General Information


General Information

Please note that the visa exemption agreement is suspended at this time.
  • Nationals from countries that have visa exemption arrangements with Japan Open a new windowcan apply for landing permission for short term stay without obtaining a visa.
  • Nationals from Russia, CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgys, Tajikstan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan), or Georgia are required to submit two sets of the application form.
  • Japan does not require a 6 month remaining validity, as long as your ORDINARY passport (no travel document) is valid at the time of travel.
  • An applicant with an arrest or criminal record can refer to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition ACT SECTION 2 LANDING OF A FOREIGN NATIONAL (Denial of Landing) Article 5Open a new window (Pages 4-7). Please direct any further inquiries directly to Japanese Immigration Open a new window
  • Currently, appointments are required.
  • No Appointment Necessary
  • Requirements for visa applications vary depending on your nationality, U.S. immigration status, purpose and duration of trip. Please refer to Short Term Stay and Long Term Stay.


 701 Pike Street, Suite 1000  
   Seattle, WA 98101

Window Hours

 Morning Hours:9:00 am to 11:30am
 Afternoon Hours:1:00pm to 4:30pm 

   (Monday through Friday, except certain U.S. and Japanese holidays)

We are accepting applicants only with appointments.


**Please note that a visa itself does not guarantee landing permission, although it is one condition that applies for landing at an airport or seaport. You must obtain landing permission during the immigration procedures.

  • We are accepting visa application at this time only by email.
  • Please print out all of the documents, as incomplete applications will not be accepted. The Consulate General of Japan WILL NOT MAKE COPIES.
  • Visa applications must be submitted in person.

However, those who reside in a remote area* can apply for a visa by mail (please read the details carefully). We ask that you contact the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle for direction BEFORE sending the documents.

*Applications by mail will only be accepted from Washington State counties of Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, Yakima, 9 counties in Northern Idaho, and the state of Montana.

In this case, a self-addressed stamped envelope for FedEx or USPS must be submitted along with the Release of Liability. Our office is not responsible for the loss or delay of passports in the mail. In some cases, personal appearance or additional documents may be required.



Visa processing time

Processing Time
Normally, a visa can be issued in 4-5 working days if all the requirements are met. There are, however, some cases where referrals to the government office in Japan are necessary. In such cases, it may take around 1-2 months for the results. Therefore, early planning for your trip to Japan is recommended.

Visa Fees

Please check the Visa Fee Page
We accept cash ONLY. Personal checks and credit cards ARE NOT accepted.