Small shrine near the Osaka Train Station
Most visitors to Japan go to the major temples and shrine as these locations are suggested by hotels, tour guides and others. However in nearly all neighborhoods in Japan, there are local shrines and temples that can be interesting to visit and to photograph. Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine is such a place.
When I asked the concierge at my hotel for the nearest shrine, he said that there are no interesting shrines in the area and that I should visit Nara or Kyoto, both of which are some distance from Osaka.
After I suggested I wanted to visit a local shrine, he pointed me to this location. It is situated in the boisterous entertainment zone near the Osaka train station yet retains a quiet almost meditative sense in the midst of Pachinko parlours, nightclubs and bars. It’s worth a visit if only to take photos.