A “Literally” short trip to Tokyo-Japan

Days before my departure to California in January, I received my flight ticket with a bit of shock. Why? Because I will have a layover in Narita – Tokyo, Japan for almost 9 hours. I always dislike having a long layover, especially when traveling abroad, plus unable to leave the airport. So, to avoid the same mistake I did when I was “imprisoned” in Istanbul, Turkey last year (yes, I did and it lasted for about 8 hours) I did some researches on how to obtain short or temporary visa sort of.

Actually, Indonesian who possesses an ePassport can enter Japan by simply sending their passport to the Japan Embassy in Jakarta to get the stamp or kind of things so they could easily visit Japan any time without issuing any visa. Unfortunately, mine is still the old type passport. So, the only solution for that is to apply for a visa which takes days, not to mention the shipping issues, I do not have that kind of time privilege for this.

In the midst of despair, I found out aboutΒ Shore Pass which can be obtained on arrival in Japan. To make sure that this information is correct, I called the Japan Embassy in Jakarta and I lost hope when they said it is impossible to obtain the visa since it is intended for the flight attendants πŸ™ Well, at that time I decided to accept my roller coaster luck with a long layover. Tickets already on my hand and no time to switch the flight.

The Day finally came, I flew with Japan Airlines from Cengkareng-Jakarta to Narita-Tokyo. If I may rate the onboard service, it was decent. The food was good, the entertainment was excellent, and the seat was perfect for my size (but not so sure if you are way taller than me πŸ˜› ). After few hours flying (never count it), I arrived at the Narita Airport – Tokyo. It was still dawn and I could see the immigration officers looked like zombies, of course, all of us as well πŸ˜€ I joint the queue through the screening gate and the officer directed all the transit passengers to go to the waiting room.

Main street in Tokyo

Driven by my discontentment by the answer of the Japan Embassy, I gritted one’s teeth to ask the check-in officer about my issue. I was relieved when I heard she spoke English better than what I expected (didn’t underestimate her, I just worried by the accent). My first impression of Japanese like… “かわいい… ” her voice was so cute when talking to her colleague on the phone and she was so helpful and kind and respectful and … forget it. Then she guided me to the immigration gate while explaining that it might be possible for me to obtain the Shore Pass considering my long layover. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!! γ‚γ‚ŠγŒγ¨γ† γ”γ–γ„γΎγ—γŸ γŠγ­γˆγ‘γ‚ƒγ‚“ !!!!

Long story short, when you enter the immigration gate, please go to your left side and there will be a sign to apply for the Shore Pass. The officer in there will put a sticker on our passport. In my case, I got 72 hours to explore Japan πŸ˜€ It was so easy and free. Finally, I visited Tokyo….. yay!!!

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