Royce’ Chocolate is a famous brand of chocolate in Hokkaido. Inside the airport, you could look in at the chocolate factory while you waited for your plane. Make sure that you are aware that in Japan, since it takes only about 5 minutes to get through security, you should not go through way in advance – all the fun stuff is before security in Japan!
Tempered chocolate being mixed.
The chocolate is then squirted into molds.
After being cooled in a cooling chamber, the chocolate is flipped out of the molds in one rapid motion.
A machine then grabs the molded chocolates and moves them to the next conveyer belt to get ready for packaging.
A woman in the back inspects the chocolate while a machine in the front packs them into boxes.
Large sized mold chocolates are made here. The machines in the back temper the chocolate, while the ones into the front spin the chocolate filled molds at a constant pace to create even, hollow chocolates.
A cute assortment of finished chocolates.
This is a bit unrelated, but there was a Doraemon area right after the chocolate factory. The cafe there served all Doraemon themed foods, such as these taiyaki (filled pancakes) and cappuccinos!
Well, that is all for the factory. My final post on Hokkaido will be food-related!