A must visit for miso lovers
Miso is a fermented food made from two basic ingredients, soy and salt, and is considered an essential condiment for Japanese cuisine. Rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, miso is a traditional Japanese spice widely used in traditional and modern cuisine.
Hatcho Miso is the oldest existing manufacturer in Japan and has operated continuously since 1337. (Ha – means 8, and Cho – means 1 block) Hat-cho means the miso factory was built 8 blocks from Okazaki Castle.
Hatcho miso is a red miso variety made from soybeans, known for its rich, dense flavor and relatively low salt content compared to some rice-based miso varieties.
Hatcho Miso offers free tours of its factory where you can observe and learn how miso is traditionally made and you don’t need to make a reservation.
The tour takes place every half hour on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 16:00. The day of the week happens every 1 hour.
The first thing to do is go to the reception and retrieve the registration form, where the start time will be written.
You do not need to fill out the form unless you want to receive information from the company.
But don’t throw it away because you could win a miso pack after the tour.
There is a Japanese guide who takes us to know the museum and the company’s history. The museum has a section that describes the traditional manufacturing process using the full-size mannequin, and you can also see rows of gigantic miso barrels with stones piled up like pyramids on top that are used to make miso.
And in the museum you can see not only tools for making miso, but also old kimonos that were used when the owner brought freshly made miso to carry in Okazaki Castle. At the end of the tour, we had 3 types of tastings; Fazcho-miso soup, Akashi Miso soup and Konjac soup with haccho-miso sauce (can change according to the day).
This visit and tasting lasts almost an hour and is free. After the visit, we went to their restaurant, where we were able to sample a number of famous and Nagoya dishes.
After the tour, you can get 2 free packages of your miso to take home and also try the miso soups.
They also have a cafeteria where you can try the incomprehensible variety of miso related pastas, sauces and snacks (nuts, crackers and biscuits). There are also miso ice creams available for 400 yen and restaurants that serve food with their miso hatco.
Visit and experience Japan’s most famous Miso, located in Okazaki City.
Aichi-ken Okazaki-shi Haccho, Okan-dori 52