Minoo Park 箕面公園
Trek to a waterfall through some mountain scenery
Minoo Park is less than 30 minutes from Osaka Station, and offers an easy three-kilometer hike in mountain scenery.
The park's walking trails have been paved for the benefit of the hikers. Fall is a particularly busy time as many come to admire the park's main attraction: a waterfall set against a glorious backdrop of crimson foliage.
How to Get There
The park is accessible from Minoo Station, which is a short ride from Osaka/Umeda Station on the Hankyu-Takarazuka Line.
From Osaka/Umeda Station, take the Hankyu-Takarazuka Line express train bound for Takarazuka (not a JR line, so does not accept Japan Rail Passes). Ride four stops and exit at Ishibashi Station. At Ishibashi Station, transfer to the Hankyu-Minoo Line bound for Minoo. Exit three stops later. The entire trip takes approximately 25 minutes.
The park is at its loveliest in late November when the leaves turn crimson and gold
There are refreshment stalls along the walking path
The main trail offers access to more rigorous trails
Take your time exploring
It takes about 45 minutes to reach the waterfall along a gently inclined path. If you're lucky you might see deer or monkeys along the way. You'll pass a number of temples, and it's worth stopping at Ryuanji Temple.
If you're visiting in the fall, be sure to try the seasonal delicacy of momiji tempura: maple leaves deep fried in batter sold at the park's refreshment stalls.
Planning your journey
Allow an entire morning or afternoon to visit Minoo Park, taking into account the 25-minute train ride and the 45-minute hike. If you have time to spare afterwards, consider visiting the Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses in the neighboring town of Toyonaka.