Hatcho Miso Factory Tour

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High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, miso is a traditional Japanese paste-like seasoning used widely in both traditional and modern cooking.

Maruya Hatcho Miso is the oldest existing Hatcho miso maker 八丁味噌 in Japan and has been operating continuously since 1337. Hatcho miso draws its name from its proximity to Okazaki Castle -“Hatcho” refers to the fact that the miso factory was 8 blocks from the castle (“ha” meaning 8, and “cho” meaning one city block). Hatcho miso is a variety of red miso made from soy, renowned for its dense, rich flavour and relatively low salt content compared with some varieties of rice-based miso.

Maruya Hatcho Miso offers free tours of their small factory where you can observe and learn how miso is traditionally made. Visitors will also have the chance to sample some of the miso and buy some in the factory shop to take home.

  • Admission: Free
  • Open:9:00 to 16:30; closed at New Year
    • The guided tour is offered in Japanese (but basic English is OK) and takes approximately 30 minutes. There is also an English guide book.
  • Reservations are required only for groups (one day before the tour)
    • Reservation number: Tel. 0564-22-0222 (Japanese only)  Fax. 0564-23-0172 (English OK)
  • Access: A 1 minute walk from Meitetsu Okazaki-koen-mae Station岡崎公園前or Aichi Kanjo Railway Nakaokazaki Station中岡崎駅. A limited number of free parking spaces are also available.
  • Address: Okan-dori 52, Haccho, Okazaki City  岡崎市八帖往環通52
  • Website: http://www.8miso.co.jp/english.html

 


 


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