Cate, you will love the country of Japan. We lived there 6.5 years and traveled fromTokyo to Hokkaido and south to Kyushu Island (work) and I've gone through Osaka airport quite a few times. If you have any problems there the airport staff will hand walk you to where you need to be. They are so nice. I was there when it first opened. All of Japan is fascinating and the people are quite nice. We do not speak any Japanese, just the usual please, thank you, good day, etc. and got along fine. We road the trains everywhere for travels outside of work. Including the Shin Kan Sen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Hiroshimo for Christmas 1991. Kyoto is modern and still has the cultural aspect of centuries past. Their main temples are beautiful and serene. The Gion Corner is a fascinating place; it's like a show, having a tea ceremony, sword cometition show, the art of wearing the kimono, musical and comedy parts, in about a 2 hour time frame. Gives one the sense you have gone back a few centuries to old Japan. Very interesting
If you don't stay overnight in SFO area you will have endured about 25-29 hours to the East coast, including connection times. I had that situation when I came back for a 3-week training to Virginia. Nana and Papa are right, 2 hours in SFO is minimum. Was there only once long time ago, but my local travel agent told me it is a hassle getting from one terminal to another for connecting flights.part of the airport is new, so not sure what we will find to get to and from the bus. I called the terminal last week as we will fly from Phoenix to SFO then on to Paris later this year, and they told me you have to get from Domestic to Intl via shuttle bus, and a medium to long walk required to get to shuttle; and vice versa on return. If I leave this thread to get the airport website, i will lose my post, so I will come back on and give you the SFO airport website I used and phone number.