We weren't there to see the city, we went to hike the Minoo Park Trail. The Internet sites I consulted said it was an easy one and they were right - about 3 kilometers over easy terrain. There were a few steps and some steep inclines, but overall it was pretty smooth. There were grandmas on the trail with us who were doing just fine (and, sad to say, some of them walked faster, too).
None of the sites I consulted, however, conveyed just how glorious the park was. Even in early early spring before the trees begin to bloom, it was beautiful and filled with things to stop and admire.
If you want to see the park in its glory (spring, summer, and early fall), there are many pictures posted on the Internet for your viewing pleasure. But if you want to see what it looks like now, take a glance at a few of the many photos I took as we ambled along. Even in the off-season, Minoo Park was magnificent.
To my surprise (and after I had taken that picture of the "say no evil" monkey) I started seeing live ones everywhere grooming themselves on the rooftops and sitting in the trees next to the waterfall staring down at us with a kind of evil intelligence in their eyes.
The next day when I was getting my nails done (and if you have never had a manicure done in Japan, put that at the top of your list of Things to Do because nobody does it better), I told the lovely young woman that I had been to Minoo Park. She grimaced and spat out, "Monkeys!" From that I gather that I am not the only one to find them a bit off-putting.