Wasabi Plantation Trip 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…

wasabi plantation road

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.






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


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!

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3 Responses

  1. ᐃᓄᒃ ᑭᕙᑖ says:

    I’ve had the pleasure pf having sushi w freshly grated wasabi not too long ago. Very good!

  2. Abi in Japan says:

    Wow , fascinating ! I’ve not seen wasabi growing before! Tottori is still on my “to visit” list.

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