we are Filipino citizen who will travel around japan via a cruise ship for a week and will disembark in Hong Kong, do we still need to have a Japanese visitor visa for the duration of the cruise?

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    Filipinos are required to have a visa to visit Japan, so if you plan to go ashore at ports of call you will need either a visa or shore pass. You would need to ask the cruise line if they provide shore passes or if visas are mandated.
    – user13044
    Feb 11, 2016 at 2:02
  • Relaxed regulations for cruise ships passengers went into effect in 2015, but you need to confirm whether your ship is "designated by the Minister of Justice."
    – fkraiem
    Apr 14, 2016 at 19:27

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The Japan National Tourism Organization lists the Philippines as a country that doesn't have a Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangement, requiring you to apply for a visa.

You can find more information about what's required and how to apply for a visa for Philippine Nationals on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

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