There are quite a few tourist traps in Sapporo, but perhaps the biggest one of all is the Chocolate Factory, catered especially for the mass Chinese tourist crowds. It’s run by Ishiya, a local chocolate company, that has devised a brilliant theme park like attraction around its chocolate. I’ve visited two other such disasters, the Hershey Chocolate Works, and the so called Chocolate Museum in Cologne Germany. I have no excuse other than that, well, it’s chocolate, and so even if it’s a tourist trap, you just might eat some commercial mass-produced chocolate to get the sugar running in your veins.

 

Let’s go in…

 

Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo

Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo

Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo

 

There’s, well, shopping…

 

Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo

 

Especially targeted at the enthusiastic kids…

 

Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo

 

With various funky attractions that have nothing to do with chocolate…

 

Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo

 

But, then, there’s the chocolate tour, where you get to see chocolate production in action…

 

Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo

 

And learn about the history of chocolate through some fairly advanced exhibitions…

 

Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo

 

With endless offerings of all sorts of things that are somehow in some world related to chocolate…

 

Shiroi Koibito Park & chocolate factory : Sapporo

 

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I’d say, stay away, unless you have way too much time on your hands in Sapporo, or just can’t resist over-commercialized mass-produced chocolate related attractions.



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