Minoo Park (箕面公園) is a picturesque natural area just north of Osaka (大阪). Starting from Osaka’s city center, it is the first big natural attraction you can get to. It’s an especially popular visit in fall, from October to November, when leafs turn bright orange. This foliage is among the most beautiful in all of Kansai and I definitely recommend it if you’re there during this time.
Minoo Park’s highlight is easily the 33 meters tall Minoo Waterfall which lies in the center of the park. The area has some very well established hiking trails, the main one leading to the aforementioned waterfall. Starting from the train station you arrive at, it’s a pleasant 45-minute hike alongside Minoo River, all the way up to the waterfall. Along the way through Minoo Park, you can stop at multiple points of interest such as temples, shops and other buildings.
Amazing hiking opportunity
The most impressive temple in Minoo Park is Ryuanji Temple which you can easily recognize by the bright-red colored bridge leading up to it. If you’re an eager hiker, you can also go along other trails besides this main one that lead further into the forest and mountains.
Some special snacks are sold in shops around Minoo Park in fall season, one of them is called momiji tempura (maple leaves deep-fried in batter).
If you want to see Japan’s (日本) fall foliage in a more natural setting besides the trees at temples or shrines, Minoo Park is definitely the place for you. It’s generally the perfect getaway to take a break from busy and modern Osaka.
That’s it for Minoo Park in Osaka, I hope you enjoyed it!
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See you there!
How to get to Minoo Park
Minoo Park lies to the north of Osaka, roughly 30 minutes from the city center. From Hankyu Umeda Station take the Hankyu Takarazuka Line to Ishibashi Station for 15 minutes. There, you need to transfer to the Hankyu Minoo Line to arrive at Minoo Station after 5 minutes. The whole trip costs 270 Yen (2,21€/$2.52; exchange rates as of June 2019).