Minoh Falls is one of my favourite destinations in Osaka. With tall trees, gentle walks and a picture perfect waterfall in the heart of the forest you can’t help but feel alive here.
I visit as much as possible whenever I’m in Japan as it’s the ideal escape from the buzz of the city. The air is fresh and the constant swish of the waterfall makes it easy to relax and unwind.
You can walk, run, picnic or just put your feet up and enjoy the surroundings. Even when it’s busy, Minoh Falls has a very relaxing atmosphere.
The waterfall itself is 33m high, 5m wide and flows into a pool that then streams down through the forest, over rocks and under bridges. The forest is lush and changes colour with the seasons.
It was written in historical documents that En-No-Gyouja, the founder of Shugendou, performed meditation under the falls. He sought enlightenment by practising deep within the mountain for many years.
There was a time when you could see many wild monkeys in Minoh, right up to a few years ago, but after growing in population to about 650 and causing damage to crops and houses in the area they were driven away to the western side of the mountain.
All I used for this shoot was my Canon 70D with a Canon EF 16.35mm f2.8 Lens. I hadn’t originally planned on shooting any video, just going for a hike and taking some photos, but once I started, I kind of got in the flow.
There are a few shaky shots that I don’t like much but without a tripod it’s hard to get that stability. I’m still pretty happy with what I’ve captured and hope it will capture your imagination also.
Music: Surprise by The Samuraiz