Shiroi Koibito Park
Heaps of delicious treats and old-world charm can be found in the heart of Sapporo at Shiroi Koibito Park. Shiroi Koibito is the name of a famous European-style biscuit manufactured in Hokkaido. It’s thin “langue-de-chat” cookie is baked until the edges turn brown, with white chocolate sandwiched between the two crispy biscuits. Nestled between Tudor-inspired buildings and a beautiful rose garden whose flowers are tailored to the seasons, there’s way more to do than just buy cookies.
Of course, cookies may well be all you’re interested in (be honest here). The Shiroi Koibito Park gives visitors the chance to make your own cookies, which you can bake and decorate yourself if you take the factory tour (¥1,600 including the costs of making your own cookie). There are several different styles of cookie to make: from giant, heart-shaped cookies to ones that look like Hokkaido. Customize your cookies by writing your own messages on them — a perfect present for a special someone!
On site are five different food shops. The Chocolate Lounge on the fourth floor has an impressive range of parfaits, complete with real English antique furniture. How’s that for a fancy afternoon tea? You can also keep it classy by visiting the Old Style Children’s Toy Box, an exhibition that focuses on children’s playthings from the Meiji period. There’s also a ridiculously cute, mini-locomotive ride for just ¥300 that will you take you on a 10-minute picturesque journey around Shiroi Koibito Park! Definitely recommend for those traveling around Hokkaido during February as it makes a fantastic detour from the snow festival or an added touch of romance over Valentine’s Day.