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Enjoy a Feast of Music at Rokkō Mori no Oto Museum

If you like music, there is an attraction that you have to visit when you are at Mt. Rokkō. The original Rokkō International Musical Box Museum (六甲オルゴールミュージアム) was renovated and reopened in mid-July 2021 and was renamed to Rokkō Mori no Oto Museum (ROKKO 森の音ミュージアム). Now the facility isn’t just all about musical boxes. It is more like a cottage in a forest where you enjoy music throughout the area!

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In the cottage-style museum, there are a variety of mechanical instruments, including musical boxes made from the second half of the 19th century to the early 20th century. Concerts without humans as performers are held in each area throughout the day. So on your arrival, check with the staff about what is on and the performance time at each corner! Not only are there classical songs, but those old mechanical instruments can also play modern music (anime – dragon ball’s theme song, for example)!

Tip: A hidden spot is a room on the third floor where you can look down on the music box concert room below (=゚ω゚)ノ.

Enjoy Different Types of Music at SIKI Garden

Take a relaxing stroll into the museum’s garden – SIKI and discover how they elevate musical boxes to a whole new level!

The benches in the SIKI garden that look like those in people’s backyards or front gardens will give you some pleasant surprises. Soon after you sit down, your ears will be treated with nice soft music helping you relax and enjoy the surrounding nature even more.

If you see a wooden bird sculpture in the garden, pet it, even if you don’t normally get close to those flying creatures. This is when you revive the bird, and to thank you, it twitters off some delightful forest-themed music (^_-)-☆.

Also, if you notice a thread coming out of a birdhouse in the garden, it isn’t for birds. As you pull the thread down, a song will start playing. Hunting all 15 of these birdhouses down and finding out which classical or contemporary songs you like the best is another way to enjoy your time at the museum (=゚ω゚)ノ.

Apart from those special devices, ordinary items can also be found in the garden. Hammocks and chairs are placed throughout the garden for you to rest in. And if you need some more “privacy”, book one of those transparent SIKI Dome (SIKIドーム) to find out what it is like to be in a “room” in nature!

Live Concert at Rokkō Mori no Oto Museum

Each Sunday from May to October, there are live musical concerts by various performers at 12:35 pm, 1:35 pm, and 2:35 pm. Each concert is around 20 minutes. If it rains, the starting time may differ from above.

Garden SIKI’s Flower Calendar

  • Late March to early May: Crocus, daffodil, muscari
  • Early July: Rose
  • Mid to late July: Various types of hydrangea
  • Mid-October to mid-November

Music Box Assembly (オルゴール組立体験)

For those who would love to make their music box, it is possible at Rokkō Mori no Oto Museum!

There are two different assembly activities you choose from, starting with a beginner course where a lot of the work has been done for you. All you need to do is pick the songs you like and affix everything and decorate the box. The course costs from 2,300 yen and takes around 30 minutes.

If you prefer to be more involved in the process, there is also an advanced course that you can participate in. This course costs a bit more than the beginner course, from 3,500 yen, and takes around 45 minutes.

Currently, activities at Rokkō Mori no Oto Museum requires booking through a phone call at +81-78-891-1284. You can also make an online booking HERE (page in Japanese only) if you have a jaran account.

Refer to the official website HERE for more details. You can change the language setting at the bottom right of the webpage.

Rokkō Mori no Oto Museum’s Opening Hours, Admission Fees, and Access Information

  • The admission fees are
    • 1,300 yen for adults
    • 600 yen for children from the age of 4 to elementary school students
  • Combo ticket with Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden (六甲高山植物園)
    • 1,600 yen for adults
    • 800 yen for children from the age of 4 to elementary school students
  • Combo ticket with Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden (六甲高山植物園) and Rokkō Shidare Observatory (自然体感展望台 六甲枝垂れ)
    • 1,800 yen for adults
    • 900 yen for children from the age of 4 to elementary school students
  • The Musical Box Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily except Thursdays unless it is a public holiday.
    • The last admission is at 4:30 pm.
  • From Rokkō Cable Line’s Rokkō Sanjō Station (六甲山上駅), take Rokkō Sanjō Bus (六甲山上バス) and get off at Museum-mae (ミュージアム前).

Tip: Pre-purchase your admission ticket HERE and save!

Discover Other Attractions in Mt. Rokkō Mt. Maya

Click the photo to learn more about what to do up in the mountains!

Rokkōsan Pasture is just one of the many awesome attractions in Mt. Maya. To find out where else you can visit during your time on the mountain, check out our article about Mt. Rokkō and Mt. Maya for more information (=゚ω゚)ノ!

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