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  • Fuji TV Headquarters Building
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Suzuhiro Kamaboko no Sato
    247 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Kazamatsuri 245
    A theme park dedicated to kamaboko steamed fish paste operated by Suzuhiro, a kamaboko shop of long-standing located in Odawara. The park is filled with things to see and do. There’s a museum which introduces the history of kamaboko; classes which teach how to make kamaboko by hand (advance reservation required); a market where souvenirs such as kamaboko, dried foods, and fried delicacies are sold; and a bar where visitors can eat and compare kamaboko made according to different methods. The restaurant and all-you-can-eat buffet, serving the unique delights of Odawara, are also popular.

    The main building for the Suzuhiro is made up of a number of great restaurants, cafes, and a place where they let you make your own "Kamaboko." Kamaboko is a Japanese food made from fish with a long...

  • Kikyo Shingen Mochi Factory Theme Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Ichinomiyachoutsuboi 1928
    Kikyo Shingen Mochi has been awarded many prizes including the honorary president award, at the National Confectionery Exposition. The factory is surrounded by lush vegetation with a site area of 11,000 square meters and a total floor area of 5,000 square meters. On the factory tour you can see how 100,000 pieces of Kikyo Shingen Mochi a day are packed meticulously by hand. You can also have a go at packing some of the mochi and enjoy sampling some of the delicious sweets. Admission is free and advance reservations are not required if going alone. Factory tour times are fixed so be sure to check in advance.
  • Kirin Yokohama Beer Village
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Tsurumi-ku Namamugi 1-17-1
    This Kirin Beer brewery is located in Yokohama City, the birthplace of the Japanese beer industry. It is the oldest and one of the largest Kirin Beer breweries in Japan. Visitors can learn the secrets behind the great taste of Kirin Ichiban Shibori beer during one of their popular brewery tours, each which approximately 80 minutes. Some of the attractions of the tour include comparing the flavor of the first press of the wort and the second press of the wort and tasting the malt, and more. Other tours suitable for families and people of all ages include a tour of the area's grand biotope, a quiz tour of the brewery, and more.
  • Haneda Chronogate Visitor Tour
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Ota-ku Hanedaasahicho 11-1
    This is a logistics facility operated by the Yamato Group, which is known as Kuroneko Yamato no Takkyubin (literally, “Black Cat Home Delivery Service”). Located in a place that is easily reachable from Haneda Airport, the expressway, Tokyo Bay, and the Tokyo Freight Terminal, this facility supports Yamato’s speedy deliveries. The general observation course requires about 90 minutes and participation is free of charge. In addition to panels and videos describing Yamato’s history and logistics arrangement, visitors can also watch the flow of packages and Central Control Room through the glass walls. Reservations must be made on the Internet. The closest station is Anamori-inari Station.
  • Yamadaya (Ono Factory)
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Okishioya 2-10-52
    Come take a tour at the Yamadaya factory in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, where they make the famous Hatsukaichi souvenir confection, the momiji-manju (maple leaf-shaped bun filled with red bean paste). As part of the tour you’ll receive explanations from momiji-manju sommelier as well as being able to watch the manufacturing process. Please call at least three days prior to make a reservation for the tour.
  • Aohata Jam Deck
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Tadanouminakamachi 1-2-43
    This by reservation only factory tour facility is located in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. This is where you can experience making jam and go on a factory tour and taste jam in the refurbished old Aohata factory. In addition, it has an adjoining jam shop and Jam Deck cafe, and is visited by many tourists.

    工場見学とジャム作りの体験ができます。800円で4瓶分の自分で作ったジャム作りを持ち帰ることができ、他のジャムの試食や購入も可能。 自作のジャムはとっても美味しくて、シーズン毎に瓶のラッピングの絵柄も変わるそうで、可愛いくてコレクションもできそう。 ジュースやジャムを使ったサンデーも販売していました。 高温での調理なので、ジャム作り体験は小学生以下は参加できませんが、とても楽しめます!

  • Taketsuru Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 3-10-29
    A long-standing sake brewery in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is famous as the birthplace of Taketsuru Masataka, the father of Japanese whisky. Available for purchase here are special sakes that can’t be bought anywhere else. This location has drawn lots of fans and tourists after being used as the model location for an NHK drama.
  • Sweet land TAKARA
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Kurayoshishi Sekiganechousekiganeshuku 2913
    This store, located in Sekigane-cho, Kurayoshi City, manufactures and sells sweet Tottori delicacies including, Ofuroshiki, rice cakes with soy powder and sweet sauce, baked crab rice crackers and rice crackers topped with rice grains. Visitors can enjoy taste testing and sweets that can only be enjoyed in the store are popular including the soft serve ice cream made a variety of Japanese pears called 21st century Nashi. It is also recommended for families with children, and the factory tour is also recommended.
  • Okuizumo Vineyard
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Kisukichoujiryou 2273-1
    "This vineyard, which manufactures and sells wine grown according to the culture of Okuizumo, Shimane Prefecture, is located in about seven hectares of agricultural land called the ""Forest of Food"". Visitors can taste wine and enjoy meals and a cafe in the guesthouse. Underground, where the wine is stored, there is also a gallery exhibiting a variety of artwork such as paintings, photographs and ceramics which can be enjoyed leisurely in the calming surroundings."
  • Subaru Visitor Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Otashi Shouyachou 1-1
    This automotive factory is in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, located approximately 10 minutes' walk from the Marriyell Ota-mae bus stop, which can be reached by taking the bus from the Tobu Isesaki Line's Ota Station. The factory has a visitor hall with an exhibition space and a gallery. Visitors first receive pamphlets and a video explanation of the factory. Afterwards, they are taken on a tour of the welding, trimming and pressing processes carried out at the factory, and are given the chance to see each phase of production being carried out with state-of-the-art transfer press machines. A reservation is required to join a tour of the factory.
  • Hijiri Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Hokkitsumachishimohakoda 380
    This long-established brewery is located at the foot of the southwestern side of Mt. Akagi, in Kitatachibana Town, Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture. It continues to use cool, clear underground water to make its sake. It is where the refined Japanese rice wine, Kanto no Hana is produced, and the surrounding area remains a natural environment where fireflies dance and freshwater crabs play. The special brewery’s signature refined sake, Kanto no Hana, uses the especially suitable Wakamizu rice produced in Gunma Prefecture to give the sake its characteristic flavor and sharpness that a person will never tire of drinking. Sake, shochu other liquor can also be tasted at the shop front.
  • FP Corporation Kanto Recycling Plant
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukigunyachiyomachi Hiratsuka 4448
    A recycling plant located along the Live Line connecting Prefectural Routes 125 and 56. Visitors can tour the plant and watch as plastic trays from supermarkets and other materials and separated and recycled. After the tour, visitors can watch a DVD explaining the plant's workings and ask a representative question, making the facility an excellent place to learn how recycling is actually carried out. Tours are reservation only; applications are accepted over the Internet and via fax machine. Two tours are offered every weekday starting at 9:00 and 13:00. Tour-goers can also have a bento box lunch from the plant sold at cost.
  • Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. Ibaraki Factory
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Sashimagungokamachi Kawatsuma 1232-2
    Located a seven-minute drive from Kurihashi Station on the JR Utsunomiya Line, visitors to the factory can learn about the production process involved in making the products which bear the Yakult name, a company founded in 1955. The facility makes use of easy to understand videos, ensuring visitors of all ages can have fun and learn. Yakult products have long been a favorite of Japanese households, and the strict safety standards employed here as well as the overwhelming scale of the facility also make the factory an excellent topic for a child's summer vacation school research project. Tours are offered from Monday through Saturday and take around one hour. Tour-goers can view production processes up close and also sample Yakult products.
  • Inaba Shuzo
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Numata 1485
    A sake brewery located at the foot of Mt. Tsukuba in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture which has been in business since 1867. Dedicated to consistent, high quality and to making sake by hand, the brewery's liquors are created with natural Mt. Tsukuba spring water welling up from a spring on the grounds. The brewery building dates back to the establishment of the company and the brewery offers tours which enable participants to observe the company's sake making and refined techniques. Aiming to enhance visitors' understanding of sake, the brewery also offers three varieties of sake for tasting as well as dishes made with sake lees. In addition, the brewery has a cafe where, with an advance reservation, visitors can enjoy lunch or dinner consisting of cuisine made with local vegetables and other ingredients.
  • Shimodate Koubou
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Chikuseishi Midorimachi 2-8-19
    A facility where visitors can learn about, make, and purchase Nipponham products located a 15-minute walk from the south exit of Shimodate Station on the JR Mito Line in Chikusei City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The facility sells bockwurst, weisswurst, and other sausages; roast ham and other ham varieties; and bacon. The facility also sells exclusive Nipponham products sold no place else, like roast pork, boneless ham, and curry sausage. The facility offers homemade sausage making classes which can be reserved from one person up. The adjoining restaurant serves dishes made with original ham and sausage varieties alongside beers and wines.

    下館工房、とても良かったです。 事前に予約をすると手作りソーセージの体験ができます。 結構人気があるので予約もたいへんでした。 ひき肉をスパイスと混ぜてこねる部分から、ソーセージの肉を羊の肉に詰めて、ソーセージの形を作るところまで終わると、あとは工房側でスモークをしてくれます。最後に袋詰めして持ち帰りです。 スモークの待ち時間中に工房内のレストランでランチセットのサンドイッチを食べました...

  • Yuki Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 1589
    A sake brewery established in the Edo period located a 10-minute walk from the north exit of JR Yuki Station. The brewery building was originally built in the Ansei era; this and the large brick chimney added on in the Meiji period are designated a National Tangible Cultural Property. Visitors can enjoy food along with Fukufuku, a traditional and renowned sake which has been brewed since the Edo period, served at various temperatures. Yuiyui, another of the brewery's famous sakes, is decorated with a design created by a local calligrapher depicting a thread ring surrounding the character for good fortune. Made with underground water from the Kinugawa River system, this sake is characterized by its mild flavor.
  • Megmilk Snow Brand Ami Factory
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Inashikigunamimachi Hoshinosato 22 Ami Eastern Industrial Park
    A factory located a five-minute drive from the Ami-higashi interchange on the Ken-O Expressway. The factory, opened in 2014, makes Megmilk Snow Brand dairy products such as processed cheeses and margarine. The factory makes some 200 varieties of products, making it the largest operated by Megmilk Snow Brand. Visitors can have fun here while learning about cheese and margarine, take commemorative photos using special photo sets, try a virtual reality experience which shows how cheese is made, and sample some of the company's products.
  • Daigo Brewery
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kujigundaigomachi Kamikanesawa 1653
    "A brewery located a 15-minute drive from the Naka interchange on the Joban Expressway. The brewery makes and sells local beers in Daigo Town under the catchphrase, ""Local Daigo beers only drinkable in Daigo."" The quality and temperature of Daigo's spring water remains stable throughout the year, and it is used to make ""Yamizo Shinrin no Beer,"" a variety which has won much acclaim from local beer fans. The beer is offered in four types-a pilsner, weizenbier, helles, and special seasonal variety. Each is an exquisite beverage full-bodied and rich in flavor."

    お店は、ログハウスのような作りで、暖かい感じのお店です。 地ビールも何種類もあるので、楽しめるとおもいます。 お料理もビールにあったお料理で、とても美味しかったです。

  • Taishi Food Inc. Nikko Plant
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Machiya 739-1
    This soybean product plant is located in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. The plant offers tours (reservation required) where visitors can see the soybean product manufacturing process and more. The plant also offers an area where visitors can sample tofu, yuba (tofu skins), and soy milk, as well as another where they can purchase souvenirs. The plant, which is visited by many tourists, also offers two hands-on tofu making classes per day (limited to 50 people per class).

    豆腐作り体験をしました。 本当に簡単で、電子レンジで豆腐を作るキットで作りました。 できたての豆腐はとてもおいしかったです。 豆腐だけではなく、湯葉や豆腐専用のつゆにひたした厚揚げなどとても美味でした。 思わず直売所にて購入させていただきました。 豆腐は、パックにする際に水を入れるので、栄養がだんだん抜けて行ってしまうとのこと、 できたてがおいしいのは栄養が抜けてないからだったのかな。 本当に...

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