Cultural Activities 1

The following documents must be submitted if the applicant wishes to do one of the activities outlined below:

  • Artistic or academic activities for which they do not receive remuneration
  • Specialized research related to Japanese arts and/or culture

* "Japanese arts and culture" refers not only to activities which are unique to Japan (such as flower arranging; tea ceremony; judo; Japanese art/architecture; traditional dance/music; and Japanese cuisine), but also activities originating in other countries in which Japan was integral to their formation and/or development, such as Zen Buddhism and various martial arts.

Documents to be submitted

  • "Applicant" refers to the foreign national who wishes to enter and reside in Japan.
  • All certificates issued in Japan must have been issued within three months prior to the submission of the application.
  1. Application for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility - 1 copy
    * This form is available at Regional Immigration Services Bureaus.
    You can also access it via this page.
  2. Photograph (4 cm long x 3 cm wide) - 1 photograph
    • A sharp, clear photo of the applicant facing forward with no hat, cap, or head covering taken against a plain backdrop with no shadows; must have been taken within three months prior to submitting the application.
    • The photograph should be attached to the photograph section of the application with the name of the applicant written on the back of the photograph.
  3. Reply envelope (a standard envelope with the address clearly showing and 404 yen in postage stamps (simplified registered mail) attached) - 1 copy
  4. Documents which clarify the specific activity in Japan, its duration, and the outline of the institution at which the activity will be conducted

    (1) Documents that detail the applicant’s activities in Japan and their duration, from either the applicant or the accepting organization - 1 copy

    (2) Materials (pamphlets, etc.) that define the nature of the accepting organization of the applicant - as required

  5. One of the following documents clarifying the applicant’s academic or artistic achievements

    (1) Recommendation letter from an affiliated organization - 1 copy

    (2) Reports related to past activities - as required

    (3) Awards and selected works - as required

    (4) Records of past papers and works - as required

    (5) Documents supporting (1) through (4) - as requested

  6. Documents proving the ability of the applicant to cover all expenses during their stay in Japan - as required

    (1) If the applicant will cover the expenses themselves, then either of the following materials:

    • A certificate proving that they have been awarded a scholarship and outlining the benefits they will receive - 1 copy
    • A certificate of the applicant’s bank balance - as required
    • Documents supporting the items listed above - as required

    (2) If someone other than the applicant will be covering their expenses, then the following documents (from their sponsor) are required:

    • Tax certificate (or tax exemption certificate) for individual inhabitant taxes, and a tax payment certificate (showing gross income and taxes paid for one year) - 1 copy of each
      • Issued by the ward office, city hall, or town office of the municipality where the applicant resides as of January 1.
      • If the certificate being submitted lists both one year of gross income and taxes due (including whether they were paid), no additional documents are necessary.
      • If issuance by the ward office, city hall, or town office where the applicant resides is not possible due to certain reasons, such as having moved recently, inquire at your nearest Regional Immigration Services Bureau for guidance.
    • If the applicant’s sponsor lives outside of Japan, then a certificate of their bank balance may be required.
    • Documents supporting the items listed above - as required
  7. Presentation of proof of identity (ID, etc.)
    * If a representative,You will be taken to an external page. proxy, or legal representative submits the application, proof of identity is required to confirm that the person submitting the application is qualified to do so.
  • It should be understood that other materials may be requested after the application has been submitted.


  1. If the documents to be submitted are in a foreign language, attach Japanese translations.
  2. If the name on the Certificate of Eligibility and passport are different, it may take some time to complete immigration procedures, due to having to confirm your name during each procedure before entering Japan. Therefore, we ask that you please submit a copy of your passport at the time of application when possible.
  3. As a general rule, submitted documents cannot be returned. If you wish for them to be returned for a special reason, such as difficulty obtaining new originals, make a request for their return at the time of application.
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