Factory / Workshop Spots in Japan

  • Nikka Whisky Hokkaido Factory Yoichi Distillery
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    4.5
    1274 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Kurokawachou 7-6
    The first Nikka Whisky distillery built in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru who after visiting Scotland became the first Japanese person to master the whisky manufacturing process. Here you can come and see for yourself the whole distillery process. Inside the distillery you can find many things of interest such as displays on the history of whisky and its manufacturing process, a whisky museum where you can sample some whisky for yourself, and you can also see the former residence of Masataka Taketsuru which was originally in Yamada Town in the suburbs of Yoichi Town but dismantled and rebuilt here in the distillery. There are nine buildings on the distillery premises which have been designated as tangible cultural assets of Japan such as the distillation building and the first whisky storehouse.

    The distillery was very nice to visit with the old buildings, gardens and visitor centres. If you’re in the area is well worth a visit. You can plant to have lunch at the restaurant on the...

  • Unagi Pie Factory
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    4.0
    604 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Nishi-ku Okubochou 748-51
    This factory produces Unagi Pie, a snack that is popular as a Shizuoka Prefecture souvenir. Many visitors come to take self-guided tours of the factory, where admission is free (Reservations are required for large groups.) The factory's Unagi Pai Cafe offers sweets made with Unagi Pies, a selection of seasonal items, and more.

    I visited there without a reservation. An application form was required at a counter, but just filled it and I could enter before long. No admission fee was required but I got some sweets when...

  • Kamaei (factory direct shop)
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    427 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 3-7
    Kamaei is a long-standing kamaboko seasoned fish paste company founded in 1905. In addition to conventional kamaboko served on a wooden plank, Kamaei offers a wide variety of kamaboko products, including Shiokaze kamaboko formed by steaming it in a plastic film to shape it; kamaboko steamed with crab and other seafood on top; and Noshi Kamaboko, a terrine-like dish made by combining layers of kamaboko. The Kamaei plant offers factory tours as well as selling kamaboko direct to customers. There's also a cafe space where you can enjoy fresh-cooked kamaboko and unusual kamaboko dishes served no place else.

    Big range of fish cakes from sweet, spicy and savoury. And it stayed fresh overnight too as we bought some to eat in our hotel room the next day and it was still delicious. There is also a souvenir...

  • Asahi Beer Hakata Brewery
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    182 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku Takeshita 3-1-1
    A brewery in Takeshita 3-Chome, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City. At the brewery they produce Asahi Super Dry and other beers and tours are available on a reservation basis. The tour will teach you about the beer manufacturing process and after the tour you can sample fresh draught beer. The brewery also features a gift shop and attached to the brewery you'll find the Asahi Beer Garden Hakata where you can enjoy Genghis Khan mutton barbeque with fresh beer straight from the brewery.

    this is only a brief tour of about an hour. but you get to see the most amazing computerised assembly of beer. We saw the cans being filled and packed. and even better you then get taken to the...

  • Nutima-su Sightseeing and Salt Manufacturing Factory
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    4.0
    227 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashiromiyagi 2768 Co., Ltd. Inu Mase
    This salt factory is on Miyagi Island, the second island accessible from Urama City’s marine road. It created a salt production process called the “room temperature instant airborne crystallization production method,” which has garnered patents in 13 countries as well as a Guinness Record for its mineral-rich characteristics. Take a tour of the factory and see how the salt’s appealing snowy color is made. There’s also an official shop and cafe, and all of the salt used at the cafe is produced at the factory. The shop offers food items, cosmetics, and samples of “silk salt,” which is said to enhance beauty.

    Such a breathtaking assortment of sights. I admittedly did not witness as much of the factory, but the sightseeing is great if you enjoy staring at beautiful sights for hours on end. Going into the...

  • Kanefuku Mentai Park Tokoname
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    3.5
    143 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Tokonameshi Rinkuchou 1-25-4
    A mentaiko (Pollock roe) theme park operated by Kanefuku, a veteran company in the Mentaiko industry. The building’s exterior, topped with a giant smiling mentaiko, creates quite an impression. Inside, visitors, can view how mentaiko is made. The facility also sells mentaiko products direct from Kanefuku offered no place else. In the food corner, you can enjoy extra big mentaiko onigiri rice balls and mentaiko soft serve ice cream. There’s also a museum where you can learn about the history of mentaiko and how it is made. From children to adults, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Kanefuku Mentai Park.

    i went there in sept 2017 during weekday afternoon. You have to pay money if you want to particpate the mentaiko tour. I did not join the tour because I missed the timming. There is serveral...

  • Suntory Kyoto Brewery (Natural Water Beer Plant)
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    4.5
    119 Reviews
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    Kyoto Nagaokakyoushi Choushi 3-1-1
    This Suntory beer factory in Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture holds free guided tours of the production process for its “The Premium Malts” beer. Places on the tour must be reserved in advance and each tour takes 70 to 90 minutes. After learning about how beer ingredients are chosen, one can look at the preparation pots up close and then learn about the real production process. After the tour there are three types of beer or soft drinks to try. In the shop they sell beer direct from the factory, original goods and limited-offer beer snacks.

    Great tour to understand how Suntory beer is made and you get to have audio guides as the tour is in Japanese. Reservations required. The tour ends with free beer tasting of the many variety they...

  • Kirin Fuji Gotenba Distillery
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Gotembashi Shibanta 970
    This distillery in Gotemba City offers three tours where visitors can learn the secrets behind Kirin's great-tasting FUJI SANROKU TARU-JUKU GENSHU 50° whisky. Its other attractions include a number of limited-time-only events, summer tours for schoolchildren, and more.

    The tour company took us on an unexpected, surprise visit to a distillery. Really, this is where I want to take my 12-year-old. In the spirit of learning about how things are made we watched the...

  • Fuji TV Headquarters Building
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Daiba 2-4-8
    From this 100-meter high spherical observation tower, Hachitama, one can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the coastal area. Other limited time events are also hosted here. At the Fuji Television Gallery, on the fifth floor, one can tour and take photos of the replicated sets of aired programs and the wardrobes of various dramas. ※ The ongoing events calendar can be viewed on their website, https://www.fujitv.co.jp/gotofujitv/ . Located here is the only shop in Japan where one can purchase original Sazae-san program character goods.
  • Sapporo Beer Museum
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Higashi-ku Kitashichijouhigashi 9-1-1
    Sapporo Beer Museum, located to the east of Sapporo Station, is the only museum in Japan where you can learn about the history of Japanese beer. Admission to the museum is free, but the paid tour (about 50 minutes) is recommended if you have the time. You can learn about the history of Sapporo Beer with the powerful 6K wide-screen theater and easy-to-understand guide. Also you can only sample the “Fukkokuban Sapporo-sei Bakushu” (Reproduced Sapporo Beer) that recreates the flavor at the time of Sapporo Beer's establishment as well as the iconic Black Label Sapporo Beer on the paid tour. Reservations through the website are required.
  • Kirin Beer Nagoya Brewery
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    4.5
    45 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Kiyosushi Terano Hanagasa 100
    The Nagoya Brewery produces Kirin products for the Tokai area. As part of its environmental conservation efforts, the brewery actively engages in such activities as biogas energy production and reforesting riverhead areas. On the brewery tour, you can view the production facilities and experience for yourself the secret behind Kirin’s delicious brews. A variety of tours are available, giving visitors the chance to gain a deeper knowledge of the world of beer. the adjoining factory shop sells original merchandise. At the brewery’s New York-themed restaurant, you can enjoy a delicious meal together with beer straight from the factory.

    Kirins brewery is a very pleasant walk with friends. Guided tour by friendly attendants. Tasting samples of 3 types of beers ... amazing !! It has a souvenir shop to gift ...

  • Kakukyu Hatcho Miso (Hatcho Miso no Sato)
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    106 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Okazakishi Hacchouchou Oukandori 69
    Hatcho Miso no Sato in Hatcho Town, Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, is owned by the Hatcho miso producer Kakukyu who have been making this kind of fermented soybean paste since the early Edo period. The black walled main building resembling a church and the storehouse built in 1927 have been designated as registered tangible cultural properties of Japan. In the old Meiji period storehouse now refurbished as an historical museum, visitors can see reproductions of how miso used to be made and the tools that were used. Visitors can also take a tour of the Hatcho Miso factory with guided tours available on weekends and national holidays. There is also a shop, an area to sample the miso, and a restaurant on site.

    The tour is free, but you have to register yourself at the reception counter inside the souvenir shop. You will find it located on your left once you enter the shop. You will be given a piece of...

  • Tanaka Sake Brewery Kikkogura
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Nobukachou 2-2
    Located only a 5-minute walk from the JR Minami Otaru Station, this is only sake brewery in Otaru. It proudly makes the Japanese sake brand, Takaragawa, Otaru Bijin liqueur, and Maho-no-Itteki hon-mirin, a sweet rice wine for cooking. Its stone masonry warehouse, built around 1905 is designated as one of Otaru's historic building. At the store, one can enjoy free sake-tastings of sake shipped direct from the brewery, Shiboritate fresh bottled sake without pasteurization, and approximately 10 other varieties of seasonal sakes. Brewery tours where one can observe the production process are offered for free all year round. *Reservations needed for groups over 10.

    Unfortunately no English tours but theyre happy to provide tastings. I enjoyed it. The best sake Ive had. hint:look on the backside of shelf labels for English info.

  • Furano Winery
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    3.5
    150 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Furanoshi Shimizuyama
    Furano Winery is a red brick winery located on a hill. On the winery tour, you can see the wine bottled so far and its state of maturation, as well as production processes such as bottling. On the second floor of the winery, you can taste wine and grape juice while enjoying the mountains of the Tokachi range. The shop handles original goods and products made using wine juice not to mention Furano Wine. As Furano is famous for lavender, you can also enjoy early blooming lavender from late June to mid-July in the winery square.

    From old wine cellars to buying newly made wines. Take a small tour and enjoy walking around this place while sipping free wines. Theres a small lavender garden within its compound for you to see...

  • Yamasa Choshi Factory (Tour Center)
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Choushishi Kitaogawachou 2570
    This tour center services the Yamasa Choshi soy sauce factory. With a reservation, you can learn about the history of Yamasa soy sauce and check out the manufacturing process. They have videos, guided commentary, virtual learning opportunities, and displays with samples of koji starter and moromi soy sauce mash. Their Soy Sauce Tasting Hall has an exhibit of soy sauce making equipment and lets visitors try hand-toasted rice crackers and soy sauce soft serve ice cream. Reservations aren't required at the tasting hall.

    Sad that they do not have the movies in English. They explained all about soy sauce making and they even presented every one with a bag of their soy sauce. They have a corner with soy sauce flavored...

  • Coco Farm & Winery
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    4.0
    79 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Tajimachou 611
    This winery is located in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, complete with a vineyard, a brewery, a wine shop and restaurant. The winery got its start in 1958 when a middle school teacher and his students started a grape farm in the forest. Currently, it brews high-quality wine that has even been used at dinners for major summits. You can buy some wine at the shop, or try lunch with wine while looking out over the vineyard.

    Lovely range of wines and reasonable prices and other products such as local cheeses and hams. I only stopped there for an hour or so to pick a few bottles of Japanese wine as I was passing through...

  • Okashinoshiro Nasu Heartland
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    3.5
    77 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Kou 4588-10
    A cake shop with its own factory on the premises located on the Nasu Highway in Takakuko, Nasu Town. The shop sells homemade cakes such as their goyotei-no-tsuki, a custard cream cake wrapped in castella sponge, as well as local sake and dairy products. The Kogen Restaurant on the second floor serves meals and sweets, including their Nasu wagyu in a circular bento box, rice bowls, set meals, soba and ramen.

    那須御用邸の月というお菓子が那須塩原駅などで売られていますが、ここでは製造しているところを見ることができます。バラで1個から色々なお菓子が買えました。

  • Kobe Shu-Shin-Kan Brewery
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    52 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Mikagetsukamachi 1-8-17
    "You can reach this brewery in Koby City, Hyogo Prefecture, by taking the Hanshin Electric Railway to Ishiyagawa Station and walking about eight minutes south. They sell their Fukuju brand of Japanese sake with its fruity bouquet, manufactured under the creed of clarity, honesty, and purity. They also offer sake-based brews like plum wine and yuzu citron wine. Their famous Fukuju Junmai Ginjo sake has been served at the banquet for the Nobel Prize award ceremony, earning it the nickname ""Sake of the Nobel Prize."" Warehouse tours come in multiple languages and programs, and include video, warehouse inspections, sake tasting, and more. Their on-site hall and restaurant are available for weddings and concerts."

    Self-tour is possible, just need to get the Hanshin Tourist Pass (500yen) for unlimited Hanshin train ride and you will be able to explore all sake breweries around the area. Cheap and convenient...

  • Asahi Beer Ibaraki Factory
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    4.5
    68 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Moriyashi Midori 1-1-1
    There is a 10-minute free shuttle bus from Moriya Station on the Tsukuba Express Line to reach the Asahi Beer Ibaraki Factory. Starting with a video at the orientation theater enjoy learning about the bottling process and environmental initiatives from the tour guides. After the tour try a sample of Asahi Super Dry and Dry Black fresh from the factory (there is a 20-minute, three drink per person limit). There’s also a giftshop with novelties and factory exclusive items as well as a garden that you can explore either before or after your tour.

    I went here with my family in 2014. we are English with a Japanese daughter in law. the tour was free and they provided us with an English speaking guide. The guide was excellent and pleased to...

  • Asahi Soft Drinks Akashi Factory
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    13 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Akashishi Futamichou Minamifutami 1-33
    A beverage factory located in Minamifutami Futami-cho, Akashi City. There are five production lines on the factory's vast grounds and each year some 50 million cases of products like Mitsuya Cider and Asahi Jurokucha are produced here. The factory offers free tours, and tour goers can see the canned and PET bottle product production process; sample Asahi drinks; and check out the Mitsuya Cider Museum, which also has a gift shop.

    明石市にあるアサヒ飲料の工場です。三ツ矢サイダーや十六茶の製造過程を無料で見学することができます。見学後は試飲もさせてくれます。

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