Location: Meiji no Mori Minō Quasi-National Park (明治の森箕面国定公園) in Hokusetsu, Osaka
Katsuo Temple (勝運の寺), the temple of winner's luck
This national park is located in the relatively low mountainous region (100m-600m above sea level) of northern Mino City. It has long been famous for its autumn foilage and waterfalls. Katsuo Temple rests in the upper part of the national park, creating a vivid image when surrounded by the colors of autumn. I visited in 2013 at the end of November.
The special light up event at Katsuo Temple takes place from November 11th and finishes November 30th, so it does include the Labor Day Thanksgiving weekend holiday.
This is one of a three part photo series of Katsuo Temple
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.