“Minoo Park (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.
“The park can be reached in less than 30 minutes from the downtown Umeda area. Minoo Park’s main hiking trail extends about three kilometers through a valley alongside the Minoo River.
“With a height of 33 meters, the waterfall is the park’s main natural attraction. The name ‘Minoo’ comes from the fall’s resemblance to winnowing, a traditional farming technique to separate grains from husks (the Japanese word for ‘winnow basket’ is ‘mino‘). The name was later applied to the area in general.
“… During the fall season the shops alongside the path sell an interesting snack called momiji tempura: maple leaves deep fried in batter. Minoo Park was given quasi-national park status in 1967 (along with Mount Takao, west of Tokyo) to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Meiji Period (1867-1912).”
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