Taste Real Wasabi at Wasabi Cafe in Tottori

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Hello world. It’s Mr. Wasa……WADA on duty. I will continue our Wasabi trip in Tottori. After the wasabi plantation in the previous wasabi plantation post, I will share our visit at Wasabi Cafe for trying REAL Wasabi!

Access

It is not far from the wasabi plantation, very close to Sekigane Onsen (hot spring)

896 Sekigane-cho Sekiganeshuku, Kurayoshi, Tottori

Business Hours

No drop-ins accepted. You need to call and reserve before hand.

Tell: 0858-33-4217

 

Wasabi Cafe

It is a very ordinary house, it’d be hard to tell if it is really a cafe or restaurant without this sign below.

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A lady welcomed us. Basically she got two menus for meal. One is Wasabi-don  and the other one is Wasabi-tamagokake. Mrs. Wada took Wasabi-don and I took the other one.

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This lady then brought us a wasabi root with a grater, to start grating it while waiting for the rest of the meal. Hm? Alright.

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Oh, well. It’s still half way done.

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Mrs. Wada’s wasabi-don seems quite simple and spicy. It’s just grated wasabi and katsuobushi (bonito flakes) on rice! Possibly the best way to taste wasabi?

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My Wasabi-tamagokake don was rather mild. I liked it!

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The lady offered us some grapes as we finished the dish. We gratefully accepted her kindness. Also, we had some leftover of the wasabi root so were able to bring it for souvenir (plus she gave us extra! Thank you!).  With it, we had our own wasabi-tamagokake don at home, too.

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Lastly

It was a rare experience to taste a real Wasabi. As I mentioned earlier, there are other wasabi plantations/restaurants in Japan. It would be fun to check those place out when you happen to visit Japan.

See you around!



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Wasabi Plantation Trip in Tottori

Wasabi Plantation in Tottori

Hey yo! It’s Mr. Wada on duty. You know Wasabi right? It is the same family of horse radish etc, commonly used for having with sashimi or sushi in Japan. But most of wasabi we have in daily life is in tube or powder which are NOT real. I will share our trip to a wasabi plantation in Tottori Prefecture this time.

Where Wasabi Grows

Apparently wasabi grows only in clean water. Wasabi plantations in Shizuoka Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture are very well-known. Lately we saw them on TV and thought if there would be one in Okayama or somewhere nearby, and yes, we found one in Tottori Prefecture.

Tottori is north of Okayama. It was actually on the same day we visited the sand museum. Alright, let’s go see it.

The Sand Museum in Tottori 2016 (South America)

Wasabi Plantation in Tottori

There isn’t a sign of this place. The only hint was Google Maps for us. We also asked some people on the way and figured it would be around this area.

The road doesn’t seem maintained…

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Oh hey, I see wasabi plants down there. Looks like he’s planting wasabi.

Wasabi Plantation

Wow, that’s all wasabi? Amazing. Water looked so clean and super cold also! (apparently temperature of water remains under 10 Celsius degrees even in summer). Turns out, he owns this wasabi plantation.

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He told me, he and his family take care of this place. Apparently it takes 2 YEARS to harvest each wasabi plant! Really really amazing work and it must take so much patience and effort (I would give up and harvest in a month).

Wasabi Plantation

Lastly

It was all new for us. Now we are starting to wonder how these taste like (it didn’t seem that we could have a bite at the plantation). It must be different than regular wasabi in tube for sure. So, we had one for lunch at Wasabi Cafe at the central!

See you around!