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Daio Wasabi Farm, Azumino

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Discover world of Japanese condiments at Daio Wasabi Farm, Japan's largest such farm with a picturesque network of streams, watermills, and walking trails. Extending over 15 hectares (37 acres), the lush landscape offers not only the perfect conditions for wasabi production, but also a scenic wetland to explore. Follow the streams fed by the Northern Alps to see neat lines of crop and old-fashioned watermills installed for the 1989 Kurosawa Akira film "Dreams." Be sure to stop at the vendors and restaurants, selling wasabi-flavored ice cream, croquettes, beer, and sausages. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Daio Wasabi Farm and many more Azumino attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Azumino vacation planner.
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  • Much Wasabi ice cream, tangy and spicy. You guys being sucked into the other tourists who had bought. Horseradish croquettes also suggested it is. Park was just out for a walk. The low temperature and cold but the sun shines warmly felt. If only this farm to buy a souvenir yes 20 minutes is OK, but we slowly over time, walking around the Park. Results now takes two hours. It is clear water master Kurosawa without River way of deeply want to be beautiful so far.
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  • During our stay in Matsumoto, in full Alpes Japanese, decided to visit the farm of wasabi Daio. As we had no hotel, we left the suitcases at the train station ticket offices and caught the JR Oito line, lowering us in Hotaka, trip that lasted around 30 minutes. The landscape was well nice. Arriving at Hotaka we rented a bike to go up to the farm of DAIO wasabi, as it was some distance from the station to go on foot (about 30 minutes). After trying to negotiate with several shops, there was no way that lowest us price, 200Y/1 ' €2 per hour. There was also a bus but not passing up within 20 minutes. We rent with the company RESOTASAIKURU & SHINANO something more than not I could understand because was in kanji. To them 9 out of the House of rental and in around fifteen minutes arrived to the farm. The truth is that the ride was very nice, between rice paddies and beautiful houses, in addition to plain. Leave the bikes in the parking specific to them and closed the padlock that already brought built-in each an of them. The entrance to the farm is free, no charge, but I assure you that you will buy something inside (and is quite expensive)... Nothing more enter you will find with the shops in where you can buy all type of products that carry wasabi, even tubers. We tried the ice cream of cornet but just knew to wasabi (transparent 370Y / 3' 4€ each mini ice cream, a theft). There are also shows and fast courses but all in Japanese so it could do none. We took a stroll along the roads to watch the streams, plants, operators working, control of the channel of the River, etc. The Plantation is located on the runway, on gravel, diverting a part through the Center so that edges fall off a thin layer of water tubers so it does not anegue them but run constantly. It is a curious place and the realize of how complicated it is to cultivate the wasabi (apparently almost only grows in Japan, in the rest of the world gets out almost no tuber given the conditions so special that it needs to live). Along the route there are more shops and restaurants, temples, etc. In addition we saw in a room how separated sheets of tubers (as they eat) and then the latter were classified by size. At the end of the visit we enter a small museum which is in the entry but that we had not seen arriving, given the forward to that we had. The explanatory posters were all Japanese less three of them that Yes we could read because they were in English. The videos we not understood anything, everything in Japanese also, a penalty because it must be very interesting. Before leaving back we buy at the store's entrance a grater traditional wasabi, i.e. with sharkskin (1800Y / €16). In Spain are very difficult to obtain and much more expensive. It was 10:45 when we left the Museum and returned to the station of Hokata bike, slightly varying the route with respect to the ida to see more of the lovely village. When we arrived at the destination we pay the rent for two hours, is 200Yx2horas = 400Y/3 ' €6 per person; come on, almost the same as ice cream, at the end not so bad... If you have time and you like the theme is a visit that I recommend.
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  • Shiaomai with just souvenirs and with so many people not only up there because there is a restaurant, but come back we walked up to hope it is. A person grows up beautiful stream in the Wasabi is a sight to see. Soft Wasabi are delicious.
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  • Nice place to spend a couple of hours. It is still a working farm but very tourist oriented with a wasabi ice cream stand and a shop selling just about anything wasabi related. If you come from Hotaka station be sure to rent a bike and tour the nice countryside surrounding the place.
  • A wasabi farm!? a nice place to take a walk and enjoy wasabi ice cream
  • Wasabi plants require clear running water to grow so this farm is a bit different to the usual one you visit. Whilst there isn't much in the way of educational material for English speakers, the Daio Wasabi Farm is simply a beautiful place to wander around. Do seek out the waterwheels by a stream which is postcard perfect, long water weeds waving in the crystal clear water. There are also some interesting wasabi based food options and snacks to buy. It wasn't what we were expecting, but well worth the visit.
  • Not so interesting. Plenty of Wasabi products but most of them are just so-so. The wasabi icecream is good. And the Yuzu juice is good too.
  • Easily accessible, beautiful green and river view. Largest Wasabi farm in Japan. Worth making a trip. ( also near to factory outlet :)