Mino is a popular day trip destination from Osaka. Mino is 15Km north of central Osaka. It features museums, temples and park lands.
Mino is a popular day trip destination from Osaka. The official city government spelling of the city in English is "Minoh", but the common spelling is "Mino". Mino was formally known as Minoo. Close to the Mino Station you will find a charming trail along the Mino River. This trail leads you to many sightseeing spots including Mino Insect Museum, Ryuanji Temple, Mino Waterfall, Katsuoji Temple and Meiji-no-mori Mino Quasi-national Park (total 40 min walk).
Mino is one of the richest habitats for insects in
Japan. In 1953, the Mino
Insect Museum was established in this place, since then it has been
renovated and extended. At the museum, you can see over 6,000 samples of
insects with some of them visitors can physically touch and feel live
species. There are also over 200 live butterflies of about 30 species.
Visitors can learn about their year-round ecology.
Ryuanji Temple was established by the En-no-gyoja in 658
after he was enlightened through his training under the Mino Waterfall.
Since then, Ryuanji Temple has been attracting many monks throughout
Japan as a training centre.
Among those, Gyoki, Kukai, Nichiren, Honen, Rennyo are the some of the
famous monks in Japanese history. It was destroyed by fire in 16th century
and rebuilt. It is also a birthplace of lottery in
Mino Waterfall is one of the best 100 waterfalls in
Japan. This magnificent
waterfall is about 33 meter high. It shows various faces through the year
and especially it shows breathtaking views in autumn attracting many
Built in 727, Katsuoji Temple (勝尾寺) was formerly written
as '勝王寺' (meaning 'temple that surpasses any kings') as it was said that
Buddhist prayers exceeded the Imperial power of the time. Later, since '王'
(king) was replaced with '尾' (a kanji character with the same sound as '王')
to show constraint, the temple has been referred to as '勝尾寺.' Supreme rulers
in various periods in history had worshipped in Katsuoji Temple to pray for
fortune in war and it is still known as a temple of good luck at games".
This spirit is combined with the spirit to overcome your own weakness and daruma (piece of folk art) is now sold as a lucky charm in the temple as a
symbol of Katsuoji Temple.
Meiji-no-mori Mino Quasi-national Park is a 963 ha natural
beauty spreading over lower mountains around 100 to 600 meter high in Mino-shi.
This park forms a habitat for 980 species of plants and over 3,000 species
of insects. You can enjoy seasonal changes in the scenery, such as cherry
blossoms in spring, trees covered with snow and hanging icicles in winter
and especially the brilliantly coloured leaves late in autumn. This park is
the western starting point of the Tokai Nature Trail which stretches 1,697
km between Tokyo and Osaka (it takes 40 to 50 days
to complete the trail on foot). Mino Waterfall and Katsuoji Temple are
within the park.
To get to Mino take a Hankyu Takarazuka line from Hankyu Umeda Station and change the train at Ishibashi Station to Hankyu Mino line. Then get off at Mino Station (25 min train trip).