CHEESEMAKERS in JAPAN

Throughout Japan there are an incredible number of artisan cheese producers making their products by hand. Explore below as cheesemakers are organized from North to South by region. 

 
 

Hokkaido

Kyodogakusha - Shintoku

High quality cheese made on biodynamic farm. What is special about this cheese is how Japanese ingredients are regularly integrated into the recipe of the cheese. Kyodogakusha produces a full array of hard, washed-rind, bloomy rind and soft cheeses.

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Handa Farm - Tokachi

Farmstead cheeses are made at Handa Farm with cows raised on the same land. Most cheeses are of the hard type and are named after different kinds of grasses. Each of these cheeses has variations with the cheeses aged in unique Japanese ingredients. 

 Picture from Tokachi Millennium Forest's Facebook page

Picture from Tokachi Millennium Forest's Facebook page

Ran Ran Farm at Tokachi Millennium Forest - Tokachi

In Eastern Hokkaido against the Hidaka Mountain Range, the Tokachi Millennium Forest was established as a carbon offset with expansive gardens and landscape designed areas. One part of the Tokachi Millennium Forest is RanRan Farm, with 150-200 free-grazing Saanen goats that provide the milk for their line of goat cheeses.

 

Niseko Cheese Factory - Niseko

Tokachi Fromages - Tokachi

Fattoria Bio - Sapporo

NEEDS Cheese Factory - Tokachi

Furano Cheese Factory - Furano

Ise Farm - Asahikawa

Chikap - Nemuro

Adonai - Okhotsk

Oguri Farm Cheese - Yakumo

Rakukeisha - Shiranuka


TOHOKU

Aomori - Akita - Iwate - Yamagata - Miyage - Fukushima

 

CHUBU

Aichi - Shizuoka - Gifu - Niigata - Nagano - Yamanashi - Toyama - Ishikawa - Fukui

Atelier de Fromage - Nagano

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Ferme Shimizu - Nagano

Nagato Farm - Nagano


Kanto

Tokyo - Kangawa - Chiba - Saitama - Gunma - Tochigi - Ibaraki

Ibushi-An - Tokyo

Shibuya Cheese Stand - Tokyo

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Vilmilk - Gunma

In the mountains of Gunma, an hour on the bullet train northwest of Tokyo, is a Brazilian cheesemaker named Vilmar. After immigrating to Japan he started making cheese from his home country to share with the Japanese. 

Amatani Cheese Factory - Tochigi


kinki

Kyoto - Osaka - Nara - Hyogo - Shiga - Wakayama - Mie

 

chugoku

Okayama - Hiroshima - Yamaguchi - Tottori - Shimane

 

shikoku

Kagawa - Ehime - Kochi - Tokushima

Daigo Cheese Factory - Ehime

 

kyushu & Okinawa

Fukuoka - Saga - Nagasaki - Kumamoto - Oita - Miyazaki - Kagoshima - Okinawa

Yufuin Cheese Factory - Oita