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Japan: Aichi/ Inuyama (Okashi no Shiro)

Located just north of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture is an amazing sweets museum called Okashi no Shiro. The museum is housed in a 19th century Neo-Baroque style building and serves not only as a sightseeing spot but also as a hall for parties and weddings.

Inside, beside a winding staircase you will find a 46-foot tall sugar cake, said to be the tallest sugar cake in the world. There is also a Sweets Village featuring 200 works using sugar to depict famous castles and landmarks from around the world as well as various scenes from well-known fairytales.

The museum also houses two restaurants. Cupid’s Flower Garden is an all you can eat sweets buffet offering everything from cakes to ice cream, coffee, juice, tea and the experience of creating your own crepes and parfaits. Cinderella’s Restaurant offers a lunch buffet serving such delectable items as roast beef, pasta, pizza, desserts, juice, etc. Again, this is an all you can eat buffet and there is no time limit enforced. Do note that the lunch buffet is open only on weekends whereas the sweets buffet is open all week long.

Visitors to Okashi no Shiro can engage in various hands-on experiences too, including baking cookies, biscuits and breads. The museum grows its own fruit in their fruit garden and these can be used in the various baking classes. Another popular experience is dressing up in different costumes and having your photo taken on the museum grounds. Cinderella’s Magic Salon offers at least 100 dresses/ costumes available for rental as well as accessories such as shoes, floral bouquets, etc.  The Magic Salon offers rental tuxedos for men and they even have costumes for tiny infants!

Lastly, you can host your party, corporate event or wedding in Cinderella’s Party Hall. The room can accommodate up to 300 people between the hours of 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM and the cost of rental is ¥4,200 per person.

The museum is open from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays (closed Wednesday & Thursday) and       9:00 AM – 6:00 PM on weekends. The admission fee is ¥1,200 for adults and ¥900 for children aged 3 years and above. In addition to the admission charges there are separate fees charged for the various activities so check the web page for specifics.

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Website:          http://www.okashino-shiro.jp/english.html

Address:          1-11 Shinkawa, Inuyama City (Inuyama-shi), Aichi Prefecture (Aichi-ken) 484-0956, Japan

 

 

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