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 in Ashoro Town. You can take a walk across the vast pastures, see the milking of the cows, 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 in the grounds of Arigatou Farm. Owned by Sachio Honma, he uses the fresh milk of Arigatou Farm to produce various kinds of cheese using traditional methods he learned in France. 

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. The owner Yuji Yoshikawa will guide you around the farm. You can take a walk across the vast pastures and enjoy a view from the top of a hill. You can also see the herding and milking of the cows.

At the farm 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 Arigatou Farm main house, Shiawase Cheese Factory tour
13:30 Arigatou Farm walking tour
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 1 May 2019 to 30 November 2019 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)
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
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
Things to bring Comfortable clothes and shoes for walking
Meetup Location

Arigatou Farm main house
Address: Mokitoushi 98-4, 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.
Notes ・Please reserve at least 7 days in advance.
・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