Tim Asked, Do Countries Require Us to Check in Or Declare Where We Travel In Country?
Some places, like Cambodia, give the business visa good for one year, and require almost no information. Also, when I had residency in Venezuela they didn't require an address or anything like that. Bhutan was requiring you make hotel reservations at certain places before you could even get a visa. When I was in China, they didn't ask about where we went, but the security services were everywhere tracking us (I know because the concierge in the hotel was an officer and he admitted it.) So it varies a lot! But as you say, the tourist visa is usually the lowest profile way to be.
I had to have a hotel and airline reservation to apply for my China Visa. It is a 10 year, multiple entry visa so why did it matter? That's the requirement Sir...
Philippines they ask your address on the Tourist Visa Extension application but no real requirement to update them in between extensions. For the resident Visa they do require address update immediately and have fined people who didn't.
Embassies, Police, IRS, and Girlfriends off the top of my head want me to say, "Yes, and how high do you want me to jump?" Sitting around thinking why is the only error we can make. This describes it: "a camel is a horse designed by a committee." (Insert Country.)
Flying into Osaka Japan on business once, I was being met by a colleague at the airport who had arranged my hotel. On the entry form it asked what hotel I was staying in. I left it blank since I didn't know. Immigration said it had to be filled out. I told them they could walk through the door and ask my colleague. They said "no, you have to fill in the form." This was about 9pm and I'd never been in Osaka, didn't know the name of any hotels there. Finally I wrote down "The Imperial Hotel" which is in Tokyo. The immigration folks thanked me politely for my cooperation and let me through with big smiles. I'd "jumped through their hoop" by realizing they didn't care where I stay, but needed something on the form. I was happy because they were happy.