Of course, most of the milk you see in Hokkaido is locally produced and is fresh and delicious. Here are some recommended Hokkaido dairy products from local manufacturers you’ll definitely want to try when you come to Hokkaido!

High-quality milk is synonymous with Hokkaido!

Hokkaido is a “dairy kingdom” that produces about 4 million tons of milk each year — 55% of Japan’s annual production of 7.3 million tons (FY2018 “Milk Dairy Products Statistics,” Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Statistics Department).

For dairy cows, who like a cooler climate, Hokkaido’s vast fields are a paradise and top quality milk is produced by the tireless efforts of the dairy workers.

1. Betsukai Milk Shop-san (Betsukai Nyugyo Kousha)

■ Milk: Betsukai Nyugyo Kousha’s “Betsukai Milk Shop-san”
The town of Betsukai is located in eastern Hokkaido, between the Nemuro and Shiretoko peninsulas. With its wide-open spaces and cool climate, the region’s 100,000 dairy cows form the highest concentration in Japan and produce the country’s greatest volume of milk.

Betsukai Milk is a “milk shop for townspeople” that produces milk, cheese, and other dairy goods. The standard “Betsukai Milk Shop-san” is sterilized at a relatively low temperature of 90°C for 30 seconds, so you can enjoy a refreshing taste that is very close to that of fresh unprocessed milk. In addition to cartons, it can also be found packaged in triangular Tetra Paks (180ml), but they are rare.

● Pricing varies
● Available at Coop Sapporo Betsukai, Fukuhara, A-Coop, Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza, New Chitose Airport, etc.

Another recommendation!

■ Milk drink with coffee: “Betsukai Coffee Shop-san” is “Betsukai Milk Shop-san” with a strong coffee flavor added. It’s moderately sweet with a refreshing aftertaste.

● Pricing varies
● Available at Coop Sapporo Betsukai, Fukuhara, A-Coop, Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza, New Chitose Airport, etc.

Betsukai Nyugyo Kousha
TEL: 0153-75-2160

2. Specialty Yotsuba Milk (Yotsuba Milk Products Co., Ltd.)

■ Milk: “Specialty Yotsuba Milk” from Yotsuba Milk Products Co., Ltd.
Yotsuba Milk Products Co., Ltd. was established in 1967 by eight agricultural cooperatives in the Tokachi area. Not only is it familiar to Hokkaido residents, but it’s also a major manufacturer of commercial dairy products, boasting a 25% share of the national market.

The main product, Specialty Yotsuba Milk, features a wide-mouthed cap for easy opening, pouring, and resealing. Specialty Yotsuba Milk uses only raw milk from Tokachi, …

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