We are going to Tokyo, Japan!

In: Japan

1 Oct 2010

After months of planning and preparing stuff for the visa application, we can finally say that we are going to Tokyo for a short R&R! I’m not sure if it would actually be considered as an R&R as Tokyo is a bustling city and rest and relaxation isn’t really synonymous with Tokyo per se. It would be a holiday filled with walks, eating, shopping and more eating and walking.

The plan was brought up several months ago as I found out that some of my QMiles from Qatar Airways were expiring. At first, we thought of spending the expiring miles for a trip in the Middle East which would still retain bulk of my QMiles so the idea of going to Morocco was brought up. Well, years ago, Mavis and I wanted to go to the US for a holiday but it seemed that a holiday there would be one of those typical holidays we usually have. However, since going to Morocco or the U.S. meant spending money anyway, I decided to see if a holiday in Tokyo would be feasible. I’d rather stay in a place I’d really love to go to. The call of Japan’s culture and technology weighed more to me than of the U.S. And with Xianelle’s vote, Mavis was outnumbered 2 to 1! Using  45,000 QMILES for Xiane and I, and spending Mavis’ own Qmiles, I booked us tickets to Japan for free, though I had to pay some taxes of course. So to Japan we go!…in November.

I first looked at going to Osaka, visit Nara and then taking the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Tokyo but after some research, I think it’s best to just limit our trip to Tokyo at this point. I also looked at the requirements for visas and prepared them for submission. As for Filipinos and other nationalities, one is required to get a Visa before one lands in Japan. One of the more pressing requirement in the Visa application is confirmation of the hotel/apartment you are going to stay in for the duration of the trip so I had to contact a number of hotels and apartments. A 3 star hotel would roughly cost you a minimum of 8,000 Yen per person.That’s right, while typical hotels would charge you on a per room, per night basis, hotels in Japan would charge by head. Since Xiane is now 7 years old, hotels in Japan were to charge her too! That meant 24,000 Yen per night…hmm..that’s about QR1092 per night! It does pay off to do some hard work and research. Hopefully, the apartment I got is cheaper yet complete with amenities. It includes a combination washer/dryer, iron w/board, hangers, vacuum, bath tub, scale, hair dryer, towels, gas stove (2 burners), refrigerator/freezer, rice cooker, microwave, hot water pot, pots/pans/plates, silverware/cooking utensils, large screen TV, DVD/VCR, CD player, telephone/fax, high-speed internet and one of those Japanese super toilets! I’m crossing my fingers that the advertised photos would exactly be what we’d see when we get there! With the apartment booked, next would be the itinerary.

A full itinerary is required to be submitted along with the Flight Confirmation, Hotel Booking Confirmation, 6 month bank statement, salary certificate, original passports plus the filled application forms with a 2×2 photo. I made a list of things we want to see and areas we could take on each day and created a rough but doable itinerary. We might be doing Disneyland and DisneySea (the only DisneySea in the world!) for 4 days and other days would be spent in Akihabara, Ueno, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, Roponggi, Hamamatsucho while having Akihabara as our base. All these can be reached using Japan’s intricate web of train system! Probably comparable to Hong Kong’s subway system multiplied by 10!

Carrying all the requirements, we went to the Japanese Embassy in Corniche, past the Four Seasons Hotel. The lady told us to wait as she checked our papers and after probably 10 minutes, we were told to call after 3 business days to get our passports back. We didn’t really want to assume that it meant our visas are going to be approved so we just waited. On my Birthday, September 28, I got a call from the Japanese embassy telling me that my Visa got approved, while Xiane and Mavis needed to submit lighter colored background photo for themselves. Yes! That meant that we did get our visas approved! And passing the requirements the same day, we got our passports and Japanese Visas the following day!

What’s next? A lot of planning… transportation, places we’d be interested in, a Disney itinerary, a more. I usually do the planning and itineraries every time we go on such a holiday but this time, I’ve asked Mavis to have a a couple of areas that she has to research on and be our “tour guide” for some days. That’ll help me out on planning the “plan of attack” for Disney as it seems it is always crowded there and we want to get the most of our trip and enjoy the best rides it has to offer. Now it seems that the next 42 days would be spent planning, planning and planning… and hoping that everything pushes through!

3 Responses to We are going to Tokyo, Japan!



November 18th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Nice to see you all having a very good time, and seeing all the stores you’ve been with, really awesome and exciting. I bet Xianelle took lots of time picking her favorite mangas there. Also, have seen the USB store, that’s really cool, and price wised, or maybe since Japan was so much into high-tech ages, they don’t use USBs’ anymore. Anyway, at least they are still cheaper. So guys, do enjoy more of Tokyo’s bests…try some sushis’; also post a picture with some Voltes V stuff. That will more cooler. 楽しみにして楽しい時間を過ごす。


Renato Paglomutan Ilisan

September 28th, 2015 at 10:53 am

Dear Sir/Madam;

I would like to apply for a tourist Japan Visa with my Family on this coming third week of December 2015, I am currently working here in Private Engineering Office-Diwan Amiri in Doha Qatar as a Senior Mechanical Engineer since 2008 up the Present. But my family in the Philippines, I have 2 Children, my Daughter she is 22 years old and my Son he is 17 years, I am planning to get a tourist Visa here in Doha and my family they’re applying there thru our Travel Agency in the Philippines. Please advise me how I can proceed my self and my Family. Best Regards.



September 28th, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Renato, visit the Japanese Embassy website so you’ll know the requirements for you. As for your family, they do have to apply for their visas in the Philippines. They have another set of requirements as well.

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