Hot Sightseeing Spot in Hokkaido! A Guide to Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park is a remarkable spot where visitors get to have fun in many different ways, such as tour the factory of Shiroi Koibito, the superb confectionery that represents Hokkaido, taste various delights and experience attractions. Below is a guide on Shiroi Koibito Park that is fast becoming a popular destination among foreign tourists, too.
1. What is Shiroi Koibito Park?
Shiroi Koibito Park is a sweets theme park, with the main attraction being a tour (with an admission fee) of the factory where they make Shiroi Koibito – Hokkaido’s representative sweet of white chocolate in between langues de chat cookies. Here, you can enjoy sweets and even experience (for a fee) making them. Meanwhile, the souvenir shop where you can visit for free will offer you the chance to create your own Shiroi Koibito tin bearing your own photo. This park is loaded with other spots that everyone from couples to families are sure to enjoy, such as the photogenic Rose Garden. A visit will take anywhere from around two hours to half a day. It is a popular, fun-filled destination in Hokkaido.
2. Go on a Tour and Have New Experiences!
Upon receipt of the “Shiroi Koibito Park Passport” (600 JPY (incl. tax)) at the ticket counter in the Entrepot Hall, head to the Factory Walk. You will be able to observe the production process of Shiroi Koibito sweets through the glass window. When the tour is over, how about creating a delicious memory of your own? In the sweets craft studio, children and adults can easily experience making cookies (972 JPY (incl. tax) per type of cookie). With such choices as the approximately 14cm heart-shaped cookies and the limited-edition painted cookies, you might have a hard time choosing what to make. Note that there are days when the courses are sold out, so it would be best to reserve in advance.
Enjoy the Free Area
At the Candy Labo in the Tudor House, guests are treated to performances by artisans making candies with fruit, letters, stripes and other designs. These colorful candies that look to good to eat are definitely recommended as souvenirs. Meanwhile, at the Old-Style Children’s Toy Box on the second floor, you can see such items as nostalgic tin toys that will surely please both children and adults.
3. Walk Around the Park!
The park, which has candy houses, and storybook homes, looks like something straight out of picture books. It is filled with roses in bloom during spring and lit up with a magical glow during winter. The Shiroi Koibito Railway (300 JPY for adults, runs only in winter) also runs inside the park, allowing guests to tour the park on a mini-train for about 10 minutes. Furthermore, it is fun to watch the Chocolate Carnival, a parade of dolls dancing to the music from the Sapporo Mechanical Clock at the top of every hour. There are many other attractions at this park. The Kid’s Town (admission fee required) that is open regardless of the weather is a superb attraction for guests with kids.
4. Enjoy the Sweets!
After enjoying a stroll through the park with the factory tour and the sweets-making experience, head to the Chocolate Lounge. Savor special sweets that you can only find here, such as the Shiroi Koibito Parfait (756 JPY (incl. tax)) that is an assortment of the famous products Shiroi Koibito and Shiroi Koibito soft-serve ice cream, and the Chocolate Drink (648 JPY (incl. tax)). There is a huge window in the lounge, and if you come at the right time, you will be able to see the Chocolate Carnival of the Sapporo Mechanical Clock up close. You can also enjoy sweets at the Soft-Serve Ice Cream House in the Rose Garden at the courtyard in the Free Area and at the Take-Out Corner on the first floor of the Tudor House.
5. Go Shopping
Shop Piccadilly, which sells souvenir sweets, is a place where you can buy the various sweets used in the Shiroi Koibito Parfait as souvenirs, just like the Shiroi Koibito (prices start at 576 JPY for a set of nine pieces (incl. tax)) that you watched being produced at the factory. Go for the original items, too, such as the Park Crispy Chocolate (1,080 JPY (incl. tax)) that is only available at the park.
At the Souvenir Shop Liberty that offers original park merchandise, there are many fun souvenirs to choose from, including T-shirts, and key holders that look exactly like a Shiroi Koibito. This is also the place where you can get the Shiroi Koibito Original Tin (prices start at 3,075 JPY (incl. tax)) with your favorite photo on the cover. You can use an image sent via e-mail or a developed photo (SD card and USB are not allowed). You will surely be satisfied with this complete souvenir shop.
6. Have Fun at the Events
Various events are held at this park throughout the year, including summer vacation events, Halloween and Christmas. Out of all the events here, however, the one that is definitely a must-see is the illumination show during winter that makes the Rose Garden glitter with an approximately 10m-tall tree and about 110,000 light bulbs. There are many other special events at this park, so make sure to check the event schedule before you come.
It may be a little far from the center of Sapporo City, but Shiroi Koibito Park is still a spot that is easy to visit since it only takes about 30 minutes by bus or subway from the city center. It is a fantastic place where families, couples and friends will get to enjoy a myriad of delights. So, make sure to visit this park where you are guaranteed to have half a day filled with fun.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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