The Delicious Daisen Beef In Tottori, Japan

When it comes to Wagyu beef from Japan, we often heard about the most expensive and most sought after one like the famous Kobe beef. There are some other beef in Japan that are also expensive and famous such as the Matsusaka and Ohmi beef. Apart from those three, there are also some other Wagyu beef that are almost as equally delicious as those but not popularly known. When we travelled to Yonago in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, we were introduced to one type of beef that we personally think is as delicious as Kobe, Matsusaka and Ohmi. It’s called the Daisen beef.

Not much people know about this beef except for those who have visited Tottori Prefecture. It’s one of the signature produce of Tottori and basically you can find it available in most restaurant in any city of Tottori Prefecture. Although it is not as expensive as Kobe beef but they come from the same breed of cow, the Japanese Black or Kuroge Washu. Eventhough they come form the same breed but they came from a different strain of that Japanese Black cattle. Kobe beef is from the Tajima strain of Japanese Black cattle and Daisen beef is from Tottori strain.

In Japan, cow is called “Wagyu”. There are four breed of Wagyu, the Japanese Black (Kuroge Washu), Japanese Brown (Akage Washu or Akaushi), Japanese Polled (Mukaku Washu), and Japanese Shorthorn (Nihon Tankaku Washu). 90% of the reared cow in Japan for the Wagyu beef is Japanese Black. There are four strain of Japanese Black cow, the Tottori, Tajima, Shimane and Okayama strain.

Japanese Wagyu beef are famous for its flavor, tenderness, the fatty and beautiful well-marbled texture. Daisen beef is no less. The taste is so delicious and like other Wagyu beef, it literally melt in your mouth. We’ve tried the Kobe beef, Matsusaka and Ohmi beef before and this Daisen beef doesn’t have much difference from those three in term of its taste. The only difference that we noticed is that the marbling in Daisen beef is a bit less dense than Kobe. But that doesn’t mean it is less delicious, you can still tastes the fat melt in your mouth and the rich buttery flavor in it.

Like other Japanese Wagyu beef, Daisen beef also contain unsaturated fat and high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. it also have all the goodness that other famous Japanese beef have.

Cattle for Daisen beef are mostly reared in the mountainous area in Tottori. Particularly in the foot of Mount Daisen. The water the cow drink is the water flowing from Mount Daisen itself. It is naturally filtered and a very fresh source for the cow. All of the Japanese cow are well taken care of. The secrets to their delicious and beautiful meat is the good and meticulous practices in farming them. As for Daisen beef, the cows are provided with a very calm environment to prevent them from being stressed out. Like the Japanese always said, happy cow make the best, beautiful and delicious beef.

Look at that marbling!

Look at that marbling!

Daisen beef have a very interesting history dated back to the Edo period. This is when the Mount Daisen region serve as the one and only horse and cow market in Japan. It thrived as the biggest market for such animals in Japan in Meiji Era. As a result of this long history, the “Kedaka” bloodline, a progenitor of Japanese Black (Kuroge Wagyu) breeds was developed in Tottori Prefecture.

We had our awesome experience having Daisen beef in its specialty restaurant called Daisen Kuroushi Kyoshotei in Yonago city. We also had it at the hotel we were staying at, the ANA Hotel Yonago. But this restaurant is famous for serving Daisen beef. We had almost all Daisen beef meals in their menu, from sushi to the steak. It taste so good that we came back for a second time few days later.

We cannot described the whole experience fully in words. If you want to try this beef at its freshest, you probably need to go visit Tottori Prefecture.

The location of this Daisen Kuroushi Kyoshotei restaurant is at 1-60-11 Kakubancho, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken, 683-0812. You can check their website at Or check out our post on this restaurant here: Daisen Kuroushi Kyoshotei, Yonago, Tottori, Japan.

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