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Ishiya Chocolate Factory, Sapporo Japan

February 19, 2016

If there’s one thing better than the crunch of butter cookies, then it has to be visiting a factory where all the magic’s baked.

I finally location tagged-off Hokkaido during my last Japan trip and the iconic Ishiya factory was a mandatory pitstop to unveil Sapporo’s chocolatey pride; Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人) cookies, the flagship product of Ishiya company.

There were no oompa loompas sadly, but there was a little bit of magic behind this mandatory souvenir gift one would gladly receive from 80% of friends who visit Japan.

Setting aside the cooling weather, which makes any location instantly attractive to sunny-side Singaporeans, Shiroi Koibito Park is a gorgeous European-inspired theme park. Apart from the chocolate factory, it houses a rose garden, chocolate and collectibles museum, cafe and sweets shop.
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The interior was dressed in rococo decor, with frilly dolls and porcelain teacups you would find in a Ghibli film.

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Besides windows where visitors can observe the production process, there are chocolate-related exhibits to learn about how it was made in the olden days.
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Part of the Shiroi Koibito Park is a soccer field, the practice ground for “Consadole Sapporo”, the local J-League soccer team. There is also a small collection house about the team’s history.

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At first, I was a little sceptical about how this adorable cat would taste like because a lot of cute looking desserts just mask an awful recipe. But all my doubts melted away with the delightful taste of… Tiramisu! It’s one of my favourite desserts.

With my new Tiramisu cat, I headed out to the rose garden and enjoyed the last bit of it in a white glasshouse.
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Website: http://www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/english/

Address: Miyanosawa 2-jo 2 chome, Nishi-ku, Sapporo

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm daily

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