TOUR PROGRAMS

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 fresh milk of Arigatou Farm to produce various kinds of cheese using traditional methods he learned in Europe. You can learn about cheesemaking and sample some of the cheese he produces.
Note: Depending on the work progress, you may not be able to go inside the factory.

Arigatou Farm is a free-range dairy farm, which means their cows are raised on open pastures for most of the year, a rarity for dairy farms in Hokkaido. Together with the owner Yuji Yoshikawa, you will take a walk across the vast pastures and enjoy the scenic views from the top of a hill. You can also join the herding of the cows for their afternoon milking, and see the milking process in the parlor.

At the Arigatou Farm family house, you can try your hand at making mozzarella cheese from cheese curds. You can eat it as is or with olive oil and black pepper. You can also enjoy the farm’s fresh milk.

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

Schedule

13:00 Meetup at Shiawase Cheese Factory
13:05 Shiawase Cheese Factory tour
13:25 Transfer to Arigatou Farm by car
13:30 Arigatou Farm walking tour, cow herding experience
14:45 Cheesemaking experience
16:00 Tour finish
Tour name Arigatou Farm Tour and Cheesemaking Experience
Area OBIHIRO / TOKACHI
Category NATURE FARM/INDUSTRY FOOD
Season SPRING SUMMER AUTUMN
Available period Early May to Late October 2022
Time 13:00-16:00 (3 hours)
Participants Minimum 2 persons, maximum 8 persons
Fee 2-3 persons: ¥7,000 per person
4-8 persons: ¥6,000 per person
(tax included)
Optional
Services
Transportation by bus or taxi (inquire for details)
Included
Services
・Guided tour of Shiawase Cheese Factory and Arigatou Farm
・Cheesemaking experience
・Tour insurance
Not included Transportation costs, 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.
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.
・Tours 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

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.
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.
K (Tokyo)