Planning for Deposition Travel to Japan
Entry Requirements for Japan
To enter Japan from the United States for depositions, you must apply for a special deposition visa at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate nearest you in the U.S.Below are the items you will need when applying for the deposition visa:
- A photocopy of the signed commission or deposition court order
- Case summary
- A U.S. passport, along with:
- Completed deposition visa application forms
- Required passport photos
Please note that different states in the U.S. often require different items for specialized deposition visas. Planet Depos is able to assist you through each step of the visa planning process as our International Department can often spot minor omissions or errors that will cause great delays or even cancellations at a late date.
Japan Travel Requirements
In addition to the special deposition visa requirement, here are important points to keep in mind:
- Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months from your departure date in Japan
- Proof of onward/return travel is required to enter Japan
- Ensure that your passport has two (2) blank pages in the visas section before any international travel (not counting the amendments pages in the back)
- Be aware of any connecting flights you will take and whether a visa is required in those countries
- You must present your passport with the deposition visa in order to enter the U.S. Consulate in Osaka or the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. For more information on obtaining a deposition visa, please contact us
Flying to Japan
The most convenient airports when traveling to Japan for depositions are:
- Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT)
- Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND)
- Osaka’s Kansai Airport (KIX)
- Osaka Airport (ITM)
For updated travel alerts and information, please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo/Japan.
Travel in Japan
Staying in Tokyo
Tokyo offers an array of fantastic hotels that are most convenient for the business traveler, and Planet Depos has an established partnership with nearly all of them. We highly recommend, however, that you stay near the U.S. Embassy as commuting in Tokyo can be extremely time consuming and expensive. Planet Depos is pleased to assist you with your hotel needs as we offer many corporate discounts at nearly all of the top hotels in Tokyo.
Staying in Osaka
Just as in Tokyo, for counsel’s convenience, it is better to stay near the Consulate in Osaka. With numerous hotel partnerships, Planet Depos is happy to assist in booking your accommodations.
Generally, there are some modern medical facilities in Tokyo and Osaka, which are English-friendly. For a list of local-speaking doctors, please contact the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
For updated health information, including health travel alerts, view the Health Information for Travelers to Japan at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When travelling, be sure to bring no more than 1 months’ supply of any personal medicines including: supplements, medications, prescriptions, etc. Prohibited or controlled narcotics and psychotropics are not allowed. Prescribed narcotics or psychotropics require prior approval, and a copy of the related prescription.
If you do bring more than the allowed amount of approved medicines without prior approval, or prohibited drugs, you risk arrest and detention at the airport.
Here is a more specific list of what the Ministry of Health considers to be personal medicines, prohibited drugs, and their allowed amounts.
Here is a great link with more general information including FAQ.
- Applications for the Yakkan Shoumei should be submitted to the Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare closest to your airport of arrival in Japan
- Apply no later than 2 weeks in advance of your travel date
Credit cards are not as widely accepted in Tokyo or Osaka as they are in other Asian countries. If accepted, the most common are MasterCard, Visa, and the JCP (Japan Credit Bank). Foreign checks are rarely accepted in Japan. Currency can be converted at the major airports. It is strongly advised that you carry cash for local transportation, restaurants, coffee, etc. Some banks and all post offices have international ATM machines that usually accept foreign debit cards.
For up-to-date information on the local conversion rate, visit a reputable currency converter website such as OANDA, which also provides an app for smartphones.
The temperatures in Osaka and Tokyo are fairly comparable, normally Osaka just a few degrees higher on most days. January and February are sunny and dry, which can be good for sightseeing. March and April provide average temperatures between 55° and 65°, allowing for excellent weather to enjoy the cherry blossom trees. May is often described as one of the best times to visit Japan because of the lush vegetation and the comfortable temperatures hovering around 73°. June is the beginning of the rainy season and lasts through July, with temperatures normally in the 80s. August through September is considered typhoon season, leading into October which starts the cool-down of temperatures. December boasts dry weather and a temperature of 54°.
Voltage Information for Japan
Both the voltage in Japan (110) and the plugs are the same as the United States. However, some outlets are 2-pin instead of 3-pin ground, so you may need a 3-to-2 adapter, which can be found at Amazon or most electronics stores in the U.S. We recommend packing several adapters.