Bean to Bar Chocolate
ASHIYA’s Bean to Bar Chocolate Specialty Shop


About Us

We want to deliver to you the true flavor and scent of cacao beans.
ICHIJI was born out of this desire.

When this desire took shape,
it became “Bean to Bar Chocolate”,
where the entire process of manufacturing chocolate
happens within the company’s workshop.

After purchasing the beans, all the sorting, roasting, grinding, blending,
and molding is done by hand.

Enjoy “Beans to Bar Chocolate”,
which we are sure will change your perception of what chocolate is.


Quality beans are carefully selected from well-known production regions of cocoa beans.
You can choose from 12 types of chocolate, a combination of 4 countries of origin and 3 types of flavors
※We are continually pursuing the best quality. Currently we import from four countries: Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, and Ghana.

First of all, please choose the origin of the cacao beans.

4 countries of origin

  • HaitiFruity and sour,
    with the rich flavor and sweetness of almonds
    Cacao content
    Roasting temperature
    Roasting time
  • Trinidad & TobagoWoody flavor like hinoki,
    with the sourness and bitterness
    Cacao content
    Roasting temperature
    Roasting time
  • TanzaniaA rich aroma
    and the like toast flavor
    Cacao content
    Roasting temperature
    Roasting time
  • GhanaThe fragrance of coconuts
    and familiar to dark chocolate
    Cacao content
    Roasting temperature
    Roasting time

Next, please choose a flavor. (The difference in flavor is shown by the color of the box)

3 types of flavors

  • CONCHEA deliciousness that matches
    the type of cacao beans
  • CRUNCHYA crunchy texture created with
    the addition of cacao nibs
  • BITTERA bitter flavor
    with a cacao content of 85%

Gift Packages

We offer packages for gifts.
Your thoughts to that special someone will be wrapped in a Tosa Washi paper with an ocean wave design, tied with red and white cords.

※ Small boxes (beige / dark red / black) and paper bags are free


“Bean to Bar Chocolate” is created from the entire process of cacao beans becoming chocolate.
We bring out the true flavor and fragrance of cacao beans and create each one carefully.

Step 1. Purchasing
ICHIJI chooses and selects the highest quality cacao beans
from all over the world.

Step 2. Sorting
The beans arrive in bags made of hemp,
and are manually sorted one by one by shape, size and condition.

Step 3. Roasting
The beans are roasted based on the origin and characteristics.

Step 4. Grinding
The roasted beans are crushed coarsely.

Step 5. Wind sorting
Wind power is used to separate the fruit (cacao nib)
from the seed coat.

Step 6. Manual sorting
Any remaining seed coat
will be removed carefully by hand.

Step 7. Pulverizing / mixing
The cacao nibs are ground into fine powder,
after which sugar is added.

Step 8. Temperature control
The chocolate is made so that it is glossy
and doesn’t melt easily.

Step 9. Molding
The chocolate is poured into a mold
and any air bubbles are removed.

Step 10. Sealing
The chocolate is removed from the mold,
vacuum-sealed and packed into boxes.

The entire process, along with all manufacturing
and management up to this point is done at our company’s own workshop.

Café Menu

There is a café space within the store for you to relax.
Everything on the menu is authentic, to match ICHIJI’s Bean to Bar Chocolates.
Please enjoy ICHIJI’s carefully selected menu to your heart’s content.

※All prices include tax.


All drinks include bean to bar chocolate.

ICHIJI Select Coffee from

Coffee beans are purchased from specialty coffee shop “TAOCA COFFEE”.
Each cup is brewed carefully by hand drip.
Enjoy the top-quality flavor of a product that has received high ratings even by international standards.
  • Hot Coffee/¥770 each ・from Kiambu, Kenya ・from Santa Clara, Guatemala
    ・from Carmo Estate, Brazil
  • Iced Coffee/¥825

ICHIJI Original Chocolate Drink

A drink made with a generous amount of ICHIJI’s Bean to Bar Chocolate.
It is our café’s most popular drink.
  • Hot Chocolate Drink/¥880
  • Iced Chocolate/¥990 ※Available only during summer

ICHIJI Select Tea from “Uf-fu”

We have selected tea leaves from the tea specialty store “Uf-fu”.
Enjoy the fragrance of the original all-natural tea with no use of artificial fragrances.
  • Hot Tea/¥770 each・Nilgiri ・Ceylon Uva ・Earl Grey
  • Iced Tea/¥770

ICHIJI Select Soft Drinks

  • 100% Orange Juice/¥550
  • Ginger ale/¥550

ICHIJI Selcet Alcohol

ICHIJI’s Bean to Bar Chocolate goes very well with alcohol.
We encourage you to try it for yourself.
  • Red wine/¥1,100Italy Sicily Nero d'avila
  • White wine/¥1,100France Bourgogne Chardonnay
  • Sparkling wine/¥1,100France Loire Chenin Blanc 100%
  • Beer/¥880YEBISU Beer

ICHIJI Select Quiche from “Kobe Kondo-tei Quiche ya”

A “household food tart” which is a local cuisine from the Alsace region of France.
You can have it as a light snack or have it with wine.
Quiche Lorraine/¥880Blue cheese quiche, Quiche of the day/¥990 each

ICHIJI Original Sweets

A dessert made with a generous amount of ICHIJI’s Bean to Bar Chocolate.
You can flavor the crunchy and fragrant cacao nib.
  • Semifreddo/¥550
  • Parfait/¥880

Take-away menu other than chocolate

Carefully selected from Jersey, a purveyor of British kings, by ICHIJI.


Authentic Jersey butter manufactured in Jersey. Produced from the raw milk from approximately 3000 completely lineage-controlled Jersey cattle. It is known to be creamy with a strong flavor, and full of carotene.

2 types – unsalted and salted – are available.
The unsalted type is best with simple bread and scones, as it allows you to enjoy the flavor and depth of the Jersey butter. We also recommend mixing it with pastry dough, or take advantage of its creaminess and use it to make buttercream or raisin butter.
The salted type has a solid salty flavor, which, combined with the flavor of Jersey butter, brings out the flavor of bread. It is recommended for dishes such as seafood sauté or buttered potatoes.


Please make yourself comfortable. A smoking room is also available.


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ICHIJI, Co. Ltd.

1-20 Narihiracho, Ashiya-shi, Hyogo
(JR Ashiya Station South Exit)
OPEN 11:00-19:00
CLOSED/Tuesdays(excluding National holidays)