Niigata's Murakami City: Enjoy Fun Events, Sightseeing, and Local Cuisine!

With the opening of the new station, it is only 30 minutes from central Osaka. Minoh sightseeing “Fresh Green Carnival” where you can experience the fresh greenery of nature with your mind and body! !

This service includes sponsored advertisements.
article thumbnail image

During Minoh's brightest green season of the year, you can enjoy trekking, hiking, forest therapy, forest yoga, and riverside cuisine in the lush greenery of Minoh Falls, a famous waterfall selected as one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls. , an event where you can enjoy illuminations and more. The wate...

Latest update :

(All the following photos are for illustrative purposes only)

Special Spring Illumination at Minoh and Minoh Falls

Date and time: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from April 20th (Saturday) to May 6th (Monday, closed) / Sunset to 9pm

Location: Minoh Falls, Minoh Takimichi, Ryuanji Temple, and Saikoji areas

Using full-color LED equipment, color schemes will be put together that will highlight the fresh greenery, and various places in Minoh , including Ryuanji Temple, Saikoji , Ichinohashi Bridge, and others, will be lit up with colorful lights, creating a fantastical night.

Meiji no Mori Minoh National Park Trekking

Date: Saturday, April 20th - Sunday, May 26th

Location: Hankyu Minoh Station and Katsuoji Temple Departure

We have set up a 5km course for beginners to feel the fresh greenery of Mother Nature with your body and mind, and enjoy the birdsong, insects, and many other plants. Also, we have set up a 4km course to enjoy the Katsuo-ji Temple and Minoh Falls. Anyone can join at any time.

Minoh Forest Therapy

Date and time: Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 18th / 11:00am - 2:30pm

Location: Katsuo-ji Temple Garden

Limited to 20 people per day (18 years old and over)

Advance reservations required (3,000 yen) * Lunch boxes are optional (must be ordered in advance separately, 1,500 yen)

Under the gentle guidance of a specialist instructor, you will participate in a forest therapy program, including a hammock experience, and then visit Katsuo-ji Temple, famous for its "lucky luck" and "Dharma dolls." This is a collaboration project between health and tourism. (Guidance in Japanese only)

Forest Yoga Experience at Ryuanji Temple

Date and time: May 12th (Sun), 18th (Sat), 25th (Sat), 26th (Sun) / 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 each day

Location: Ryuanji Temple"Houou-kaku" (Nationally Registered Tangible Cultural Property)

Each session is limited to 10 people. (Special event limited to women aged 18 and over)

Advance reservation required (1,500 yen)

At this time of year when Mt. Minoh is at its most radiant with fresh greenery, you can experience forest yoga, a unique experience only available in Minoh , where you can relax while experiencing nature and the temple with your body and mind. A professional instructor who is RTY200 certified by the Yoga Alliance USA will gently guide you. (Guidance in Japanese only)

Hike Mt. Minoh with a Minoh Tourist Volunteer Guide (Guidance in Japanese only)

(1) Katsuo-ji Temple's Hatten Ishigura Course (21 km, for those with good walking skills)

Date and time: Monday, April 29th, 7:40am

Location: Hankyu Minoh Station (meeting place)

Limited to 20 people

Advance reservation required (free)

(2) Twenty-two bends to Minamiyama course (open hiking)

Date and time: Wednesday, May 1st, 9:40am

Location: Hankyu Minoh Station (meeting place)

No reservation required

(3) Katsuo-ji Temple and Niten-Nimyo-o Course

Date and time: Saturday, May 18th, 9:40am

Location: Hankyu Minoh Station (meeting place)

Limited to 20 people

Advance reservation required (free)

(4) Rokkayama Course: Visiting scenic spots

Date and time: May 26th (Sun) 9:40am

Location: Hankyu Minoh Station (meeting place)

No reservation required

Minoh Bed

Date and time: Saturday, April 20th to Monday, November 4th

Location: Minoh Takimichi ("Kawadoko Isoyoshi" and "Kawadoko Otowa Sanso Umeyashiki")

Advance reservations required (please contact the store directly for rates).

Nowadays, "Kawadoko cuisine" is famous in Kyoto, but in the olden days, Minoh was lined with restaurants. Along the Minoh River that flows from Minoh Otaki Falls, you can enjoy cuisine that incorporates seasonal ingredients and the rare local "Yuzu" with the sounds of the clear stream and birdsong in the background.

" Ryuanji Temple" Special Experience Project

(1) "En-no-Gyoja" Music and Dance

Date and time: April 20th (Sat) to 21st (Sun) / 13:30 to 16:30 each day

Location: Ryuanji Temple Guest Hall, Dragon and Tiger Room

Advance reservations required (5,500 yen for university students and above, 3,300 yen for children)

The tour will be themed on En En-no-Gyoja , the founder of Shugendo, who established Minoh Temple, founded Mt. Ryuanji Temple , and ascended to heaven. After enjoying the performances of biwa, koto, flute, harp, dancing, storytelling, and more, you will have the opportunity to view the Phoenix Pavilion and dry landscape gardens, both registered as tangible cultural properties by the country. (Guidance in Japanese only)

(2) Special Spring Visit to the Nationally Registered Tangible Cultural Property

Date and time: May 3rd (Fri) to May 6th (Mon) / 10:30am to 4pm each day

Location: Ryuanji Temple

Special admission fee: 500 yen (300 yen for elementary, middle and high school students)

You will see the Phoenix Pavilion, Guest Hall, and Dry Landscape Garden, all of which are registered as tangible cultural properties of Japan at Ryuanji Temple, which is famous for Japan's greatest Benzaiten and for bringing good fortune.

"Katsuo-ji Temple" Special Experience Project

(1) Evening visit to see the fresh greenery

Date and time: April 20th (Sat), 27th (Sat), 28th (Sun), May 3rd (Fri), 4th (Sat), 5th (Sun) / Sunset to 8:30pm

Location: Katsuoji Temple

Entrance fee: 500 yen

The grounds of Katsuo-ji Temple, famous for its "lucky luck" and "Daruma" dolls, will be lit up, creating a fantastical world.

(2) "Japan Pilgrimage Culture Day" Commemorative Ceremony and Lectures

Date and time: May 5th (Sun) 11:30am

Location: Katsuoji Temple

Entrance fee: 500 yen

The Saigoku Thirty-Three Temple Pilgrimage is the oldest Kannon pilgrimage in Japan, with a history of 1,300 years. April 15th (Good Encounter Day) has been designated as Japan Pilgrimage Culture Day, and special memorial services and sermons will be held at each temple from April 15th to May 6th. This time, you can participate in the commemorative memorial service and sermon at Katsuo-ji Temple. (Guidance in Japanese only)

(3) Monk flipping contest

Date and time: May 5th (Sun) 13:00~

Location: Katsuoji Temple

Entrance fee: 500 yen

An arrangement of Katsuoji Temple, the temple of luck. "Monk Mekuri" has original rules that focus on monks and can be enjoyed by both adults and children. (Guidance in Japanese only)

The opening of the new station makes it extremely convenient to get to central Osaka!

On March 23rd, direct trains to Minoh opened from Shin-Osaka Station, Osaka Station, Umeda Station, Namba Station, and Tennoji Station. Welcome to Minoh, the most convenient forest resort from Osaka!

Written by

Mt. Minoh is home to Minoh Otaki (one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls), which En En-no-Gyoja encountered the dragon god during his training, and has since been said to be lurking there.Oda Nobunaga and Matsuo Basho have also visited this waterfall in the past. It is said that visiting the Ryuanji Temple, Saikoji -ji, and Katsuo-ji, which surround Minoh , will give you the most power if you visit them at the beginning of the year. Minoh offer a variety of events for all seasons (spring, summer, fall and winter) and all times (day and night), such as the "Fresh Green Carnival" in the spring of Minoh, the "Summer Festa" in the summer, the "Momiji Festival" in the fall, and the "Winter Promenade" in the winter. We have it ready. Many courses include illuminations and projection mapping during the season of fresh greenery and autumn leaves, as well as a ``forest yoga experience'' in a spiritual space at a temple on Mt. Minoh Tenjogatake, where Enno En-no-Gyoja ascended to heaven, and walks around town ``Hiking with a volunteer guide'', ``Minoh'' along the waterfall path, Japanese, French, Italian, and cafes in buildings where you can feel history and culture in the midst of nature, while soaking in a hot spring. It is a highly satisfying tourist area for everyone from families to couples, young people to seniors, including accommodations where you can enjoy the night view of central Osaka. In March 2024, with the opening of two new stations, Minoh Kayano Station and Senba Osakadaimae Station, Minoh will be connected to central Osaka and Osaka such as Osaka Station (Umeda Station), Shin-Osaka Station, Namba Station, and Tennoji Station. Being directly connected to the core terminal in the south makes it easier to visit from Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport/ITM) and Kansai International Airport (KIX), making it a hub for Hokusetsu (northern part of Osaka pref.).

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting. Some of our articles contain affiliate links. We kindly ask our readers to exercise careful judgement when making a purchase or booking a service online.

The contents on this page may partially contain automatic translation.