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Filming - A practical guide to filming in Japan

Overview

Consisting of a chain of islands, Japan is a magnificent country with outstanding scenery, fascinating culture and modern cities. Many of the islands are volcanic with hot springs and the resulting spectacular scenery. The regions vary from sub-tropical in the south to sub-arctic in the north with alpine regions and natural parks. The architecture is a mixture of Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, gossamer-thin houses, elaborate castles and meticulous Japanese gardens.

Recent Productions

In 2013 Morgan Spurlock's (Super Size Me) new concert movie on the popular boy band One Direction shot in Tokyo. The 3D documentary was shot using 4K cameras. In 2012 another concert documentary was filmed in Japan; the popular Don't Think, featuring a stunning concert of the Chemical Brothers at the iconic Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, was directed by Adam Smith.

But aside from documentaries Japan has been the set for much more. Justin Lin's 2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was shot in the country's capital and Brad Pitt visited the country while shooting Babel, Alejandro González Iñárritu's international drama. Other films shot in Japan are Kill Bill Volume 1&2, Memoirs of a Geisha and Enter the Void. The country's capital Tokyo is also one of the locations chosen for Fast & Furious 7 which was directed by James Wan and shot in 2013.

Permits

When entering Japan from another country for the purpose of producing films & videos, there are certain countries & regions for which visas are required depending on period of stay.

For more information on short term stay click here and for more information on long term stay click here.

Locations

Japan has ten local film commissions which can help you find the perfect location for your shoot. For a map and contact details please click here.