Immigration Offices in Japan
Japan Visas, Re-entry Permits
Where to renew your work, student, spouse or cultural visa.
Japan's Immigration Offices' opening hours are usually: Monday-Friday 09:00-12:00; 13:00- 16:00 (unless otherwise stated).
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.
Tokyo's main immigration office is located in Shinagawa. From JR Shinagawa Station take the #99 bus bound for either Tokyo Immigration Bureau or Shinagawa Futo Junkan from bus stop #8 at the Konan Exit (East Exit). Get off at the Tokyo Nyukoku Kanrikyoku-mae stop. Alternatively the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau is a 15 minute walk from Tennozu-Isle Station (天王洲アイル駅) on the Tokyo Monorail and Tokyo Rinkai Kosoku Line.
Citizens of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland and UK are usually issued an extendable 3-month visa on arrival, which can be extended at the immigration offices listed below.
New residence registration cards for foreign nationals (zairyu cards) will start replacing the old alien registration cards from July 2012. The move mirrors the change in authority for issuing foreign residence cards from the local municipalities (ward offices) to the Justice Ministry (MOJ). Special permanent residents of Korean origin (zainichi) will be exempt from the changes, but foreign nationals residing in Japan under medium- to long-term residence status will need to change from the old alien registration card, first introduced in 1947, to the new cards with an embedded IC chip in them.
Foreigners can apply for the new cards at their nearest regional immigration office from January 13, 2012, though the present alien registration card remain valid for 3 years when they will be replaced by the new card. Check the front of your gaijin card where it says in red: "Renew within 30 days starting from." to see how long it is still valid. Permanent residents will have to apply for the new residence cards within 3 years from July 2012.
Entry to Japan
Since November 20, 2007, foreign nationals who apply for entry into Japan are required to be fingerprinted and photographed (facial photographs) by means of special devices, and then interviewed by immigration inspectors.
Persons eligible for exemption:
Kohnan 5-5-30, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0075
The Immigration Information Center is where all inquiries should first be made concerning immigration issues, wherever you are in Japan.
Narita Airport District Immigration Office
Tel: 0476 34 2222
There are eleven regional sub-offices for Tokyo in Chiba, Haneda Airport, Joetsu, Koufu, Kunitachi (Tachikawa office), Mito, Nagano (026 232 3317), Niigata (025 275 4771) , Saitama (Urawa, 048 824 0525), Takashiro, and Uchinomiya.
Yokohama Immigration Sub-office
Yamashita-cho 37-9, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023
Osaka Immigration Office
Tanimachi 2-1-17, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0012
There is a regional sub-office in Osaka International Airport (Kansai Airport). There are eight regional sub-offices in for Osaka in Kyoto, Maizuru (0773 75 1149), Nara (0724 23 6501) , Osaka Port (06 571 0773), Otsu, Sakai Port (072 244 1441), Tennoji-ku (06 6774 3409) and Wakayama (0734 22 8778).
Kyoto Immigration Sub-office
Kyoto Daini Chiho Godo Chosa Bldg 4F, 34-12 Higashi Marutamachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8395
Kobe Immigration Sub-office
Kaigan dori 29, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0024
Sapporo Immigration Office
Odori nishi 12-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042
Sendai Immigration Office
Gorin 1-3-20, Miyagino-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 983-0842
Nagoya's new Immigration Office in Minato-ku.
There are regional sub-offices in Gifu (Nihon Izumi Building 3F, south exit Gifu station), Hamamatsu, Kanazawa, Komatsu, Nagoya Port, Nishikasugai Gun, Shizuoka, Takaoka, Toyama, Toyama Airport, Toyohashi, Tsuruga, and Yokkaichi.
Chubu Airport District Immigration Office
3rd floor, CIQ building, 1-1 Centrair, Tokoname, Aichi Pref. 479-0881
Hiroshima Immigration Office
Kami Hatchobori 6-30, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0012
Takamatsu Immigration Office
Marunouchi 1-1, Takamatsu, Kagawa 760-0033
Fukuoka Immigration Office
778 1 Shimo usui, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-0003
Naha Immigration Sub-office
Hikawa 1-15-15, Naha, Okinawa 900-0022