Visa News:
Visa service available by appointment only.
Please make an appointment with the visa section.

TEL: 415-780-6000 ext: 6092
Toll-Free & 24 Hour Hotline for Visa-related inquiries – 1-888-671-4583

Requirements for Multiple-entry and Single-entry Visas for short term stay are revised. Please download a check list.


*Please carefully read the following below for visa information.

I. Visa application are accepted only from residents in our jurisdiction.

Area of Jurisdiction

Proof of residence such as your California/Nevada Driver’s license/ID card, utility bill, etc. is required.


II. Only those with long-term resident status in the U.S. can apply for a visa

Proof of residency includes the following:
(1) U.S. passport (U.S. citizen)
(2) Alien registration card (U.S. green card or permanent resident of U.S.)
(3) Valid long term visa (short term visa, like B1/B2 visa, is not acceptable)

III. General Information

  1. Applying in person:
    Visa applications must be submitted in person. No reservation is required.
    There is NO ONLINE Visa process. Please be aware of fraudulent websites, social media and emails.
  2. Processing time:
    Normally, a visa can be issued within 5 working days if all the requirements are met.
  3. There are, however, some cases or nationals where referrals to the government office in Japan are necessary. In such cases, it may take around 1-2 months for results. Therefore, early planning for your trip to Japan is recommended.
  4. Visa fees:
    No fee is required for U.S. citizens. For other nationals: visa fees page.
  5. We accept cash, money order, or cashier's check which must be payable to "Consulate General of Japan". Personal checks and credit or debit cards are not accepted.
  6. Criteria of Visa Issuance:
  7. A Japanese visa will be issued to an applicant, when he/she meets all of the following requirements and if the issuance is considered to be appropriate.
    (1) The applicant possesses a valid passport and is entitled to re-entry to a country of his/her nationality or country of his/her residence.
    (2) All submitted documents shall be authentic, completed and satisfactory.
    (3) The activities to be engaged in Japan/the civil status or the position of the applicant /the period of stay meet the requirements for the status of residence and period of stay stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. (Cabinet Order No.319 of 1951. hereinafter referred to as the "Immigration Control Act")
    (4) The Applicant does not fall under any of the items of Article 5, Paragraph 1 of the Immigration Control Act.

IV. Visa Requirement Chart

Long Term Exemption Short Term

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
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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