Japanese visa for South Korean citizens

A visa is NOT required for South Korean passport holders visiting Japan for a short-term stay: .

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For South Korean citizens to enter Japan for a short-term tourism purpose. Not required
Evisa Japan e-visa for South Korean citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival Japan visa on arrival for South Korean citizens Not Available

Japan tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding South Korean passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Japan.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from Japan.

If you are looking for Japan visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from South Korea, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Japan nearest your place of residence.

  • Seoul: The Embassy of Japan in Seoul, South Korea (Working hours: Close now)
  • Cheju: The Consulate General of Japan in Cheju, South Korea (Working hours: Close now)
  • Pusan: The Consulate General of Japan in Pusan, South Korea (Working hours: Close now)

Japan visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest Japan diplomatic mission offices to South Korea for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from South Korea traveling to Japan from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (South Korea) estimated Change (%)
2008 5,344,815 N/A
2009 5,344,815 0.00%
2010 4,937,591 -7.62%
2011 5,039,397 2.06%
2012 4,937,591 -2.02%
2013 5,141,203 4.12%
2014 5,293,912 2.97%
2015 5,243,009 -0.96%
2016 5,090,300 -2.91%
2017 7,140,200 40.27%
2018 7,538,952 5.58%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

Japan & South Korea comparison

Japan's area is approximately 364,555 km2 (140,755 sq mi), while the area of South Korea is approximately 97,230 km2 (37,540 sq mi). This means South Korea is 3.75 times smaller than Japan.

As of September 2021, Japan's population is ~98.8 million people - 44,193,014 more people than the population of South Korea.

We have highlighted Japan & South Korea’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

Japan South Korea Difference
Population (est 2021) 98,824,895 54,631,881 44.2 million more people live in Japan than South Korea
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 247 183 Japan has 64 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with South Korea.
Travel freedom (2021) 142 138 Japan passport holders can visit 4 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 421 129 Japanese hosts 292 more foreign missions than South Korea.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from South Korea travel to Japan in one year?

The number of visitors from South Korea visiting Japan in 2018 was approximately 7,538,952.

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