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Kawaguchiko Music Forest

Travel in a picture book-like scenery with Mt. Fuji in the backdrop.

Located in the backdrop of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture is Kawaguchiko Music Forest, known for its vast collection of antique music boxes, automated instruments and the largest old-world “dance” organ in the world. Its medieval European architecture creates an elegant European scenery that’s a very popular spot for photography and weddings.

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Photo by: 河口湖オルゴールの森 Night view of the grounds.

Facilities and entertainment

At the venue, there is a performance or a show almost every hour, as this place provides tons of entertainment in addition to exhibits. Program schedules are provided at the entrance, making it easier for their visitors to plan their activities. The Organ Hall exhibits the museum’s 13-meter-tall and 5-meter-wide organ and other similar instruments originating  from different countries, including France and Germany. Besides these unique features, the “Sand Art Show” is definitely a must see.

Photo by: Stéphane D Catch an organ show!

On the other hand, the History Hall focuses more on the story behind each music box and other musical devices. The tour is only offered in Japanese, but don’t fret, as you’ll still be entertained by seeing how they work and watching little French dolls dance.

Part of the magical “forest” s also the Kawaguchiko Music Museum that offers  a unique performance from their talented opera singer, who is accompanied by automated musical instruments, instead of the usual orchestra. Additionally, guests can enjoy a fountain show at the rose garden or savor delicious food and drinks at the café and restaurant inside the theme park.

Rose Garden

Guests can enjoy sauntering around the rose garden that exhibits 720 varieties of roses, plus other seasonal flowers like Petunia, Peony, Sunflower, and etc.  On top of that, it becomes more breath-taking with Mt. Fuji on the background and more amusing with a fountain show from time to time.

One-of-a-kind Souvenir

But, of course, raveling won’t be complete without a little memento. Guests have numerous choices ranging from fragrances, confectionaries, liquors, Mt. Fuji whisky glasses, rose themed accessories, and music boxes with your favorite J-Pop tunes. If you are looking for something special, you can customize your own music box by first choosing your favorite tune, and then by either painting the outside or just attaching cute decorations on it.

Best season to visit

Kawaguchiko Music Forest is perfect for sudden excursions since it has many kinds of activities throughout the year, a wide range of flowers that bloom on different months, and a fantastic view of Mt. Fuji. In addition it also has an illumination event that usually held on winter season. For more information visit their website kawaguchikomusicforest.jp/ (only in Japanese).

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Things To Know

Hours

9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fees

General admission tickets: ¥1,500 for adults. Hight school students are ¥1,100 and elementary/middle schoolers are ¥800.

How To Get There

Address

3077-20 Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken 401-0304, Japan

By train

Get on the Fujikyu Retro Bus (1st Bus Stop) from Kawaguchiko station, and then get off at Ukai Orugoruno Mori Bijutsukanmae. It takes about 25 minutes. There are different kinds of retro buses, so make sure to take the one for the Kawaguchiko Round Tour.

By car

From Kawaguchiko station, it takes about 8-9 minutes. There is a free parking.

Where To Stay

Den's Inn
  • Kawaguchi 2853-1 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0304
  • 8.7/10
  • 0.1 km
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Komaya Ryokan
  • Kawaguchi 2988 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0304
  • 9/10
  • 0.2 km
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Shirataki
  • Kawaguchi 2974 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0304
  • 9.4/10
  • 0.2 km
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Kawaguchiko Cottage Minami
  • Kawaguchi 2944 Minamitsuru-Gun Fujikawaguchiko Mac, Yamanashi 401-0304
  • 9.7/10
  • 0.2 km
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