Japanese Embassy in Minsk, Belarus

Embassy of Japan in Minsk is a representation of Japan in Belarus which runs an inclusive range of consular services to local, Japanese, and international citizens in Belarus. You can find all related information of Japanese Embassy in Minsk such as address, phone numbers, fax numbers, email, official website, opening hours right here:

Address: Pr. Pobediteley 23/1, 8th Floor,

Republic of Belarus


City: Minsk

Phone: +375-17-2036233 / 4481

Fax: +375-17-2112169

Email: nippon-emb@mk.mofa.go.jp

Website: http://www.japan.belembassy.org/

Office hours: 09:00 – 13:00 / 14:00 – 17:45

Head of Mission: Mr Toyohisa Kozuki, Ambassador

Japan in Belarus: Japan’s embassy in Minsk is the only Japanese representation in Belarus.
Belarus in Japan: Belarus has four representations in Japan. These representations include an embassy in Tokyo consulates in Akita, Okayama and Osaka.

Details: As the official representation of Japan, the embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries. It represents Japanese interests in the areas of political, economic and financial affairs, legal arrangements, science, education and culture.

Please contact the embassy directly for inquiries and questions regarding visa regulations and passport requirements. Please make a call to the embassy to verify address and opening hours.

Frequently asked questions:

1.Do I need a visa to travel to Japan?

Yes, you should apply a visa before entering Japan.

2.Is it necessary to go to the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General by myself to apply for a visa?
There are three ways to apply for a visa: (1) the visa applicant him/herself goes directly to the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General, (2) the visa applicant writes a Letter of Proxy and get a proxy to go to the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General in his / her place, and (3) the visa applicant uses an accredited travel agent approved by the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General. However, depending on the circumstances in your country or region, there are cases that the documents should only be submitted by the applicant him/herself going to the Japanese Embassy/Consulate, or through an accredited travel agent. Check with the Japanese Embassy in Minsk, Belarus before making the application.

3.I have lost my passport with the visa in it. What should I do?
Contact the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General that issued the visa to inform what happened. Also, it is recommended that you submit a lost property form to the local police station. If you need a new visa, you must make an application again.

4.Where I can get Japan visa application form?
PDF file can be download here:
Japan Visa Application Form

Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Japan

It’s safe.

One of the best things about Japan is that it is safe. Repeatedly shining on top ten lists of the world’s safest countries, Japan is also a great place for solo female travelers. That doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind. As with any destination, you’ll need to be vigilant as a foreigner, stay out of shady areas, avoid flaunting your cash, and don’t provoke anyone.

Cash rules.

Cash is king in Japan. Workers are usually paid in cash and most businesses and services, including restaurants and shops, accept only cash. Your hotel and some big department stores will usually take credit, but always check first. That said, make sure to always have plenty of yen in your wallet in order to avoid awkward conversations that can easily get lost in translation. Tip: If you find yourself without cash, head to a 7-Eleven to use the ATM. Not only is your bank card guaranteed to work every time, but it’s also open 24/7.

Buying a Rail Pass is totally worth it.

A Japan Rail Pass can help save you plenty of money, especially if you are planning to travel around a particular region or the whole country. You can buy an unlimited pass that’s valid for a specific region or country-wide. This will give you access to the bullet train (Shinkansen) and JR-branded commuter trains, buses, and ferries, often for about the same price as two individual train tickets.

The metro is not 24 hours.

It may seem shocking that a country filled with so many conveniences doesn’t have a 24-hour train system, but it’s true — even in the glittering, well-oiled Tokyo. When planning your night out, expect to make a mad dash for the last train. Depending on where you are, you’ll have to be through the doors anywhere between 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

You’re likely to see lots of drunk businessmen on trains.

It’s not the most becoming part of their culture, but it happens — frequently. While the majority of Japanese society is mild mannered, you’re likely to come across drunk Japanese businessmen. Part of the diehard Japanese work culture is that businessmen will go out for drinks after work and booze heavily. That said, don’t be surprised if you walk on a train around 7 p.m. and are hit with the smell of booze and visibly intoxicated men in suits.

Learn a few phrases and how to recognize key words.

We always recommend learning a few basic phrases in the local language whenever you travel, but this is especially important in Japan where etiquette is held in the highest esteem. Make sure you are familiar with how to say “thank you,” “please,” and “excuse me,” even if you have to write them down phonetically. You may also want to write down a few translations for your own reference, including the words for bathroom, ramen, karaoke, exit (trust us), and certain toiletries.

Tattoos are considered taboo.

While your tattoos may be an artistic way to express yourself, in Japan, they tend to be associated with criminals — namely members of the Yakuza gang.

Keeping your shoes on in certain places is highly offensive.

Leaving your shoes on when entering someone’s house is a major sign of disrespect. Like many other parts of Asia, removing your shoes when entering a home is an absolute must. This is also the norm for several restaurants, so be sure to check around if you should slip your shoes off or not. Oh, and you’re going to have to take off your shoes before entering most dressing rooms, too.

You don’t need to tip.

Speaking of restaurant etiquette, you don’t need to tip in Japan. In fact, if you do, there’s a big chance your server will run after you to give you the money you accidentally left behind. Waiters get paid a living wage in Japan, so don’t feel guilty. This rule is also true for hotel staff and other service staff you’ll encounter during your trip.

You won’t always find an English translation.

Speaking of eating out, be prepared to encounter menus and signs with no English translations.

Most locals speak English better than they admit.

You can usually politely ask for help by finding someone who speaks English. An even if your new best friend says they don’t speak much English, it’s likely better than they say it is. Tip: Speak slowly.

Don’t flag down your waiter — there’s a buzzer for that.

When in Japan, you don’t have to impatiently flag down your waiter. Many restaurant tables have a small black box with a black button so that customers can summon the waiter without calling attention to themselves or creating disruptive noises. Better yet, some spots don’t even have waiters. Instead, guests order from a screen in their booth and the food arrives in a little slot.

Japan has huge underground malls.

Japan’s cities are covered — no, stacked — with buildings. It’s easy to get stuck looking up, but you’d miss all the action taking place underground. Like South Korea, Japan has utilized its underground space by building huge shopping centers, full of stores and restaurants.

Get in on the nomihodai.

What if we told you there’s a way to save big on drinks in Japan? Enter nomihodai — the Japanese all-you-can-drink special that you should experience at least once while in the country. The price for a beer or two in New York City will give you the opportunity to drink for one or two hours. There are a few rules, though. You’ll need to finish your first drink before you order your next, and there’s sometimes also an entrance charge. When the time runs out, you’ll have to abandon all the drinks you haven’t finished.

Speak quietly in public.

Watching the volume of your voice — and the content of your conversation — is extremely important in Japan. Everyone in Japan is aware of the fact that they are sharing space with others, so keeping conversations to a minimum and voice levels at a low volume in public is always appreciated.

A small gift can say a lot.

While you can’t tip in Japan, you can still offer a small token of appreciation, if you want to thank someone for their help or service. This could be in the form of a trinket, such as a keychain or souvenir from your hometown. No matter what it is, be sure to say thank you and bow as you are hand it over. However, don’t make too big a deal out of it or they might feel ashamed that they have nothing to offer you in return.

Pointing at people and things is rude.

Pointing at people or things with your finger, greeting strangers on the street with a friendly “hello,” eating or drinking in public, and snapping photos of people without their permission are all big no-nos in Japan. It’s also impolite to raise your voice or lose your temper in Japan, so be careful of how you handle situations that don’t turn out the way you planned.

You can smoke in most restaurants, but there are designated spots to do so outside.

Here are just some interesting facts and ideas about japanese that you should know. Visit Japanese Embassy in Minsk, Belarus to apply your visa for a trip to Japan and explore more about Japanese.

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