Saturday, November 20, 2010

more fall foliage

Yesterday was a gorgeous day, no clouds in the sky, just blue.

I decided to drop all household chores and head up to Minoo falls. As I've written before it is 2.8 kilometers one way to the falls, there are several gradual slopes until reaching the falls so it is quite a workout.

But, if you ooh and aah enough at the leaves, it'll take your mind off of things and you'll reach the falls in no time.

Every year, I look forward to the leaves changing. It is not something we have in Hawaii and no matter how many times I see them, I never tire of them and I also love how the leaves "light" up with the sunlight.
Thinking I could enjoy the weather, I packed myself a musubi filled with goya tsukudani, a mikan (seedless tangerine) & some water.

Unfortunately, when I reached the falls, most of the benches were wet from overnight rain, and the sunlight hadn't reached the area to dry them off, so most people were standing around.

Luckily for me, I had brought my mikan in the plastic bag it came in, so the bag came in handy on the wet bench.

I ate rather quickly because 1) I didn't want to be preyed upon by the wild monkeys, and 2) because it was quite cold sitting on a wet bench (even if I had the plastic bag).

REMEMBER: don't feed the monkeys or you will have to pay a 10,000 yen fine (about US$100).
After lunch, I walked up to the parking area to see the foliage above the falls.

It was breathtaking!

Like a patchwork quilt.
Then I made my way back down to the station.

This was the first year that I have seen volunteer guides. They have probably been around for some time, but this was the first time I've noticed them.

They are dressed like this cute grandpa with a white jacket and green cap that has "MVG" (Minoo Volunteer Guide) on it.

I'm not sure but I think you can request a guide at the Minoo Tourist Information Office near the Hankyu Minoo station.

While getting closer to the station, there was an ambulance and fire truck that came up the roadway/path with sirens going. They were heading for somewhere in-between the station and the falls. Hopefully it wasn't anything too serious.

Of course, before going home, I popped into one of my favorite cafes in this area, Per Caffe Bianco, for a cappuccino & their seasonal tart (sweet potato almond tart).

The sweet potatoes had a crunchy caramel coating (like the kind you find on creme brulee)...delicious.

Although the lady barista doesn't have as good an artistic hand as the male barista does, the cappuccino art today was still cute.

It was a beautiful day, lots of nature, and definitely lots of walking.


Jude said...

So so pretty! I can never tire of fall leaves - precisely because I think there weren't any in Hawaii! I love that about living outside Hawaii :) This place sounds so peaceful and lovely. (Very cute abou the guide.) I also love the look and sound of the cafe and sweet potato almond tart! Mm!

Rowena said...

Woohoo! The first best thing I liked about this post was the part "decided to drop all household chores". The second best was everything else. Could you send some sun over this way please? I am falling apart here with all this damp clogging up my head. I'm gonna bust out the beers this weekend.

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Sounds like a beautiful day

jalna said...

It's so neat how you decided to forgo your chores and take a hike instead . . . waaaay better way to spend the day. Love your photos as usual. Searching for your past Minoo posts, I came across your adventure with the Arashiyama monkeys. I was there many, many years ago and the "don't stare at the monkeys" rule so scared me, that I barely looked at them except through "side eyes". After reading your story, I'm so glad I heeded the warning.

genkitummy said...

The trees and the leaves are so beautiful! Autumn is my favorite season because of the changing color of the leaves.

Deb in Hawaii said...

What a fun fall day. The turning leaves are what I miss most about fall on the mainland. So pretty.
I am glad there were no wild monkey incidents on your visit. ;-)
That tart is just beautiful too.

K and S said...

I think you are right Jude about the seasons :)

Sending the sun vibes your way Rowena!

Those monkeys were totally scary Jalna, I'm glad you were okay too.

I love Autumn and Spring here Genki :)

I don't think I would be able to handle any wild monkey incidents alone Debinhawaii :)

Take care everyone!

K and S said...

Thanks Tanya, it was :)

Take care.

KirkK said...

Hey Kat - Man those are some pretty photos!

~TastyTravels~ said...

Beautiful fall colors! I just happened upon your blog one day and have been secretly stalking. I enjoy your posts! I've been to Japan twice (in the early and late spring). I'd love to visit in the fall. Sooo purty!!

K and S said...

thanks Kirk!

I hope you get a chance to visit during Fall Holly!

Take care you two.

kirbie said...

The cappucino art is so cute! I didn't know there are wild monkeys. How interesting.

K and S said...

There are also wild pigs, raccoons and deer Kirbie, but not where we are, though there are some near Kobe.

Take care.