Fundokin Soy Sauce Factory フンドーキン醤油 工場見学
A behind-the-scenes look at how to make Japan's favorite condiment
Designed to explain and demonstrate how to manufacture soy sauce, this factory tour lasts about 60 minutes and will show you the key stages of the process.
- The chance to uncover the ancient art of making soy sauce at one of the few factory tours available
- The sights, smells and sounds of soy sauce production
- Insight from the guides on the secrets of making a delicious soy sauce
How to Get There
Nearby Oita Station is served by the Kyudai, Hohi and Nippo Main Lines of Kyushu's train network.
From Oita Station, Fundokin Shoyu Factory is a 40-minute ride by car or taxi.
Find out the secrets of making this popular Japanese condiment and visit the site where a Guinness World Record was made. Oita Shoyu Cooperative in Usuki City won the Guinness World Record in 2002 for creating the world's largest wooden barrel, measuring nine meters in height and diameter, with a capacity of 540,000 liters.
Taking a tour
Tours are available for individuals or groups from Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can make a reservation by phone and then confirm by fax (in Japanese). Tours are conducted in Japanese, so it's best to go with a Japanese-speaking guide. It may not be possible to view all parts of the factory depending on the manufacturing status or machine maintenance.