Minoo Park – You Must Visit the Stunning Waterfall Surrounded by Autumn Foliage Near Osaka
January 18, 2020
Two roads diverged in a wood, and we took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference. Last autumn, Jayden and I visited the beautiful and non-touristic Minoo Park that’s located approximately 30 minutes away from Osaka’s downtown Umeda area. This park boasts brilliant autumn foliage, traditional temples and the 33-metres high Minoo Waterfall. We highly recommend visiting the Minoo Park since you’ll get to view impressive autumn foliage without having to jostle with the crowd, unlike at famous temples in Kyoto or at the touristic Osaka Castle.
We wouldn’t call the route from the Hankyu Minoo Station to the Minoo Waterfall a hiking trail because the terrain isn’t that difficult to conquer. It takes around 45 minutes to an hour’s walk per way, but we took a longer time because we stopped by a few temples and bridges to take pictures. We explored the area at 8am and the air was crisp and fresh. There was no huge crowd and the atmosphere was very peaceful. We passed by small streams before arriving at the waterfall. The flowing water is very clear.
Autumn is the best time to visit Minoo Park. The burst of red, orange and yellow colours is at its richest in late November and early December. The waterfall, set against the backdrop of autumn foliage, is a spectacular sight. During autumn, you should also try the seasonal delicacy of momiji tempura – maple leaves deep-fried in a batter made up of flour, coarse sugar and sesame seeds. You can find this special delicacy at Minoo Park’s refreshment stalls.
To be honest, we enjoyed our morning stroll at Minoo Park more than exploring the temples in Kyoto. The autumn foliage here will not disappoint.
Direction: From Umeda in central Osaka, take the Hankyu Takarazuka Line from Hankyu Umeda Station to Ishibashi Station and transfer to the Hankyu Minoo Line to Minoo Station. The entire one-way trip takes about 25 minutes, costs 270 yen and is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
Opening Hours: Daily 24 hours
Admission Fee: Free