Konnichiwa. I made it to “The Land of the Rising Sun”, Japan. Fun fact, I’ve learned from the internet that the reason why Japan is called “The Land of The Rising Sun” is because in China, it appears that the sun rises from the direction of Japan and that the Japanese people call their country “Nippon” or “Nihon” which translates to “The Source of the Sun”

Anyway, for this trip, I visited the historic villages of Shirakawa-go to experience snow for the first time (I had so much fun). Kyoto because why not. Lol.. just kidding. Kyoto was once a capital of Japan and I think that is one good reason why Kyoto must be in your or my list of must visit places in Japan. And finally, Osaka for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, yes this muggle is a huge Harry Potter fan.

I’ve heard how expensive this country can be, but that will not stop me from experiencing one of the most amazing, beautiful and friendly countries in the world. Not to mention, the mouth watering food, rich historic culture and majestic temples. So, I applied for my visa because a Philippine passport holder needs a visa to visit Japan.

HOW I GET MY JAPAN TOURIST VISA

To be really honest, applying for a visa intimidates the sh*t out of me at first, but I realized I am not going to get one unless I applied. So I completed the requirements, which are: (Please note that these are the requirements I submitted as a Philippine Passport Holder who is living in the Philippines, Single, employed and visiting for tourism purpose only. If your case is different from mine, please contact the embassy)

  • Philippine Passport
  • A duly accomplished visa application form, which you can download here. (Do not leave anything Blank, write N/A if not applicable.)
  • ID Picture, must be 4.5cm by 4.5cm (Paste it on the application form)
  • Birth Certificate from PSA.
  • Daily Schedule. Your itinerary in Japan, it doesn’t have to be complicated.
  • Income Tax Return, if you are employed like myself your BIR Form 2316
  • Bank Certificate, must be issued within the last 3 months. In case you are wondering how much is in my bank statement. Its Php 100,000.00++

As soon as I completed all the requirements, I submitted it to Reli Tours and Travel, in SM Southmall because Japan Visa Application must be coursed through an accredited travel agency.

… 2 days later, I got my VISA. Yay!!!

THE TRIP

I arrived in Osaka International Airport from Taipei, Taiwan at night. My plan was to go to straight to Kanazawa City, where I had my hotel booked for the night and then go to Shirakawa-go early in the morning. Unfortunately, it was already late so, there will be no more train that could take me to there. Instead, I take the train to Kyoto to spend the night.