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As of December 2014, Japan has taken measures concerning the Visa Exemption Arrangements with 67 countries and regions as the chart below.
Nationals and citizens of those countries and regions shown below are not required to obtain visas to enter Japan when their visits are tourism, commerce, conferences, visiting relatives/ acquaintances, etc. However, when foreign nationals engage in paid activities in Japan, or their periods of stay exceed those stipulated in each country’s arrangement of short-term stay, visas will be required to enter Japan.

・Period of Stay
 The period of stay granted at the time of the landing permission will be "15 days" for Brunei, Indonesia, and
 Thailand, and "90 days" for other countries and regions.

67 Countries and Regions for Visa Exemptions (as of December 2014)
ASIA
Latin America and the Caribbean
Europe
Europe
Brunei (15 days)
El Salvador
Andorra
Liechtenstein
Indonesia
Guatemala
Austria
Lithuania
Malaysia
Honduras
Belgium
Luxembourg
Republic of Korea
Mexico
Bulgaria
Malta
Singapore
Surinam
Croatia
Monaco
Thailand (15 days)
Uruguay
Cyprus
Netherlands
Hong Kong
Oceania
Czech Republic
Norway
Macao
Australia
Denmark
Poland
Taiwan
New Zealand
Estonia
Portugal
North America
Middle East
Finland
Romania
Canada
Israel
Republic of Macedonia
San Marino
United States
Turkey
France
Serbia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Africa
Germany
Slovenia
Argentina
Lesotho
Greece
Spain
Bahamas
Mauritius
Hungary
Sweden
Barbados
Tunisia
Iceland
Switzerland
Chile
Ireland
United Kingdom
Costa Rica
Italy
Dominican Republic
Latvia
[Note1] For nationals of Indonesia (since December 1, 2014), visas are not required only for those who have registered ICAO-compliant ePassport to diplomatic missions of Japan in Indonesia (the embassy, consulates-general, or the consulate). Validity of the registration is three years period or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
[Note2] For nationals of Malaysia (since July 1, 2013), visas are not required only for holders of ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold such ePassport are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
[Note3] For nationals of Thailand (since July 1, 2013), visas are not required only for holders of ePassport in compliance with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards.
[Note4] For citizens of Hong Kong, visas are not required only for holders of Special Administrative Region (SAR) passport issued by the Hong Kong SAR of the People’s Republic of China or British National Overseas (BNO) passports who have the right of residence in Hong Kong.
[Note5] For citizens of Macao, visas are not required only for holders of SAR passport issued by the Macao SAR of the People’s Republic of China.
[Note6] For citizens of Taiwan, visas are not required only for holders of Taiwan passport which includes a personal identification number.
[Note7] For nationals of Barbados (since April 1, 2010), Turkey (since April 1, 2011) and Lesotho (since April 1, 2010), visas are not required only for holders of Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) or ePassport in compliance with ICAO standards. Those who do not hold an MRP or ePassport are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan.
[Note8] For nationals of those countries with visa exemptions permitting stays of up to 6 months under the bilateral visa exemption arrangements, those who wish to stay in Japan for more than 90 days are required to apply for an extension of the period of stay to the Ministry of Justice (Regional Immigration Bureau) before the period of permitted stay is to expire.
[Note9] Nationals of Peru (since July 15, 1995) and Colombia (since February 1, 2004), are advised to obtain a visa in advance, otherwise will be strictly examined and may be refused entry to Japan

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