Nearly everyone who comes to Mino comes to see the waterfall! It has been designated as one of Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls and is the only one in Osaka Prefecture on the list. The walkway to the falls is very scenic and not at all strenuous. For those who enjoy serious hiking, the paved path leading all the way to the falls might be a letdown but...more
The insect museum is located along the path to Mino Falls. It is a great place for anyone traveling with children. The museum features many insects from all over the world, including the world's rarest butterfly.In addition to the insect displays, there is also a place where you can hear various insect sounds, a small butterfly room where living...more
Saikoji is a small temple that is famous, like much of the area, as a good spot to see the autumn leaves. It is said to be the first temple in Japan to be dedicated to the worship of Ganesh, the Hindu god which was also made a Buddhist saint.It's a nice stop on the way to see the waterfall, and the temple grounds are free.more
There are a couple of small shrines on the road leading up to Minoo Falls. The first one you come to is a new looking wooden building, right next to the red bridge on my Minoo Introduction page.A more pleasant one is located beyond this one - walk to the back of the shrine and go up the stairs with the the row of stone lanterns next to them. This...more
Just 5 minutes walk past the Minoo Hotel will bring you to the Minoo Insect Museum.The displays here largely consist of dead insect specimens in display cases, which will probably only be of interest to insect enthusiasts.There is also a large butterfly house with a glass roof which is much more interesting. There are places to sit and numerous...more
OK - I told you it was hideous!Have you ever seen such an ugly hotel?What was the architect thinking??Minoo Hotel dominates the hillside overlooking Minoo town and is a real eyesore. On the plus side it makes a useful landmark - just walk up the road past it to get to the falls.It also has a pleasant spa.Take the lift up to the hotel (a couple of...more
The main attraction in Minoo are the falls which are a 30 - 40 minute walk away from the train station. It is very easy to find, from the station walk towards the hideous Minoo Hotel which dominates the hillside and follow the road past it.Keep going and you will reach it in no time.At the falls there is an area where you can sit and eat a picnic,...more
Minoo waterfall is loved by local people here in Osaka. We often visit it.In summer,the air is refreshing (because the path to the waterfall is surrounded with trees).In autumn,the leaves are yellow and red...so beautiful!!Usually we visit it in daytime, but this photo was taken on the summer festival day. So the waterfall was illuminated.more
Mino doesn't have a local delicacy (as in, a dish) but when you visit, there is a food you are supposed to eat and that is the momiji/koyo tempura (Deep-fried autumn leaves). Rarer but still festive are the momiji/koyo croquettes. In both cases the leaf does not really contribute anything to the taste, so trying it is mostly just for the experience...more
It is on a mountain in northern Osaka.. so you can enjoy Osaka view from the windows!If you want, you can go outside (terrace) and drink coffee there. :-)Sometimes, monkeys will try to get your cookies! Take care. hahaha Japanese style lunch box.(about 1500yen)more
Mino is served by Hankyu Railway. It has its own line, the Minoo Line, and the terminus (Minoo Station) is where you can begin your walk to the waterfall.
From elsewhere on the Hankyu Line, you need to travel to Ishibashi Station. From there you can transfer to the Minoo Line to get here.