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.
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.
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.
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.
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).