I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that we’re staying in a noisy neighborhood. This hotel is full of shipyard workers, many of who are here without their significant others, and plenty of them are young and single and looking for fun. Pair that with the fact that there’s a bunch of sailors about two blocks away, and you have a pretty big party. We’re fortunate that our room is around the corner, facing away from the noise. One can tell that this is a Navy area because all the streets immediately surrounding us are lined with bars & we’ve heard rumors about girls on the street looking for dates, and Rob’s friend, Bryce, is regularly approached by them, but I haven’t seen any of these girls yet. It’s Monday night right now, but that doesn’t matter… people are still out at the bars, drinking and hollering.
In the opposite direction of the bars, you look up the hill that goes right past our balcony and instead of crazy bars to drink or smoke hookah, you instead find this little shrine where some of the locals go up to pray every morning. We went up their once and it was quite lovely.
Rob & Bryce are both working the swing shift together. Bryce is staying on the 4th floor of our hotel so it’s convenient for them to walk to work together, but I’m also glad they ended up working the same shift because it makes me uncomfortable to have Rob walking home from the base in the middle of the night. Knowing there’s another person with him eases my mind.
Even though we are surrounded by bars, the neighborhood really isn’t bad. Sure, there are some people partying on the weekends (and sometimes the week nights) but overall, I think it’s a pretty alright spot.
Here’s something cool about our neighborhood. This is only a block or two up the road from us.
Then there’s this. There’s no doubt this is a major military town! This is actually a couple blocks from us but Rob found it funny.
The pictures below are just the bars from our street. These don’t include all the bars on the next street or the next block!
These three are what you see as soon as you exit the hotel & look to the left. They are literally across the street from the front doors. It’s daylight so you can’t see it, but that middle one lights up rather bright with all kinds of colored bulbs. It’s rather vibrant after dark! They have a little tiny stand in front that sells Egyptian food.
If you walk out the front doors of the hotel and look to the right, this is the bar you see.
Everything is pretty mellow during the day because everyone is at work, so the bars don’t bother opening until after the shipyard workers and sailors off work for the day. Bar owners know what time the party starts.
Here you’ll see not one, not two… not even three… but four tiny bars clustered together.
A little ways down the street, you’ll find… you guessed it… more bars.
I don’t really know too much about Sasha Bar but it looks like it’s run straight out of an apartment.
A little further down, they become bar & grills.
Our hotel is near the end of the street, so this shot is taken from the very end, looking down the road.
All the streets in the neighborhood are made of stone and have been well maintained and add a certain visual appeal that asphalt doesn’t offer.
Before we came to Yokosuka, Rob heard all about how awesome the 7-11’s are so he was excited and I was curious to see what they had to offer.
We have a 7-11 right next to the hotel which has proven to be helpful several times for us when we needed to grab one of two things. They are better than the ones back in the US, because they offer so many food options. Rob is pretty happy with it and I have to admit, they’re pretty impressive. They have to go containers of everything from the obvious teriyaki to spaghetti to salads to sandwiches. They’re like mini grocery stores. You can get a variety of skewers, pork & veggie buns among other things but I’m not a fan of the pre-cut fruit in bags. It doesn’t seem very fresh to me and I’m particular about the freshness and texture of my fruit.
Like the 7-11’s in America, there is still a ton processed food available too…
I don’t think this is what people envision when they think about living in Japan but this is the reality. This is like a clean version of Bremerton, with a lot of small businesses and restaurants, pretty water views, military presence and aircraft carriers.