Difference between Wagyu and Kobe beef.

Do you know the difference between Wagyu and Kobe beef?

Masato Niitsu, a friendly National Tour Guide, has details.     We Japanese eat daily at home some meats of beef, pork, chicken and mutton. We can buy them at a supermarket. Some restaurants serve dishes of venison, horse, and wild boar.
     We divide the beef into three categories, Wagyu, Kokusangyu (produced from domestically grown cattle), and imported one. Wagyu is branded beef, bred, and fattened according to original Japanese standards.
     There are four kinds of Wagyu, such as Japanese Black (Kuroge Wagyu in Japanese), Japanese Brown/Red, Japanese Polled, and Japanese Shorthorn. Japanese black has a 90% production share.
     You may have a question what is the difference between Kobe beef and Wagyu. Kobe beef is one brand of the Wagyu. Kobe is a land name of production near Osaka.
     Matsuzaka beef, Ohmi beef, Yonezawa beef, Maezawa beef, Miyazaki beef, Hida beef, and so on are available besides Kobe beef. Words before "beef" are land names of the production.
     The most popular type of Wagyu is Japanese black (Kuroge Wagyu in Japanese). The red meat and fatty portions of the flesh are marbled, and the meat quality is tender and so mild that it is almost like it melts in your mouth.
     You can enjoy eating Wagyu with Teppanyaki. The chef will cook the meat, seafood, and vegetables while you watch.
     The beef has a quality rating system. The yield grade, which indicates the volume of meat, is classified into three classes from A to C. They rank the beef quality grade in five levels from 5 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest). The most restaurant shows the quality of the beef served to the customer like A-5 or B5 combining A to C, and 5 to 1.

#Japan tour guide 

Did you like my article?

You can send me a message to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience.

I'll be waiting for you, so please check my profile and get your trip plan now

Tours By Guide

Explore Tour Japanese Religion, Co-existing Shintoism and Buddhism

5 hours

In Japan, two religions, Shintoism and Buddhism, have been co-existing from six century without any problems when the Buddhism came to Japan from India through China and Korea. In this tour, we will visit two major facilities of the religions, Meiji-jingu Shrine and Sensoji Temple.

FROM$158/ per group


2 hours

There are many bars and night clubs in Ginza area of Tokyo. These facilities are mainly used for business entertainment for important customers. Rich people play with their friends there and pay by themselves. Girls, not prostitutes, attend you and meander the conversation.

FROM$108/ per group

Mt.Fuji viewing from SPA, Walking along Gorge

10 hours

One day trip from Tokyo. You can watch Mt. Fuji from outdoor hot spa. Before then you can enjoy a beautiful Japanese gorge watching strangely shaped big rocks and winding clear stream.

FROM$288/ per group


9 hours

Kamakura was once the capital of Japan ruled by the Samurai from 1192 to 1439. Enoshima is a tied island near Kamakura with beautiful scenery.

FROM$284/ per group


8 hours

- One day trip. There is a convenient mountain, Mt. Takao-san, to enjoy walking in a natural wood and taking a fresh air. We can go there in only 40 minutes by train from Shinjuku station in a center of Tokyo. It takes about one and a half hour from the foot of the mountain (200 m from sea level ) to the summit (599 m). - After the coming back to the foot, we are going to take an open air spa.

FROM$270/ per group

Wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) Experience

3 hours

Japanese traditional sweets, Wagashi in Japanese, are very popular among tourists from overseas not only ladies but gentlemen. In a Japanese style tea room, a well trained confectioner for a long time will make Wagashi just in front of you. It is very rare experience.

FROM$95/ per person

Plan your trip to Tokyo with Masato N.

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.

Send Message