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Kyoto Kobe Beef Guide: 5 Best Kobe Beef in Kyoto

Wondering where to eat Kobe beef in Tokyo? In this guide, we highlighted the best restaurants you can check out!

Deemed one of the most expensive cuts of beef in the world, Kobe beef is known for its intense marbling and melt-in-your-mouth texture. It’s a type of Wagyu beef but the finest of its kind for a lot of reasons.

Kobe beef is produced from the Tajima-gyu breed of cattle, which is native to the Hyogo Prefecture in Japan. The cattle are raised under strict conditions, including a diet of high-quality feed and regular massages. The beef is then marbled with fat, which gives it its characteristic flavor and texture.

Kobe beef is popular for its unique flavor and texture. It is often served as a steak or shabu-shabu, a Japanese hot pot dish. Kobe beef is also used in other dishes, such as sushi and sashimi.

If you’re wondering where to find the best Kobe beef in Kyoto, here are our top recommendations:

1. Mouriya Gion

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Mouriya is hard to miss. The menu offers a range of Wagyu beef cuts, but Kobe beef is the most popular. Overall, the vibe is sophisticated, and the customer service is incredible.

Price: From 10,000 yen

Hours: 11:30 AM - 9 PM (Monday to Sunday)

Contact: +81 75-532-4129

Address: Mauriya Building, Yamatocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

2. Itoh Dining

Built over 50 years ago, this Japanese steakhouse boasts a traditional theme that all types of diners would enjoy. The star of the menu—the Kobe beef steak—is a crowd-pleaser. Although sirloin/ribeye is good, go for the fillet instead (then add some garlic)! It melts in your mouth.

Price: From 10,000 yen

Hours: 5 - 10 PM (Monday to Friday) | 12 - 2 PM, 5 - 10 PM (Saturday & Sunday)

Contact: +81 75-525-3235

Address: 80, Sueyoshicho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

3. Masayoshi

This steakhouse serves a range of local Japanese dishes. But its bestseller is the Kobe beef. Although it’s more expensive than the average Kobe beef in Kyoto, it’s worth trying if you’re in the area.

Price: From 12,000 yen

Hours: 11 AM - 3:30 PM, 5 - 10 PM (Monday to Sunday)

Contact: +81 75-252-0344

Address: 45, Daikokucho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto

4. Hanasato Gion

Hanasato’s selection of Wagyu beef is not to be messed with. But what you should turn your attention to is the Kobe beef that everyone is talking about. It melts in your mouth perfectly!

Price: From 10,000 yen

Hours: 5 - 9 PM (Monday to Sunday)

Contact: +81 75-532-0380

Address: 404 Hashimotocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

5. Pontocho Yakiniku Yamakawa

If you are in Pontocho, drop by this yakiniku restaurant to experience its premium beef goodness, especially its Kobe beef, which melts right away in seconds. Enjoy the taste of pink freshness; you’ll never regret it!

Price: From 10,000 yen

Hours: 11:30 AM–   2:30 PM, 5–10:30 PM

Contact: +81 75-746-2906

Address: 137-7 Wakamatsucho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto


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