Translated by Allie
Jump Into A Fairytale World: Shiroi Koibito Park, Sapporo
Shiroi Koibito are a popular souvenir from Hokkaido, but did you know that there is a Shiroi Koibito factory and theme park located in Sapporo? This is a perfect place for kids of all ages to visit when traveling in Hokkaido.
Written by Mikako Utsunomiya
Image Courtesy of Shiroi Koibito Park
Have you ever heard of Shiroi Koibito? It is one of Hokkaido’s most famous sweets: a light sandwich cookie with a rich, white chocolate filling. Its name actually means "White Lover". Shiroi Koibito are not only famous as souvenirs in Japan, but have increasingly become popular with international travelers as well. But did you know that there is a Shiroi Koibito factory, offering factory tours, in Sapporo, Hokkaido? Or that within the factory site, there is a theme park known as Shiroi Koibito Park where children and adults can enjoy themselves?
Check Out Three Outdoor Attractions
Shiroi Koibito Park is divided into two areas: the large outdoor amusement facilities and the indoor factory tour facilities. To begin with, let's take a look at three of the recommended outdoor sites first.
1. The Sapporo Automaton Clock Tower (Gran Meister)
The Sapporo Automaton Clock Tower, or Gran Meister, stands as the symbol of this park. On the hour from the clock tower different characters come out to perform a parade known as the Chocolate Carnival for spectators. It's a must-see!
2. Shiroi Koibito Railway
Modeled after Benkeigo, the first steam locomotives to run in Hokkaido, the Shiroi Koibito Railroad (adults 300 yen, 12 and under 200 yen, 2 and under free) allows its passengers to take in the sights of the park in a wonderful 10 minute long trip along the railroad.
There are times when this train will not be available in the winter, so please keep this in mind when visiting.
3. Gulliver House
Within the grounds of the park there are many small houses, known as Gulliver Houses to see. These houses can freely be entered by anyone, but for adults, they may find that they can't enter without crouching down or even crawling, which will give them the marvelously strange feeling of being a giant.
Other than these fun attractions, there is also an English-style rose garden, cute candy houses, and a playhouse, where a fairytale about one day in the factory can be seen, as well as many other attractions.
Let’s Take a Factory Tour to See How Chocolates Are Manufactured
After having fun outside, let’s move onto the factory tour to see how Shiroi Koibito cookies are made.
The factory field trip (Factory Walk) requires an admission ticket (600 yen for high school and up, 200 yen for junior high and under, free for ages 3 and under), which will enable you to enter the building and receive their 'entry passport', which has a map of the factory facilities and explanations of the factory inside.
And by taking part in this tour, you can also try samples of Shiroi Koibito cookies, so please take part in this fun tour and enjoy some cookies.
After walking through a passageway, you will arrive in the factory. Here you will discover that you are actually looking down on the factory floor, where you can watch as the cookies are made right before your eyes. You will soon be able to understand just how the cookies are made.
And, you should take a look around at the interior of the factory itself while you're there; the dreamlike cute design is something you'll quickly become aware of.
How About Making Your Own Cookies to Remember Your Trip By?
There are two courses to choose from, one where you can decorate a freshly baked cookie with chocolate, or one where you learn to make the cookies as well. If you would like to take part in either course, you will need to make a reservation in advance, so please fill in the form below for the course you are interested in.
Japanese: Shiroi Koibito Online Reservation
English: Shiroi Koibito Online Reservation
Sweets and Goods You Can only Find in This Park
The Soft Cream House (soft service ice cream) and Chocolate Lounge are two places where you can take a break and enjoy something sweet while at the park.
We recommend trying the Shiroi Koibito Soft Serve Ice Cream (300 yen), which is a soft serve cone blending together white and black chocolate flavored ice cream; this is a very popular treat here.
In the souvenir corner, not only can you buy the famous cookies, but you can also find Shiroi Koibito goods that aren't sold anywhere else, as well as many other amazing sweets to choose from.
The Shiroi Koibito Park is packed with attractions and experiences that you just cannot find anywhere else. You're sure to lose yourself in the many fun things to do and see in this charming park!
Shiroi Koibito Park
Address: Hokkaido, Sapporo, Nishi, Miyanosawa 2-2-11-36
Hours: 09:00-18:00 (last entry 17:00) *Shops are open from 9:00 to 19:00
Closed: Open all year around
Accepted Credit Cards: VISA, Master, JCB, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MUFG, DC、UFJ, NICOS, HOKUSEN, China UnionPay
Languages: pamphlets are available in English, Chinese (Traditional, simplified) and Thai. Staffs who can speak Chinese
Menus in Other Languages: English
Nearest Station: Miyanosawa Station, Sapporo Subway Tōzai Line
Access: 7 minute walk from Exit 5 of Miyanosawa Station
Price: (Factory Tour) 600 yen (high school to adult) 200 yen (Junior high school and under) Free (Ages 3 and younger)
Phone Number: +81-11-666-1481
Website: Shiroi Koibito Park