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How to take your own biometric photo
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Take or upload a photo
First, snap a photo or upload one from your device. Our photo editing tool will help you frame the picture correctly.
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Next, AI fine-tunes your photo by adapting the background to meet all requirements. It also crops and resizes the image.
Let our experts verify the pictures
Finally, one of our experts carefully verifies the picture against official requirements. You get the feedback in under a minute.
Enjoy your new photos
Your 100% compliant photos are ready for instant download. You can also order printouts and get them delivered to your door.
Tips for taking your own biometric photos
Follow these steps to get the best results
Mind the distance
Pose 4–6 feet (1–2 meters) from the camera. Use a timer to take your photo or have someone snap it for you.
Face the camera directly
Keep your head straight. Avoid tilting your body or looking away. Remember: portrait mode is not suitable for any ID photos.
Ensure good lighting
Take your photos in daylight e.g., next to a bright window. Shadows on your face or in the background are not allowed.
Japanese passport photo in a nutshell
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Japanese passport: requirements for photos
In the application form for your Japanese passport, you’ll need to attach 1 color photo (digital or printed) showing your current look. But that’s only one of the rules. What are the other Japanese passport photo specifications? Here’s a list of all guidelines passport pictures must comply with:
- Measurements: 35x45 millimeters
- Background: only plain white background is acceptable
- Head dimensions: the distance between the top of your head to the chin must be between 32–36 millimeters
- Recency: no older than 6 months
- Alternations: any editing changing your natural facial features is unacceptable. You can’t enhance your skin color, remove blemishes, or edit your eyes
- Accessories: no head coverings, masks, jewelry, or sunglasses are allowed. You can wear headwear for religious reasons
- Glasses: you can wear prescription glasses only if your eyes are in clear focus. Avoid thick rims and tinted lenses. It’s best recommended to use contact lenses or take your spectacles off for the photo
- Dress code: no clothes that potentially resemble uniforms. Additionally, we recommend wearing dark clothes that contrast with the white background
- Facial hair: beard is allowed if you have one daily
- Hair: you can keep your hair loose, but make sure it doesn’t cover your face and forehead
- Smiling: not recommended. Keep a neutral facial expression
Do you need more detailed information about Japan passport requirements your picture must comply with? Or need details about Japanese passport photo sizes? Keep reading!
Note: If you can't get the plain background right, we can help. Our AI-powered passport photo editor will automatically remove the background to meet all Japanese passport requirements!
What are the dimensions of a Japanese passport photo?
Passport photo measurements can be similar globally, but it’s best to familiarize yourself with Japanese authorities’ requirements. For your convenience, the table below presents a Japanese passport photo size in inches, centimeters, and millimeters.
If you want to apply digitally, you may also want to know the required Japanese passport photo pixel size. Find them all in the handy cheat sheet below!
Japan Passport Photo Size
In millimeters (mm)
In centimeters (cm)
In inches (in)
In pixels (px)
Note: Thanks to our app, you don’t need to worry about all Japanese passport requirements to take your biometric photos. Our app's cropping and resizing feature will match your image to the Japanese passport photo size.
Passport requirements for children
Japan passport requirements are less strict when you want to take a biometric photo of your newborn (under 12 months). Although the Japanese passport photo size must remain the same, you can:
- Drape a white sheet over yourself (while sitting) and hold the baby’s head upright to face the camera directly. Note that your hands can’t be visible, so keep them under the sheet
- Place the child on a white blanket on the floor and take a photo from above. Remember that the newborn must face the camera directly and maintain a straight posture
Snapping a child’s photo may be difficult and most likely take several shots. That’s why taking your child (especially a newborn) to a professional photo studio can be time-consuming and stressful. To avoid that, take all child Japanese passport photos at home with our mobile app! You can take as many photos as you need.
Japanese passport photo: other details
Following Japan passport photo requirements will ensure your image gets accepted at all Japanese passport offices. But once you take the best photograph of yourself, you need to upload or send it—and that’s where quality specifications come into play.
When creating your Japanese passport photo, remember that it must comply with quality standards. Any photos that are pixelated, blurred, or oversaturated will get rejected. Here you can find examples of acceptable images following Japan passport requirements.
Note: Are you worried your picture may not meet the Japan passport requirements? We can help with that. Check out our passport and visa photo app (iOS and Android) and take your Japanese passport photos online!
If you want to print your passport photos yourself, you must do so on matte or glossy paper. For those living in the US, we curated a list of stores to print passport photos. We understand it’s not the most convenient option, so we came forward with a better one. Once your Japanese passport photo is ready, we’ll ship it to your home address. Check more details about our services!
Where to get a Japanese passport photo near you?
The easiest way to find a place that takes photos compliant with Japanese requirements is to use Google Maps. You will surely find a professional photo studio or a photo booth nearby to take your pictures.
What you may not know is that your phone and a dedicated app will let you take a Japanese passport photo from the comfort of your home.
You only need a smartphone with a high-quality digital camera (most mobile phones nowadays do) to take your photos for all official documents without stepping outside. Our database contains all passport photo guidelines, so you don't need to memorize them.
Save time and prepare your Japanese passport photo online today with our app! Thanks to our 100% acceptance guarantee, you don’t need to worry about anything. Our passport photo maker will create your Japanese passport picture or visa photos—all compliant with the guidelines provided by the Japanese government.
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