Nagano’s Pure Honey at HACHIHIGE OJISAN (Bee-Man)’s SHOP

March 9th, 2011 by
Category: Cuisine, Information, Miscellaneous, Report, Shopping
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From the left, honey from horse chestnut, acacia, and apple.  All made in Shinshu, which means Nagano.
 
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Famous “Hachihige Ojisan” or “Bee-Man”. What is his beard made of?

Please have a close look at the right picture above.  What is his full beard made of?  Yes, his beard is made of lots of bees! 

This man is called “Hachihige Ojisan” or “Bee-Man”, a familiar face on TV and other media.  Literally, “hachi” means “bee”, “hige” means “beard”, and “ojisan” means “man”.  He is the apiculturist (beekeeper) and president of an apiculture company called “Hachihige Ojisan Oigihara Yohoen Inc.” founded in 1936.  I visited its honey factory in a beautiful rural area in Karuizawa where Mt. Asama could be well viewed and was able to talk to him.

Ogihara Yohoen is a true professional of bees and honey in Nagano.  They grow various trees that produce flowers with sweet nectar, keep bees in beehives, gather honey, and sell a variety of honey and honey- and bee-related products.  In their vast apiaries at the foot of mountains in Nagano, there are about 1,300 beehives, each of which has about as many as 45,000 bees.  The annual honey production is approximately 30 tons on average. 

I asked Mr. Ogihara, Bee-Man, why his honey was so popular.  “One reason is that all of our honey is produced in Nagano, which is climatically and geographically ideal to produce honey, and we place great importance on safety,” he said.  “Another is that our honey is pure and natural.  It contains rich nutrition from nature as it is, so it’s good for your health.”

They have various flavors of honey depending the flowers: acacia, horse chestnut, soba (buckwheat), apples, chestnut, blueberry, cherry and many others.  If you go to their shops, you can taste honey of various flavors to decide which is your favorite.  You can get their delicious honey and other products at 8 shops (please refer to “Access” in the table below).  They welcome both individual customers and group tour customers.  It will also be fun to visit their honey farm in Saku city open to the public in limited periods.

If you are a fan of honey, I’m sure you will enjoy visiting Hachihige Ojisan Ogihara Yohoen and their shops.  Have a “sweet” time there!

 

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One of HACHIHIGE OJISAN (Bee-Man)’s SHOPs in Karuizawa. This is called Kyu-Karuizawa Chuo Shop.
 
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Taking care of bees.
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Flowers of acacia, a source of honey. Acacia honey can be widely used such as for drinks and pickles.

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The apiaries of Hachihige Ojisan Ogihara Yokoen Inc. with many beehives.

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Inside a beehive, which contains as many as about 45,000 bees.

Name of the facility Hachihige Ojisan Ogihara Yohoen Inc. (Bee-Man Ogihara Apiculture Inc.)
Description of business Production and sales of honey, royal jelly, propolis, bee larvae and other bee-related products
Tel 0267-46-5012 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-46-5052 (Japan country code: 81)
Email ogihara@ogihara832.co.jp
URL
Address 405-2, Aza-Yoshinosakashita, Oiwake, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0115, Japan
Reservations and inquiries Email or fax
Access
  • Momozawa Shop (on Route 142, Saku City)
  • Koumi Shop (on Route 141, Koumi Town)
  • Karuizawa Kyudoten Ichigo Shop (on Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street, Karuizawa Town)
  • Karuizawa Kyudoten Nigo Shop (on Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street, Karuizawa Town)
  • Karuizawa Chuo Shop (on Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street, Karuizawa Town)
  • Honey Farm (Mochizuki, Saku City)
  • Karuizawa Ekimae Shop (3 mins from Karuizawa Station, Karuizawa Town)
  • Head Office and Honey Factory (Please follow a sign on Route 18, Oiwake, Karuizawa Town)
Operating dates and hours
  • Head Office and Honey Factory: Open from 9:00 to 17:00 from Mon to Fri.  (Sat and Sun: open irregulary)
  • Karuizawa Chuo Shop: Open every day of the year from 9:00 to 18:00 (time is changeable in winter)
  • The other shops: Please contact.
Rates and other prices Please contact the company.
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

4 Responses to “Nagano’s Pure Honey at HACHIHIGE OJISAN (Bee-Man)’s SHOP

  1. My husband and I are ones of fans of his honey. We bought large cartons of his honey( the mixed flower type) with 2 other friends , and eat,lick , it everyday. I think the reason my skin got smooth this winter is the honey. Ojisan also advises people suffering from diabetes to have his honey, and even has the instruction paper how to take honey to cure the disease. ( sounds like he once had the disease himself)

  2. Dear James-san,
    Thank you for your comment. I’m sure the photo of Bee-Man is impressive. Please visit the honey shop or farm if you have a chance!

  3. Dear Mariko-san,
    Thank you for your comment. Great to know that you and your husband are also fans of his honey. The honey must be good for both our skin and health!