Travelling to Japan is increasingly popular nowadays, unlike in the past more foreigners are choosing Japan for tourism, visiting, holidaying, business, further studies, importing and exporting goods. Whatever your reasons for travelling to Japan from Nigeria we at are analysing to you travel to Japan from Nigeria step by step guide.

Where is Japan located in the world?

Japan is a long island country situated in the Pacific Ocean, East and North-East Asia. The State of Japan shared maritime boundaries with North Korea, South Korea, China and Russia. Japan has its administrative Capital in Tokyo, a large city famous for a place called Shibuya Zebra crossing,  and generally regarded as one of the most prominent economic centres of the world.

Why travelling to Japan?

In the past, due to the language barrier, many foreigners believed that Japan is a no go area, that there is nothing much a foreigner can engage in Japan, nowadays things are really changing quickly, more migrants are heading to Japan and finding their feet.
Nowadays more people are heading to this amazing Asian island country due to divergent reasons. Touring and discovering the new area and business travelling constituted major reasons for travelling to Japan. While searching for employment and relocation are other reasons for choosing Japan.


1. English teaching.
English teaching is by far the biggest empowerment opportunity a foreigner can engage in Japan.
For any foreigner well educated in English, getting an English teaching job in Japan may not be difficult if you follow the right channels.
Due to globalisation whereby English is assuming the status of global business language more Japanese are leaning towards mastering English. It’s a well-known fact that English teaching jobs are available in all of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Unlike other jobs where you have to concentrate all your efforts in Tokyo, an English teaching job can be got anywhere in Japan.

If you’re interested in working as an English teacher there are organizations in Japan that can assist you in getting employment. Likewise, you can employ the service of a professional job recruiter to do it for you.

2. Information Technology: Japan is a highly industrialised country with a great emphasis on information technology. Many things are done digitally. Any foreigner who is an IT expert can be fitted into their industrial sector. Language may not be a hindrance for a well qualified IT professional.

3. Engineering: Japan is home to many world-famous and highly reliable automobiles, electronics and many other heavy industrial goods. Due to the worldwide acceptability of Japanese products. Companies are increasingly expanding with the ability to employ more engineers and technicians. If you’re a qualified engineer or technician and you know the right job recruiter, getting an Engineering job in Japan may be easier than you think.

4. Exporting Japanese goods: Except for the high exchange rate in Japan, there are lots of Japanese products you can export to various countries from Japan. The beauty of it is that made in Japan is a mark of quality, unlike some adjacent Asian countries who are well known for fake and sub-standard products.
Range from popular automobiles, electronics, vehicle spare parts, industrial machinery, household materials, watches, Kitchen Utensils, Pens, umbrellas, Chewing gums and mint tablets, and many more. Instead of going to a far distance such as Japan to struggle, you can easily select some of the numerous Japanese products and export them. They are a hot cake everywhere including fairly used.

5. Researchers: When it comes to researching,  Japan ranked very high. From robotic technology, to agricultural and ecological researches Japan takes researching very seriously. If you’re good at researching, you don’t need to master Japanese before you land a very good job in Japan.

6. Get a student visa: If you’re not fitted in the above-mentioned options the other viable option you can use is to process a student admission into any of the Japanese recognised institutions of learning. Study a course that you believe will enable you to get a good job in Japan, could be a brilliant idea to secure your future in Japan.
If you have the means, this is a win situation in that study in Japan will afford you the opportunity of knowing Japanese and understand the country better, and know-how things are operating. Getting a job becomes easy when you study in Japan.

Is Japan a visa-free country for Africans?
Unfortunately for most Africans no. You will need an entry visa to enter Japan unless you’re a government official.

These are the type of visas you can obtain at the Japanese Embassy in Nigeria
1. Short-term visas
– Business visa
– Tourist visa
– Visiting visa: Visiting relatives, visiting acquaintances/friends.

2. Long-term visas
– Working visa
– Studying visa
– Spouse visa

HOW to apply for a Japan visa from Nigeria

1. Download the Japan visa application form online.
2. Before filling in your details be sure you read the instructions thoroughly.
3. Carefully complete the form include your relevant details and append your signature at the bottom.

4. Attach the following documents:
– Your International passport with at least 6 months validity and unused visa pages.
– Be sure the passport you’re submitting enables you to re-enter your country of residence.
– Two recently taken passport-sized photographs with white background.
– The photocopy of the data page of your passport.
– Anyone on invitation must provide a letter of invitation prepared by the person inviting you or your guarantor to Japan
– If the guarantor in Japan is responsible for the payment of your expenses a letter of guarantee must be provided.
– Original copy of your itinerary in Japan.
– Your hotel reservation with the number of days to spend and the name and contact address of the hotel.
– Your flight booking indicating the airline departure and arrival dates in Japan.
– Your bank account statement for the last 6 months.
– For anyone travelling for business transactions, a letter of invitation, a copy of your certificate of incorporation and that of your business partner in Japan certificate of incorporation, tax clearance certificate, proof of previous business dealings with the company in Japan.

After the compilation of all the required documents, you’re to submit them personally at the Japanese Embassy.
Please note the following points before submission:
1. Please note that you cannot obtain your visa on the same day.
2. Ensure you submit at least 2 weeks before your trip.
3. Ensure all the documents you’re submitting are authentic.
4. Pay the visa application processing fee of #8,350 as of 1st April 2019.
5. Note that if the visa is not issued visa fees are refundable
6. Please come with the exact amount because no change will be given.
7. It’s important to state the type of activities to be engaged in Japan.

The validity of Japanese visa
For a single entry visa the validity is three months therefore if the visa is issued,  it must be utilised before the expiration

Visa application submission time:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.

Passport collection
Monday – Thursday 3.00 p.m. – 3.45 p.m
Friday 12.00 – 12.30 p.m.

Address of the Japanese Embassy in Nigeria
Embassy of Japan
No. 9, Bobo Street,
Off Gana Street,
Abuja, Nigeria.
Telephone numbers: +234 090 6000 9019, +234 090 6000 9099


Whatever the type of visa you obtain to travel to Japan you must obtain Japan overseas travel insurance before you depart for Japan. Travel Insurance will enable you to face any medical emergency that may occur while in Japan. It makes you feel secure and you pay less for any medical expenses if the need arises.

HOW to get to Japan from Nigeria, there are Emirates Airline, Egyptair, KLM, Lufthansa and Ethiopian Airline. Their prices range from NGN484,596 – NGN529,540 round trip.

Please note that there is no direct flight between Nigeria and Japan, be expecting at least 2 stopovers to reach Japan, therefore enquire from the Airline and be sure you obtain the transit visas of those countries.
When you’re on transit make sure you don’t leave the airport’s vicinity in order not to encounter unnecessary hostility.


After you successfully obtained an entry visa please note the following points before departure:

1. Make sure you utilize your visa before the 3 months expire.
2. On your day of departure make sure you arrive at the airport early before the commencement of the Airline’s check-in activities.
3. If there is a queue ensure you join quickly without engaging in any frivolous sidetalk or photograph with acquaintances.
4. As soon as you checked in your luggage and obtained the boarding pass move quickly to the immigration departure counters.
5. Please note that most popular Airlines usually scheduled their flight towards the late evening time which often time create congestion at the immigration clearance counters, if you arrive late it may lead to missing your flight.
6. Remember if you missed your flight be expecting to pay additional charges from the Airline and the Airport Authority whenever you rescheduled your departure.


When you disembark at one of the Tokyo International airports, please note the following points before the immigration and Customs clearances:
1. Usually, the arrival card must be given to you before landed, make sure you fill in advance and include it in your passport.
2. Make sure you have your passport, return ticket, health insurance certificate and basic travelling allowance in your hand luggage to avoid delay in getting clearance.
2. If you’re a first-time traveller, avoid travelling with large luggage, having many suitcases may send a wrong signer that you intend to stay beyond the validity of your visa, which may lead to refusal entry.
3. Avoid assisting fellow travellers in carrying anything it could be very dangerous.
4. Do not make friends with strangers until you conclude the immigration and customs clearances.
5. Be sure you declare all your luggage never follow nothing to declare path.


When you completed the immigration and Customs clearances and you step out of the Airport to go to the city. If you land at Narita Airport get ready to make about 80 kilometres journey to the famous Tokyo Shibuya wonderful crossing.
You have a lot of means of transportation options at your disposal. Shuttle bus service, low-cost taxi, Regular train or express train. In all regular trains are the cheapest option, unless you’re in a hurry.


If you intend to stay for long in Tokyo as a foreigner you may find it difficult to get a rented accommodation through a real estate agent because many property owners may not want you as a tenant.

The viable option you have is to enquire for a guesthouse popularly called “gaijin house” meaning foreigner house. Gaijin house is affordable and you can sign a weekly contract as you prefer.



You may want to know how Nigerians are getting on in Japan. It’s heartwarming that things are changing for the better nowadays. Truthfully life is hard for most Nigerians living in Japan. Racism due to the colour of your skin is a hindrance and a big negative factor in living and working here. Getting things done is increasingly difficult. No matter how qualified you are, getting a good job or getting a Japanese woman to marry may be hard to get because of the colour of your skin. Generally, Japanese people are very strict, realistically Japanese society is not open unlike in some other Asian countries.

Types of work Nigerians can get.
If you’re a well qualified Nigerian the few areas you can hope to work on are general factory work, Computer engineering, Software developers, Software engineers, IT consultancy, English teaching. In all, if you’re a highly qualified IT engineer or you have a strong technical background, proficiency in Japanese may not be a hindrance in securing a good job.

That’s all I can tell you currently on Travel to Japan from Nigeria step by step guide.


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