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"Temporary Visitor"

"Temporary Visitor" or "tanki-taizai" in Japanese is one of "Status of Residence" defined by Japanese immigration law.

A person on "Temporary Visitor" status can stay in Japan for sightseeing, recreation, sports, visiting relatives, inspection tours, participating in lectures or meetings, business contact or other similar activities.

Duration of this status is 15-day, 30-day, or 90-day to be determined by an immigration officer at the air/sea port.



VISA exemption

Basically, a foreign national must apply for a valid visa before he/she enter to Japan, but Japan has mutual visa exemption agreements with many countries and regions. If your passport is issued by the country or region in the list, you are exempt from obtaining a Visiting visa.
The list may change. Please confirm the latest information on the public web site of MOFA.

Asia
Singapore
Brunei
Republic of Korea
Taiwan
Hong Kong
Macao

North America
United States
Canada

Latin America and Caribbean
Argentina
Uruguay
El Salvador
Guatemala
Costa Rica
Surinam
Chile
Dominican Republic
Bahamas
Barbados (biometric passport holder)
Honduras
Mexico

Oceania
Australia
New Zealand

Middle East
Israel
Turkey (biometric passport holder)

Africa
Tunisia
Mauritius
Lesotho (biometric passport holder)
Europe
Iceland
Ireland
Andorra
Italy
Estonia
Austria
Netherlands
Cyprus
Greece
Croatia
San Marino
Switzerland
Sweden
Spain
Slovakia
Slovenia
Serbia (e-passport holder)
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
Norway
Hungary
Finland
France
Bulgaria
Belgium
Poland
Portugal
Macedonia, former Yugoslavia
Malta
Monaco
Latvia
Lithuania
Liechtenstein
Romania
Luxembourg
United Kingdom


List of "Status of Residence"
Table I (1)
Diplomat Official Professor Artist Religious Activities Journalist
Table I (2) Business Manager   Legal/Accounting Services   Medical Services   Researcher   Instructor   Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services   Intracompany Transferee   Entertainer   Skilled Labor  
Table I (3) Cultural Activities Temporary Visitor
Table I (4) Student Pre-college Student Trainee Dependent
Table I (5) Designated Activities
Table II Permanent Resident Spouse or Child of Japanese national Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident Long Term Resident
Special Permanent Resident Special Permanent Resident


Followings are quotations from the immigration law/ordinance of the web site of Japanese government. However some of them were quoted before the revision in 2012. Therefore they might be old and different from the present rule.



Authorized Activities (Appended Table I (3), Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act)
本邦において行うことができる活動(出入国管理及び難民認定法 別表第一 三)

Sightseeing, recreation, sports, visiting relatives, inspection tours, participating in lectures or meetings, business contact or other similar activities during a short period of stay in Japan.


本邦に短期間滞在して行う観光、保養、スポーツ、親族の訪問、見学、講習又は会合への参加、業務連絡その他これらに類似する活動



基準(出入国管理及び難民認定法第七条第一項第二号の基準を定める省令・省令第十六号)




Period of Stay (Appended Table II)
在留期間(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第二)

90, 30 or 15 days.


九十日、三十日又は十五日



Materials (Appended Table III)
資料(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第三)

(i) Ticket of aircraft, etc. for departure from Japan or a letter of guarantee in lieu of the ticket issued by the carrier.
(ii) the alien's valid passport by which he/she may enter countries other than Japan.
(iii) Material certifying the alien's ability to pay all the expenses during his/her stay in Japan.


一 本邦から出国するための航空機等の切符又はこれに代わる運送業者の発行する保証書
二 本邦以外の国に入国することができる当該外国人の有効な旅券
三 在留中の一切の経費の支弁能力を明らかにする資料



Materials (Appended Table III (2))
資料(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第三の二)






Agent (Appended Table IV)
代理人(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第四)





Working visa
Professor 「教授」
Artist 「芸術」
Religious Activities 「宗教」
Journalist 「報道」
Business Manager 「経営・管理」
Legal/Accounting Services 「法律・会計業務」
Medical Services 「医療」
Researcher 「研究」
Instructor 「教育」
Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/
International Services 「技術・人文知識・国際業務」

Intracompany Transferee 「企業内転勤」
Entertainer 「興行」
Skilled Labor 「技能」

General visa
Cultural Activities 「文化活動」
Student 「留学」
Pre-College Student 「就学」
Trainee 「研修」
Dependent 「家族滞在」

Specified visa
Spouse or Child of Japanese national 「日本人の配偶者等」
Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident 「永住者の配偶者等」
Long Term Resident 「定住者」
Designated Activities 「特定活動」

Permanent Residency
Permanent Resident 「永住者」
Special Permanent Resident 「特別永住者」

Visiting visa
Temporary Visitor 「短期滞在」

Diplomatic visa
Diplomat 「外交」

Official visa
Official 「公用」

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