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Wasabi Farm Tour in Okutama, Tokyo

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Duration
2.5 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 8 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
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Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian
A deep exploration of Japan’s authentic wasabi root at a wasabi farm in Tokyo Prefecture.
Highlights
Learn the historical, cultural, economic and environmental background of wasabi
Wasabi harvesting experience
Try freshly-grated, authentic wasabi
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Did you know that the green paste used in most sushi shops abroad, which goes by the name “wasabi,” is actually an imitation made of dyed horseradish? On this wasabi farm tour, you will discover the real wasabi root, which is rare and expensive even in Japan. Due to its specific growing conditions, authentic wasabi is quite special, and it must be enjoyed freshly grated, as its aroma dissipates after a few minutes. During this tour in Okutama, discover Japan’s precious fresh wasabi and taste the real deal. The tour guide, David Hulme, is a former journalist from Australia who decided to move to Okutama in 2014 after chasing a story about a wasabi patch he stumbled upon deep in the woods. David made friends with the local farmers and is now an official guide for the area. He will take you to his wasabi patch, which was once abandoned but is now thriving under his care. The group will meet at Kawai Station (Ome line), about 2 hours from central Tokyo by train. During the 20-minute walk to the wasabi farm, you’ll get to know each other and David will answer your questions. Along the way, there are many interesting plants and special features to observe. David will also discuss the context of wasabi – meaning some of the historical, cultural, economic and environmental aspects. At the wasabi patch, you will take a look at the structure of the growing area, see how water is regulated, and carefully examine the plant itself. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to try using a dedicated wasabi farming tool, called a “kazusa,” to harvest a plant. You will clean one or more wasabi roots on the spot and practice grinding it into a fine paste. Then you can try the freshest, tastiest, most pungent wasabi (usually paired with sliced roast beef – but we’ll take your preferences into account). On the walk back to Kawai Station, accompanied by the sound of the crystal clear stream that feeds the wasabi plants, you’ll feel at home in the calm of the mountain forest.
Inclusions
Knowledgeable tour guide
Tasting with fresh wasabi
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet at Kawai Station (1:33 p.m. on weekdays, 1:10 p.m. on weekends and public holidays)
Remarks
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions in advance.
We will prepare roast beef to pair with wasabi for a tasting. If you prefer another food, feel free to bring your own food.
No charge for children age 12 and below.
Kindly note that a full meal is not provided. We recommend that visitors have lunch before arriving at Kawai, since there is no shop of any kind at Kawai.
Experience Location
Tokyo’s Nishitama District is located in the far west of Tokyo Prefecture, composed of 3 towns: Hinode, Mizuho, Okutama; and the village Hinohara. While the district is located in Tokyo, the reality is far from the sprawling metropolis that is associated with Japan’s capital. Gorgeous forests of Nishitama are a haven for nature lovers who are looking to escape the concrete jungle of the city. The abundant nature offers a variety of trails along which power spots, waterfalls, and shrines can be spotted. For some relaxation, visit the Tsuru-Tsuru Onsen after an invigorating hike.
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals