“Forced Quarantine for 3 days” after Returning from San Francisco to Tokyo

Live like a Traveler

There is an information update every day, so I can’t zoning out.

Accommodation Secured by the Quarantine Station

We received the e-mail below from the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles today, December 2, 2021.
Thanks to my husband, who happened to have registered for the e-mail a long time ago, we were able to get the important information earlier.

According to that, after returning to Japan, we will have to stay in “accommodation secured by the quarantine station” for three days.

So I wondered,

  • Where is that?
  • How do I make a reservation?
  • How much will it cost?

I immediately started an internet search.
First, googled the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s quarantine station site.
Firmly added “Target Area in the United States: California”.

And I couldn’t find the answers to my three questions anywhere.

Gather Information from Real Experience Blogs

After all, I couldn’t find any useful information on the government homepage (maybe my search ability is low or ? ), and I relied on the experiences of those who actually experienced three days of forced quarantine.

Since it is information from the beginning of June 2021, something may have changed, but I thought that the general flow and rules would be the same, so I referred to it.
According to it,

  • where? : APA Hotel & Resort Yokohama Bay Tower or Ryogoku Station Tower (when arriving at Haneda Airport)
  • How to make a reservation? : You will be assigned a hotel to stay after arriving in Japan and a shuttle bus to that point, so reservations are not possible
  • How much? : Free of charge, covered by national expenses, not the burden of returnees

As such, there is no need to prepare, just follow the instructions as they are given to you upon your return.

Micro-Tourism

It has been about two years since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, but the situation is still changing significantly, and I strongly feel that when I cross the border.
Unthinkable effort and money in normal times will be a burden not only on the parties concerned but also on the destination and the country where they move.

I am now convinced through actual experience that “micro-tourism”, travel within an hour or two from home as defined in Japan, will be the mainstream for a while.

An old folk house restaurant in undeveloped woodland area, Onjuku, where I went to lunch on the last weekend before coming to the US

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