Fourth attraction on the Twinkle Bus Furano route.
Another popular tourist destination in Furano, especially well-known for its dairy products. Opened since 1983, this factory produces milk, butter and cheese, in various flavors - squid ink and red wine cheese are available for taste testing.
Located nearby is an ice milk factory which sells ice cream in a variety of flavours. Bought cheese, corn, pumpkin and melon sorbet ice cream for the family and all tasted reasonably good.
There is a pizza restaurant located within the same compound, if you are searching for other food options. Did pass by the restaurant and the food looked pretty tempting! However, we were only given limited time to tour this factory (20 mins) and had to give this restaurant a miss.
Given 20 mins for this attraction, we could only view the manufacturing line and exhibits in the factory and savour the ice milk. For those who are visiting the factory on their own, you can choose to join classes to learn how to handmade your own butter, ice-cream, bread and cheese are available (for a nominal fee). However, reservations for these classes are required up to 3 days in advance.
Classes information: http://www.furano-cheese.jp/cgi-bin/furano/siteup.cgi?category=5&page=0
Perk: 10% discount voucher for ice-cream purchase given to Twinkle Bus passengers. Single scoop cost 225 yen after discount.
Furano Cheese Factory 富良野芝士工房，富良野起司工房
Opening hours: 0900 - 1700 hrs (Apr - Oct), 0900 - 1600 hrs (Nov - Mar)
How to go there?
(1) Twinkle Bus Furano, makes a 20 mins stop at this attraction. Only available in Jun - Aug, weekends in Sep and Oct. Fee = 1000 yen.
(2) Furano Bus, for Furano Cheese Factory.
Only available in July and August. Fee = 150 yen (from Furano JR Station).
Refer to Furano Bus website for bus schedule (information only made available during summer period): http://www.cbnet.co.jp/furanobus/
(3) Twinkle Bus Furano Lavender Course, makes a 20 mins stop at this attraction.
One bus per day, departs from Furano JR Station at 1010 hrs. Bus service only in operation in July and August. Fee = 1500 yen.
Refer to JR Hokkaido website: http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/index.html