We got an Osaka subway pass for 800¥/person. It’s worth it if you plan to ride more than 3 times. We hadn’t booked a place to stay, we wanted to experience the love hotels 🏩 in the Namba area. After walking around Dotonbori, we went to Kuromon Ichiba food market. It was so crowded!
We then went to the castle, where we saw more cherry blossoms 🌸 🙂 I will never get tired of seeing cherry blossoms, so beautiful! The entrance to the castle is 1200¥ (~13$CAD) per adult, we didn’t enter, we just walked around the park. After seeing Himeji, to be honest, that castle looked like its baby brother.
We decided to go check the northern downtown area and went to the Umeda Sky Building, however when we reached the last publicly accessible level, we saw that it was 1000¥ (~11$CAD) per person to get to the very last floor. It’s not really worth it, you can take the elevator to the floor below the observatory and experience the floating escalators, which were already pretty impressive! We read reviews that despite the “floating garden” name, there was no plant, so we just skipped the additional 1000¥.
Still plagued with the rain, we decided to go to the movie theater! I love going to the movies in foreign countries. It’s a very “local” experience. 😊 The only movie that matched our availability and language was La La Land. It was a good surprise, I thought I wouldn’t like this movie because I usually don’t like musicals.
In the theater, when you buy a popcorn 🍿 and a drink, they give you a tray that you can attach to your seat, you can also grab a seat cushion and a blanket! So nice. These are the small details I love about Japan. Also, at the end of the movie, the lights didn’t turn on until the very end of the credits and people didn’t really leave until then… that was… interesting.
Stay: love hotel Rose Lips
After dinner, it was time to hunt for a love hotel. 🏩 Finding a room was more difficult than what we thought. We were looking for a room at 8 pm and apparently, some hotels permit overnight stays only from 10 pm. We saw really extravagant rooms (with swimming pool, pool table, etc.!) at reasonable prices!
We ended up at Rose Lips hotel, where the front desk person helped us. He had a paper of sentences already printed and translated into English. It’s a non-smoking room but I don’t think people in love hotels really respect that rule as it often smells of tobacco.