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The UCC Rokko Island Factory (UCC六甲アイランド工場) is the factory of UCC which is drink and food maker which located in Kobe-shi, Hyogo.

The canned coffee which is drunk widely throughout in Japan.
This is the product which UCC developed.
(“UCC COFFEE Milk & Coffee,” is the first canned coffee with milk.)

The canned coffee does not seem to have much popularity in the foreign countries except Japan, though…
However, it is very popular in Japan.

Then, how will a canned coffee and the instant coffee be made?
Are you at all interested?

Therefore, the 6th of the visit to social studies that adult can enjoy is the “UCC Rokko Island Factory (UCC六甲アイランド工場).”

We can observe the process of manufacture of the instant coffee in this factory.
In addition, we can taste various kinds of coffee to make comparisons.

Contents:

  1. About UCC Rokko Island Factory
  2. Reservation method of the factory tour
  3. Experience-based report of the factory tour
  4. Photos of the UCC Rokko Island Factory
  5. How to get to the UCC Rokko Island Factory
  6. Hotel search & reservation around this factory

1.About UCC Rokko Island Factory

Hours:10:00~, 13:00~ (Visit time:about 70 min.)
Admission Fee:Free
Open:Tuesday and Thursday
Address:2-4, Koyochonishi, Higashinada-ku Kobe-shi, Hyogo, 658-0033, Japan
Phone Number:0120-156-587 (only in Japan)
Brochure:Japanese text only
Guide Signboard:Japanese text only
Video guide:Japanese / English
Staff:Only Japanese available.

The UCC Rokko Island Factory (UCC六甲アイランド工場) is the factory of UCC which is drink and food maker which located in Kobe-shi, Hyogo.
The nearest station is Rokko Liner Island Kitaguchi Station (六甲ライナー アイランド北口駅).
UCC is an abbreviation of the ‘Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd.’.
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The factory tour is held on every Tuesday and Thursday in this factory.
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This factory produces powder type coffee, not canned coffee.
The canned coffee is manufactured at the “Shiga Factory (滋賀工場)“.
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2.Reservation method of the factory tour

This factory tour must be booked in advance.
We can perform the reservation on the Internet.

・Factory tour is possible to book from 3 months ago.
・The deadline of the reservation is 16:00 of the day before.
・Cancellation of the reservation:0120-156-587 (only in Japan)

●Summary of the internet reservation method
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3.Experience-based report of the factory tour

Let’s depart for the factory tour.
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The handle of the entrance has a shape of coffee beans. (○´艸`)
Because there is the parking lot in this factory, we can also go to the factory by car.
(Let’s convey that you go by car when you make a reservation.)
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We go up the spiral staircase and go to 2F.
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2F is a waiting room.
We wait in this room until tour start time.
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The old product packages were displayed in this room.
These are packages feeling very nostalgic for Japanese people.
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In old days, bottled coffee was a general coffee drink.
However, because it was very inconvenient, a handy canned coffee was invented.
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This is a current product lineup.
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A brochure and a guide signboard are Japanese text only.
A video had English subtitles.
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The lees of coffee beans and the gunny sacks which coffee beans were put in are reborn as such products.
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There is the souvenir shop in this room, too.
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Next, let’s depart for the factory tour!!
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The factory tour has five processes.
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●Estate theater (Video showing)

At first we watch an introduction video of UCC in this mini theater.
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This bench is made with the lees of coffee beans.
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A video had English subtitles.
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We can also compare the coffee beans of various places of production in this room.
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The coffee beans have various colors and forms and sizes by the places of production.
Therefore, the roast method of coffee beans varies according to each production place.
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In addition, the design of the gunny sacks also have many kinds.
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●Observation of the Quality check room

Next is the observation of the Quality check room. (Photography is prohibited in this room.)
In this room, the coffee valuer teach us the import method of coffee beans and the method of the quality check of beans.
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●Coffee tasting

Next is the coffee tasting.
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We perform a tasting of three kinds of coffee which were roasted by different method. (‘light roast’, ‘medium roast ‘ and ‘dark roast’)
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The light roast coffee have sour taste, medium roast coffee have sweet taste and the dark roast coffee have astringent taste.
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Next, we blend the light roast coffee with the dark roast coffee.
The coffee which was blended have a well-balanced taste!!
The process called the blend is very important…
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●Observation of the roasting room and the packing line

Next is the observation of the roasting room and the packing line.
The elevator in this building is golden.
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Photography is prohibited in this floor.
In this floor, we can observe the latest roasting machine which is called ‘ARMASTER‘.
The aroma freezing manufacturing method is a UCC’s original technology to cool roasted coffee beans rapidly.
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●Smile Cafe (Coffee sampling)

We come back to the waiting room and have a coffee.
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Finally we get a souvenir!!
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4.Photos of the UCC Rokko Island Factory

■Flickr:UCC六甲アイランド工場:UCC Rokko Island Factory(20170124)

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5.How to get to the UCC Rokko Island Factory

The nearest station of the UCC Rokko Island Factory is ‘Rokko Liner Island Kitaguchi Station (六甲ライナー アイランド北口駅)’.
(There isn’t a bus stop around here.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From JR Osaka Station to Rokko Liner Island Kitaguchi Station)
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■Route Example (From Hanshin Osaka-Namba Station to Rokko Liner Island Kitaguchi Station)
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■Route Example (From JR Kyoto Station to Rokko Liner Island Kitaguchi Station)
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■Route Example (From JR Sannomiya Station to Rokko Liner Island Kitaguchi Station)
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■When you go on foot from Rokko Liner Island Kitaguchi Station

It’s about 20 minutes (1 km) on foot.
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■When you take a taxi

From JR Sannomiya Station:3,830 yen ~ 4,880 yen (about 20 minutes)
From JR Sumiyoshi Station:1,910 yen ~ 2,400 yen (about 12 minutes)
From Hanshin Uozaki Station:1,830 yen ~ 2,320 yen (about 10 minutes)
From Rokko Liner Island Kitaguchi Station:630 yen ~ 810 yen (about 12 minutes)

Let’s show a taxi driver the following phrase.

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6.Hotel search & reservation around this factory

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