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Cultural activities visa - but what exactly are "cultural activities"?

zsoke

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Hi everyone,

just like many other expats,I would also like to set foot in Japan. Now the easiest way when you don`t have a degree or a sponsor (or both) is to go there on a cultural activities visa. And that`s when my questions come into picture: 1. How do you know if an activity is considered "cultural activity"? I couldn``t find an official list;
2. does anyone know of an ikebana school or tutor who would sponsor for the visa?
3. does anyone know of a cooking school or chef who would sponsor?

I will appreciate any useful answer!
 

zsoke

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Are you planning on a course of study that would last longer than the period you would be allowed to stay as a tourist?

It looks like some schools may require a certain level of Japanese proficiency. This one requires JLPT N2, for example.

Application guidebook for foreign students|Nakamura Culinary School

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Hey,

yeah,that is a weak point...I know some places require japanese and I have just started to learn.And yes, I would like to get a visa for at least 1 year.
 
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Glenski

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It was my understanding that you couldn't apply for such a visa unless you had already shown some prior experience with that cultural activity (pottery, swordmaking, martial arts, ikebana, calligraphy, etc.).

More here and here.
 

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I get the impression you really don't care what you study, just so long as you get to spend a year in Japan. Why not attend language school?
 

Glenski

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the easiest way when you don`t have a degree or a sponsor (or both) is to go there on a cultural activities visa.
That depends on one's circumstances. Your flag avatar and profile say you are from the UK, so normally a working holiday visa is the easiest for people like you. (I also see in your profile that you are 31, so that makes you ineligible for the WHV, but I just wanted other readers to be sure they knew the better, easier route.)
 
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