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.
No, there were no oompa loompas sadly, but there was a little bit of magic behind this mandatory souvenir gift one would (still) 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.
The interior was dressed in rococo decor, with frilly dolls and porcelain teacups you would find in a Ghibli film.
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.
At first, I was a little skeptical 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.
Address: Miyanosawa 2-jo 2 chome, Nishi-ku, Sapporo
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm daily