*U.S. citizens do not require a visa to enter Japan if their stay is less than 90 days*
A temporary visitor/short-term stay visa is for those who intend to stay in Japan for less than 90 days with non-paid/not-for-profit activities as the purpose of the trip such as:
- Sightseeing; recreation; sports
- Visiting relatives, friends, or acquaintances; visiting a sick person; attending a wedding or funeral ceremony
- Participating in athletic tournaments; contests etc. as an amateur
- Business purposes (such as market research, business liaison, business consultation, signing a contract, or providing after-sale service for imported machinery)
- Inspecting or visiting plants, trade fairs etc.
- Attending lectures, explanatory meetings etc.; academic surveys or research presentations
- Religious pilgrimages or visits
- Friendship visits to sister cities, sister schools etc.
- or other similar activities during a short period of stay in Japan.
Persons planning to travel to Japan for a different purpose, such as students, workers, journalists, entertainers, attorneys, etc., must apply for a different visa in the appropriate category.
If you are traveling through Japan on the way to another country as your final destination, you may need a transit visa. This includes passengers who have overnight flight connections in Japan and passengers arriving at one airport in Japan and departing from another airport in Japan.