Chocolate factory tour in Sapporo, Hokkaido – Day 351

Our first full day in Hokkaido was first spent at Shiroi Koibito Park (White Lover) which is where one of Hokkaido’s most famous souvenirs is made!

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Ishiya, the name of the local chocolate company, set up this theme park in commemoration of their most popular product – the Shiroi Koibito cookie. This cookie is basically two butter thin biscuits with a wedge of white chocolate smooshed in between. So crispy, yet so gooey – you have to try one for yourself to see what I mean!

Cute railings outside the factory

Cute railings outside the factory

Since the weather forecast predicted rain all day, we thought going to this factory would be a good way to spend the day. It also wasn’t very far from our hotel (30mins) so it was very accessible.

For the factory tour, you have to pay 600 yen, but there are other parts of the park that are free such as the shop and some of the exhibitions. When we arrived, we had a quick look at the teacup exhibition.

Cute teacups

Cute teacups

Obviously, we do the best teacups!

No. 1 teatime country = UK

We then queued up for our tickets, where they give you a “passport” as a sign of entry and a free Shiroi Koibito Cookie! That already made my day! Every time you visit the park, you get your “passport” stamped and if you get more than 10 stamps then I think you get free membership to the park!

Fairly long queue for tickets

Fairly long queue for tickets

Passport and cookie!

Passport and cookie!

After we got our tickets, we wandered through the various halls. The factory has a very weird European feel about it. You’ll see what I mean by looking at the photos, but it didn’t feel like we were in Japan. We couldn’t quite place our finger on what European style it fitted since there was a real mix of decor, so it felt kind of odd.

Random water fountain inside

Random water fountain inside

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Lots of different styles of packaging

Lots of different styles of packaging

Halfway through the tour, you can see the actual production line of the Shiroi Koibito cookie! You can see that even the decor inside the production room is kinda unusual (maybe a bit crazy?)

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Crazy decor inside the production room....

Crazy decor inside the production room….

Look at all those cookies!!

Look at all those cookies!!

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In addition to cookies, they produce other things like cakes and sugar crafts.

Making sugar flowers

Making sugar flowers

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At the end of the production line viewing area, you enter the cafe/hands-on area. Here you can have a go at baking your own cookies/decorating them, or sit in the cafe and have some of their sweets. We wanted to sit and eat a parfait but the queue was so long. Luckily, the shop downstairs also sells the same desserts so we bought one at the end of the tour.

Kids waiting to bake some cookies

Kids waiting to bake some cookies

Before we hit the shop, there were all these other random exhibitions, such as a Gramophone Gallery and various famous statues. See if you recognise them!

Another random exhibition - Gramophones

Another random exhibition – Gramophones

This looks familiar, but I can't remember the name...

This looks familiar, but I can’t remember the name…

Me and Abe

Me and Abe

Astro boys!

Astro boys!

It was a bit crazy downstairs as they have so many different sweets and snacks you can buy, so everyone was all over the place. But we managed to find some seats and happily ate our parfaits.

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Yum!

Yum!

Outside they have lots of cute Wendy houses and all these different flowers like roses etc. It was a bit of a shame that it was drizzling but it was still pretty nonetheless. They have a really crazy clock tower where various mechanical dolls start singing and dancing every hour. A tad bit creepy I have to say…

Mechanical Clock Tower

Mechanical Clock Tower

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You can actually enter these Wendy houses, if you can squeeze yourself in.

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It didn’t say that only children could enter but I guess they are the only ones who can fit in. I wasn’t about to let my height nor age stop me, so I found a two storey Wendy House, and climbed inside. Boy was it small! For the second photo below, where my face is peeking outside the window, I was literally lying down on the second floor of that house. HAHA!

The biggest Wendy house in the park

The biggest Wendy house in the park

Very cramped inside...

Very cramped inside…

Just about managed to stick my face out the window!

Just about managed to stick my face out the window!

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Quick toilet trip before leaving – cute design

That’s it on Shiroi Koibito Park! I had a great time here and I would quite happily come back again. The smell of freshly baked biscuits and melted chocolate is something I could never get sick of (I used to work in a cupcake factory so I quite like the smell!) and it would be a nice place to visit when it’s not raining.

I will be doing a separate blog post on what I did after this tour, combining it with some photos taken on the other days we were here in Hokkaido!

Thank you for reading!

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One thought on “Chocolate factory tour in Sapporo, Hokkaido – Day 351

  1. This sounds like a perfect day, I adore shiroi koibito!

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