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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?)
In addition to cookies, they produce other things like cakes and sugar crafts.
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.
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!
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.
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…
You can actually enter these Wendy houses, if you can squeeze yourself in.
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!
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!