How to Enter Japan on the Residence Track Visa

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※ Sakura Mobile is not able to provide assistance with visa and immigration procedures. This includes assistance for issues such as visa sponsorship, legal issues, etc.

We respectfully ask that you contact your country’s Japan embassy or consulate for more information about your situation.

Announcement by the Japanese government on January 13, 2021, regarding the Residence Track framework:

Based on the decision of the Government of Japan on January 13, 2021, from 0:00 am (JST) January 14, 2021, the frameworks of Business Track and Residence Track with all countries/regions will be suspended, and the relaxation of restriction on movement during the period of 14-day quarantine through Business Track will no longer be permitted for Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence until the state of emergency declaration is lifted.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

In the United Kingdom and South Africa, the spread of the coronavirus’s new strain has become prevalent. Therefore, immigration restrictions to Japan have become stricter.

  • Entry into Japan from the United Kingdom has been denied from December 24, 2020, and it is not decided yet when entry will be permitted.
  • Entry into Japan from South Africa has been denied from December 26, 2020, and it is not decided yet when entry will be permitted.

When is the state of emergency scheduled to be lifted?

As of January 15, 2021, a state of emergency has been declared in Japan in major cities with large numbers of infected people. Examples of such cities include Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka, etc. The current period for the emergency declaration is from January 8th to February 7th, 2021.
However, please note that there is no guarantee that the state of emergency will be released on February 7th.
On January 7, Yasutoshi Nishimura, Minister of Economic Revitalization, explained that the criteria for lifting the state of emergency is “the number of new infections per week is less than 25 per 100,000.” Applying this to Tokyo, the level is “about 500 people per day.”
As of January 15, 2021, the number of newly infected coronaviruses in Tokyo was 2,001. It is not yet known if the state of emergency will actually be lifted on February 7th.

Why was the Residence Track suspended?

This new measure was announced by the Japanese government due to the global increase in the number of cases of the more contagious variant of COVID-19.
If you are coming to Japan soon, we recommend that you contact and check the latest travel information with the Japanese embassy/consulate in your country.

From October 1, 2020, people from all over the world can enter Japan using the Residence Track process, but the procedure is quite complicated, and many things are unclear and can be confusing. We often hear stories such as “Even if I contact the Japanese embassy, I do not get a reply,” etc.

In this article, we will explain what the Residence Track is, what procedures are required, and what you should be aware of in an easy-to-understand manner.
Sakura Mobile also conducted interviews with customers who have entered Japan on the Residence Track, so we will also share information from their actual experiences.


Your Complete Guide to Haneda Airport (HND)

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Haneda Airport, once the main airport in Tokyo, is now mainly taking care of domestic flights, while its cousin, Narita Airport, deals with the International ones.
It doesn’t mean you have no chance to land in Haneda though!
Haneda, being closer to the center of Tokyo, is a more desirable arrival point for visitors than Narita.
If it’s your first time in Japan, we’re sure you’re overcome with excitement to have finally arrived in the country you’ve dreamed about for so long — but your excitement quickly turns to confusion as soon as you step off the airplane at Haneda Airport.


Kansai Airport Guide: Start Your Japan Journey on the Right Foot

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Kansai being a really rich region in terms of culture, architecture and landscape, as well as being home to the most vibrant cities Japan has to offer, it is no wonder a lot of travelers go through its International Airport (KIX), making it one of the top busiest Airport in Japan, and even Asia.

This Article is for whoever going to or interested in Kansai and its main cities (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe…), for the ones who prefer Tokyo you can check out our Complete guide to Narita Airport or our Complete guide to Haneda Airport.

Kansai being more rural than Kanto we bet you are confused and have a lot of questions regarding the area and the best ways to spend a smooth, stress-free time here starting right from Kansai International Airport.


Your Complete Guide to Narita Airport

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You’ve landed in Japan, and are overcome with excitement to have finally arrived in the country you’ve dreamed about for so long — but your excitement quickly turns to confusion as soon as you step off the airplane at Narita Airport. Your mind is flooded with questions about your new surroundings. Read more for the answers.


Rural Japan: Best Areas and Internet Access for Travelers

Japan is so much more than just Tokyo. Japan’s rural areas give greater insight into traditional Japanese lifestyle. Here, we’ll show you five rural Japan areas a little off the beaten path to add to your next travel itinerary– and how Sakura Mobile’s Pocket WiFi and Prepaid SIM cards can help you get there quickly and safely.


Japanese Mobile Phone Culture: Learning the Ins and Outs

Whether you are walking along the Champs Elysees, cruising the Amazon river, or standing on the top of Mount Fuji, you will probably have your phone with you. With so many people using them in so many different countries, phone culture has become as varied as the clothes we wear or the food we eat. Japan is no exception. Keep reading for some interesting facts and tips on how to navigate the Japanese mobile phone culture.


Tokyo Cherry Blossom Guide: The Best Sakura in the City


When you think of Japan, what is the first image that comes to mind? For many, it is the picture of a geisha holding an umbrella. For some it is their favorite manga or anime. For those lucky enough to have visited Japan during Spring, the iconic view of hundreds of sakura trees in full bloom is hard to beat. This is hanami (“flower viewing”) season in Japan, and it is a highlight of the year for many people. While many might think that they can only see sakura in the country, Tokyo cherry blossom trees are just as beautiful! Don’t worry about where to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo–we’ll show you some of the best places around.


7 Hotels in Shinjuku: From High-Class to Highly Unique


With two international airports, Tokyo is an obvious starting point for any visitor to Japan. At the heart of the city is Shinjuku, a place full of restaurants and bars with a few nightclubs, some karaoke and plenty of hidden treasures. Shinjuku also has one of the busiest transport hubs in Japan, connecting the city to the rest of the country with a dozen train lines moving millions of passengers daily.

With so much energy and so many people moving through for business and pleasure, it’s not at all surprising that there are just as many great hotels in Shinjuku to choose from. From homey hostels to theme hotels and surprisingly inexpensive high-class digs, here are 7 of our recommendations for the best Shinjuku accommodation out there. READ MORE

New Year in Japan: A Spiritual Time of Family, Food and Fun

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For many people, Christmas is the most important holiday of the year. It is a chance to meet family, eat amazing food and give presents to loved ones. In Japan New Year is the biggest holiday, with many people returning home to spend time with their extended families. The festive spirit is reflected throughout Japan, with events held from Hokkaido to Okinawa that anyone can enjoy.


Tokyo Train Guide: Public Transit in Japan’s Capital

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When some people think of transportation in Tokyo, they imagine the crazy looking maps they’ve seen of the subway lines. With so many stops covering such a large area, it seems like a daunting system. However, Tokyo train and subway lines are among the most extensive and convenient in the world. There a few other transit options as well but you’ll find them less attractive. The buses are difficult to learn and taxis or private cars are expensive. Rental cars can be convenient because there are many options near railway stations, making them easy to find but parking is a bit of a pain – not to mention expensive. Most tourists choose to use the train systems because they are cheap, fast and easy to use.