When one is visiting Mt Fuji, one of the not to be missed places of interest surrounding the area is Kawaguchiko Music Forest (河口湖オルゴールの森). This is especially for those who love musical instruments.
Kawaguchiko Music Forest (河口湖オルゴールの森) is a small theme park and museum that is devoted to musical instruments. A park with European style gardens where one can enjoy a good view of Mt Fuji, this beautiful place has walking paths with beautiful gardens, winding canal, shops, restaurants, chapel and rose garden.
Upon entering, one will be guided through a small passage which opens up to a magnificent view of the whole park. A walk through the tiny bridge, one will enter the main building which display mechanical organs, antique music boxes as well as a large French Fairground organ. And to add to the experience, the French Fairground organ dated from 1905 is scheduled to play every 30 minutes. This is truly a wonderful experience where the main display right in the front centre while numerous miniature figurines located all around the hall will each start playing their own musical instruments in a perfect harmony. Loved the beautiful orchestra music!
Heading up the flight of stairs, the next floor house exhibit room and a concert hall. The main attraction would be the beautiful doll’s house music with dolls actually dancing to the tune. While in the concert hall, it is decorated with antique musical organs from all over the world.
Beautiful Doll House
Heading outside, one will see another building which house many different varieties of music boxes that are also available to be purchased as gifts.
Beautiful Landscape during the Summer
Beautiful Landscape during the Winter
My personal favorite is the Glass Crystal Tree and the Harp in the garden… this adds to the classy feel of one whom is a musical instrument lovers.
As we loved the place so much, we actually went to Kawaguchiko Music Forest (河口湖オルゴールの森) twice, once in the summer where we had the privilege to enjoy the blooming beauty of the large varieties of roses in the Rose Garden and winter just for the different season feel.
Rose Garden in the Summer
How to get there :
From Tokyo, you can choose the following (Source : http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6905.html)
By bus from Shinjuku Station
Fujikyu and Keio Bus operate one to two direct buses per hour from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station (Keio Highway Bus Terminal) to Kawaguchiko Station in the Fuji Five Lakes region. The one way journey takes about two hours and costs 1750 yen. Most buses stop at Fujisan Station and Fuji Q Highland before arriving at Kawaguchiko Station and some of them continue on to Lake Yamanakako (2.5 hours, 2050 yen one way from Shinjuku). The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these buses.
By bus from Shibuya Station
Fujikyu operates approximately one bus every two hours between Shibuya (Mark City), Fuji Q Highland, Kawaguchiko Station and Fujisan Station. The one way journey takes 2 to 2.5 hours and costs 1800 yen. The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these buses.
By bus from Tokyo Station
Fujikyu and JR Kanto Bus operate about half a dozen direct buses per day from Tokyo Station (Yaesu South Exit) to Kawaguchiko Station in the Fuji Five Lakes region. The one way trip takes about three hours and costs 1750 yen. The buses stop at Lake Yamanakako along the way (2.5 hours, 1750 yen). The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these buses.
Take the JR Chuo Line from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station to Otsuki Station (70 minutes, about 2500 yen by direct limited express train or 100 minutes, 1320 yen by local trains with usually one transfer along the way). From Otsuki, take the Fujikyu Railway Line to Kawaguchiko Station (55 minutes, 1140 yen one way). The JR Kanto Area Pass covers the entire journey (except panorama seats on limited express trains); however, the Japan Rail Pass and JR East Pass are not valid between Otsuki and Kawaguchiko.
From July to November 2015, the “Mount Fuji Round Trip Ticket” was available for 5600 yen to non-Japanese passport holders. It includeed a round trip by JR trains between central Tokyo and Otsuki (including limited express trains; seat reservation included), unlimited rides along the Fujikyu Railway between Otsuki and Kawaguchiko Station (non-reserved seats only) and unlimited rides on the bus between Kawaguchiko Station and the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station. It was valid for up to two consecutive calendar days. A similar ticket is likely to be offered again in 2016.
Take Retro Buses along Kawaguchiko Line which operate between Kawaguchiko Station and Kawaguchiko Music Forest. Get off at Ukai Orugoruno Mori Bijutsukan.