Re: Osaka & Kyoto recommendations
As I currently live outside Osaka, you should definately go to the Aquarium in Osaka if you have time, its well worth it. In Kyoto I definately recommend Arashiyama, as Bryan said Tenryuji has an amzing garden and pond, if you are on the other side of town by Kyomizudera, definately see that, and Sanjusangendo is just cool. You should be getting here for the beginning of Cherry Blossoms maybe or the end of the Plum Blossoms so Kyoto will be amazing. There are a few other things to see and do in Osaka but mainly its just a big city. If you want to train I have heard good things about Fujitani sensei teaching in Juso, which is right outside Osaka. Or if you have time you can drop by Kobe and train with Nakao sensei in the early morning. Let me know if you need any other help.