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, join the herding of the cows, see the 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 they produce.
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 a scenic view 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.
|13:00||Meetup at Arigatou Farm family house, Shiawase Cheese Factory tour|
|13:30||Arigatou Farm tour, cow herding, etc.|