We’ve moved! We left behind the tiny closet we were living in and moved into a studio at Liberty Cove. Apparently Liberty Cove is one of the favorites among shipyard employees staying in Yokosuka. Rob put in a request to move there and his request was granted so he’ll be enjoying a little more luxury for the remainder of his stay in Japan.
We were staying at Hello Lodge, which was fine… it got the job done, their staff was friendly, it had a bed & a roof. All the essentials were covered… but it was so tiny! It had walls separating rooms instead of an open floor plan, which made it feel even smaller than it was. If one thing was out of place, the room felt cluttered. We just weren’t into it, especially since there are two of us staying here right now.
As soon as you approach Liberty Cove from the outside, it already looks nice. When we walked into our room on the eighth floor, we were so excited to see that our new room was at least 3x the size of our previous room. This is the nicest one of the three hotels we’ve stayed in.
We are well protected here, too! First, you have to walk by the front desk, who will open the double doors leading to the hallway and elevators. If they aren’t there, we have a key that will get us in. Our front door has three locks on it. No one is getting in here!
There’s so much closet space, we didn’t even bring enough stuff to fill it all. One closet is devoted entirely to luggage because we don’t need it for anything else!
As soon as you enter through the front door, you turn to the left, then to your immediate right is the wash room. Our first hotel had community washers and dryers which was inconvenient, especially when the machines were occupied. The one thing they had going for them was that the machines were full sized & it saved me from the laundromat. Plus they provided laundry detergent! Our last hotel had tiny machines and a dryer that couldn’t dry. These were in our room so that was at least something. Now, we have a full sized modern washer, a small dryer but it can dry within a reasonable amount of time, and we don’t have to share them! We’re moving up in the world! Although, we had to buy our own laundry soap but I guess I can live with that.
Nice big sink and medicine cabinet. I don’t generally get excited about medicine cabinets but when the other hotels don’t have them and this one does, it makes us pretty happy.
Our entire bathroom is just the tub and shower. Literally. There is a bath tub but you don’t step into the tub for your shower. Just just step into the room and turn on the water. You can see the drain in the floor. The room IS the shower!
Welcome to our hallway, which also features all the clothes closets.
Welcome to our closets. New Hotel Yokosuka had real drawers but no one else has had those.
Welcome to the the second half of our hallway, around the corner.
Welcome to our bathroom… toilet room? The bath tub is actually in a separate room so I guess that would be the bathroom. I remember asking Rob, “Why are our toilet and sink so far apart?” The answer: Because there is a faucet on the back of the toilet. It seems so strange! This is the first time I’ve seen this at all, so it isn’t all that common yet, even here in Japan. I am 100% certain that it’s sanitary but it seems so abnormal that the whole thing weirds me out anyway. Maybe this is the future. I read this was done in an effort to conserve water.
Rob is thrilled to once again have a heated toilet seat. It makes all the difference to him.
Moving on takes you to the main room of our studio. First of all, I have to give credit to this hotel. They post signs encouraging their customers to turn lights off when we aren’t here, are trying to conserve water and they provide a compartmentalized can to separate your trash & recyclables. Japan is the world’s leading country in plastic waste but I’ve read it’s a work in progress. There are recycle bins all over the place!
Each of our rooms has had a little toaster oven. It seems to be a staple around here. We actually received one of these as a wedding gift and never bothered to use it until after our last trip to Japan, when I was forced to see what it could do. Totally worthwhile! I like to use it for things such as quessadillas, because I can still get that crisp tortilla without frying it. Rob eats a lot of quessadillas while we’re here because they’re so easy to make in this thing.
We have anywhere between two and four of each dish. They all are all so small though! Our coffee cups & glasses just weren’t working for us so hello, 100 Yen Store. We can roll with the small plates and bowls.
I wouldn’t say our fridge is quite the size we’re used to but it’s definitely big enough. I wish the freezer was a little bigger than it is, because my goal this week is to get a ton of meal prep done and frozen for Rob to eat after I’ve gone. I already have a bunch of homemade burritos, a couple of quessadillas, a bag of burgers, two meals of pan roasted pork chops with rice, and two meals of a rice dish with pork, corn, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, etc. As we speak, I’m getting some chicken ready to go in there that can be used for sandwiches. He shops at the commissary weekly which is better than going out all the time, because the only things he enjoys around here are the fried rice, fried chicken and yakitori. Oh, and someone introduced him to a new Mexican place that he says isn’t bad.
Anyway, let’s move on to the kitchenette area.
First of all, we have an enormous sink. This is the biggest sink I’ve ever had and it’s awesome. I dont know… maybe my sink at home is the same size but feels smaller because there are two sides. Either way, I’m diggin’ this. I’ve always wanted one of the farmhouse style sinks and while this isn’t that, it reminds me of them.
There isn’t *much* counter space but there *IS* counter space and thats huge. I’ll take what little I can get! We have been supplied with some of the basics, including a coffee pot, a frying pan, a pot, some utensils and knives. I am definitely missing a strainer, but am totally impressed with the kitchen knives. I’m really surprised at the quality they provided us!
At Hello Lodge, I wasn’t excited to use a gas burner because I was inexperienced with them but I’m pretty used to it now. They aren’t so bad! We have three burners here! It’s amazing to be able to cook more than one thing at a time. Our other temporary homes each had one burner so this is awesome.
The smallest oven ever.
This is our first dining room table in Japan. First, we had a big wrap around desk that sufficed, then we had to get really creative in our second hotel because of the lack of space and tables. So this is pretty cool.
Ignore the mess on the desk. I was tired of cleaning up each spot I was taking a picture.
Both of our previous hotels supplied fairly large televisions. I’m not sure of the size of this one… 42 inch maybe? Anyway, Rob wishes this one was a little bigger… because guys always wish the TV was bigger.
There’s no American VPN here to access U.S. streaming services like Hulu, but we can access Netflix. Netflix and Amazon Originals are the only options we have while we’re over here and we are grateful for those.
This mattress is much more comfortable than the one we were just sleeping on so thats a win.
We’re living the high life now! We have huge sliding glass doors that take up almost the entire length and height of the wall. The deck is massive and we have the best view we’ve ever had, overlooking Verny Park, Tokyo Bay and Yokosuka Naval Shipyard. It’s pretty amazing.
Conveniently, directly below us is the JR Yokosuka station and yet another Indian restaurant (closest one yet!).
We’re living like kings now! … and Rob’s friend, Rudy, lives three floors up so that’ll be nice for Rob once I’ve gone home.
Ummm… update! I wish I’d been looking out the window about an hour after I finished this blog and took those pictures of our view of the water. This guy literally JUST popped up a few minutes ago! Kinda cool.
You can’t see it very well but way in the back, below all those cranes, is the USS Ronald Reagan, the boat Rob is working on.
Oh, and now an aircraft carrier is arriving. Very cool to see.