The key to travel abroad is undoubtedly the passport.
French and Italians, for leisure trips less than three months do not need to obtain visas (see the website of the Embassy of Japan in France) .
The passport of xim is still valid. But for mine, expired at least 6 years, it was necessary to do it from scratch. Lô is under administrative process and I hope that this will be completed in the shortest time possible.
As e-government French is not bad (urrah!), you can find online the list of documents to be supplied, as well as the application form that you can fill even on your computer. The acquisition of fingerprints last just five minutes. Beware: sometimes it is by appointment only. I just had to wait a week and a half to get my passport, and I was even warned by SMS on the availability of it.
It is not all roses and I had a few surprises, such as being a witness to grotesque and absurd situations.
The important thing is that it is there, the “sesame” to the other side of the world.