gamitin q? I can provide my bank certificate only ITR lang wala aq.


    • Hi Jocelyn,

      You can submit your DTI and business permit, it’s a good proof that you can travel. And also show your bank certificate. If you don’t have ITR, just write an explanation that you don’t have one but you are planning to get one. πŸ™‚ Good luck sa Japan. You’ll get it.

    • Hi Elle,

      Saken naman I don’t have COE. You can submit COE if you are still employed while applying for a visa.

  • Hi! My mom, dad, and sister are traveling to Japan next month. Mag a-apply pa lang kami ng visa within this week. I jus twant to clarify lang kung ano kailangang requirements. Ang mom ko mag sho-shoulder ng expenses. She’s a retired government employee and senior citizen na. My dad no longer works din kasi senior na rin so pahinga na sya. My sister is employed but di na sya mag su-submit ng cert of employment and ITR since our mom will shoulder all the expenses. Ako naman unemployed. Ano po ba ang kailangan pa na papers as supporting documents? Wala ITR mom namin dince retired na sya. Susulat po ba kami ng letterof explanation na mom ko mag sho-shoulder ng expenses? Thank you po.

    • Hi Reyn,

      Yes you need to write a letter of explanation that your mom will shoulder the expenses. Ang tanong, how much money your mom has in her bank account? Make sure for 3-5 people, the money in the bank account will convince the embassy that your mom can shoulder everything.

  • Inviting again my daughter kc nadeny visa nya for student visa and okanning to invite her again and try to apply again to study in college school kailngan b indicate na na denay cy dati for student visa

  • Hi… me and my partner, we are not married are applying for a single entry visa for japan, we are travelling with a group of friends 6 from the other family, then kme ng partner ko, with our 7 year old daughter and 71 year old mother, to celebrate our birthdays , October celebrants kase kame. Ang travel namin is Nov 17- 25, 2019. We have plane tickets already and book and paid na rin ang 2ng hotel namin sa aming 8 day stay in japan. The problem lies with my partner, he is a freelance musician, no itr and has a record of overtaying with Japan 1990 to 2000. He voluntarily surrendered on April 2000 , thus he was able to come back to the Philipines, year 2000, he never came back to Japan ever since. We made an explanation letter regarding his no ITR, he has enough money on his bank, kay a meron syang bank cert on his own, meron syang BIR registration as freelance mucisian registerd only this year, and meron syang official receipt under his name, so ngayon end year pa lang sya mag fifile para magka ITR. Ang kinakabahan kme yung sa overstaying nya ng 10 years sa Japan 19 years ago. We ere advised by Reli Tours to submit another letter explanation with apology on the circumstances surrounding the said overstaying 19 years ago, and say na nag voluntary surrender sya. Since 2000, may mga short stay travel na sya, and sa passport nya , ay may tatak na ng dubai atBali Indonesia last year travel nya. Ano pa mam kaya ang magandang gawin or I submit ? sa tingin nyo po ba may chances na ma approve ang single entry visa application nya? may mga alam po ba kayo na similar ang kalagayan nya at na approve? samat ng marami.

    • Show all the documents that he is a tax-registered musician and be honest about your intention of visiting Japan and his single entry visa.

  • Hi po. May Chance po ba ma Approved ang Visa kung 3 Months pa langpo ang Business? Pero May Business Permit, DTI ,Certificate of Registration, Bank Certificate and Bank Statement in 10days as Tourist in France? Solo Traveler po.

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