Hokkaido Shoyu Company
The Hokkaido Shoyu Company has produced soy sauce since the Meiji Period. Take the factory tour to experience the soy sauce brewing process through historical materials and the aroma of malt.
Hokkaido Shoyu is the soy sauce manufacturing division of Fukuyama Jyozo Co., Ltd., which is well known for its “Tomoe” logo. The company began as a shipping agent in Fukui Prefecture and sold products from various areas all over Japan. It took note, however, of Hokkaido’s high quality soybeans, and started soy sauce manufacturing in Sapporo in 1891. In 1918, the current factory was built in Naebo. Since then, it has continually produced soy sauce using subsoil water from the Ishikari River. Factory tour takers are first shown a video that introduces the factory then taken to a room with displays of old tools and other historical materials related to the soy sauce making process. Then, they are shown the entire process from as they move through the factory, which is filled with the fragrant aroma of malt. It’s a unique opportunity to experience a small, local factory.