Japan Has a Chocolate Factory That Lets You Create Your Own Treats
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Yokohama Chocolate Factory & Museum
2/F Yokohama Daisekai, 97 Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
How to get there: It’s a 3-minute walk from Exit #3 of Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Tokyu Minatomirai Line.
The newly opened Yokohama Chocolate Factory & Museum located on the second floor of YOKOHAMA DAISEKAI in Yokohama Chinatown may be new, but it’s quickly gaining popularity because of its editor-at-large and director of product development, Hiroyuki Makino. He’s not just the grand chef of BABON patisserie in Yokohama City’s Aoba Ward; he’s also worked for two famous Tokyo patisseries: Mont St. Clair and Pierre Herme Paris.
While that’s certainly impressive, a closer look at the chocolate haven shows us that this is just the icing on the cake. Yokohama Chocolate Factory & Museum also lets you see, taste, and even create chocolates! Read on to find out more about this unique establishment.
Workshops are held periodically (reservations are needed) to make many kinds of chocolate, including the popular Artistic Rose.
Make chocolates of your own design with the help of patissiers, which you can also take them home with you.
There is also a café attached to the facility. Sweets and drinks made with freshly made chocolate are available here. You can also buy Instagrammable sweets such as Melty Moon Chocolate (¥1,058), a chocolate ball that reveals a special dessert when you pour hot chocolate on it.
Check out the shop with its original products.
With 7 Seas Chocolate bars (¥626), you can enjoy the combination of chocolate with ingredients that best represent different countries. For instance, you’ll get a maple ingredient for Canada and wasabi for Japan. There are also rare flavors like tomato for Italy, red pepper for Chile. There are also original chocolate sweets such as the artistic Flower Lettered Bonbon Chocolates (4 pieces for ¥1,425).
Provided by Japan WalkerTM, Yokohama WalkerTM, and WalkerplusTM (18 January 2018)