My sister and I have always been interested in Japanese culture. We want to plan a 20-day sightseeing trip (no group tours, just us two with our own itinery). We are Indian citizens, living in Goa, India, with current Indian passports. My questions are:
Other than a roundtrip air ticket, a Japanese tourist visa, and hotel arrangements, do I need anything else?
Will India request that we have to be "sponsored" by someone in Japan, in order to allow us to go to Japan for a vacation? (we do not know anyone in India).
Is there a definitive source I can go to research further?
(the two travel agencies in Goa, India, say that we have to be "sponsored" by someone in the country we want to visit (ie Japan, USA) in order to vacation in that country. these agencies then say that the sponsors must prove all sorts of financial security and provide all sorts of personal identifying information, such as their (the sponsor's) taxes for the last 3 years, their identification, their bank records, etc). This does not make sense to me. Please advise.