The Furano Cheese Factory (富良野チーズ工房, Furano Cheese Kōbō) lets visitors observe the production process of the local camembert type cheese from behind windows. Cheese samples, including those of a black cheese colored by squid ink, can be tasted in the factory shop.
Besides the cheese factory, there is also an ice cream parlor ("ice cream factory") and a pizzeria ("pizza factory"), as well as hands-on workshops for making butter, ice cream, bread and cheese. Workshops start at fixed times during the day. Advance reservations are not required except for the bread workshop.
Get There and Around
The cheese factory can be reached in a five minute taxi or car ride from Furano Station.
During summer (June 28 to August 10, 2014) the cheese factory is served by the red line of the Furano Kururu Bus, a loop line for tourists which connects Furano Station with some of the town's sights four times per day. The fare is 1000 yen for two calendar days of unlimited use.
The cheese factory also gets visited by the Twinkle Bus Furano sightseeing bus, which covers various sights around Furano (4 hours, 1500 yen, one bus daily from June 28 to August 17 and on weekends from June 7 to 22 and from late August to mid October 2014) and the Twinkle Bus Furano "Lavender Course" sightseeing bus, which runs from Asahikawa to Furano (3.5 hours, 1500 yen, one bus daily from June 28 to August 31, 2014).
Reservations for the Twinkle Bus are mandatory and can be made at JR railway stations across Hokkaido.