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South African travelling to Shanghai for holiday, I'd like to go to a show in Tokyo only for the day ...then fly back to Shanghai... will that be allowed at all ?

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  • Is your Chinese visa multiple entry ? Also I think you're misunderstanding how a transit visa works – blackbird Nov 6 '15 at 19:55
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You are allowed to do this if you meet certain conditions.

1- Your Chinese visa allows multiple entry
2- You have a Japanese visitor visa, as Japan requires South African citizens to have a visa to visit.

Wikipedia reference
Timatic reference
VisaHQ reference

By the way, a transit visa works if you are on your way somewhere else, what you're looking for is a proper visitor visa in this case

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