Kobe Beef is the name given only to the top cattle of the Hyogo Prefecture and limited to A4 and A5-grade only - literally the cream of the crop. Considered by many the pinnacle of steak, Kobe is simply the most sought-after beef on the planet. With only 30 restaurant licensees in the United States, Holy Grail Steak Co is the only online purveyor of genuine Kobe Beef from Japan. We’ve partnered with Costco to bring you the World’s Most Famous Beef, treasured around the globe.
Its 1868, and no one is aware of the Joy that is Kobe Beef.
As part of the Meiji Restoration, Japan opened its doors to foreign trade for the first time. Suddenly the sleepy port of Kobe became a destination and a bustling cosmopolitan town, a crossroads of tradition and foreign culture. As a Buddhist culture, the Japanese were not accustomed to eating meat but the Emperor, wanting to strengthen the Japanese people, encouraged them to partake once again. It was the visiting Englishmen however, stunned by the mind-blowing “Kobe Beef”, that spread the word and secured its reputation. Today it is, without a doubt, the World’s Most Famous Beef.
The small group of farmers that raise Kobe Beef are extremely passionate about and dedicated to protecting its heritage and lineage. Today, only 4,000 head of cattle per year qualify for the Certified Kobe Beef designation, the best-of-the-best from the Hyogo Prefecture. However, Kobe Beef is extremely rare outside of Japan with under 1,000 head a year exported for the entire globe.
What makes Kobe Beef so special? Named after the city of Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture, this remote regions isolated genetics allowed for the development of what is known today as the Tajima line, a very pure genetic breed of cattle whose DNA has been sought after and spread to other cattle throughout Japan but which remains unadulterated in the Kobe region, its purity jealously guarded by the small farmers that comprise the Kobe Association