Take a Tour of the Yakult Factory in Japan for Free
Know exactly what goes inside this iconic little bottle!
Yakult Co., Ltd. Head Office (Hyogo Miki Factory)
1838-266 Nakao, Toda-aza, Shijimi-cho, Miki City, Hyogo Prefecture
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (reservation is required)
How to get there: Ride a taxi from Kobe Electric Railway Midorigaoka Station for 15 minutes.
There are so many things you can do in Japan without breaking the bank. For one, you can take a free tour of the Yakult Hyogo Miki Factory. Here, you can learn about Yakult's history and observe the production process of their key ingredients: Mirumiru and Sofuru.
With the factory's state-of-the-art facilities, kids and adults are sure to have fun while learning about the cultivation of Lactic acid bacterium strain Shirota, and how this lactobacillus works like magic inside our digestive system. Their Bacteria-learning Lab, which has interactive screens and microscopes for viewing the special strain of bacterium, is especially popular among children.
There are also lecture halls where you can engage in discussions about the efficacy of lactobacilli and the safety measures the company implements to make sure every bottle is safe to drink. You'll find out how strict they are with the specific amount of bacterium one drink should have.
Informative videos are played as well, including animated videos of probiotics and documentaries showing how other Yakult factories around Japan also have the same setup. What's even great is that you can drink Yakult while watching!
Another exciting part of the factory tour is observing the manufacturing lines of Mirumiru and Sofuru. Did you know that a one-way line is 160 meters long?
If ever you get tired from all the walking, there are special sofas along the tour route that you can sit on. Notice how these seats have the same kawaii Mirumiru design as the the walls at the entrance. You can also find pamphlets and wall exhibitions throughout the tour for more facts and trivia about Yakult and the factory.
At the end of the tour is a glass window showing how the products are finally being packed by a cutting-edge robot. It's amazing how this small machine can lift a heavy box so easily!
Guests are also given souvenir items created by recycling empty plastic bottles of Yakult. The ruler for kids is made from three Yakult bottles, while the bottle opener for adults is made from seven bottles.
A drink containing galacto-oligosaccharides, which adjust the condition of the stomach, can be bought from the vending machine on the first floor.
Please take note though that taking photos is not allowed inside the factory.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Kansai Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (4 December, 2017)