4. Famous shrines and temples: bustling tourist spot vs. quaint retreat
Built just beside Harajuku station, the Meiji-Jingu Shrine is less of a tourist trap than Senso-ji - with tranquil sights of lush green trees that wrap around the shrine with an air of peace, you can take the chance to disconnect from the busy city life here. Appreciate the Shinto religion up close by making offerings or writing out your wish for the future on wooden plaques known as ema.
The beautiful exterior of jet black roofs built atop a vivid red exterior are reflective of its name of The Grand Shrine. Erected in dedication of ancient Shinto gods, these shrines are usually found near harbours to aid in the safe return of fishermen out at sea. Take a short break in the woody regions of Southern Osaka, where the calm atmosphere stills your mind and soothes your soul.