Yummy Factory Tour at Mentai Park Kobe Sanda

mentai park kobe sanda

Yo! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I am going to share our trip to Mentai Park Kobe Sanda this time.

About Mentai Park Kobe Sanda

Meintaiko is salted roe of Alaska Pollock (great combination with rice). Mentai Park Kobe Sanda is actually a part of a Mentaiko factory where we can take a look at how it is being processed.

Mentai Park Kobe Sanda



1-7-1 Akamatsudai, Kita ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture


There are free buses from the JR Sanda Station.

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Note: This schedule above is as of 2017 January.




Business Hours

Store: 9:00〜18:00
Factory: 9:00〜17:00


Check out Mentai Park Kobe Sanda official website here. (in Japanese only)


Enter Mentai Park Kobe Sanda

As you step in to the building, Mentaiko class begins. It’s quite informative and educational.

Mentai Park Kobe Sanda
Different types of cod.



The path is quite short actually. Anyway let’s take a look. It really got me hungry though!

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Sample time. Yeeey! I looked forward to it badly. Go pick a piece of Mentaiko. Yum yum. Now I want more.

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Only one piece for each person!


Food Court

It’s lunch time. What should I get…..to be frank there aren’t much options aside from Mentaiko stuff. Well, that’s what I am here for. Why not?

Mentai Park Kobe Sanda



Fresh Mentaiko is available at a reasonable price. It’d be nice for souvenir. Meintaiko is available at every supermarket in Japan but this one especially tastes great.

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Though it was a quick tour, there are many places to visit around this area such as MITSUI OUTLET PARK MARINE PIA KOBE (most of places are for shopping). Perhaps it would nice to stop at this Mentai Park Kobe Sanda on the way.

See you around!


Be a Coffee Master at UCC Coffee Museum in Kobe

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Hello, it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Do you like coffee? I and Ren (Mrs. Wada) do drink quite a bit. This time we visited UCC Coffee Museum in Kobe City so I thought I should share our experience with you.

About UCC Coffee Museum

UCC Coffee is a Japanese coffee company that invented the very first canned coffee. It also runs some cafes over the country. The museum is located in an artificial island in Kobe City.

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It’s accessible by car or by a train called Port Liner. The museum is in front of the Minami Koen Port Liner Station (10 minutes from Kobe Station).


Adults Seniors (Over 65) Under 18
300 yen 150 yen Free


Business Hours

10:00 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:30)
Closed on Mondays and during New Year’s holiday.


Contact Number



Inside UCC Coffee Museum

Tasting Section

Admission fee comes with two tasting cups of different coffee. Take time to focus and taste the difference of the two. Beans vary every day.

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UCC’s history began with the founder, Tadao Ueshima, who invented canned coffee.









Quiz to become a Coffee Master

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There’s a quiz section where you can test how much you have learned about coffee (available in several languages). Answer all the questions correctly and you’ll get a certificate. This certificate allows you a free admission for a year! No worries, all answers are at the exhibitions. Take your time.



How do you find it? It was more fun than I expected. By the way, if your budget allows, there’s a great Kobe beef restaurant nearby. There are also reasonable places like convenience stores and cafes in the area. Since we’ve got the free tickets (certificates), we might be going back sometime.

See you around!

Reference: UCC Coffee Museum