This is it, the last day of the Yakult Journalist Tour 2015! Finally we set off for the Yakult Japan Factory Tour! We took a 2-hour bus ride to the Mt. Fuji area where the Yakult Fuji Susono Plant is located. I was very excited because I had never been anywhere near Mt. Fuji despite this being my 4th or 5th trip to Japan.
Riding the bus with Sophie!
We actually slept for most part of the first hour, by the second hour we could see Mt. Fuji when we look out the bus window.
Finally we got to our destination. The Yakult Japan Factory tour kicked off at the Yakult Fuji Susono Plant’s reception area.
All of the Yakult Beautiens (Yakult’s skin care line) product lines were displayed.
There are three main Yakult skin care lines: Parabio (Anti-Aging), Revecy White (Whitening), Revecy (Basic Skin Care). Everybody on the tour got to take home Yakult Parabio, but I’ll tell you more about that in another post.
There was this interesting Yakult contraption. Pressing the buttons makes the display in the middle come alive.
It’s holographic! Everything was in Japanese though so I didn’t really understand what was going on hahaha.
You can watch Yakult TVCs from all over the world from here. The Philippines’ ad featured Sam Ajdani and our friends from Singapore were quite impressed, lol.
We were given a brief backgrounder on the Yakult Fuji Susono Plant. It was established in February 1996 and there are 260 employees. They manufacture 1.2 million products a day.
The Yakult Fuji Susono Plant compound is huge. It had its own map posted on the street, I forgot to take a pic of it!
We went inside the production area.
Did you know that the Yakult Fuji Susono Plant uses groundwater from Mt. Fuji in its production? We were however not allowed to take any photos of the impressive production facilities but they were quite similar to the Yakult Philippine Factory‘s, except that they make many other products like Joie (Yakult’s yogurt drink). It was such an awesome experience, I couldn’t believe some of the shiny tanks we saw were over 15 years old. Everything was extremely clean and well-maintained.
Yakult 400 is Japan’s leveled up version of Yakult. The Yakult we enjoy here in the Philippines contains 8 billion live lactobacilli. Yakult 400 contains 40 billion. It comes in a Light variant too. Check out their snazzy delivery truck!
I was really super impressed with everything I saw at the Yakult Fuji Susono Plant.
It’s so clean there, their garbage disposal system is very organized and efficient.
This is where they segregate some of the waste.
They even have their own water treatment facility. Yakult makes sure they clean up their waste water so living things can thrive in it before returning the water back to the river.
Wow. I’m speechless really. This is a company that cares for the environment.
These empty Yakult bottles still have lactobacilli and they are also used to clean the water.
The murky waste water eventually turns into clean, clear, and odorless water which living things like fish can thrive in.
And thus our Yakult Japan Factory Tour concluded. This is our last group photo with media people from Singapore, China, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.
This was taken just before we boarded the bus.
Thank you so much Yakult Philippines and Yakult Japan for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get so close to a brand our family loves so much. It’s definitely one of the best trips I’ve ever taken and I will never forget all the wonderful people, sights, and experiences. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a Yakult bottle the same way again. If ever I’m given another chance to go on the Yakult Japan Factory Tour, I’d do it all over again!
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