Visa and Consular Section


Visa Information

For general information on Japanese visas, please contact JAPAN VISA INFORMATION HOTLINE: 1-647-493-6001 (in English, 24/7)

For specific questions, please direct your inquiries to the office nearest to your residence. Please note that matters related to visas are handled locally according to the jurisdiction of each Consulate-General. If you reside elsewhere in Canada other than the Ottawa region, please direct your inquiries to the office of the respective Consulate-General that takes care of the area where you reside.


The information for Ottawa Residens is below.

(1) A Guide to Japanese Visas

(2) Types of Visa Applications and Requirements

(3) Visa Application Form (Sample)

(4) Visa Fees

(5) Criteria for Visa Issuance

(6) Frequently asked questions


The Government of Japan has appointed four honourary consul generals who can provide certain services (not including the issuing of VISAs, certificates, etc.), assistance and information in the cities of Halifax (Nova Scotia), St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador), Winnipeg (Manitoba) and Regina (Saskatchewan).

Honourary Consul Generals of Japan in Canada

Guide to Living in Japan

Guide (PDF format):

(1) English

(2) Japanese

Leaflets (PDF format):

(1) English

(2) Japanese


(1) General Information

Dear travelers to Japan:

It is recommended that you purchase overseas travel insurance
  • Overseas travel insurance can give you a feeling of security, even in emergencies, so you can better enjoy your trip.
  • Medical expenses can be very high in Japan. If you have purchased travel insurance which offers sufficient coverage of the costs, you can receive treatments without concern.
  • It is recommended that you purchase overseas travel insurance with travel support for hospital referrals, medical interpretation and cashless medical service. We recommend that you check your insurance details before travelling. For example, perinatal medical care is not covered by travel insurance and can be expensive.

(2)  Accommodation in Japan

Registration procedure at lodging facilities in Japan changed as of April 1, 2005.
Important Notice regarding Registration Procedures at lodging facilities in Japan effective April 1, 2005