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People living in Japan can apply tourist visa for South Korea from Korean consulate Azabu-Jūban Tokyo. Office hours for visa form submission is 9:30~12:00 and collecting passport is 14:00 ~16:00. If your registration card address does not fall in Tokyo area then go to related area office e.g If you are living in Yokohama then go to Yokohama consultant office as Tokyo office does not accept applications from the people living in other than Tokyo.

Relax after getting Korea Tourist Visa
Relax after getting Korea Tourist Visa
Document requirements for South Korea Tourist Visa for Indian
  • Residence card (Must have minimum 3 months working visa )
  • Passport with 6 months validity
  • Latest clicked 1 photo with white background

You can fill your application in the visa office (Pages were around 3~5) with your personal details as well as professional details. My suggestion is better to fill all the forms at home and then submit to the visa counter, it will save plenty of time. For the application form, here is the download South Korea tourist Visa application form link. Once you get the visa, it’s valid for 3 months so get ready to go Korea within 3 months before it expires. The maximum duration of stay is 90 days.

Also read: Hidden Charm Of JEJU Island South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace

Korean Embassy website and Visa consultant – Korean Embassy
Address – 1 Chome-2-5 Minamiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0047 ( Japanese (〒) 106 – 0047 東京都港区南麻布1-2-5 )
Phone – +81-3-3455-2601~3(Call for all visa-related query not for the History Museum of J-Koreans)

The History Museum of J-Koreans next to the Korean Embassy  Tokyo – The History Museum of J-Koreans
Address Of South Korean Visa Consulate + The History Museum of J-Koreans
〒106-8585 Tokyo, Minato City, Minamiazabu, 1-chōme−7−32 在日韓人歴史資料館  ( Japanese〒106-8585 東京都港区南麻布1-7-32 韓国中央会館別館(受付3F))
Phone – 03-3457-1088 (Call only if you want to visit The History Museum of J-Koreans, not Embassy)

Please do not make the unnecessary call to the museum. They have requested me to convey this to the reader. Museum has nothing to do with visa. Feel free to call if you are interested in Museum.

Korea tourist visa Fee

  • When we applied the fee was 3500 ¥ in May 2016
  • The fee has been changed and its 4400¥ in July 2019 (Thanks Lakshmi)
  •  Fee is based on your home country (2200¥ September 2019 in Tokyo – I’m from Vietnam) )(Thanks Thao Truong)

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Tips for applying for Korea tourist visa from Tokyo

Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian BloggersKorean visa consulate is on the same building as The History Museum of J-Koreans. Korean Visa Consulate section is on 2floor and 3rd floor. However, The History Museum of J-Koreans is on the 3rd floor only. So when visiting for visa purpose put navigation address of Visa consulate or museum, not the embassy.

South Korea tourist visa for Indian tips:

  • While filling application form write down the correct departure date to make sure your landing date. Your visa will start from the date of landing
  • If your visa is going to expire and you have already applied for the extension then bring the copy of the application to submit the receipt with residence card indicating “Visa is in processing”.
  • These all pieces of information are based on the applicant who is an Indian passport holder with the engineer work visa.

    South Korea Visa Stamp
    South Korea Visa Stamp

Recently come accoss with following rule, you can get transit visa in korea. The only condition is you must have confirm onward ticket withing 30 days to Europe, America, Australia or Newzeland . Korea tourist visa for Indian, if you satisfy above statement. More details are coming soon.

link for new transit visa rule, the embassy of Korea

FAQ South Korea tourist visa :

  • Do I need a Korean visa for riding a ferry?
    • Yes, you need a Korean visa, even you are coming from ferry via Fukuoka Japan or from somewhere else
  • How to apply for the Korean tourist visa in japan?
    • Go to your nearby consulate of prefecture or embassy.
  • Where to download Korea visa application form in japan?
    • Please check the link for download here
  • What is the process for a Korean visa for Filipino (Napali or Pakistani) living in Japan?
    • It’s same as described in this blog, nothing changes for you.
  • Is it possible to online apply for a Korean visa in Tokyo?
    • You have to go in person to the consulate, or somebody can go on your behalf but not online.
  • What is South Korean visa requirements for foreign residents in Japan?
    • If you need a visa then follow the blog from start, and if you are an exemption country enjoy your visa-free.
  • korea tourist visa photo size
    korea tourist visa photo size

    Ther are many people asking for photo size !!

    • Here I took a screenshot from korea tourist visa application form.

If you are coming to Korea on korea touris visa then you could check elegibility here.


  1. Aksha Kini Reply


    I have all my documents ready. Can someone else drop them off at the embassy for me?

    Also, can I attach a copy of my passbook instead of a bank statement?


    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Aksha,
      Here are the answer you ask regarding south korea tourist visa.

      ☞ Can someone else drop them off at the embassy for me?
      🧘🏻‍♀️ South korean embassy Tokyo They need to see people physically, until unless you haven’t given power of attorney to some lawyer.

      ☞ can I attach a copy of my passbook instead of a bank statement?
      🧘🏻‍♀️Yes, you can attache passbook for bank statement, however, it cost you only 500 yen to get statement. But passbook always work if you give it latest print for the current date. Just withdraw 1000 yen and show today balance.

      Dr Kuki and & Rajesh

  2. Sophia Manapat Reply

    Hi! Thanks for your blog. I plan to apply for a Korean Visa soon. I’d just like to ask:
    The application forms asks details for an “invitee”. If you are going as a tourist, do you need to fill in those details?

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Sophia,

      Sorry for being a late response on south korea tourist visa. Let me answer your question.
      ☞ The application forms ask details for an “invitee”. If you are going as a tourist, do you need to fill in those details?
      ❥ You do not need “invitee” for south korea tourist visa.

      Note: Could you tell me your nationality so that I can research more on all question you asked for “south korea tourist visa”

      Dr Kuki & Rajesh Vyas

  3. Sophia Manapat Reply

    Hi! Thanks for your blog! It’s really helpful! I plan to get a Korean visa from Japan soon. Im a Filipino national.

    I just have a few questions:
    Do we need to bring photocopies of our passport and residence card?
    How big is the photo needed? Can we paste it on the application form already?

    Do the travel dates have to be final? Or can we change it when we get the VISA?

    Lastly, how long should my japanese working visa be valid upon application?

    Thank you so much!

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Sophia,

      Thanks for finding the blog useful for your Korea trip.
      Let me answer questions, even its too late reply you.

      ☞ Do we need to bring photocopies of our passport and residence card? – Yes take it
      ❥ Take the copy of passport where your detail name, date of birth and photo. Even they do not take it still can stay with you.

      ☞ How big is the photo needed?
      ❥ 35mm×45mm as per application form for korea tourist visa 👇
      korea tourist visa photo size

      ☞ Can we paste it on the application form already?
      ❥ You can paste it, for your information there is the glue in the embassy office too.

      ☞ Do the travel dates have to be final?
      ❥ Yes, at least start date of travel. Your visa starts with the start date of travel. If you want some flexible date then ask in the reception of the visa counter in the embassy.

      ☞ how long should my japanese working visa be valid upon application?
      ❥ At least 3 months, but to be honest I went on expired visa too check my post 👇
      Travel During Expired Working Visa

      I hope I answer all your query for korea tourist visa, and it’s helpful to you. Let me know the progress, was it useful or you want me to update something on-page. This page run with all readers support who update me with the latest information on korea tourist visa and help others.

  4. Angelli Mañalac Reply

    Thanks for this blog! You’ve been a big help. I already applied for my visa, but they told me to come back after 2 days. I have work on the said date. Would it be okay if i come back on my soonest available date for claiming?

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hi Angelli,
      Thanks for visiting our blog.

      ☞ Could it be okay if I come back on my soonest available date for claiming?

      ❥ Yes, you can go even after said date, just make sure you collect within one week as embassy said. For more information, you can call on embassy number I have given in Blog.

      Wish you a happy and safe journey with south Korea tourist visa to South Korea.

      Dr Kuki & Rajesh Vyas

  5. Shree thapa Reply

    I applied for korean visa last wednesday (18th).I want to visit korea on 23rd monday but i had some issue that i could’nt get visa on time.They told me to come tuesday 24th to collect your visa.In this case,Can i change my visit date and month?what should i do?

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hi Shree,
      Let me answer your question one by one.
      ☞ They told me to come Tuesday 24th to collect your visa
      ❥ Yes, they will give you visa if they called you to come and collect visa, else they never accept the document for korea touris visa in the embassy.

      ☞ In this case,Can i change my visit date and month?
      ❥ Yes you can change your visit date, just ask them when they call you on the counter for collecting visa. Tell them the whole story and they will work out for your korean tourist visa

      ✍︎ Site note ❥ Even you get korea tourist visa today, you still can go Korea within 3 months from today.
      Wish you a safe and wonderful journey to South Korea.

      Dr Kuki & Rajesh Vyas

  6. Thao Truong Reply

    I followed your instructions and it took 2 days to get the visa.
    I think that the fee is based on your home country (2200yen only in Tokyo – I’m from Vietnam).

    • Vagabond Reply

      Yee Thao , congratulation for getting korea tourist visa. Yep it seems visa fee for korea tourist visa is different for each country. Let me edit the blog, thanks for making all the information latest.

  7. Karan Patel Reply

    Do you need to book flight ticket or hotel reservation in advance before applying the visa ?

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Patel,
      You do not need to book flight ticket or hotel reservation in advance before applying the visa
      Rajesh & Dr Kuki

  8. Hello! I am going to Korea on Oct 20 and i went to the consulate this Monday but it was closed because of a holiday. I was wondering if i could still apply for a visa when it’s less than a month before the travel date? Thank you

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Angel,
      Yes, it’s perfectly fine to apply for Korea tourist visa when it’s less than a month before the travel date. Recommended to do it as soon as possible instead waiting for the October.
      Rajesh & Dr Kuki

  9. I am doing Masters in Computer Science Engineering from Waseda University. Graduating this month and will start working as full time from October in an IT company in Tokyo. My company has applied for my Work Visa and I have a Visa in Processing stamp on my Residence Card.

    I went to the Consular Division Korean Embassy in Japan located in Azabujuban this morning to apply for a Tourist Visa. I have a Student Visa(Japan) which expires on 6th December, 2019. As you can see I have less than 90 days left on my Visa in Japan.

    Unfortunately, The staff at Consular Division told me today that I need a Certificate of Acceptance(受理証明書) as I have less than 90 days on my Visa in Japan. I don’t understand Certificate of Acceptance(受理証明書) WHY? They didn’t accept my application. My Japanese is not good and the staff doesn’t speak English.
    I showed them the Visa in Processing stamp but she kept on saying bring Certificate of Acceptance(受理証明書).

    I have already booked my flights for Korea (20~24th September).
    Please let me know what should I do?

    • Vagabond Reply

      What I can tell you, visit your city office and ask the representative for “受理証明書” here is the reference link for more information.
      You will get this paper within a day, then go back to the embassy again and definitely this time they will consider you.
      Wish you good luck and happy holiday in Korea.

      Rajesh & Dr Kalpana

  10. Hi Rajesh,
    Thank you for your speedy response.
    I have been calling the embassy today, but apparently they’re on holiday, so I’ll just try visiting their office tomorrow.
    Last question though, I just tried to fill up the application form and Im quite confused as to what can I provide for National Identity number. Can it be passport number? or should it be other else?
    Thank you as always. I hope you had a good day.

  11. Hi,
    Good day.
    Thank you so much for the very informative blog.
    I would appreciate it if you can help me with a few questions.

    I am a currently allowed to stay in japan under the technical intern trainee visa. I want to apply for a tourist visa to korea for a trip on october. I was wondering if the process would be the same as you highlighted on your blog. I am under the impression that we technical trainees has limited rights to travel. I have also been reading the section comment for same cases but havent exhausted the list yet, please kindky share to me any clue you have with my case.

    I am from the southernmost tip of nagano, should I apply for visa on the nearest embassy, which is in my case is nagoya?

    Please do tell me how much balance should my bank account hold for my application to go smoothly.

    Should I book a plane ticket first before applying for visa? So i can tell the interviewer the exact landing date?

    Lastly, I think I have ample time to get a visa, but please do tell me how long does the process usually take?

    Im so sorry for the bother. Please know that any help is greately appreciated.

    Thank you so much

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Van,
      If you have a residence permit with minimum of 3 months on it, you can apply for the visa.
      Here is the official reference http://overseas.mofa.go.kr/jp-ko/wpge/m_20079/contents.do
      I will explain to you, how “Technical intern” in Japan can apply for south Korea tourist visa.
      The answer to your questions is below.
      – For people living n Nagano, Yes, you should apply for your Korea tourist visa from Nagoya(Just call them).
      – The balance on your account never asked but if asked may be 50000yen for a week.
      – No need to book a ticket in advance.
      – The process takes 3 days only

      NOTE: Do not forget to update me, that how south Korea tourist visa went for “Technical trainee” in Japan.

  12. Anand Tanna Reply

    Hi, I am an Indian passport holder living in Japan. I want to travel to Jeju Islands. I read online, this part of South Korea is a VISA free entry and there is a direct flight from Tokyo. Is South Korea Visa Required?

    • Hey Anand,

      Yes you are right you do not need a visa, travel to Jeju Islands. I heard from some people, deny on arrival visa based on their itinerary, cash, and other stuff.
      Therefor better to take Korea Tourist Visa even you are visiting Jeju only. Jeju is a nice place and doesn’t forget to visit Jeju Loveland, Manjanggul Cave and Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff.
      You can check post in the blog ” Hidden Charm Of the day trip Jeju island Korea

  13. Hello, good morning i’m Bhupendra Pun and i am a student person living in osaka,japan ..i like to know about travel visa to south korea .so,please would you like to teach me.
    Thank-you for your time.

  14. Is it necessary to take visa even I don’t go out from airport? I am going to Uzbekistan from Japan via Korea . Like a transit.

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Ibrohim,
      My friend you do not need Korea tourist Visa as well as transit Visa, if you do
      Not go outside airport. Happy journey to Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 via Korea🇰🇷 from Japa 🇯🇵 . . . Von Voyage

  15. Hi sister
    Can u please share ur itinerary in korea here. Im gonna spend 7 days there but i hv no idea where to go.
    Please please please

    • Vagabond Reply

      We did the following things for our Korea trip
      We divided into two-part for 7 days
      – 4 days in Jeju Island
      – 3 days in Seoul
      You can check these post for these days
      1- DMZ tour Korea from Seoul
      2- Hidden Charm Of the day trip Jeju island Korea

      – Seoul you can try to wear Hanbok
      – Gyeongbokgung Palace Seoul
      – Hanbok Village
      – Korean tower
      – Myeong-dong Street

      Hope you enjoy your trip 🙂

  16. I got visa yesterday. I exactly followed ur instructions and got it.
    Note- Now single entry fees is 4400 yen @ 23/07/2019.
    Thanks a lot sis. U r the best. Love u

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hi Lakshmi,
      Thanks for your appreciation. Thanks for updating me about the price of a Korean tourist visa increased in 2019. I appreciate your sharing and it will help others too, for getting exact information.

  17. sndeep yadav Reply

    Hello Cookie,
    I am Sandeep from India now in JAPAN in work visa (5 years ) will go back to india on 25 th July.

    want to visit Korea next week. I am staying in Kobe.
    Can I get visa in such short span and where to contact

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hi Sandeep, The whole process for Korean tourist visa takes 3 days including submission day, so you can get it by next week. You can submit in Kobe consulate and take it from there.

  18. Hi,thanks a lot for this info.
    Im an Indian having 3 yrs working visa. Please let me know whether i need to provide these things.

    在職証明書 from the company?
    Salary slips
    Air itinerary

    Because its hard to get those from my company. I work in a branch office and in order to get those i have to go to honsha and its difficult. So i need to know whether i need these things for sure.

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Lakshmi,
      For Korean Visa, we do not need either of them. Mandatory is residence card and if asked bank balance certificate which you can get in 500 yen from your bank. Fyi I have submitted only residence card copy and passport 🙂 So do not worry about providing 在職証明書 as you do not need it.

  19. Hello Maam, would just like to ask how much is the visa fee in Tokyo? Although I will be applying from Osaka but it’s possibly the same fee, yes? Thank you in advance for your response.

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Kat, I paid Visa 3500¥ in May 2016 for a single entry visa 🙂

  20. Hi I’m from the Philippines and would like to apply for a visa. I’m planning to travel with my Japanese husband for at least two days in Korea but the problem is that there is no consulate here in Ehime. Do I need to go to a nearby consulate? If so, I can’t stay in other prefecture for so long to wait for the result. I wonder if they can just mail back my passport. Thanks

  21. Hello! I’m a Filipino with residence card living and working in Yonago, Tottori. Is it true that we, from Tottori, should apply for a tourist visa in the Korean Consulate in Kobe? Is there any designated consular office for people to apply depending on our residency? I would like to apply in Hiroshima since the transportation is way cheaper. Please let me know. Thanks!

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Chuck,
      Basically, Tottori, Okayama, Kagawa, Hyogo and Tokushima belong to Korean Consulate Kobe. In additionally they do not entertain the people from out of the territory. However, you still have the option to call them on 090-5099-0414 Kobe, that if you can apply to Hiroshima or not?. In fact, I have seen people from Yokohama when they apply in Tokyo, the embassy said straight no to them and sent back to their territory consulate(Personal experience 2017).

  22. hello, i just want to ask for clarification about the 3mos. residence card validity..

    is it 3mos validity when applying the tourist visa? or
    is it 3mos validity on you flight date to korea?

    because i am planning to apply for visa this March for my May trip and my residence card will expire on July.

    do i need to renew my visa earlier?

    thank you in advance 😁

    • Dear Queng,
      Here are the answers to your question point to point.

      -> 3 months validity when applying for the tourist visa? – yes, this is the case.
      -> is it 3mos validity on your flight date to Korea? – No
      -> do I need to renew my visa earlier?
      No, you do not need to apply in advance
      -> You can even fly during your visa application process.
      For the reference, you can check my other post linked here
      Travel During Expired Working Visa

      This post will help you in both cases even in the expired working visa.

  23. Im a working visa holder in japan planning to travel in korea this coming april any suggestion where i can process my visa day off is very difficult in company.

    • Kuki Reply

      There are a few private companies in Tokyo and Osaka or you can send everything by post to embassy.

  24. im a student visa in japan but i want to go to korea ….. but how??

    • Kuki Reply

      It does not matter whether you have student visa or other visa even travel visa you can apply from Korean embassy directly 🙂

  25. I am an Indian national working in Japan, planning to visit South Korea this new year. [appx. 10 days]
    I have a Resident card which expires on March 18, 2019. No plans in extending the stay.

    Is my resident card expiration should be within 3 months? If so, I should apply before December 17th, 2018?
    Since i m staying far from consulate and working, can you help me whether the below documents are enough for Visa submission? [To make sure NO second attempt]

    -> South Korea visa Application form
    -> Passport (6 months validity)
    -> Photo with white background
    -> Resident card
    -> Bank statement

    Sorry for the trouble. I understand you may not answer few. Please help with the information you know.

    • Kuki Reply

      First, make sure which office comes in your residing area as they do not take the application in Tokyo from the person living in Osaka. Do not tell them, you are not intended to extend your permit(better to apply early if plan fixed it will not harm you). It should work if you have a residence permit valid after your return back to Japan. For all documents are good just take front and back of residence card even its empty backside. Happy journey in advance and let me know it works, recently the person named Tanima (in comment list) applied based on this blog entry and she got in the first attempt.

    • Om Prakash Reply

      Hi myself working in Japan had applied for korean visa for touring around new year, i am not sure of the resident card though if distance and taking leave is an issue there are few proxy agencies which can get you through the visa. But you must make sure the total charge is less than your travel expenses to the embassy. (Twice to the embassy)

      • Can you tell the name of some proxy agencies which can get the visa for the applicant as it will help other readers of the blog who do not have time to go embassy and perform application themselves? For me, I did myself by going directly to the embassy so it will be helping me too with updated information.

  26. Hi! I am a Filipina in Tokyo who wants to apply for Korean tourist visa. I called the embassy but the personnel said I must have at least 3 months remaining in my residence card. My residence card will expire in 2 months. Is it really possible for me to apply for Korean visa? Please advise.

    • Kuki Reply

      It’s possible I traveled when my residence card expire in 15 days they just ask me if I had application for issue new residence card or not. I have shown them the stamp back of my residence card and they were ok without any issue you can directly go there and explain that you are going to come back Japan thats it 😉

  27. Narayan Budha Magar Reply

    Im still studying japanese language in japan and my visa leaving in japan is still 7 month remain
    Can i apply visit visa for shouth korea

    • Kuki Reply

      You can apply even you have 1 month visa remaining just make sure your passport should not expire in next 6 months.

  28. Lal mohammad betani Reply

    Hello dear this is lal mohammad i have japan 1 year visa what is you visa rule for afghan passport holder in japan

    • Kuki Reply

      @Betani Sahib I am not a visa consultant however you can check Korean embassy website to find out visa rules for Korea in each category. My post based on Indian passport holder with 3 year engineer visa 😉


    How long does it take to get the passport back?
    Can someone else do the work instead of me going?
    since taking a day off is difficult and will have to travel from Hamamatsu to Yokohama.

    • Kuki Reply

      Omprakash you can take passport back in 3rd working day including submission day. You can call yokohama office some time they accept all things with post parcel on that case no need to go personal, Just check for current rule 🙂


      Thanks alot for the info, keep doing the good work.

  30. Can you please give some info about the private companies, who can do the visa work
    as its a bit difficult to take a day off and vist Visa offics

    • Kuki Reply

      @aaveg I have no idea even private company provide Korean Visa still I see there are few like RTO INTERNATIONAL , however you can finish your visa work early morning in embassy.

    • Kuki Reply

      Cool Hope you already has visa in Hand 🙂

  31. Hi i am nepalese. I am in japan(student visa) for 2 years and my visa is soon gonna expired within 2 months. Can i get tourist visa for south korea?

    • Kuki Reply

      Hey, Ganga definitely you can apply for tourist visa. Just make sure your passport should be valid for at least the next 6 months.

  32. Rosemary Nejal Reply

    Good morning is it possible to come pick for application forms because im close to your embassy???

    • Kuki Reply

      Rosemary Nejal what you mean by pickup form you can download the form online or you can fill in the embassy on the same day of submitting the form 🙂

    • Kuki Reply

      Thank you, hope it helps you while visiting Korea 🙂

  33. Thanks for the write-up. How long does it take for visa processing? I wish there was a way to submit application online, have to take a day off to submit at embassy 😦 😦

    • It took 3 business day including submission day, there was no online system but you can ask them by phone if they have online system now.Meanwhile there are some private companies which can get visa for you without taking day off 🙂

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