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Minoo Park (Also spelled Minoh, or Minō) is one of the best places to see autumn leaves in Kansai. During the autumn leaves season, many tourists visit along the Minoo River and around the waterfall.
The largest trees on the waterfall path in the park are Japanese maples, but there are also various other species such as giant maples and red hornbeams. Because there are many types of trees, the shapes, colours, and sizes of the leaves vary. In late November, you can enjoy a variety of colourful autumn leaves.
You can easily get to Minoh park by getting off at Minoo Station (Hankyu Line). The walking path is next to the station where you can find many souvenirs shops and it is followed by a gentle uphill slope. But it is very easy to walk because it is paved smoothly.
If you come to Minoh Park, do not enjoy autumn leaves only by your eyes, let your tongue feel the taste of autumn too. As you walk along the hiking path, you will find many small shops selling Momiji Tempura, which literally means Fried Maple. People coming to Minoh Park will not come back home without eating at least one pack of Momiji Tempura. Buy one and try, you will see why everyone love it. Maple leaves are fried in crisp and coloured tempura, and when eaten, they are crispy and chewy and delicious. The locals collect falling leaves and store it carefully for the whole year so no matter which season you visit Minoh Park, you can still enjoy Momiji Tempura. But in the peak season, it may be sold out early in the day so you may miss the chance to eat that on the way you g9 back the station. To avoid this, it is recommended to buy on the go. It's great for buying a palm-size and eating around. Enjoy the autumn leaves with your eyes and taste the autumn leaves with your tongue.
The fall foliage of various colours will impress you as you move along the walking path! Take a relaxing walk while eating maple. Also, there are many restaurants, vending machines and souvenir shops along the promenade where you can buy Taiyaki, sausages, drinks or snacks.
At the end of a 45-minute walk, there is a large waterfall with a drop of 33m, which is selected as one of Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls. The shape of the falling waterfall resembles the "箕" of Japanese agricultural tools, so it is called Minoh (箕面) Waterfall, and it is said that the origin of the place name comes from this. The area around the waterfall changes beautifully with seasons, but especially in the autumn, the burning colour of autumn leaves, the sound of the waterfall is clear, the coolness of the autumn is refreshing, and it's so wonderful that we felt like we forgot who we are while we wallowed in the sense of autumn.
There is Parking Lot 1 and Parking Lot 2 around Minoh Station, but it is recommended to use public transportation as in the maple season they will be full early. In addition, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in November, one-way traffic will be restricted on some sections to reduce traffic congestion on the Minoh Driveway (Prefectural Road No. 43 Toyonaka Kameoka Line).
After visiting Minoh Waterfall, you can also go to Katsuoji Temple, which is 3 km away and also well-known as the most beautiful temple of Osaka in Autumn. We will introduce this Katsuoji in next article.