Just a quick one! I’m in Yokohama! I sat basically picking places off the map and researching them on Wikitravel and in the Lonely Planet book until I settled on the place with the largest Chinatown in Japan.
I’ve checked into Yokohama Hostel Village. It’s a collection of buildings near Chinatown. I have a private Japanese style room, very comfortable and it has a balcony to dry my towel on it (towel needs a wash after 2 weeks). The area it’s in is being regenerated, in fact the hostel itself says that it’s part of that, and the building i’m in used to be a dorm for day labourers. Still, it’s a safe area as nearly all of Japan is, and well connected, and just 10 minutes to Minari 21, which is basically the city centre. It’s only a couple of minutes from Chinatown which I roamed round last night getting some good dim sum and noodles!
I’ve now walked up to the City Centre and found Next, Laura Ashley, The Hard Rock Cafe, Austin Reed and quite a few familiar places! I might go check out the theme park, the Landmark Tower’s 67th floor observation deck or if I can find a way up it, the media tower. Lunch has to be the Hard Rock though, right Jason?