Autumn Color Blog 2008

This is the official autumn color blog for 2008 about our reporting trips to various autumn leaf spots across Japan. Check our page on Autumn Leaves for general information.

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2008/11/18 - Mino Park

by schauwecker

Almost two months after this year's first autumn leaf report from the roof of Hokkaido, the fall colors are finally descending into the lower elevations and southern latitudes of Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.

Today I visited Mino Park (Mino Koen; also romanized as Minoh or Minoo), one of the most popular autumn leaf spots in Osaka. The autumn colors were already quite attractive.

Mino Park is a valley in the forested mountains north of Osaka, accessible from the city center in only 30 minutes by Hankyu Railways. Due to its proximity to Osaka and its natural beauty, Mino Park can get quite busy even on weekdays, especially during the autumn leaf season.

Paved walking trails lead about three kilometers uphill through the forested valley, passing temple and shrine buildings, monuments and food stands, serving maple leaf tempura, along the way. At the end of the trail, walkers get rewarded with the sight of Mino Waterfall.

Today, autumn colors could be spotted along the entire trail and are approaching their peak. The valley should remain worth visiting for autumn colors for at least one or two more weeks.

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List of Posts:
2008/12/03 - Kamakura Report
2008/11/26 - Tokyo Report
2008/11/21 - Kyoto Report (4/4)
2008/11/20 - Kyoto Report (3/4)
2008/11/20 - Miyajima
2008/11/19 - Kyoto Report (2/4)
2008/11/18 - Kyoto Report (1/4)
2008/11/18 - Mino Park
2008/11/12 - Fuji Five Lakes
2008/11/05 - Nikko (2)
2008/10/29 - Lake Towada
2008/10/28 - Shirakami Sanchi (2)
2008/10/27 - Shirakami Sanchi
2008/10/21 - Nishizawa Valley
2008/10/16 - Nikko
2008/10/10 - Akagiyama
2008/10/08 - Shiretoko Peninsula
2008/10/07 - Lake Mashu and Kussharo
2008/10/06 - Lake Akan
2008/10/03 - Tateyama Alpen Route
2008/09/26 - Sounkyo Onsen
2008/09/25 - Daisetsu Kogen Onsen
2008/09/24 - Mount Asahidake