Short Term Stay

*Please read "Visa Information" before applying for a visa.

  • Short Term Stay refers to temporary visits of up to 90 days with non-paid activities for the purpose of the trip.
  • Nationals from countries that have visa exemption arrangements with Japan can apply for landing permission for short term stay without obtaining a visa beforehand.
    (U.S. citizens who go to Japan for news/media related activities or attending depositions are required to obtain a visa).
  • Visa applications must be submitted in person.
  • You do NOT need an appointment to submit your visa application. Please drop in and submit your visa application documents during our window hours.
  • You must live in our jurisdiction to apply for your visa. (Northern and Central California & Nevada)
    Please bring proof of residence such as your California/Nevada Driver’s license/ID card, utility bill, etc.
  • Applicants must have a valid U.S. long term visa status such as Permanent Resident, H1B, L-1, J-1, F-1 etc. F-1 Student and J-1 visa holders must have a valid travel signature on I-20 / DS2019.
  • We take a minimum of 5 business days to process, so please apply for your visa ahead of time. For special circumstances, we may take longer.

    Applications from those who entered the U.S. with a B1/B2 visa or who are under a U.S. visa exemption status will not be accepted in this office.

Multiple-entry Visas

Multiple-entry visa for short term stay will be valid for 1, 3 or 5 years. Multiple-entry visa will be issued to valid national passports only. We will not issue multiple-entry visa for Alien Passports such as U.S. Re-entry permit/Travel Document and etc.

Business/conference purpose only up to 90 days stay.

Multiple-Entry Visas for Sightseeing, visiting friends/relatives and business/conference purposes up to 30 days stay. Multiple -entry visas may be issued to applicants who have sufficient level of financial capability and their families for the following nationals.
Please click the applicable check list below:

Single-entry Visas

Please carefully read the check list that applies to you regarding all the required documents for your short term stay visa application.

Please download the check lists by clicking the links above.

To Attend Deposition taking by U.S. Consul

Important Notes

Landing Permission at the Airport
Although a visa is one condition that allows you to land at an airport or seaport, you should note that a visa does not guarantee landing permission. You must obtain landing permission during immigration procedures.


Criminal Record
An applicant with a criminal record must provide a copy of his/her court conviction or sentence, along with an English translation of those documents if they are in any language other than English. We would like to know about the charges, time served, fees paid, and probation (if any). If you have such a record, please call our office in advance.


Operating Hours
Window: Monday to Friday, 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., closed from noon to 1:00p.m.
*Please arrive no less than 30 minutes before noon to submit visa applications during our AM hours.
Due to the high volume of applicants during our AM hours, you may be required to return after 1:00p.m., to submit visa applications during our PM hours.

Telephone Inquiries
Toll-Free & 24 Hour Hotline for Visa-related inquiries – 1-888-671-4583

Phone number and Address
For directions, please click here

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
Visa Section
275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: (415)780-6000 FAX: (415)767-4200

Tel hours: Monday to Friday, except certain U.S. and Japanese holidays;
9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., closed from noon to 1:00p.m.

* Due to the high volume of applicants during certain peak seasons, we may not be able to answer your call during our business hours.

All visa inquiries should be addressed to the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco if you reside in Northern and Central California, and the State of Nevada