I love chocolate, I think most people do! And, I found an amazing place to feed my chocolate addiction in Sapporo. A real working chocolate factory – Ishiya Chocolate Factory, that even lets you try your hand at making your own cookies!
The Shiroi Koibito Park is more than just the Ishiya Chocolate Factory. The whole spot is made to look like a collection of old fashioned European buildings, surrounded by beautiful gardens. As you enter, you step foot into a living museum. A history of the making of chocolate, alongside workers creating packs of delicious biscuits. Alongside all this chocolate, the museum also has an interesting number of side attractions that one wouldn’t really expect to see in a museum all about chocolate!
These interesting side exhibits include a number of life-size models of famous people such as Abraham Lincoln (pictured above), a grammar phone room, nostalgic toys display, and a selection of children’s playhouses! As strange as it all sounds, the whole experience is great fun, and very interesting – even if you’re not sure why its all been put together.
The highlight of this museum, though, is the Cookie Craft Studio. In here, you get the opportunity to decorate your very own delicious cookies! The sessions are held regularly throughout the day, so you don’t need to rush up here to join in. Prices vary between activities but are pretty cheap. You pay for one cookie and one chocolate pen you can use to decorate. If you want, there is also the option to buy more colours of chocolate pens (you start with just a white colour) for around 100 yen each. The pens are really easy to use, and you can still get a great design with just the one pen. They even let you package your cookie yourself in a lovely designed box from the factory itself!
The factory is very easy to get to from Sapporo station. You can take the subway Tozai line to Miyanosawa station (approx. 20 mins). You can also take the bus from JR Sapporo Bus Terminal (Otaru direction), which also takes about 20 minutes.
So, what are you waiting for chocolate lovers? If you’re in Japan or traveling here shortly, be sure to include Sapporo and this amazing chocolate factory into your itinerary!