Arigatou Farm Tour and Cheesemaking Experience

In this tour, you will visit the Shiawase Cheese Factory and Arigatou Farm, a free-range dairy farm located in Ashoro Town. You can take a walk across the vast pastures, experience the herding of the cows, watching the cattle milking process, and try your hand at making mozzarella cheese. It’s a great way to experience daily life in a dairy farm.

Shiawase Cheese Factory is a small factory situated in the grounds of Arigatou Farm. Operated by Sachio Honma, he uses the raw milk of Arigatou Farm to produce various kinds of cheese using traditional methods he learned in Europe. You can learn about their cheesemaking process and even buy their cheese products.
Note: Depending on the current work of the factory, you may be unable to take a look inside.

Afterwards, you can enjoy a cheese sandwich and a cup of coffee while admiring the view at the terrace. The baguette sandwich is filled with the factory’s famous Sachi cheese, which was awarded in the Japan Cheese Awards 2020 and the World Cheese Awards 2022.

You will then move to Arigatou Farm, a free-range dairy farm which raises their cows on open pastures for most of the year (a rarity for dairy farms in Hokkaido). You will first visit the family house where you can try your hand at making mozzarella cheese from cheese curds. You can eat it as is or seasoned with olive oil and black pepper. You can also enjoy the farm’s fresh milk.

After the cheesemaking experience, the farm owner Yuji Yoshikawa will take you on a walk across the vast pastures to enjoy the scenic views from the top of a hill. You can then join the herding of the cows for their afternoon milking and watch the farm’s milking process in the milking parlor.

Note: All images are for illustration purposes only. Your actual experience may vary.


13:00 Meetup at Shiawase Cheese Factory
13:05 Shiawase Cheese Factory tour, cheese sandwich and coffee break
13:25 Move to Arigatou Farm by car
13:30 Arigatou Farm cheesemaking experience
14:45 Arigatou Farm scenic walk, cow herding experience, milking parlor observation
16:00 Tour finish
Tour name Arigatou Farm Tour and Cheesemaking Experience
Available period Late May to Late September 2024
Time 13:00-16:00 (3 hours)
Participants Minimum 2 persons, maximum 8 persons
Fee ¥8,500 per person (tax included)
Guide fee, cheese sandwich, coffee, cheesemaking activity fee, tour insurance
Not included Transportation to and from the venue, personal expenses
Things to bring Comfortable clothes and shoes for walking (rain gear and rubber boots for rainy weather)
※You will be asked to wear plastic shoe covers during the farm walking tour.
※Please prepare cash if you wish to purchase cheese etc. at the Shiawase Cheese Factory.
Meetup Location

Shiawase Cheese Factory
Address: Mokitoushi 141-4, Ashoro-cho, Ashoro-gun, Hokkaido
Access: From the Doto Expressway, exit at Ashoro IC and take National Route 242 northward for around 8 kilometers, then turn left at Hokkaido Route 663 and follow the road for around 9 kilometers.
Mapcode: 481 821 348*47
Notes ・Please reserve at least 7 days in advance.
・Depending on the circumstances of the farm, we may not be able to accommodate your preferred tour date.
・The areas of the dairy farm you are allowed to visit may vary depending on your country of residence or travel route to Japan. This is a measure to prevent the infection of FMD and other livestock diseases. To confirm your situation, we may ask you to present your passport at the start of the tour.
・The tour may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

Cancellation Fee:
・2 or more days before the tour date: full refund
・1 day before the tour date: 40% of the tour fare
・On the day of the tour prior to the start time: 50% of the tour fare
・No show: 100% of the tour fare

Reviews of the Tour

Super fun and unique experience
It was a super fun and unique experience and was beyond impressed with the attention to detail to make our experience as enjoyable as possible. Our English speaking guide was also a great guide with extensive knowledge about the farm, its people as well as being able to be our translator. Which is a big help since we don’t speak Japanese. It’s quite rare as well to be able to do these activities even in other countries!
Aug 2023 by G (Singapore)
Thank you for the wonderful tour
It was great to be able to ask questions and talk freely with the farm staff and tour guides. It was not just passive sightseeing, but learning through actual experience. It was also stimulating and informative for all five senses. A truly great experience.
Sep 2019 by S (Tokyo)
A precious and satisfying experience
I deepened my knowledge of dairy farms and cheesemaking, especially since we were able to ask questions individually to the staff. Seeing the cow herding, cow milking, and the cheese factory up close was a very educational experience for me.
Sep 2019 by K (Tokyo)