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Sushi has taken the world by storm, and everyone knows about wasabi. However, most people don’t realize that the green stuff their eating is not real wasabi, but rather horseradish. Real wasabi is a very delicate aquatic plant that loses its spicy punch soon after grating. Furthermore, it cannot be dried and retain its spiciness like horseradish. But one taste of freshly grated wasabi, and you’ll understand why it’s such an important and prized element of Japanese cuisine.
Izu is the wasabi center of Japan. The geography here is perfect for growing wasabi. Also, a farming method called tatami ishi style was developed in Izu to accommodate its steep mountain terrain. This tour will take you deep into the mountains of Izu to see how wasabi is grown.