About Us


Our Mission

The Hokto Kinoko Company’s mission is to share our long heritage and reveal a tasty way to good health in our easy-to-prepare, unique and fresh mushrooms. Hokto’s mushrooms are California grown superfoods that support good health. Just about everything about Hokto is unique – from our mushroom varieties to our innovative growing and harvesting techniques. The delicious flavors of our mushrooms enhance any meal – they’re rich, robust and satisfying. The Hokto Kinoko Company believes that our flavorful and nutritious specialty mushrooms will become an important and growing part of the North American diet.

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Good health is a prevailing concern of mankind. We all want to be healthy and enjoy a long life. Hokto Kinoko Company is committed to research, development, and production of mushrooms as a superior health food. Our continual aim is to improve today’s dietary lifestyle through healthier and more flavorful mushrooms. With a combination of technology and tradition, Hokto is proud to introduce its cultivated mushrooms to North America, where we believe the mushroom’s importance in dietary habits will continue to grow.

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The Hokto Kinoko Company was established in July 2006 to build a state-of-the-art specialty mushroom facility in San Marcos, California. Our cultivation center employs patented growing technologies to produce the finest, healthful Bunashimeji (Brown Beech), Bunapi® (White Beech), King Trumpet (Eyringii), and Maitake (Hen of the Woods). By growing mushrooms close to market, we can ensure fresh delivery and a smaller carbon footprint.

The Hokto Kinoko Company is a subsidiary of Hokuto Corporation, Japan’s largest specialty mushroom grower, founded in 1964. Hokuto Corporation currently operates over 35 kinoko (mushroom) factories and produce about 77,000 tons across the world Hokuto’s many innovations are a product of its Mushroom General Research Institute, which is dedicated to industry-leading cultivation techniques. With complete control over culture technology and production management, Hokto Kinoko mushrooms are produced in the cleanest possible environment, and deliver unparalleled consistency, and most importantly, a superior taste experience.

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Mushroom General Research Institute

the Mushroom General Research Institute

The Mushroom General Research Institute in Nagano, Japan was established in 1983 to deliver tastier and healthier mushrooms to consumers. With 30+ researchers, scientists, and PhD’s working together, the Institute has tackled a variety of research and development challenges ranging from the cultivation of new mushroom varieties to development of new culture media and technology.

In 1986, the Institute developed the world’s first pure-white Enoki-take mushroom, Flammulina velutipes. Many other new varieties have been developed, including a less-bitter breed of Bunashimeji, or Brown Beech. The Institute overcame several difficulties inherent in the culture of King Trumpet mushrooms, and these successes enabled stable mass-production. Many of the Institute’s mushroom varieties are registered on the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry’s list of seeds and seedlings, and many have acquired intellectual property rights, including patents.

The Mushroom General Research Institute is also dedicated to making contributions to life science. Research in mushroom attributes that could prove useful in curing diseases and maintaining good health has led to the development of many mushroom-based health foods and pharmaceutical raw materials. – Research

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Company Profile


Hokto Kinoko Company
Head / Administration Office
Address: 2033 Marilyn Lane, San Marcos, CA 92069 MAP
Tel: 760-744-8453 Fax: 760-744-8455
E-mail: info@hokto-kinoko.com
Established: 2006 Employees: 150
Business Activities Production and sale of organic mushrooms
Business Hours Monday – Saturday / Closed on Sundays and some national holidays

Los Angeles / Sales Office
Address: 130 S Myers Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 MAP
Tel: 323-526-1155 Fax: 323-526-1166
E-mail: info@hokto-kinoko.com

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Parent company

Corporate Name: Hokuto Corporation
Established Year: 1964
Head office: 138-1 Minamibori, Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture
381-8533, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)26-243-3111 Fax: +81 (0)26-243-3118
Employees 1,179(as of March 31, 2015)

The largest mushroom company

  • 16% of the market share in Japan
  • The total production is 71,625 tons
  • The annual production of mushrooms in Japan is 458,298 tons
Subsidiaries Japan
Hokuto Industry Corporation
Hokto Kinoko Company
Taiwan Hokuto Corporation
Hokto Malaysia SDN.BHD.
Representative Office Thailand

About corporate groups

Total number of factories: 35
Total gross production: 77,000 tons
Total sales: About 600million USD
Mushroom General Research Institute 30+ Doctors and researchers in our own institute
The type of mushrooms: Bunashimeji, Bunapi®, Maitake, King Trumpet, Siitake, Oyster and Hon Shimeji

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