We usually plan our trips at least 6 months ahead. I book our hotel rooms as soon as I have the plane tickets. My original plan for this trip was to proceed to Kyoto upon arrival, and spend a couple of nights there. However, a month (or 2) before our trip, as I read more about Okayama I became more interested in it, so I decided to forego Kyoto and proceed to Okayama instead. Our flight arrives at night, and since we were taking the Shinkansen (bullet train) the next day, I figured Shin-Osaka would be the most convenient area to stay at.
We did the same thing last year when we went to Kanazawa. We stayed at Remm Hotel then. I wanted to stay there again, but the only rooms available were 14-sqm small double rooms. There was no way the three of us would fit in a small double bed! The room also costs about Php 6,500 per night (which would’ve been okay if it was a twin room). The other hotels in the area that had twin rooms charge about Php 8,000/ night. It’s important that we all have a good night’s rest because we’re travelling the next day, but I didn’t want us to spend that much when we’re leaving early the next day anyway.
The best option that I found was Hotel Consort. It’s a kilometer away from Shin-Osaka station, which meant we still had to take a cab.
I booked 2 single rooms. One for hubby, and one for Julian and I. We paid Php 2,000/ room.
This is the street of Hotel Consort at night. The hotel’s façade is across the street.:
This is how a 10-sqm room looks like.:
There’s no closet.:
Hubby’s room was just next door and it looked exactly like ours.
It’s tiny, but it’s clean. And at least there’s a view!: :)
There was Family Mart and 7-11 across the street. We had breakfast in the room, and we were out by 9 a.m.
We took a cab to Shin-Osaka station and it only took abut 10 minutes.
Here’s our bullet train to Okayama, the Sakura.:
The Sakura is the fastest train to Okayama. The trip takes 56 minutes from Shin-Osaka. :)
We’re back in Japan! We got here last April 26, and this time we’re staying for 15 days! :) We are on day 5 of our trip, and we are now in Nagoya. I can’t wait to share some of our photos from the past couple of days! I didn’t bring my laptop so the photos here were taken using my phone.
Yayoi Kusama pumpkin at Naoshima Art Island:
On January 2, Julian and I went to Nara with my brother’s family.
My niece, Charlie! :)
“Mommy I don’t want to pose with the deer!”:
I didn’t see these food stalls before.:
Angela and I couldn’t resist these. I got the grapes, she got the strawberries.: :)
I only tried one. It’s too sweet for me.:
My brother with his family, and Angela’s cousins.:
There were so many people!:
Dani tried this:
I wanted to try this, but I didn’t.: :)
At around 1 or 2 p.m., Julian got tired already. He wanted to go back to the hotel so we said goodbye to the others, and off we went….
It was a looong walk to the train station!
This was our last full day in Osaka (Jan. 2). Julian and I went to Nara in the morning with my brother’s family. On the way there, I saw “Sale” signs everywhere! Apparently, January 2 is the start of their sale season! :)
Good thing Julian wanted to go back to the hotel earlier because I could hardly wait to get to the mall myself!
Julian and I left Nara at around 2 p.m. As soon as we got back to the hotel, I settled him down, left him with his cousins, then I ran to the mall! :)
This is my favorite store in Namba Parks, KuLaSu. I can stay there for hours!: :)
I noticed that all the stores had “happy bags”! :)
It’s so cool! You purchase the bags, but you don’t know what’s inside. That’s part of the excitement.
This happy bag in KuLaSu costs Y 3,150.
There are 7 items inside and the actual worth of the goods is Y 15,000!:
Here are the other “happy bags” that I saw.
I checked out the sale in Muji and I was surprised to see that their shelves were almost empty! They still had a lot of their “happy” package, though.:
I tell you, it took a lot of willpower to stop myself from buying any of those “happy bags”. It was so tempting! But I figured, I didn’t want to end our trip with buyer’s remorse (in case I don’t like what’s inside).