Attraction 2-75 Minookōen, Minoo-shi, Ōsaka-fu 562-0002, Japan Published on: 28-07-2016
|2 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 05:00 PM|
Minoh Park (Mino Koen) is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Minoh Park (Mino Koen) is special ?
Minoo Park (箕面公園, Minō Kōen, also spelled Mino or Minoh) is a forested valley on the outskirts of Osaka, just north of the urban sprawl. During the fall, it is one of the best places in the Kansai Region to see the autumn colors in a natural setting, as opposed to the attractive fall foliage found at temples and gardens. The colors are usually best in the second half of November. Similar to Tokyo's Mount Takao, Minoo Park is the closest spot to the busy metropolis of Osaka to find a spacious natural recreation area. The park can be reached in less than 30 minutes from the downtown Umeda area. Another similarity, Takao and Minoo were both given quasi-national park status in 1967 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Meiji Period (1867-1912).
What to explore at Minoh Park (Mino Koen)?
In the area around the waterfall, which is famous for its beautiful scenery, you can feel the beauty of nature in each season. When you arrive at the 33m falls, you will see a bridge which is the perfect spot to take your picture. Try to go nearer and see if you can spot beautiful rainbows shaped from the rays shining into the curtain-like waterfall. It is also very refreshing to take a rest on one of the benches in front. If you are still wanting for more greenery and adventure, there is a 4-km hiking trail from the waterfall that leads to Katsuoji Temple. The Autumn color is particularly special. Fried maple leaves sold at the roadside stand are popular as a rare souvenir. Walking along the approach to the waterfall, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the forest and the mountain stream, you might see wild monkeys at times. The insect pavilion is on the way and both children and adults can enjoy.
How to get to Minoh Park (Mino Koen)?
From Umeda in central Osaka, take the Hankyu Takarazuka Line from Hankyu Umeda Station to Ishibashi Station (15 minutes) and transfer to the Hankyu Minoo Line to Minoo Station (5 minutes). The entire one way trip takes about 25 minutes, costs 270 yen and is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. There are frequent connections.
- A lovely getaway from the bustling city
- A Beautiful hidden gem
- Beautiful walk to the waterfall
- Autumn Foliage Show
- Fantastic autumn colour
2-75 Minookōen, Minoo-shi, Ōsaka-fu 562-0002, Japan
Tips for you
We weren't sure what we were going to get when we visited Minoh Park. We thought it would be just another Japanese Park area (like Yoyogi Park or the Osaka Castle Park). But it's actually a lovely (paved) bush type walk to a peak (very easy, nothing too steep) to view a 30m waterfall. It was quite a lovely walk and great to get out of the business of Osaka city. The walk to the waterfall itself is completely paved, not too steep and approximately 2.8k from the train station itself. There are lots of little stalls and vending machines along the way to get food and drink (any some souveniors) if you so choose. We walked up to the top and got ourselves some green tea ice cream while we sat and watched the waterfall. A lovely day out.