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Nice scenery from JR Matsumoto Station to Hotaka Station.
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JR Hotaka Station is the nearest station to the Daio Wasabi Farm.
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JR Hotaka Station
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JR Hotaka Station
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One of Japan's largest wasabi farms is a tourist attraction. Clean water from the mountains provide an ideal environment to grow wasabi.Entrance to Daio Wasabi Farm. Open: 9:00 am–5:20 pm (closes at 4:30 pm during Nov. to Feb.). Free admission
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Map of Daio Wasabi Farm. It is quite expansive.Address: 〒399-8303長野県安曇野市穂高3640
3640 Hotaka, Azumino, Nagano
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Wasabi for sale. It's a root plant.
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You can walk around the wasabi fields which look quite vast. They are shaded in the warmer months.
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Clean water flows through the fields.
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Wasabi plants
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You can sample the farm's cold spring water.
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Busts of the wasabi farm's founding pioneers.
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Daio Wasabi Farm's founding pioneers. The founder was Fukazawa Yuichi (1886-1941).
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Daio Wasabi Farm's water originates from snow melt from the Northern Alps. It flows from a spring within the farm.
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A little factory where they process wasabi plants.
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Processing wasabi plants, cutting off the leaves, etc.
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The wasabi plants are shaded with black netting to block sunlight and prevent the water temperature from rising above 15 C.
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A restaurant on the farm served soba noodles with wasabi.
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Near the entrance/exit is a souvenir shop.
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Ice cream time
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Wasabi soft-serve ice cream. Quite good.
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Other wasabi-flavored things to eat.
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Wasabi beer
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Wasabi-colored benches.
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Wasabi karinto
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Wasabi snack
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Wasabi furikake
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Wasabi Mascot
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Taxi ride back to Hotaka Station from Daio Wasabi Farm.
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JR Hotaka Station
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Inside JR Hotaka Station.
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Cabin attendant on the Nagano shinkansen.
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Train station conductor on the Nagano shinkansen.
     
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