The Kyoto Overseas Business Center aims to strengthen the international competitiveness of Kyoto prefecture’s industries, expand employment, cycle to the local economy. We support entrepreneurship to develop an international economic hub for foreigners who wish to start a business in Kyoto prefecture.
To Kyoto, The Capital of Startup
Kyoto has a strong image as a tourist city, but actually it is one of Japan’s leading manufacturing cities, with the long history of traditional industries that have been inherited over the years, there are located many leading industries and Global Niche Top companies.
Starting with Kyoto University, which has many Nobel Prize winner professors. There are the most advanced academic research institutes such as AI, IoT, and life sciences concentrated in Kyoto, it has an environment which constantly produces innovative companies.
Last year, the global accelerator PLUG AND PLAY established a base in Kyoto, and the construction of a high-level ecosystem is progressing. Of course, we provide a living environment wrapped in the essence of Japanese culture.
Applying for a startup visa (foreign entrepreneurship promotion business)
Foreigners who wish to start a business in Kyoto Prefecture can use the system for foreigner entrepreneurial activity promotion business to stay in Japan with a status of residence “special activity” for up to one year in preparation for starting a business.
To use this system to obtain the status of residence “specific activities”, prepare and submit a entrepreneurship activity plan and other required documents about the business you are going to start. You need to get a confirmation from Kyoto Prefecture.
Start-up activity plan confirmation
We will issue a “Certificate of entrepreneurial activity plan confirmation” to those who have confirmed the entrepreneurial activity plan. After receiving the certificate, please apply to the Local Immigration Bureau to approve the status of residence “Specific Activities”.
＊Kyoto Prefecture is certified as a “Foreign Entrepreneurship Promotion Organization” based on the notification of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
1.Outline of start-up visa system in Kyoto
In cooperation with Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City and JETRO Kyoto in line with Kyoto Prefecture’s foreign entrepreneurial activity promotion business, not only support for visa issuance centered on the “Kyoto Overseas Business Center”, but also ① manufacturing, life innovation, Providing social advice from specialists regarding markets such as business, etc., (2) Support by administrative scriveners, judicial scriveners, etc. when establishing a corporation, (3) Free provision of coworking space (*) and support for rent etc. I plan to do it.
＊「STC」 (shared office) operated by Kyoto Institute of Advanced Technology, shared offices provided by Kyoto Prefectural Cooperation Offices, etc.
Foreigners who want to start a business in Kyoto Prefecture
3.Targeted business field
A project that applies to the following fields for the purpose of strengthening the international competitiveness of Kyoto prefecture’s industries, expanding employment, circulating to the local economy, and developing as an international economic hub.
- (1) Manufacturing fields such as traditional industries and advanced industries
- (2) AI・IoT・Information and communication field
- (3) Environment ・Energy field
- (4) Life sciences ・wellness
- (5) Social business field
- (6) Culture ・Art ・Contents
- (7) Fields related to agriculture, forestry and fisheries, food culture of Kyoto
- (8) Tourism field (excluding tourist souvenir sales facilities and restaurants mainly used for tourists)
- (9) Other, fields recognized by the Governor of Kyoto
Those who apply for “Entrepreneur preparation activity plan confirmation” to Kyoto Prefecture, please prepare the following documents and submit.
- （1）Prior consultation
- （2）Support for preparation of entrepreneurial activity plan
- （3）Application for confirmation of entrepreneurial activity plan
- (Form No.1 of 1) Start-up preparation activity plan confirmation application (Form No.1 of 2) Entrepreneurial preparation activity plan (Form No. 3 of 3) Resume (Form No. 4 of 4) Letter of Commitment
- Documents that clarify the applicant’s residence for one year after landing or after changing the status of residence (Copy of lease agreement, etc.)
- Documents showing the applicant’s stay expenses for one year after landing or after changing the status of residence (A copy of the applicant’s bankbook)
- If the applicant applies for any of the following notifications from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, 「Notice regarding Businesses for Promoting Foreign Corporate Activities」Form 5 of 6 (1) ⑤イ、ロ、ハ、ニ（＊２）there is a need of materials for prove.
- A copy of the applicant’s passport (Face photo, passport number page)
- Other documents, if required by governor.
- （4）Issuance of a certificate to confirm the business startup preparation plan
Application for accreditation of status of residence (specific activity) to the Immigration Bureau of Osaka
Those who receive the 「Certificate of Confirmation of Entrepreneurial Activities」 will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the Immigration Bureau of the Regional Immigration Bureau that has jurisdiction over the place of residence within the valid period of 「Certificate of Confirmation of Entrepreneurial Preparation Activities」. Please apply for a certificate.
For details on the procedure, please contact the local immigration bureau directly.
Osaka Immigration Bureau ・Labor examination department
Osaka Immigration Bureau ・ Kyoto branch office Tel: 075-752-5997
Please be sure to apply for prior consultation before applying. The pre-consultation will provide an overview of how to prepare for a business.
Prior consultation will be conducted by e-mail or interview. First of all, please contact 「11. Application window ・contact information」by e-mail.
Please write your name, address, nationality, current profession, and outline of the new business you plan to do in Kyoto (up to about 400 characters) in the main body.
If you would like to consult for an interview, please add that you would like to have an interview and discuss the date and time of it. (correspondence days are limited)
After prior consultation, please receive 「Support for creating a business start-up activity plan」at 「11. Application counter ・contact」. The concierge (*) will assist you in preparing a business start-up activity plan. As well as prior consultation, we also accept consultation at your visit. (Reservation system / corresponding days are limited)
＊ Concierge: Will provide support for foreigners who start a new business in Kyoto Prefecture, and provide support for entrepreneurship preparation and planning of entrepreneurial preparation activities.
The following documents are required to be submitted, including the start-up preparation activity plan. Please prepare all of the listed documents and submit them to 「11. Application window ・ contact」. Please submit all documents in Japanese or English.
For the submission, the person or a designated agent (* 1) should make a reservation in advance at the 「11. Application window・contact point」.
*1 Lawyer or administrative scrivener who has notified the Immigration Bureau of Osaka. Please submit the materials that show the relationship with the applicant and the material that proves that you are in that position.
* 2 「Notice regarding foreign enterprise activity promotion business」
Form 5 of 6（①）⑤Applicant must meet any of the following matters
イ Graduated from university or received education equivalent to or higher than the above. ロ Completed the specialized course of a vocational school in Japan. (Rules for granting titles of specialists and advanced specialists to persons who have completed a specialized course of a vocational school (1994 Ministry of Education Notification No. 84)official regulations. Limited to those who can be referred to as specialists pursuant to the provisions of Article 2 or those who can be referred to as advanced professionals pursuant to the provisions of Article 3 of the Regulations.) ハ Have at least three years of work experience related to the target field of the business aiming to start a business ニ Have been engaged in the management or management of a business related to the field in a foreign country for one year or more.
This is a certificate to be issued to those who have confirmed the start-up preparation activity plan.
Whether the application plan for entrepreneurship that you applied is appropriate in order to strengthen the international competitiveness of industries in Kyoto Prefecture and to form a base for international economic activities. In addition, we will examine and confirm whether or not it is reliable after hearing experts’ opinions.
As soon as the confirmation is made, the person in charge from the JETRO Kyoto Trading Information Center (at the Kyoto Overseas Business Center) will contact you on the contact information stated in the application form, after that, please visit Kyoto Overseas Business Center Secretariat (*) to pick up the documents . It cannot be delivered by mail. Commission is free of charge.
＊Kyoto Overseas Business Center office
Address: KYOTO KEIZAI CENTER Shijyo-dori Muromachi-higashiiru, kankobokocho 78banchi, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto. 3rd floor.
Tel: 075-341-1021 (Weekdays 8:30am~5:15pm)
E-MAIL：firstname.lastname@example.org In addition, if the application is incomplete, or if it does not meet requirements in whole or in part, we will notify you via email that the “Preparation Activity Confirmation Certificate” was not issued by issuing the “Notification of Confirmation of Entrepreneurship Activities” (Form No. 5)
5.Development of entrepreneurial preparation activities
Within 7 days after landing in Japan if the status of residence is specified (within 7 days after the procedure for changing status of residence is completed for those who already reside in Japan with other status of residence) Please submit the 「Acquisition (Renewal) Report of Status of Residence」 Specific Activities 」 (Form No. 9) to Kyoto Prefectural Government and carry out entrepreneurial preparation activities during your period of stay.
During the activity period, we will interview you at least once a month about the progress of the entrepreneurial activity plan. At that time, you may be required to submit documents (*) that clarify the implementation status of the business startup activity plan.
If you have any problems while proceeding with the entrepreneurial preparation activities, please contact 「11. Application counter / enquiry」.
* Example: Contracts related to renting offices and employment contracts of employees, contracts with business partners, deposit / savings passbooks, etc.
6.Application procedure for renewal of status of residence “specific activities”
To apply for renewal of the status of residence 「Specific Activities」, you will need to once again obtain a 「Certificate of Confirmation of Business Preparation Activity Plan (for renewal)」
Apply for renewal of「Start-up preparation activity plan confirmation」at the Kyoto Prefecture, issue 「Start-up preparation activity plan confirmation certificate (for renewal)」, and go to the Osaka Immigration Bureau or the Kyoto branch office.
The following documents are required to apply for the renewal of 「Startup Preparation Activity Plan Confirmation」 to Kyoto Prefecture. In either case, at least 2 months before the renewal date, the person or a designated agent (same as 4. (3)) should submit to 「11. Application window / contact」.
(Form No. 1 of 2)
Start-up preparation activity plan confirmation application (update) (Form No. 2 of 2)
Entrepreneur preparation activity plan (update)
- Documents clarifying the applicant’s residence for six months after landing or after the period of stay is renewed (a copy of the lease contract, etc.)
- Documents that clarify the applicant’s stay expenses for 6 months after landing or after the period of stay is renewed (a copy of the applicant’s bankbook, etc.)
- Other documents required by the Governor.
7.After renewing the status of residence “specific activities”
Those who have received the determination of the status of residence “Specific activity” will receive a new “Renewal report of status of residence 「Specific activity」within 7 days after the status of residence is updated (Form No. 9) Please submit the following document to Kyoto Prefecture and conduct business preparation activities during your period of stay, and also prepare documents to meet the requirements for acquisition of 「Specific Activities」 status of residence.
We will continue to interview you at least once a month about the progress of your entrepreneurial activity plan. At that time, we may ask you to submit documents that clarify the implementation status of the entrepreneurial activity plan.
8.Change of residence status to 「Business ・ Management」
If you continue to stay in Japan and manage your business after the expiration of the period of “Specific Activities”, you may change your status of residence to 「Business ・ Management」apply at the Local Immigration Bureau that has jurisdiction over your place of residence.
If you find it difficult to continue your entrepreneurial activities during your one-year stay, or if you are not allowed to change your 「Business ・Management」 status of residence, you must return to your home country. Please secure your return travel expenses (equivalent to a one-way ticket to your home country) separately from the project funds.
9.Change of application content
If there is any change in the content of the application after applying for confirmation of the entrepreneurial preparation activity to Kyoto Prefecture, please immediately submit the following documents to the recipient.
(Form No. 3)
Change notification form
- Documents that can confirm the changed matters (e.g. copy of lease agreement)
- ＜If you need to submit a “Change Notification Form” (example)＞
- When has the applicant’s residence, contact information, etc. in Japan changed.
10.Cancellation of entrepreneurial activity confirmation
If the person who receives the 「Certificate of Confirmation of Entrepreneurship Activities」experiences any of the following subjects from the date of issuance of the certificate to the expiration of the period of status of residence “Specific activity”, we may cancel the issuance of the certification.
- When it is found that the company has received confirmation of the entrepreneurial preparation activity due to false application or other fraudulent acts or submission of documents with false statements
- If applicant is involved in any criminal activities.
- If the applicant does not respond to the Kyoto Prefecture Government or a person entrusted by Kyoto Prefecture government requests with confirming the progress of the entrepreneurial activity plan, etc.
If the confirmation of the start-up preparation activity is canceled, a notice of cancellation of start-up preparation activity confirmation (Form No. 7) will be sent.
|Submission||JETRO Kyoto Trade Information Center (Kyoto Overseas Business Center)|
|Address||KYOTO KEIZAI CENTER Shijyo-dori Muromachi-higashiiru, kankobokocho 78banchi, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto. 3rd floor.|
|Tel||075-341-1021 (Weekdays 9am~6pm)|
- Questions and Answers about “Foreign Entrepreneurship Promotion Project (Startup Visa)” Startup Visa Q&A（PDF）
- Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Foreign company activity promotion project notification https://www.meti.go.jp/policy/newbusiness/startupvisa/index.html