Where would sushi and sashimi be without a dash of spicy wasabi?
But you've probably never tasted real wasabi before. Most wasabi in restaurants and supermarkets is a mixture of horseradish, mustard and food coloring. Real wasabi tastes smoother than commercially-available pastes, and there's no burning aftertaste.
To discover more about real wasabi, a trip from Tokyo to the mountain forests of Okutama is a must-do. Learn about the art of water-grown wasabi cultivation, as well as experience the rare treat of tasting freshly-ground wasabi straight from the earth.
Your guide is David, an Australian wasabi farmer who lives locally. David will guide you through the forest where his wasabi grows, as well as introduce you to many other edible plants.
Enjoy trying genuine freshly-ground wasabi with sliced roast beef (provided by David) and experiment by bringing your own food to pair with the wasabi (e.g. tofu, konnyaku, and vegetables). You'll also see, touch and smell many varieties of forest plants, including fungi, fruit, edible flower buds, fern tips and young leaf sprays, as well as medicinal herbs.
This tour is perfect for travelers seeking a unique experience in Japan. Just 90 minutes by train from downtown Tokyo, the forests of Okutama are a relaxing oasis filled with beautiful nature and tranquility.
Besides wasabi, guests can also get to experience the growth of other plants that we have, both cultivated and naturally-occurring plants.
If you're a vegetarian, please let us know on the booking page.
You will receive the confirmation of your booking's availability within 24 hours. Once confirmed, please present your booking reference number at the cooking school.
Full refunds will be issued for cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the activity
Nishitama-gun, Okutama-machi, Kawai 97-3 198-0102
Meet at Kawai station platform, on the Ome-line to Oku-tama.
Kawai is about 90 minutes from Shinjuku(center of Tokyo) by JR Chuo line, with a change to the Ome line at Ome.
Please note that outward trains leave Ome only about twice an hour.