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Home | ESL Experience in Korea | Information for Teachers
Japan Visa Run
Name : Anna   Date : 2008-06-10
What is Japan Visa Run?


When Schools need a teacher urgently,  schools might want to take Japan Visa Run. If Schools decided to do Japan Visa run to teacher, they will bring teacher to Korea with tourist visa , and as soon as visa pin number comes out, schools send you to Japan for getting visa done .  After visa pin number comes out, Korean embassy will finalize your visa which they stamp E2visa on your passport. Normally the processing at Korean embassy in your country takes around 5 business days .  But Korean embassy located in Fukuoka, Japan takes 2 days.


Anyone can do visa Run?

-Yes, from April 1st 2011  , new rule that became effective so anyone can get E2 visa not just in Japan but also any Korean consulate located overseas.  


The Main Visa Run Place in Japan: Osaka and Fukuoka.


1) Osaka

Teachers should submit their documents before 3pm of the day they arrive and their visa will be ready by 1:30pm on the next day.  Your passport with E2visa stamped will be given to you orderly to number tag.


Address: 2-3-4 Nishi-sinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, 542-0086

Website: http://jpn-osaka.mofat.go.kr/index.jsp
Phone number: 81-(0)6-6213-1401~3
Service Hours:
9:00-12:00, 13:30-17:00 (Mon-Fri) Closed weekends and holidays (listed below)


Documets that you need to bring.

- Your passport with remaining validity of at least one year
- Visa issuance number
- A completed Visa application form ( Download)
- One passport-size photo

Directions from the airport:

1.       Take the "RAPIT" train, NANKAI line, from the airport and get off at the last stop called "Namba". Once you clear customs, just follow the signs or you can ask any imformation desk at the airport; anyone manning these desks will speak English. It costs about 1,500 Yen and takes 40 minutes.

2.       From Namba station, go straight out exit 25 until you reach the Holiday Inn Nankai Hotel. It's a 10 to 15 minute walk, or just a few minutes by taxi (expensive). The Korean consulate is right across from the hotel.


Lodging in Osaka: Osaka House (http://www.osakahouse.com)

- 10 minutes from the Korean Consulate
- 30,000 - 40,000 KRW per night (seasonal)
- Korean Operated
- Reservations and payment must be made prior to departure from

Take exit 10 from Nipponbashi station and keep walking until you reach the Nipponbashi 3 intersection (Nipponbashi san-cho-mae). You should be able to see a restaurant called the Yoshinoya Rice Restaurant. Call Osaka House at 6633-7789 and they will come and pick you up.


2) Fukuoka


Address: 1-1-3 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan, 810-0065

Website: http://jpn-fukuoka.mofat.go.kr/index.jsp
Phone Number: 81-(0)92-771-0461/3
Service Hours:
9:00-12:00, 13:30-17:00 (Mon-Fri) Closed weekends and holidays


Documets that you need to bring:

- Your passport with remaining validity of at least one year
- Visa issuance number
- A completed Visa application form ( Download)
- One passport-size photo

Directions from the airport:

1.       Take the subway from the airport to Tojin Machi station (9th stop from the airport right after Ohori Koen station).

2.       From Tojin Machi station, go out exit one (1) which says Korean Consulate on it. Go straight out the exit towards the traffic light. Cross the intersection and turn (if you hit the river you've gone to far!). Go straight for about 10 minutes and you will arrive at the consulate which is a building with a Korean style roof and a Korean Flag (don't be fooled by the Chinese consulate). Most of the buildings in the area have maps.


*If a national holiday falls on a Sunday, the consulate will be closed the following Monday as well.


                       Korean Holidays

- March 1st
- July 17th
- August 15th
- October                                                                                                                                                     
Japanese Holidays

- January 1st-3rd: New Years (Shogatsu)
- The 2nd Monday in January: Coming of Age (Seiji No Hi)
- February 11th: National Foundation Day (Kenkoku Kinenbi)
- March 21st: Spring Eqinox Day (Shunbun No Hi)
- April 29th: Green Day (Midori No Hi)
- May 3rd: Constitution Day (Kenpo Kinenbi)
- May 4th: "Between Day" (okumin No Kyujitsu)
- May 5th: Children's Day (Kodomo No Hi)
- The 3rd Monday in July: Ocean Day (Umi No Hi)
- The 3rd Monday in September: Senior Citizen's Day (Keiro No Hi)
- September 23rd: Autum Equinox Day (Shubun No Hi)
- The 2nd Monday in October: Health and Sports Day (Taiiku No Hi)
- November 3rd: Culture Day (Bunka No Hi)
- November 23rd: Labour Thanksgiving Day (Kinro Kansha No Hi)
- December 23rd: Emperor's Birthday (Tenno No Tanjobi)





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