Make your own POCKY at Free Factory Tour | KITAMOTO

Glico Pia East Factory Tour Pocky (13)The Pocky Tour – Chances are, if you live in Saitama, you have heard about the famous Glico Pia East factory tour, aka the Pocky tour. It remains top of the list of free factory tours in Saitama (2015, down to #2 in 2017) and one of the best for the whole Kanto region (Greater Tokyo area). Due to its popularity, it is still necessary to book in advance, but the good news is that the wait has been reduced from a year to a few months. We were able to get a booking 4 months in advance.

 

The pocky tour was on my wish list since it opened its doors in 2012, but I was advised to wait until the kids were in primary school to go. In 2015, I just couldn’t wait any longer so I booked it for the whole family. At the time the kids were 5, 4, 2 and 0! (We visited again during Spring Break 2017). Much to my delight, everyone, myself included, enjoyed the tour much more than we thought we would. The tour is 70 minutes long and includes a brief video, museum tour, tour of 2 lines of products and an interactive quiz game in a futuristic gaming room. In fact, the whole tour building has a futuristic feel.



Apart from the short video at the start, the kids were completely intrigued by the tour. In the museum they have a display of 1,500 mini toys that used to be given with one of their products. They also have an old-fashioned vending machine, which my son was chosen to try out with an old 5 yen coin that is no longer in circulation. In that area of the museum they have the brand symbol of the running man, synonymous with “that” billboard in Osaka which is somewhat of a tourist attraction these days! The beautifully presented tour guides explain each element in detail and allocate time for taking photos. There are some parts of the tour where photos are not allowed, which they inform you of. The tour is in Japanese, but the whole tour is quite visual so I would not say it is essential to completely understand the language. (Japanese is required to book the tour).  After the museum tour you move onto the factory element, where they show you two different line productions of Glico products. Following that you are led to the gaming room, where pairs sit at a table with buzzers of different colours representing different answers in an a, b or c type interactive game. The kids really loved that.

After the interactive quiz the free part of the tour is over. You can, however, pay 500 yen per person to enjoy decorating your own giant Pocky. It is important to note that on a very busy day they limit the number of people who can do the make-your-own-Pocky. It is decided at the very start of the tour who gets to do it.  They prioritise primary school students in higher grades. We were very lucky that our 5, 4 and 2 year old were able to participate on the day we went. They absolutely loved decorating their own giant-sized Pocky and it was definitely the highlight of the morning for them.  You are given a box to place your Pocky to take home and a bag of goodies with Glico products and inflatable Pocky (picture below Pocky Ad)!

You can buy giant Pocky on Amazon. This is an Amazon affiliate link, which means if you buy Pocky through this link I will get a (very very small) percentage of the purchase, which will be used to contribute to the cost of self-hosting. :-)
 

Glico Pia East Factory Tour Pocky (2)

The factory is less than an hour from Tokyo and thanks to the extension of the Ken-O expressway, the factory is very accessible from other prefectures in Kanto too.  It is just 2 kilometres from the Okegawa-Kano exit of the Ken-O expressway. By public transport you can take a 12 minute bus ride bound for Glico Pia East from Kitamoto Station on the JR Takasaki line.

 

INFORMATION

OPEN: Saturday to Thursday (closed on Fridays)

TOUR TIMES: 9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00

BOOKING: 048-593-8811 or online:

URL: https://www.glico.com/jp/enjoy/experience/glicopiaeast

On the live link above, click the part I’ve circled in yellow in the image below to be brought to the booking form:

Glico pia booking

 

 

 

ADDRESS: 〒364-0013 Saitama Prefecture, Kitamoto, 中丸9丁目55

 

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14 thoughts on “Make your own POCKY at Free Factory Tour | KITAMOTO”

  • eevonn

    May 26, 2016 at 14:43

    Hi, may I know how do reservation at glicopia east?

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    • Elle

      May 26, 2016 at 23:39

      Hi Yvonne,
      do you read or speak Japanese? They don’t have English language support officially, but you could try calling 048-593-8811 between 9:30AM and 4:30PM you might be lucky and get someone with some English. They aren’t open on Fridays. If you read Japanese, there is a form you can fill out on the Internet. First you need to look through the calendar and find an open space. I just took a quick look and they have a few free spots after June 4th, not on weekends though. They are completely booked up from mid July to end of August already, due to summer holidays. After you pick your date, you’ll be brought to a booking form you need to fill out. https://www.glico.co.jp/glicopia_yoyaku/yoyaku/dayselect.php

      Good luck! And thank you for commenting.

      Reply
  • hoon

    February 23, 2018 at 08:54

    https://www.glico.com/jp/enjoy/experience/glicopia/east/
    Hi i can only reach to this page . However , there is no email add that i can email to reserve ? can help to provide the link ?thanks so much!

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    • Elle

      February 23, 2018 at 23:47

      Hi, thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, you can’t just email to book, you have to fill out the form. It is the fixed pop-up in red on that page. Circled in yellow on the photo below. Good luck! Pocky Tour booking - where to click

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      • hoon

        February 24, 2018 at 21:10

        Hi.
        Thanks for your prompt reply. After filling up the form ( I will to use translator ) , then wait for them to email me back ? Wanted to go early oct. Thanks !

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        • Elle

          February 25, 2018 at 15:44

          Hi! Once you go into the booking area you will be shown a calendar at one point which shows which time slots on which days are free and you choose your preferred time. You will get an automatic email right after you have completed the form to confirm your email address and then again after you have acknowledged your email with your booking details. Good luck!

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          • hoon

            February 28, 2018 at 13:17

            Thanks for your help! hope i can book oct in the later date !

  • Ivy Poh

    July 10, 2018 at 12:31

    Hi, like to check how long does the whole tour takes? Would like to know so that I know whether to plan for other activities after this. Thank you.

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    • L M N

      July 10, 2018 at 13:42

      Its 70 minutes for the factory tour and about 30 to 40 minutes extra if you want to decorate your own Pocky. There is also a shop on the grounds, that is quite small so you’d only need about 10 minutes to peruse there. So all in all you’d want to allocated two hours for the outing.

      Reply
  • CC

    July 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Hi, may I know if there’s an option for the tour to be conducted in English? Thanks.

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    • L M N

      July 17, 2018 at 21:00

      Hi, occasionally they offer the tour in English, but as far as I know you cannot request it for a small group. Maybe you could try mailing them through their website just in case.

      Reply
  • CC

    July 17, 2018 at 22:40

    Thanks. Do you happen to know their email address? I can’t find it on their website.

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    • L M N

      August 3, 2018 at 19:02

      Hi, sorry for my late response, we are traveling at the moment. Unfortunately my files are in Japan and I won’t be back there until August 23rd. I can send it then if it’s not too late?

      Reply
      • CC

        August 3, 2018 at 20:04

        Hi, no, not too late. I’m only going end of the year. Thanks in advance.

        Reply

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