In luxury dining, a few culinary offerings are synonymous with the ultimate indulgence. An undeniable opulent offering is wagyu beef, which has become synonymous with other luxury treats such as black truffles and caviar.

A term that translates to “Japanese cattle,” the best place to experience this meat’s melt-in-your-mouth and umami-rich flavors is undoubtedly the country from where it originates. And so, when you find yourself on the hunt for the ultimate wagyu experience whether you’re in the streets of Tokyo or having a ski holiday with your family while staying at any of the luxury chalet rentals in Niseko, there’s nowhere else to go but Japan’s best restaurants offering the most sought-after wagyu menu.

In this article, we’ll present the top 10 Wagyu beef restaurants where you can indulge in an exquisite culinary journey you’ll never forget.

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10 of Japan’s Top Wagyu Beef Restaurants

Raised on world-class farms and carefully selected, wagyu is renowned worldwide for its excellent marbling. This feature gives the meat a rich, buttery texture that instantly dissolves as it touches the palate.

The intricate marbling is characterized by a high percentage of intramuscular fat in the red meat, which gives off a tender and juicy texture with a rich umami taste.

We curated a list of Japan’s ten most sought-after restaurants offering the most exquisite wagyu beef.

1. Aragawa

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Dubbed by Forbes magazine in 2006 as the “most expensive restaurant in the world,” Aragawa has been serving patrons from all over the world for decades. A legend in the Wagyu beef world, Aragawa’s facade and ambiance are unassuming. Located in the basement of an office building in Tokyo, one of the top luxury destinations in Asia, Aragawa makes up for its lackluster surroundings by offering its very own wagyu from its exclusive cattle farm, serving its signature, “Sanda-gyu,” its exclusive wagyu from its farm in Sanda, Japan.

2. Miyoshi


Located in Gion, Kyoto, Miyoshi is helmed by Chef Ito, who’s hailed as more than just a chef but a true artisan. Mastering the skill of Japanese kaiseki cuisine, the restaurant’s wagyu donburi is a crowd favorite, featuring only the finest A5-rated wagyu beef.

3. Aurochs


For discerning tastes that prefer aged beef, Aurochs is the best place in Japan. Located in the historic Shigemichi district, the restaurant is owned by chef Taro Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi launched Aurochs after he fell in love with the aged meat preparations of renowned butcher Yoshinobu Niiho.

4. Kobe Tei


Located in the snow-cloaked wonderland of Niseko, Kobe Tei restaurant beckons with a tantalizing promise: the exquisite harmony of Japan’s famed Kobe beef and the fiery allure of yakiniku grilling. Amidst the pristine landscapes, this culinary gem delivers an unforgettable experience where marbled perfection meets the art of tabletop grilling.

Patrons indulge in tender slices of Kobe beef, sizzling to perfection on the grill, while immersing themselves in the cozy ambiance of this Niseko haven, a culinary journey to be savored.

5. Kobe Beef 511

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A restaurant named after the class of wagyu beef served, Kobe Beef 511 serves only A5 grade wagyu baked in a custom-made kiln exclusively used for baking Kobe beef. Using the heat of Binchotan charcoal, the result is a smoky finish on one of the world’s most exquisite steaks served in private rooms in the heart of Tokyo.

6. Nikuryori Yama


Nestled within a small house in Kyoto, it is dubbed the wagyu beef connoisseur’s best-kept secret. With only six seats on the counter and a table for four, this restaurant has no signs or contact numbers, adding to its exclusivity and allure especially, to guests who are on a holiday vacation. But its claim to fame is the highest-quality black beef served in a Korean-style tartare that keeps wagyu fans returning for more.

7. Ginza Kokoro


Kokoro means heart in Japan, and this restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo, is known for its passionate take on oven-grilled Kobe beef steaks. Infusing wagyu beef with French flavors, the result is a unique culinary experience that highlights the delicacies of Japan.

8. Hakata no Ouka

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Hakata no Ouka acquires whole A5-graded cattle to serve its teppanyaki-style Kobe beef to its patrons in Fukuoka. Dedicated to selecting the highest-quality wagyu, they present a menu featuring all the cattle parts, offering a delectable culinary experience.

9. Steak Rosso Rosso

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Steak Rosso Rosso captivates diners with its irresistible fusion of Italian flair and Japanese precision. Here, culinary excellence meets alpine charm, as guests are welcomed into a warm, rustic ambiance whether in winter or summer time. Succulent cuts of premium steak, expertly sourced and grilled to perfection, take center stage, accompanied by a symphony of vibrant flavors from Italy’s culinary palette.

With each bite, guests embark on a gastronomic journey where tradition meets innovation, creating happy and healthy eating moments amidst Niseko’s snowy splendor.

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10. Royal Mouriya


For wagyu beef served teppanyaki-style, nothing beats Royal Mouriya. A restaurant that only uses A5-grade wagyu, cooked in front of you over an iron skillet, get to experience personal service in private rooms catered to create an indulgent dining atmosphere.

Promising unforgettable journeys into Japanese cuisine in the form of exquisite wagyu beef, these ten restaurants offer a unique mix of artistry, tradition, and passion. Each bite, whether aged or fresh wagyu beef, served teppanyaki-style or cooked in its juices, brings you into an intriguing journey of Japan’s rich wagyu steak tradition.

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