Factory / Workshop Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Sapporo Beer Museum
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    1239 Reviews
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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.

    We enjoyed the Sapporo Beer Museum. It was pity there wasnt a bit more English through the exhibition but it was still very interesting. The beer hall at the end made it a complete experience and...

  • Nikka Whisky Hokkaido Factory Yoichi Distillery
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    1269 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.

    It was quite an experience to meander around the distillery in deep snow - it leant an air of quiet calm to the distillery that was very relaxing. The distillery has a wonderful history which...

  • Kamaei (factory direct shop)
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    426 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...

  • Furano Winery
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    3.5
    148 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...

  • Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden
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    82 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Katougunotofukechou Shimotofuke Kita9sennishi 18-2
    This confectionery factory of fresh Japanese sweets can boast the largest factory floor space in the country with a total site area of 33,119 square meters, a building area of 16,582.31 square meters, one basement floor and four floors above ground. Needless to say the confectionery shop typifies the confectionery town of Obihiro in Tokachi. Within the large premises you can watch how the hugely popular sweet, Sanporoku is made, there’s a workshop kitchen where you can make sweets, and also a cafe area where you can buy and enjoy the wonderful Ryugetsu sweets.

    A good place to go if you really like Japanese cakes. But you can also get the cakes from the New Chitose Airport. The free red bean tea from the sweetpia garden is rather tasteless, maybe it is made...

  • Kirin Beer Hokkaido Chitose Brewery
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    61 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Kamiosatsu 949-1
    Kirin Beer Hokkaido Chitose Brewery is a brewery the design concept for which aimed to create a “brewery that reflects the spirit of Hokkaido by being in harmony with nature.” The “Secrets of Kirin First-press Beer Experience Tour” brewery tour, which gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the special secrets and attention to detail that underpin the deliciousness of Kirin Beer, and also provides a sensory experience of the production process, is very popular. Following the tour, visitors have the opportunity to taste freshly-made beer. Besides the regular brewery tours, this brewery also holds a variety of special events throughout the year; Kirin Beer Hokkaido Chitose Brewery is an “open” brewery that maintains close links with the local community, and has won the hearts of many people.

    The tour was free but spoken in Japanese. It was still fun though where we have free beer tasting at the end of the tour.

  • Kobayashi Shuzo sake brewery
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    35 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Yubarigunkuriyamachou Nishiki 3-109
    A long-standing sake brewery founded in 1878 and located in Kuriyama Town, Yubari County, Hokkaido. The Kita no Nishiki Memorial Hall is popular with tourists and contains displays concerning Japanese sake as well as a tasting corner. With an advance reservation, visitors can also tour the brewery. 13 of the brewery's buildings, such as a kura warehouse and preserved home, have been Registered Tangible Cultural Properties by the national government.

    Its nice but really was not worth it, we arrived from Sapporo after deiving 50km but it was just a 3 room museum and could not see anything from the factory or production.

  • The Glass Studio in Otaru
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    22 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Mogami 2-16-16
    This glass workshop surrounded by nature in the foothills of Mt. Tenguyama, displays and sells works focusing on the glass craft artist Chiyoji Asahara. Visitors can also view the production of glass crafts, as well as experience glass blowing and a technique called sandblasting. The craft experience is popular, so reservations in advance are recommended.

    As I had time to kill while waiting for the bus I popped into this studio. Amazing stuff, pity I couldn’t see myself bring it back to Australia. Looking down at the guys working molten glass was very...

  • Chitose Winery
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    Hokkaido Chitose-shi Takadai 1-7
    A winery located a 15-minute drive from New Chitose Airport. The winery has been creating flavorful, fruity wines since it was founded in 1988. The winery's principal products are its haskap wine, made with the haskap berries which are one of Chitose's specialty products; and its Kita Wine, a pinot noir made with Kerner grapes notable for its mellow flavor and fruity aroma. The winery's cool, full-bodied, wines, redolent with fruit flavor, make perfect souvenirs and gifts. Located close to the airport, the winery is also a great place to spend some time while waiting to get on your flight.

    タイトル通り。電車だけでも行けるのは運転苦手な旅行者には大変ありがたい! ちなみにぶどうはここではなく、余市から運んでいるのでぶどう畑は見られません。 中はワインのいい香りでいっぱい。 見学コース(無料・有料あり)ではスタッフの方が丁寧に説明してくれます。 無料コースで試飲できるのはハスカップワインです。ただ、個人的にはケルナーが飲める有料コースがおすすめです。説明内容は無料・有料で変わりはありま...

  • Marine Topos Kushiro
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Hamachou 3-18 Yoshinori Fisheries Center 3F
    Located in Kushiro City, one of Japan’s leading fisheries and seafood industry centers, Marine Topos Kushiro is more or less unique in Japan in being a museum situated in a fisheries production facility. Using displays that include fish dioramas and videos, examples of actual fishing equipment, an area where visitors can take a quiz on Kushiro’s fishing industry, etc., Marine Topos Kushiro makes it possible for visitors to learn about Kushiro’s fishing industry and its history in a fun way.

    一時間くらい散歩の時間があったので口コミ見ながら散歩してました 漁業に関連してる街に住んでないので釧路の漁業などについて色々見れるものがあったので勉強なりました!

  • Otaru Soko No. 1
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    66 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Minatomachi 5-4
    Otaru Soko No. 1 is a brewery and pub located along the Otaru Canal with an atmosphere like a German beer pub. You can enjoy authentic German beer brewed by a German brau engineer with cuisine using local ingredients. Brewery tours are also available any time. Every Thursday and Saturday is “nomihodai” (all you can drink) for 2,200 yen (includes tax) for three hours during business hours.

    German style Hofbrau complete with music and atmosphere. Good food and good beer. Service was fast and friendly. Nice views of the canal.

  • Hokkaido Kikkoman Chitose Factory
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    8 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Chitose-shi Izumisawa 1007-53
    This is the Hokkaido factory of Kikkoman, one of Japan's most well-known food companies. The factory makes soy sauce and mirin, essential for Japanese cuisine; as well as Menmi, a flavorful tsuyu noodle dipping sauce beloved by the residents of Hokkaido. The factory offers tours of the entirely indoor factory, and participants can watch an educational video and see the factory's facilities and learn how soy sauce is made. Participants can also experience directly how the age of the moromi mash affects the color and aroma of soy sauce, and visitors rave that the tour is fun for the whole family. The factory is a convenient 20 minutes from the airport, making it easy to stop by during a small gap in one's sightseeing schedule.

    This tour needs to improve and be upgraded. Video and audio needs update. Anyway the free sample at the tour end was a good gesture .

  • Furano Cheese Factory
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    Hokkaido Furanoshi Nakago-ku
    Furano Cheese Factory manufactures cheese made from the fresh milk of dairy cattle raised in the pastures of Furano. Inside the factory, you can visit the cheese production room and the aging room from behind glass. In the direct sales area on the second floor, there is a cheese tasting corner, and it also sells cheese and confectionary. You can make butter, ice cream and cheese in the handmade experience workshop (for a fee). The Pizza Kobo, where you can eat authentic Napoli pizza baked by craftsmen trained in Naples is also popular.
  • Megmilk Snow Brand Nakashibetsu Plant
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    6 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Shibetsu-gun Nakashibetsu Cho Maruyama 2-9
    Snow Brand Meg Milk factory is located ten minutes from Nakashibetsu Airport by car. Visitors can enjoy videos and a factory inspection of cheese production at no charge. Factory inspections require reservations by telephone at least ten days prior to the date you plan to visit. The factory tour takes between 60 to 90 minutes. Gouda cheese, produced only at the Nakashibetsu plant, is available for purchase, and other unique cheeses can be tasted. Please note that the factory tour is for children over the age of three.

    私の伯母さんが昔ここに出張で来たと聞いて、懐かしく思って私も雰囲気だけでもと思い立ち寄り訪問しました。工場見学は7日前に電話しないとダメですので、工場見学はしないで、中標津ゴーダチーズを買って帰りました。大人も子供も楽しめるクセのないゴーダチーズはこの工場でなくても中標津町内で買えるようです。

  • Tanaka Sake Brewery Kikkogura
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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.
  • Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Shiroishi-ku Nangoudori 4 South 1-1
    Asahi Beer's Hokkaido brewery. A popular tourism destination, the brewery has frequently won awards on travel crowdsourcing comment sites. The primary draw is the free factory tour. Intermixing views of the factory floor with videos and other materials, participants learn about Asahi Beer initiatives, how beer is made, and the ingredients used. After the tour's over, participants can try tasting beer fresh from the brewery they just observed. The brewery also has a shop and restaurant, giving you the chance to enjoy shopping and a meal after your tour.
  • Royce’ Chocolate World
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    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Terminal Building 3F Smile/Road
    Located inside the New Chitose Airport terminal building, Royce’ Chocolate World is a chocolate-related entertainment facility operated by Royce’ Confect Co., Ltd. Inside the facility there is a small-scale chocolate factory where visitors can watch chocolate being made through a transparent glass window, a museum with displays on the raw materials used to make chocolate, the history of chocolate, and other chocolate-related topics. There is also a shop selling the confectionery and pastries made in the factory. Both children and adults will have a great time here.
  • Hokkaido Wine Center
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 1-1-12 Otaru Canal Terminal 'Hokkaido/Wine Center'
    A facility in Otaru City operated by the NPO Wine Cluster Hokkaido. Here you can take part in the Wine Tasting Adventure, tasting and comparing three varieties of Hokkaido wines and learning about the history of wine in Hokkaido from a veteran sommelier. There's also a shop area selling pasta sauces that go well with wine, seafood products, and fruit and vegetable foods, all made in Hokkaido. The Otaru Canal Terminal in which the center is located was built in 1922 as the Otaru branch of the Mitsubishi Bank and is designated a Historic Structure by the city of Otaru.

    NPO法人が運営する施設で10時から18時まで、予約不要で2,160円または1,080円で道内産ワイン3種類のテイスティングとソムリエさんの解説を聞く事が出来ます。寒暖差が大きい北海道ならではの特徴を生かして十勝に始まり富良野、余市、奥尻、函館や道東地域など沢山の銘柄ワインがお店に並んでいます。実際どれを選んで良いのやら悩んでしまうのが実情です。こちらではレベルに応じた解説をしてくれるので価格や甘...

  • Sorachi Wine Station
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    Hokkaido Iwamizawashi Yonjouhigashi 1 Hotel Sun Plaza 1F
    A wine shop, bar, and restaurant located inside Hotel Sunplaza in Iwamizawa City. The establishment stocks over 40 varieties of domestic wines including ones from the local Sorachi area. The establishment also stocks over 400 varieties of international wines and you can conduct a tasting with an advance reservation. There's also a bar where you can try the wines sold in the shop area. The establishment also serves dishes which go well with wine made with local ingredients, making it a great place to enjoy Hokkaido wines to your heart's content.

    ランチしながらワインを飲みたくて、楽しみに行ったけどちょうど、ランチをやっていない期間だったようで食べられませんでした。諦められずワインのテイスティングだけ。飲みたいワインを選べて良かったかな。

  • Hokkaido Wine Inc.'s Otaru Wine Gallery
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Asarigawaonsen 1-130
    This wine gallery has approximately 100 kinds of wines on offer, including the prize-winning Tsurunuma and Otaru wine series. Besides usually being able to enjoy tasting approximately ten kinds of wine, they also offer guide tours. You can also buy snacks that go perfectly with wine and wine goods.

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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