Immigration Offices in Japan 入国管理局
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 Kounan, 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.
See our Japan visa section for further details.
Residence Registration Cards
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.
The new procedures will apply to all foreign nationals upon their entry into Japan, including the case where foreign nationals with re-entry permits enter into Japan, except for the persons eligible for exemption listed below.
If foreign nationals who are not eligible for exemption from this requirement refuse to submit their fingerprints or photographs, they will be denied entry into Japan and ordered to leave.
Persons eligible for exemption:
1) Special permanent residents
2) Persons under the age of 16
3) Persons engaged in activities which fall under the status of residence for "Diplomat" or "Official"
4) Persons invited by the heads of administrative organs
5) Persons provided for by the Ministry of Justice Ordinance as equivalent to a person listed in 3) or 4
Tokyo Immigration Information Center
Kohnan 5-5-30, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0075
Tel: 03 5796 7111/2
Hours: 09:00-12:00, then 13:00 to 16:00 Mon-Fri
The Immigration Information Center is where all inquiries should first be made concerning immigration issues, wherever you are in Japan.
www.immi-moj.go.jp (Official website in Japanese, Chinese, English, Portuguese, Korean and Spanish)
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 Airport (025 275 4735) , Saitama (Urawa, 048 824 0525), Takashiro, and Uchinomiya.
Yokohama Immigration Sub-office
Yamashita-cho 37-9, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023
Tel: (045) 661 5110
Regional office under Tokyo Immigration Office.
Osaka Immigration Office
Tanimachi 2-1-17, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0012
Tel: (06) 6941 0771
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
Tel: (075) 752 5997
Regional office under Osaka Immigration Office.
Kobe Immigration Sub-office
Kaigan dori 29, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0024
Tel: (078) 391 6377
Regional office under Osaka Immigration Office.
Sapporo Immigration Office
Odori nishi 12-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042
Tel: (011) 261 7502
There are six regional sub-offices in Chitose, Hakodate, Kushiro, Muroran, Otaru and Wakkanai.
Sendai Immigration Office
Gorin 1-3-20, Miyagino-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 983-0842
Tel: (022) 256 6076
There are regional sub-offices in Akita, Aomori (Aomori Second Joint Government Building, 1-3-5 Nagashima, Aomori City, Aomori Pref. 030-0861
Tel: 017 777 2939), Funato, Ishinomaki, Koriyama, Miyako, Sakata, and Sendai Airport.
Nagoya Immigration Office
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
Tel: (082) 221 4411
There are regional sub-offices in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Airport, Kurashiki, Matsue, Okayama, Sakai Minato, Shimonoseki and Tokuyama.
Takamatsu Immigration Office
Marunouchi 1-1, Takamatsu, Kagawa 760-0033
Tel: (087) 822 5852
There are three regional sub-offices in Komatsushima, Kochi and Matsuyama.
Fukuoka Immigration Office
778 1 Shimo usui, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-0003
Tel: (092) 623 2400
There are regional sub-offices in Fukuoka Airport, Hakata, Izuhara Town, Kagoshima (0992 22 5658), Kitakyushu, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita (097 527 3754), Saga, Sasebo and Shibushi.
Naha Immigration Sub-office
Hikawa 1-15-15, Naha, Okinawa 900-0022
Tel: (098) 832 4185