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– Factory Tours in Kansai – Fun for Adults! Fun for Kids! A Great Rainy Day Activity!

19.12.2019

When you think of guided tours, what comes to mind? Field trips for school children perhaps…? There’s more to guided tours than that! Many tours can be enjoyed by adults too, you just have to know where to go. See how beer, sweets, and other food products are made, see money or newspapers on the press, and more! You can learn about your daily life and where all these products and foods come from while having a blast. It doesn’t need to be dull–or expensive. Some guided tours are even free!

So, what are the best guided tours in the Kansai area? Check it out below!

 

***- FOOD & DRINKS -***

You don’t have to just sit and watch–get hands-on. Can you make it as delicious as the pros?

 

1. CUPNOODLE museum

For Osaka, the CUPNOODLE museum will surely come to mind as a great place to start. We even introduced it in our blog in previously here:

 

2. Duskin Museum (OSAKA)

 

Established in 1963, Duskin is well known for creating a dust rag that can be used without water! Amazing, right? So why mention it in the “food and drink” section…?

In Japan when you want to get donuts. Where do you go? Mister Donuts of course! And whose the parent company of Mister Donuts… Duskin of course!

At the Duskin Museum, you can experience Mister Donuts like never before. Learn the history or try your hand at making your own donuts. You can try glazing donuts for yourself or, top donut holes with your favorite ingredients! (1 time / 200 JPY, no reservation necessary.)

・Mister Donuts Kitchen

Schedule 10:15~ or 14:00~ (2 times per day)
Time Needed Approx. 100 minutes
Suitable For Ages 6 and up. **Elementary school students (grades 1~3) must have adult supervision
Fee 600 JPY / person
Reservations http://www.duskin-museum.jp/reserve/


・Duskin Museum

Address 5-32 Yoshinocho, Suita, Osaka
 大阪府吹田市芳野町5-32
Hours  10:00~16:00 (Last Entry: 15:30)
Closed on Mondays, the beginning & end of the year.
*If a holiday falls on a Monday, then the next day will be closed instead.
Entrance Fee Free
Nearest Station  Esaka Station – Osaka Metro Midosuji Line – 10 min. on foot
Homepage http://www.duskin-museum.jp/top.html
Pamphlet (Available in English) http://www.duskin-museum.jp/leaflet/

 

3. Glico Pia (KOBE)

 

When you think of landmarks in Osaka of course the first thing that comes to mind is… the Glico man! But did you know that Glico’s factory is actually in Kobe? Not Osaka!

Pocky, Papico ice cream, Bitte chocolate…surely you’ve tried one (or all!) of these sweets before, right

So, take the chance to see where it’s made during your stay!

First of all, check out how Pocky and Pretz are made! You can see the mixing the ingredients all the way down to packaging the finished product: an assembly line of over 100 meters. After that try out “Digital Cooking” where you can make your own sweets in a game like atmosphere. But…surely you want to actually eat something too! In that case, head on over to make your own “Original Bisco” cookie. You can bring back the cookies make in an original package–a great souvenir that also makes for a tasty snack.

・Glico Pia Kobe Factory Tour (Reservation Required)

Available Times 10:00~, 11:00~, 13:00~, 14:00~, 15:00~
Time needed Approx. 80 minutes
Fee Free
How to Reserve https://www.glico.com/jp/enjoy/experience/glicopia/kobe/


・Experience Corner (Fee Required)

Time 2 times per day (10:00 and 13:00 tour groups ONLY)
Time Needed 70~80 minutes
Fees 1,500 JPY / 1 kit (serves 2 ppl.)
Suitable For  Ages 12 and up
 *Children aged 4~11 years old must have a guardian present
 *Children 0~3 not admitted
How to Reserve  Same day only


・Glico Pia Kobe

Address 7-1 Takatsukadai, Nishi-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
 兵庫県神戸市西区高塚台7丁目1番
Hours 09:30~16:30
 *Admission begins 20 minutes before the reservation time.
Time needed for the tour Approx. 80 minutes
*Time needed for the experience corner: approx. 70 minutes
Closed on Fridays, Obon Holidays, Beginning & End of the Year, Maintenance Days
Admission Fee Free
Nearest Station   Get off at Seishin-Chuo Station (Kobe Subway Line) ⇒ Take the Shinki Bus #12 and get off at Takatsukadai 1-Chome Station ⇒ 1 min. on foot
HP  https://www.glico.com/jp/enjoy/experience/glicopia/kobe/

 

4. Asahi Beer Suita Factory (OSAKA)

 

What do you prefer: Asahi? Kirin? Suntory? Beer, wine, Japanese sake… whatever it is, doesn’t going to the factory and getting to taste test sound like a great way to spend your vacation? Sorry kids, adults only!

Asahi was the first “Super Dry” beer made in Japan and furthermore the factory in Suita has a longstanding history of over 120 years! The birthplace of Asahi beer.

You can touch the hops, malt, and main raw materials; Observe the process for preparation, fermentation, and bottling; and at the end of the tour of course SAMPLE IT! You can try up to 3 cups during the 20 minute taste testing.

・Asahi Beer Factory Tour (Reservation Only)

Times 09:30~15:00
Time needed  Approx. 90 mins
Fee Free
Reservation Site https://factory.asahibeer.co.jp/reservation/?area=suita
**Reservations made on this website will be guided in Japanese. If you wish for a different language, please call directly: 06-6388-1943 between 09:00-17:00.


・Asahi Beer Suita Factory

Address  1-45 Nishinoshocho, Suita-shi, Osaka
 大阪府吹田市西の庄町1-45
Hours  9:00~17:00
Closed on Beginning & End of the Year and Other Designated Days
Admission Fee Free
Nearest Station  Suita Station – Tokaido Main Line (JR Kyoto Line) – Exit the East Ticket Gate (North Exit) – 10 min. on foot
Suita Station – Hankyu Senri Line – Exit the East Ticket Gate or West Ticket Gate – 10 min. on foot
Homepage https://www.asahibeer.co.jp/brewery/suita/


If whiskey is more your thing, check out our blog with all things Made in Japan! Learn about the Suntory Whisky Factory there~

 

***- OTHER FACTORY TOURS – ***

 

5. Japan Mint (OSAKA)

 

Japan Mint is famous for its cherry blossoms on the outside… but have you ever entered the building itself? In fact, have you ever had the chance to see where money was made in person?

In the Mint Museum, there are over 4,000 history exhibitions from all over the world. You can even see old coins that aren’t in use anymore–how much would they be worth today…

See the press in action: watch how money is made. Perhaps the most money you’ve ever seen all at once~~ Once the factory tour is over you can visit the Mint Museum or view the cherry blossom path. Note, however, that while inside the Mint Museum photography is prohibited except in certain areas.

・Factory Tour (Reservation Required)

Tour Days Monday~Friday
Tour Times 9:00, 10:00, 10:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:30
Time Needed 1 hr 30 min
Closed on Weekends and national holidays, December 28th~January 3rd, Maintenence Days, the days leading up to and during cherry blossom season, etc.
Reservation Site https://www4.mint.go.jp/plant-yoyaku/


・Mint Museum

Address 1-1-79 Temma, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
 大阪府大阪市北区天満1-1-79
Hours 9:30~16:45 
Closed on The 3rd Wednesday of the Month, the Beginning & End of the Year, Before & During Cherry Blossom Season
Admission Fee  Free
 **No reservation required for visiting the museum only.
Homepage https://www.mint.go.jp/category/eng

 

6. Expo ’70 Commemorative Park – The Tower of the Sun (OSAKA)

 

The Expo Memorial Park was built on the sit of the World Expo (Osaka Expo), held in 1970–for the first time in Asia. The Tower of the Sun was the center of it all and still stands here today, 50 years after the Expo! Starting last year, in 2018, you can now tour the inside of this historical landmark!

What do you imagine you’ll find inside…?

・Tower of the Sun Tour (Reservation Required)

Hours 10:00~17:00
Viewing Time Approx. 30 mins
Closed on Same as park closings.
 **Park closings: Every Wednesday. If a holiday falls on a Wednesday, then the following day will be closed instead.
 **Note: From Aprils 1st until Golden Week there are no closings and from October 1st to November 30th there are no closings.
Entrance Fee -Adults: 700 JPY
 -Children (7~15 years old): 300 JPY
 **Note there is a separate fee to enter the park area itself: 250 JPY for adults, 70 JPY for children
Reservation Site (English)  https://taiyounotou-expo70.jp/reserve-en/


・Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

Address Expo Park, Senri, Suita-shi, Osaka
 大阪府吹田市千里万博公園
Hours  9:30~17:00
Closed on Every Wednesday. If a holiday falls on a Wednesday, then the following day will be closed instead.
Admission Fee -Adults: 250 JPY
 -Children (7~15 years old): 70
Nearest Station  -Bampaku-Kinen-Koen Station – Osaka Monorail – 5 min. on foot
  -Koen Higashiguchi Station – Osaka Monorail – 5 min. on foot
Homepage https://www.expo70-park.jp/languages/english/

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