How to Apply for a Japan Tourist Visa (Filipinos)

** UPDATED [10/2015- Multiple Entry Visa Application]

Visiting the Land of the Rising Sun has always been a dream of mine. I even remember giving Japan as my answer when a professor asked us which country we would like to visit someday. That dream became a reality just a few weeks ago. Yes, I finally was able to fly to my dream destination!

Anyone who loves anime/manga, cherry blossoms, cultural/historical things or simply traveling would have Japan on their list. Unfortunately for Philippine passport holders, to be able to go to Japan there is one important requirement you need before being able to step foot in the country: the Japan visa.

So in my part it was just a test whether I would be granted a Visa or not. I say it’s a test because believe it or not, Japan would be the FIRST country I would be visiting outside of the Philippines. Ever. Meaning no stamps on my passport, no other proof that I have visited other countries and returned to my beloved Philippines.

Japan is one of the strictest countries when it comes to Continue Reading…


Puerto Princesa: A 4-day Adventure in the City in the Forest

Puerto Princesa or also known as “City in the Forest” is a popular travel destination located in the western provincial island of Palawan, Philippines. The first thing that comes to mind for me is the Subterranean River National Park and of course, island hopping. So, we decided on a whim to take a short vacation and finally we were able to check it off our bucketlist. I won’t be writing much detail about the places we went to, just mostly what we did. 😛 Continue Reading…

Planning a Trip to Japan

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Having only less than a month to plan my vacation was by far, the most stressful part of this whole trip. Mainly because I wasn’t really expecting that my application for a visa would be granted so I didn’t do much planning.

Although I’ve been looking for hotels prior to submitting my application (for the itinerary) I booked my hotel only a week before my flight and thankfully I was able to purchase a promo airline ticket from an agency just two weeks before my departure date. Whew! Another important thing was having my money converted to Japanese Yen. It’s a good thing to have a credit card handy but better to have the currency available since most establishments only accept Japan Yen as payment.

Helpful Apps/Websites for your trip to Japan: Continue Reading…