Osaka is a short distance from Kyoto, and it’s a popular place to visit for those exploring this part of Japan. It’s much more modern and city-like than Kyoto so it will remind many visitors of Tokyo, but it’s also different in many ways, known particularly for excellent cuisine.
As long as the Japanese Yen stays in its lower range, Osaka will continue as yet another good-value destination. Prices here and all over Japan have barely moved and have fallen in some cases over the past couple of decades, so the old stories about Japan being extremely expensive are no longer true.
Good quality hotels start at very appealing prices here, and restaurants that are popular with local workers are also very good value. The food here is one of the big draws, so this is a good stop to indulge yourself in relatively affordable eats.