How to “Sponsor” for Japan Tourist Visa?

DISCLAIMER: This post is purely based on experience. I am not in any way connected to any travel agency or the Japan Embassy itself.

I have traveled to Japan multiple times as a tourist and I have always dreamed of showing my Mom my favorite country. Year 2018, I was able to fulfill that – her first flight out of the country was bound for Tokyo, Japan.

She is not employed and is a plain house lola who takes care of her grandchildren. She only has a passport and lacks a lot of documents to apply for a Japan Visa. What I did was guarantee or sponsor her trip to Japan.

Year 2020, I was able to sponsor my mom, my nephew and my niece on their trip to Japan.


Compiled the requirements:

Philippine Passport
Visa Application Form
Japan Visa Photo
Birth Certificate
Marriage Contract
Daily Schedule in Japan
Airline Tickets
Accommodation Booking
Letter of Guarantee
My birth certificate – proof that we are related.
My bank certificate – proof that we can afford to travel.
My ITR – since she doesn’t have one.

*Check out my post Tips on How to Get Japan Tourist Visa for details on each item.*

She does not have a bank certificate and Income Tax Return (Form 2316) since she is not employed. She submitted my bank certificate and ITR  plus attached a letter explaining the scenario. Also attached a copy of my birth certificate as proof that she is indeed my mother.

*Check the ITR explanation letter here.*

Download the Letter of Guarantee from the Embassy of Japan website and fill out the form.

Below is the letter I (the sponsor) submitted to the Embassy. You can use the format and edit it to reflect your information/scenario.

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The Office of the Consul General
The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
2627 Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City, Metro Manila 1300
February 28, 2019
Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is (Name), with Philippine Passport # (passport number) and a resident of (address). I am currently employed as a (job title) at (company name) with office address at (company address).

I am writing to your office to let you know that I will be supporting my mother, (mother name), holder of Philippine Passport # (passport number), and a resident of (address). I will be taking care of all of her expenses during our stay in Japan. Attached herewith are necessary documents for your reference.

I have been to Japan last (date/s). I did not have any issues with immigration and law enforcement during my stay in Japan.

We have planned this trip since December of last year and I am excited to show my mother the beauty of Japan. We will be flying to Japan on (date) and stay until (date) only. I guarantee her compliance with Japanese laws and regulations.
I am looking forward for your positive response.



We then submitted all requirements at TravelPros in Megamall. After 3 days we received a text that the passport can be claimed. VISA APPROVED!


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7 thoughts on “How to “Sponsor” for Japan Tourist Visa?

  1. Hi po, first time mag aaply ng japan visa. Ask ko lang if need pa ba nung letter na inaattached mo dito bukod pa dun sa guarantee letter? I really have no idea kasi. Thanks. 🙂


  2. Hi,

    Gusto ko po sana malaman if your mother ko sasagot sa expenses namin which is yun father at kaming apat na magkakapatid. Ano po kaya yun mga needs na requirements? By december na po kase kami magapply ng visa and by feb ang travel namin. Maraming salamat po 😊


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