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Q: What are the things which we must see, taste and experience to create a truly sweet experience of Shiroi Koibito Park - home to the Shiroi Koibito Factory?
A: Chocolates, it’s a sinful indulgence! This popular chocolate brand of Japan is famous for the flagship Shiroi Koibito cookies. It’s made of delicious white chocolate sandwiched in between two delicately soft butter cookies. These cookies are the best souvenirs from Sapporo. And instead of getting them from the outlets all over the city, we headed off to check out the very place of its origin — the Shiroi Koibito Park. Shiroi Koibito literally means “white lover”, it’s a fantastic park based on the ideals of deliciousness, fun and stories of sweets from a bygone era in Hokkaido. The park is just a 10-minute walk from the Miyanosawa station on the Tozai subway line. Here, you can find a Japanese version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
Though known worldwide for its iconic European-style cookies, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it houses the Shiroi Koibito Factory where this well-known Hokkaido confectionery is produced. The park also has a cafe where you can savor Ishiya’s original sweets, a Cookiecraft Studio, a magical clock tower, a toy exhibition room and the Rose Garden. A visit to the Shiroi Koibito Park shouldn't leave out a tasting of the wonderful confectionery produced here. These cookies are the best souvenirs from Sapporo.
Admission to the theme park is free itself. Access to this park and the shops inside was free. Entry to the actual museum and the factory walkthrough was ¥600. Also, you can register for the various cookie-making courses held throughout the day. We have made some deliciously wonderful memories from this chocolaty wonderland as we could see the various parts of chocolate making in process. There were so many batches of the chocolate cookies processed, lined, sorted and packaged by the machineries under the supervision of the workers.
We found there's more to this park than just chocolate. There was dedicated section for a collection of toys from around the world while on another side there was a music room that showcased many record collections. So, hey all the kids and adult out there, you can't really miss visiting this place now, can you?
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HokkaidÅ, Sapporo-shi, Nishi-ku, Miyanosawa 2 JÅ, 2 Chome−11−36
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