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  1. Bae Milanes
    August 6, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I just went to your blog to see if you posted anything new lately and to take a break from work (which I think doesn’t make sense because as much as possible, i want to rest my eyes, and reading articles online doesn’t really rest my eyes but anyway!). I kind of just skimmed on it, but I will surely read this again next time! My family and I are planning to visit Japan next year and as early as now I am freaking out about that bank account detail you put there. (Good job for BDO, though!) I am still freaking out, though. Haha! I hope I can save up enough for it! 🙁

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      August 7, 2015 @ 9:05 am

      Hi, Bae! You’re very welcome! 🙂 And don’t worry about it! They’re really lenient naman na talaga when it comes to tourist visas. 50k in your bank account is safe na, I think. Especially if you’re gonna be there for less than a week lang. And if you’re going with parents naman, you can declare that they’ll be paying for your expenses so it should be fine. 🙂

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  2. Clarence
    September 9, 2015 @ 2:28 pm

    Hi, I have a few questions. Are you aware if they consider your “show money” combined if you are travelling with someone? Or they really review it on a per person level? I mean, is the considerable amount of 50k – 90k for two or per person?

    Also, I just wanna check if they’re strict on using their own template in listing down you itinerary. Thanks!

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      September 10, 2015 @ 11:24 am

      I think they really review per person. The 50k to 90k is for one. 🙂 And no, they’re not strict naman with the itinerary template.

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      • Clarence
        September 10, 2015 @ 6:55 pm

        Great to know! Maybe I’ll wait for your next article with your itinerary 🙂 Thanks.

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        • ji ann
          November 23, 2015 @ 10:18 pm

          how bout for our case.. im not married but we have a child and we’re planning to go there three on our son’s 4th birthday on may 2016.. i dont have work but we have joint accounts both php and dollars (remittances comes from my sister abroad)..

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          • Gretchen Gatan
            November 26, 2015 @ 8:18 am

            I think that’s okay. 🙂 As long as it shows that you’re able to fund your trip and you’ll be heading back home.

  3. Budget Barbara
    September 29, 2015 @ 3:31 pm

    Wow! Your article is so helpful! I really want to vist Japan but I’m afraid of the language barrier. Did you study the language?

    http://www.budgetbarbara.blogspot.com

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      September 29, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

      No, I didn’t! I was just there for 4 days. 🙂

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  4. sarah cleofas
    December 8, 2015 @ 4:09 am

    hi! nice blog sis .. I would like to ask if the show money or bank statement would be individual if youre traveling with another person or both of you should have a bank statement? thanks :3

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      December 9, 2015 @ 9:44 am

      Hi, Sarah. Thank you! It should be individual. 🙂

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  5. Clarence
    January 2, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

    Hi, in the application form there is a guarantor and inviter sections. Did you right the details of your airbnb host? Wouldn’t that be a problem if it is not a hotel address or contact? Also, is it alright to fill it out first before I print it so I won’t worry about the penmanship?

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      January 3, 2016 @ 10:39 pm

      Hi, Clarence! So sorry, I can’t remember anymore if we put the details of our Airbnb host in that section. Although I do remember giving his complete details in the hotel address part of the form. And yeah, I think it’s fine to fill out the form first before printing!

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      • Clarence
        January 8, 2016 @ 10:10 pm

        Thanks. Is the Schedule of Stay document (Itinerary) should be presented per person? Or 1 copy can support all applicants?

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        • Gretchen Gatan
          January 12, 2016 @ 10:07 am

          Just to be sure, I printed two copies of the same document. One for me, and one for the Cupcake.

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  6. Reyco
    January 14, 2016 @ 3:36 pm

    Hi Gretchen, Thanks sa blog, very helpful. I was planning to go to Japan this June, plano ko sana dun ecelebrate ang Birthday ko. I been there last 2012 and I stayed there for 3 Months however ang nag process ng visa ko is the company na panagtatrabahoan ko before. Now I would like to visit Japan again na sarili ko lang. Now my question is..

    1. Mas ok po bang mag booked ng ticket at hotel before applying Visa? Nagwoworry ako kasi baka di maapprove your application.
    2. Ang 50k ba na show money enough na for 1 week na stay? Sa ngayon hirap na akong iponin yang pera hehe mukhang yan lang talaga ang makakaya ko.

    Salamat po.

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      January 15, 2016 @ 11:18 am

      Hi, Reyco! 🙂 Glad my article helped! To answer your questions:

      1. Yes, you have to book your ticket and hotel first because this is part of the application form. You have to include your flight number and accommodation details. 🙂
      2. I think 50k is safe naman na.

      Thank you also!

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      • Reyco
        July 7, 2016 @ 1:38 pm

        Hi Gretchen, thank you so much sa info, I had a great time in Japan, I visited last month and i went to Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka and by the way I was approved for multiple entry valid for 5 yrs. I will be going back again on August 03 but this time Tokyo naman. Yung blog mo is very helpful and I thank you for that. Godbless you.

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        • Gretchen Gatan
          July 7, 2016 @ 6:41 pm

          Awww. You’re very welcome! 🙂

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        • JNM
          March 23, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

          hi Reyco!

          If it’s ok to ask, how much estimated show money did you have in your Bank Cert? I’m planning kasi to stay 8 days and have flight and hotel bookings na. What’s left in my account is around 6xxxx. I was also in Japan many years ago. Sana maapprove ulit visa.

          TIA!

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  7. Ms military
    April 12, 2016 @ 3:42 am

    Hello. Good day! Nice article. Very helpful.
    I applied last Friday. I am freaking out about the thought that I might get denied. I am invited by my military boyfriend under sofa status. Anyone can help me and make me feel confident about my application? I only submitted photos and I kinda forgot to submit our convos I’m so dumb! Ugh. Also he’s in the Air Force and the proof of service doesn’t have his commander’s signature so basically what we did is a letter of explanation attached with his digital signature. Do you guys have experienced the same thing? Please help me I’m so stressed. I don’t wanna get denied. I badly wanna see him. Just him really.

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      April 12, 2016 @ 9:33 am

      Hi! Sorry, I’m not really sure with the process for that kind of situation. The visa we applied for was just a tourist visa, and the agency gave us all the necessary requirements to submit.

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  8. Mhards
    September 15, 2016 @ 5:19 am

    Hello,

    I already booked my flight to Japan on February next year for 8 days and planning to apply for visa on January. However, I have a friend in Osaka and inviting me to stay on his house but he will not be my guarantor during my stay. Is it okay to apply for visa even though I will not book for hotels during my stay? Is it also okay to include on my itinerary that the place I will stay is a friend on Japan?

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      September 16, 2016 @ 10:10 am

      Hi, Mhards. You’ll need a visa anyway, so when you apply, just indicate that you’ll be staying with a friend. In our case, since we stayed at an Airbnb apartment, we had to include the address and the apartment owner’s details.

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      September 16, 2016 @ 10:14 am

      You’ll need to apply for a visa anyway, so just state that you’re staying with a friend. In our case, since we stayed at an Airbnb apartment, we had to include the complete address and apartment owner’s details.

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  9. jobg
    September 22, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

    Hi. How about i cant provide ITR cuz i didnt pay my tax but my company gave me certification? Is it possible?

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      September 27, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

      The ITR is required because it gives them an idea of how much money you earn, which in turn shows if you can afford the trip. Maybe you can try?

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  10. Gelie
    November 18, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

    Hello. My mom is my guarantor in Japan. I will apply for visit relatives. Is it fine if her bank certificate is worth 100 000 php. ? Thank you.

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      November 22, 2016 @ 8:37 am

      Yes, that’s okay! 🙂

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  11. Diana liza
    February 12, 2017 @ 10:38 am

    Hi! I just want to ask, nung nagsubmit ka ba ng bank certificate sa kanila, kailangan ba nka enclose pa sya sa enve or not necessary na? Thanks!

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      February 14, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

      Hi, Diana! I actually don’t remember anymore, but I think it wasn’t enclosed in an envelope. 🙂

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  12. Lou Lavilla
    April 15, 2017 @ 10:56 pm

    Hello! Very Nice and Informative article! My family and I are going to Japan this June and we will be staying at an Airbnb in Tokyo. Its our first time using Airbnb so I’m sort of sceptical about everything, Hahahaha. When you filled out the visa application form, what address and contact did you place in the visa application form? did you guys contact your host and asked for this info? I don’t want to seem creepy to them quasi.
    Hope you have a great day!

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    • Gretchen Gatan
      April 20, 2017 @ 1:42 am

      Hi, Lou! Sorry for the late reply. Anyway, I put the address and contact details of our Airbnb host. 🙂 I didn’t have to contact our host about it anymore, because his details were in the Airbnb app. 🙂

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