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One of Japan’s oldest national parks in this city is where you’ll find beautiful waterfalls, an ancient Buddhist temple and forested hillsides.

Minoh is a city in Osaka prefecture that is home to a much-loved national park, gorgeous Japanese maple forests and intriguing Shinto history. Also known as Minoo, Minoh is a landmark in the Kansai region for its magnificent natural scenery, ancient shrines and agricultural heritage. Visit peaceful temples and Shinto shrines and experience the beauty of Minoh’s surrounding foliage in spring and fall.

The city’s downtown area is a good place to find out what’s happening during your visit. Explore the city streets, which are presided over by the picturesque Hokusetsu mountain chain. Go shopping or relax in casual cafés. Specialties that are particular to Minoh include momiji tempura sweets, which are sweetened and fried maple leaves. Minoh is also famed for its Mino Yaki pottery, which incorporates the deep-red colors of maple leaves in the fall. Pick up souvenir items or “omiyagi,” gifts for your loved ones at home.

Minoh’s premier attraction is undoubtedly its magnificent Meiji no Mori Minō Quasi-National Park. Explore the park’s main hiking trail, Takimichi, which follows the Minō River at the bottom of a beautiful gorge. After a 1.8-mile (3-kilometer) stroll along the paved pathway, you’ll reach the breathtaking Minō Waterfall. This roaring cascade is a sight to behold in all seasons. The valley’s forests of maple trees cloak the hillsides in a rich tapestry of orange, red and yellow during the fall, while in spring the wild cherry blossoms come into bloom.

See intriguing insect collections in the national park’s insectariums and learn about the region’s ancient spirituality at the Ryuan-ji Temple. In Katsuo-ji Temple, you’ll find an enormous collection of traditional daruma dolls, while Saiko-ji Temple is renowned for its camellia blooms. Join locals as they celebrate the changing of the seasons during the Setsubun festival at Taisyaku-ji Temple to the east of the city.

Minoh is located 11 miles (19 kilometers) north of the center of Osaka. It can be reached within 30 minutes via Osaka’s railway network. Stay in one of Minoh’s traditional ryokan lodgings or enjoy modern hotels. Minoh is busiest during the fall, when the turning of the leaves brings a crowd to the tranquil national park.

Top Hotels in Minoh

Minoosansou Kazenomori
Minoosansou Kazenomori
3 out of 5
2-14-71, Minoh, Minoh, Osaka

Situated in a national park, this ryokan is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Minoh Waterfall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Satsukiyama Zoo and Cup Noodles Museum. Osaka University ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
ふらりと泊まりたい、オススメ

"大阪市内から30分程で、景色の良いホテルでした。室内は、年数の経過が見受けられます。海外からの友人にも、オススメできます。朝食は、とても良かったです。"…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2018

Minoosansou Kazenomori
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥8,595 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

This family-friendly Osaka hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Osaka International Convention Center and Osaka Science Museum. Umeda ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (4,522 reviews)

"The room we had was spacious. Staffs service were good. Free shuttle bus service between hotel and Osaka station was very convenient. Room furniture is dated and the carpet outside the room corridor needs a replacement"…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥4,818 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Kita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Umeda Arts Theater, Hankyu Umeda Main Store, and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Umeda Sky Building and Osaka ...

4.2/5Excellent! (657 reviews)
快適に過ごせました。

" 古い口コミでは清掃状態が良くない旨書かれているものもありましたが、全くそんな事はありませんでした。3泊して毎日ベッドメイキングをお願いしましたが、綺麗にしていただきました。  チェックイン前に荷物を預かってもらいましたが、対応もスムーズでした。  セミダブルは最大定員2人との事でしたが、広さ的には1人向けかと思われます。2人の方はツインを利用された方がよろしいかと思われます。  2020年7月から朝食サービスが復活してます。1階で袋詰めのパンを自由に取っていくスタイルでした。そばにコーヒーのポットも置いてありました。  大阪訪問の際にはまた利用したいホテルです。"…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Minoh

Minn Umeda-North
Minn Umeda-North
3 out of 5
6-12-19 Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Osaka

Located in Fukushima, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Umeda Sky Building and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Kyocera Dome Osaka and Osaka-jō Hall ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (93 reviews)
Good accomodation

"Although the size of room is small, the room condition and the location of the motel was very good. But, there is no parking lot."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Minn Umeda-North
MIMARU KYOTO STATION
MIMARU KYOTO STATION
2.5 out of 5
15-1, Higashikujyo Higashisannocho, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥12,955 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)

"Next to kyoto station. Very convenient."…"

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

MIMARU KYOTO STATION
Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
3.5 out of 5
38-1 Higashikujo Kitamatsunokicho, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥5,386 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Minami, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower, and Sanjusangendo Temple. Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kawaramachi are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (113 reviews)

"Beautiful, clean and comfy accommodation! We loved it!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Minoh

Katsuoji Temple
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Katsuoji Temple

Find out about the history of Minoh when you take a trip to Katsuoji Temple. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Meiji Memorial Forest Minoo Quasi-National Park
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Meiji Memorial Forest Minoo Quasi-National Park

Enjoy the hot springs and explore Meiji Memorial Forest Minoo Quasi-National Park, a lovely green space in Minoh. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Studios Japan

4.5/5(307 reviews)

Watch theatrical shows, meet lovable mascots and go on exhilarating rides at this extensive movie-focused theme park.

Arima Hot Springs
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Arima Hot Springs

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Arima Hot Springs is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Kobe. Discover the hot springs in this culturally rich area.

Kyocera Dome Osaka
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Kyocera Dome Osaka

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Catch an event at Kyocera Dome Osaka during your trip to Osaka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

4.5/5(280 reviews)

Experience the diverse marine ecosystems of the Pacific in this comprehensive aquarium, which hosts otters, penguins, seals and even whale sharks. 

Top things to do in Minoh

Nature Walk at Minoo Park, the Best Nature in Osaka
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Nature Walk at Minoo Park, the Best Nature in Osaka

¥14,000
Per adult
Lonely Planet Experiences: Kyoto Evening Tour With A Local
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Kyoto Evening Tour With A Local

¥11,251
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour
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Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour

¥20,000
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

¥3,918
Per adult
Half-Day Biking Tour of Osaka
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Half-Day Biking Tour of Osaka

¥6,000
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Buddha sculpture club
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Buddha sculpture club

¥14,261
Per adult

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