One upon a time in a far foggy town of Kawaguchiko lies a magical forest where every little thing has it’s beautiful song….

Now hold up, if you think I’m about to tell you a fantasy tale well it might not be exactly the kind of fairy tale you are thinking – but it goes something like this.

It may not come as a mystery that there are so many wonderful and unique towns surrounding Mt. Fuji. Living in a place where the glorious mountain is right in front of our door step, trust me, I know.


In a much higher region, we visited Kawaguchiko’s Music Forest in Yamanashi Prefecture. Let’s just say it’s a museum with a distinct theme of opera music and  classical instruments. What they have is a European inspired castles with bridges, moats, fountains and a beautiful flower garden.


Inside, you can feel like a prince and a princess for a day by renting their gowns or masquerade mask while inside the museum. You can also enjoy watching a series of live musical operas, see their wide collection of classic tower watch and instruments that date for more than 100 years old or rather just simply enjoy a cup of coffee in their outdoor cafe and restaurant.


They also have some more separate castles to enjoy shopping for fancy souvenirs. From music boxes, glass jewelries and even sweets and pastry of any kind. Each room of the castle displays outstanding and unique goods for every one’s taste.


Did I forget to mention they have a musical fountain display right at the center of the forest museum? By the time the castle’s chime rings, you better find a perfect seat to witness the show.


For someone who wishes to be inside in a fairy tale book, a world of fantasy where everything is magical and everyone is beautiful, Music Forest is where you can make those dreams come true. Well, this place however is not for the younger once like that of the Disneyland castle but rather much for a grown up like me who’s never too old for a once upon a time…


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Twenty-two (22) Forward is inspired from personal experiences, intimate thoughts and life adventure created and authored by LOLISA MAE SAKURAI. A special mark to her 22nd chapter, the things in between, and everything beyond there is.

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