After being in the heart of Osaka and exploring some of the most urban areas (Grand Front Osaka, Amerikamura, and Nipponbashi), I decided to take the JR line to the historic Minoo Park (箕面公園) to see the famous waterfall. Minoo is a lovely town with beautiful scenic areas such as temples, souvenir shops, and and homes with traditional Japanese architecture comparable to Kyoto. I highly recommend it as a place of rest for those who are tired of the overcrowded metro areas of Osaka, as it is very peaceful and easily accessible from Umeda station.
The park spans about 3km, but there are plenty of temples, restaurants, and mini hiking stops to see on the way. The walk to the waterfall took about 45 minutes, but overall there were no sharp inclines. The walk there was overly pleasant. I had the opportunity to see many famous statues, as well as the beauty of the red leaves of the trees in the golden sunlight. I also got to try some fried dango from one of the stands! When I reached the waterfall, there were several benches where people could relax and watch the waterfall. There were plenty of photo opportunities as well. On the way back, I stopped at Ryuanji Temple and befriended a sleeping stray cat. If you come here, one thing to look out for is the wild monkeys! My coworker told me they are really violent and like to attack people carrying bags. Luckily I didn’t encounter any, though there were various signs posted. I highly recommend this park if you are in the Osaka area! There are many observation points and hidden beauty that is just waiting to be discovered.