About Daio Wasabi Farm
Daio Wasabi Farm is a wasabi farm located in the suburbs of Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It has a total area of 15 hectares and harvests 150 metric tons of wasabi (commonly known as green mustard or horseradish) every year. Founded in 1917, the farm is not only the largest wasabi farm in Japan, but also the most famous tourist attraction in Azumino, attracting about 1.2 million visitors each year.
The Daio Wasabi Farm is located in the town of Hirakata in Hotaka and is watered with water from the underground melting snow in the Northern Alps of Japan, and the bright green fields of wasabi can be seen everywhere. In addition to the pleasant scenery, the farm has a bright and spacious gourmet restaurant and store where visitors can enjoy traditional staples such as local specialties such as wasabi soba and wasabi tempura (fried prawns and vegetables), as well as surprising delicacies such as wasabi ice cream and wasabi beer at slightly lower than regular prices.
The Daewang Wasabi Farm was once the location for the movie “Dream” directed by internationally renowned director Akira Kurosawa, and the quaint waterwheel that was built for the movie is still left in the vegetable garden, and many visitors come here to experience the scenes from the movie firsthand.
How to get there
There are three ways to get to the Daio Wasabi Farm: by car, by train, or by bus.
I myself went by car, and I think it is best to access the farm by car if possible.
If you are driving to Daio Wasabi Farm, go straight from the exit of Nagano Expressway Azumino IC (former Toyoshina IC) and it takes about 10 minutes.
The parking lot is quite spacious, with room for 25 large vehicles and 350 standard-sized vehicles.
Parking is free, making it very easy to use.
If you are going to the Daio Wasabi Farm by train, get off at Hotaka Station on the JR Oito Line and take a cab or walk to the farm.
The distance is about 3 km, so it takes about 10 minutes by cab or 35 minutes on foot.
Please note that it is a little far from the station.
If heading there by bus, use the “Azumino Shuyu Bus”. Fares are as follows
Adult (junior high school students and older): 600 yen
Child (elementary school student): 300 yen
Disabled: 300 yen
Disabled (child): 150 yen
Infant (preschooler): Free
*One caregiver is half fare only.
The above fares are for a single trip, but a one-day pass is also available.
For detailed information on fares and timetables, please refer to the following link.
The wasabi produced here is really aromatic and wasabi lovers should definitely try it at least once.
If Nagano Prefecture is too far for you, try our online store!