Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
After spending an amazing day (and night) at Shirakabako (白樺湖) in Nagano Prefecture, we were heading home. On the way back, just less than an hour from our hotel, we made a stop at Chateraise Hakashu Factory (シャトレーゼ白州工場), which is located in the middle of the forest in Yamanashi Prefecture. We saw it on the TV that they offer eat-all-you-can ice creams to whoever that come for their self-guided factory tour (工場見学). An offer we cannot refuse! LOLSince we visited the factory during the summer holidays, there was a lot of cars waiting in line just to enter the factory parking area! Surprisingly, it only took us less than 10 minutes and we were able to park our car.
The tour was pretty much self-guided, just reading information on wall displays, looking at machineries through glass panels… I am pretty sure everyone was there for the free ice creams. I know we were! And we were not disappointed at all, they were DELICIOUS! However, despite our ambitious appetites, we were not able to eat plenty. The kids and I only managed to chow down one each, daddy had two. SIGH, felt like a loser! LOL
If you do pass by the factory, you gotta try the ice creams! Highly recommended the Tai-Yaki one!