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Factory / Workshop Spots in Otaru / Kiroro / Shakotan Area

  • 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.

    We love sake and have purposely make a journey down to Otaru after we said goodbye to Hakodate. The traditional building captures our attention when we reach the location is beside a Lawson Store I...

  • Nikka Whisky Hokkaido Factory Yoichi Distillery
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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.

    If you are English speaking you can do a self guided tour. Each stop has a video with an English option. I didn’t know much about how whisky is made and learned quite a bit. The guided tours are...

  • The Glass Studio in Otaru
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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.

    You can see blobs of molten sand as it is extracted from raging furnaces and transformed into colorful creations both useful and artistic. A large range of locally made objects on sale in the cosy...

  • Kamaei (factory direct shop)
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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.
  • 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...

  • Yoichi Winery
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    Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Kurokawachou 1318
    A winery in Kurokawa-cho, Yoichi Town. Here you can taste and compare local Yoichi wines and tour the facility, learning about winemaking and preparation. In the Yoichi Winery Restaurant, you can enjoy dishes made with local ingredients along with a glass of Yoichi Wine. The adjoining shop sells Yoichi Wine as well as a variety of fruit juices made with fruit from Yoichi.
  • Occi Gabi Winery
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    Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Yamadachou 635
    The owner of this winery and restaurant in Yoichi-cho, Hokkaido strives to make the best wine in Japan. Their own vineyard is on the premises, and they don't use imported liquids or grapes at all. The views from the wine making facilities, restaurant, and garden are superb. The restaurant presents a range of Hokkaido sourced ingredients, and their seafood, vegetables, fruit, and meat are all fresh and top-quality. Lunch and dinner course menus change with the seasons. Of course, their wine is also outstanding. The winery is open year-round except for the New Year's holiday. The restaurant is closed on Thursday.
  • 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.

    Hokkaido Wine is the largest wine maker in Hokkaido with its headquarters in Otaru. They say they only use grapes harvested in Hokkaido for their wine. This is rare since many Japanese wine makers...

  • Kamaei
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 3-7
  • Otaru Beer
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Minatomachi 5-4

    If you can, I'd highly recommend going during the Oktoberfest at the end of September. I had gone once during a regular Saturday, and it was fine. But the atmosphere during the OKTOBERFEST is...

  • Otaru Beer
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Zenibako 3-chome 263-19
  • Umiurokomaru beer
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Takashima 1-chome 8-16
  • Kyoku i Tanaka Sake Brewing
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 3-chome 2-5
  • Yama Futa Watanabe
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Inaho 4-chome 6-1
  • Kita no Homare Brewery
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Okusawa 1-chome 21-15
  • Yukinohanashuzou
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    Hokkaido Otaru City Masakae1-8-1
  • kitaichigarasu kengakugarasu Work
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 6-7

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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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