Sapporo City and Ishiya Shiroi Koibito Park 白い恋人パーク
Hokkaido is such a picturesque part of Japan and although it is world famous for it's winter activities and snow festival, the weather in summer was absolutely perfect - warm but not too humid weather in the mid 20's (celcius). Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and also Japan's fifth largest city.
It's an easy city to walk around and see the various sites around the city.
Former Hokkaido Government office
This American neo-baroque style building, also known as the red brick office, was constructed in 1888 and used for around 80 years until the new government office was built.
The Sapporo clock tower is a short walk from the government office, but unfortunately it was being refurbished during my visit in July 2018, so we weren't able to see it.
Next stop was the Shiroi Koibito Park, which is a 16 minute train ride from Odori Station on the Tozai Line to Miyanosawa Station, plus a short 8 minute walk.
The park houses the Shiroi Koibito factory where the famous Shiroi Koibito (white chocolate lovers) cookies are produced. The park usually consists of a free area where the shops, cafe and restaurants are. There is also a paid area with chocolate exhibits and viewing of the production line. However, during our visit, the factory was closed as it is being refurbished until mid 2019. This meant that entry to the park was free since we weren't able to see the production line.
Shiroi Koibito Park
We stop by the cafe to relax and enjoy some afternoon tea. There's no shortage of sweet treats on the menu, with mostly parfaits, tea sets and chocolate based drinks.
Shiroi Koibito Park The Chocolate Lounge cafe
Shiroi Koibito parfait
View from the cafe
Shiroi Koibito parfait
I go with the classic choice of the Shiroi Koibito parfait which comes with a mix of chocolate and vanilla soft serve ice cream made from Hokkaido milk, topped with berries and two of the famous Shiroi Koibito cookies.
Interestingly enough, this was actually an iced chocolate even though it looks more like a parfait with the addition of corn flakes and a general portion of whipped cream.
After finishing our afternoon tea, we walked around the chocolate exhibitions. It didn't take us long since some of it was closed for renovations.
There's was also a nice outdoor area with plenty of cutesy photo opportunities and flowers everywhere.
The mechanical clock tower plays a song with the little characters coming out to perform a parade.
Shiroi Koibito Park website: http://www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/english/