While Kyoto represents the elegant past of Japan, Osaka being a modern city, offers the opposite Japanese experience. Osaka offers the hustling and bustling of a modern city; in fact it is so busy that it is all about making money: Osaka recorded a GDP greater than those of all but 8 countries in the world!
Osaka also offers a chance to enjoy what ordinary Japanese enjoy, having good food & drink in a rowdy atmosphere. They call it kuidaore (eat until you drop)!
Fondest memory: Land on KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: About 90 minutes by limousine bus from Osaka (& do only take the bus, the taxi fare is exorbitant! No joke!), this is the international gateway for most from overseas. An architecture built on a man-made island more than 10 years ago the island is sinking everyday! You must see this; it is one of the most modern, well-equipped and crowded airport in the world. Kansai I. Airport is also the world's 1st ocean airport! The airport was 1st opened on Sep. 4, 1994. Many flights take off from here every single minute of the day!
The Kansai international airport- huge, clean, great design, and easy on travellers...
Fondest memory: http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/english/