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How to obtain tour operator license in Japan

In Japan,there are 4 types of tour operator license.

1) First class 第1種:

* This license can handle

- Pagkaged tour=planning and organizing a tour to sell the tour service to clients(domestic and international tour)
- Tailor made tour=planning and organizing a tour based on clients'
order(domestic and international tour)
- Arranging tour=working with other tour agencies,hotel,restaurant etc.based on clients' order to receive just comission(domestic and international tour)

* Deposit money for the government=at least 70,000,000JPY(reduced down to 14,000,000JPY in case you join ANTA or JATA)

* Assets amount required under the law=30,000,000JPY

* Competent Government Authority = Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

2) Second class 第2種:

* This license can handle

- Pagkaged tour=planning and organizing a tour to sell the tour service to clients(DOMESTIC TOUR ONLY)←attention!
- Tailor made tour=planning and organizing a tour based on clients'
order(domestic and international tour)
- Arranging tour=working with other tour agencies,hotel,restaurant etc.based on clients' order to receive just comission(domestic and international tour)

* Deposit money for the government=at least 11,000,000JPY(reduced down to 2,200,000JPY in case you join ANTA or JATA)

* Assets amount required under the law=7,000,000JPY

* Competent Government Authority = Prefectural Governor

3) Third class 第3種:

* This license can handle

- Pagkaged tour=NOT ALLOWED ←attention!
- Tailor made tour=planning and organizing a tour based on clients'
order(domestic and international tour)
- Arranging tour=working with other tour agencies,hotel,restaurant etc.based on clients' order to receive just comission(domestic and international tour)

* Deposit money for the government=at least 3,000,000JPY(reduced down to 600,000JPY in case you join ANTA or JATA)

* Assets amount required under the law=3,000,000JPY

* Competent Government Authority = Prefectural Governor

4) Travel Agent 旅行業者代理業

* This license can handle just agency service only entirely entrusted by other tour operators.

- Pagkaged tour=NOT ALLOWED
- Tailor made tour=NOT ALLOWED
- Arranging tour=NOT ALLOWED

* Deposit money for the government=NOT REQUIRED

* Assets amount required under the law=NOT REQUIRED

* Competent Government Authority = Prefectural Governor

The processing time is 2 months for the First type application and 1 month for other remained types application.

A certified travel supervisor licensed by MLIT must be appointed for all the types of license above.This license is very hard to be passed by a foreigner,so you had better find a Japanese licensee beforehand.

If you are planning to handle international packaged tour included in the future,it's best option for you to apply for the First type.If domestic packaged tour only,you may apply for the Second type of the tour operator license.For others,you may apply for the Third type of the tour operator license.

The procedural order until to start your tour operator business in Japan is roughly as follows;

(1) Set up a subsidiary company
(2) Deposit necessary money,employ a certified travel supervisor and apply for tour operator license
(3) Your staffs may be relocated (dispatched) to Japan with proper visas

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