A quick stop at Osaka Castle, followed by views from within Mino Park, along the trail that leads to Mino Waterfall. Photos of the waterfall itself can be seen in the next gallery, Autumn Color in Osaka 2.
Osaka Castle dates originally from the late 16th century. Over the centuries it has been repeatedly devastated by wars and by fire. The present tower is a late-20th-century restoration.
Along the trail in Mino Park that leads to Mino Waterfall
The rooftops seen here are from a temple in the park.
Buddhist temple inside the park
Detail of the dragon atop the fountain
The Buddhist goddess Benzaiten, who derives from the Hindu goddess Sarasvati. She is the goddess of music, eloquence, water, and wealth. She holds a lotus blossom in her left hand and a biwa, Japanese lute, in her right.
Stone lanterns at the shrine
In the background at left, Ryuanji Temple, founded in the 7th century. It is a center for the Shugen-do Buddhist sect, which considers mountains to be the most sacred sites on earth.
People write prayers on the little slips of paper and attach them to the branches here.