Updated: July 16, 2019
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Kobe Beef in Tokyo for around ¥1,500? Yep! Here are 3 places where


Kobe Beef is arguably the best meat in the world; it's also incredibly expensive. But not at these three Tokyo restaurants where you can have it for really cheap!

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Gyu-an (牛庵) in Ginza

Gyu-an serves Kobe Beef diners averaging ¥15,000, but go for lunch and you can get some pretty crazy affordable specials. The above-pictured plate of Kobe Beef steak and patty is a mind-bogglingly cheap ¥1,390. You can also have Kobe Beef teppanyaki of 120g from ¥1,990.

The catch, if you can call it that, is that the servings are limited every day so you must get there early to have the chance to enjoy these super deals. You'll often see people waiting in line at this super popular Ginza restaurant before it opens at 11:30. The earlier you get there the better your chances of getting the specials.

If they happen to run out of Kobe Beef specials by the time your turn comes, note that there are some other pretty sweet Wagyu (Japanese brand cattle) Beef deals to enjoy. In fact, the quality of other Wagyu Beefs is comparable to Kobe Beef - and some years even better according to some national rankings - so you shouldn't be disappointed with anything you order at Gyu-an.

The restaurant is located near Higashi Ginza station.

Kobe Gyu Kaiseki 511 (神戸牛懐石 511) in Akasaka

Beef patties are called 'hambagu' in Japanese and are quite popular at steak houses. Kobe Gyu Kaiseki 511 serves an impossibly delicious Kobe Beef hambagu set served with a sublime demi-glace sauce. Incredibly tender, the patty is easily breakable with your chopsticks. For ¥1,500, the value of this hambagu is unbeatable! Another popular option that is even cheaper at just ¥1,200 is the Kobe Beef korokke (croquette) with beef stew set.

The restaurant is located a 5-minute walk from either Akasaka station or Akasaka Mitsuke station.

Shoen Nikuichi (匠苑にくいち) in Ginza

Shoen Nikuichi's parent company is a wholesaler of Kobe Beef, so for that reason, they can serve Kobe Beef lunch specials at what is probably very close to the buying cost price. You order from a touch tablet a lunch set. They have a couple of options which includes a hambagu and steak, but the most popular thing to order here is the Kobe Beef sukiyaki set at just ¥1,300. The meat is actually a mix of other Wagyu Beef and Kobe Beef. For an extra ¥600, you can make the Kobe beef portion 50% larger.

You can get to Shoen Nikuichi either from Ginza station (5 minutes) or Shimbashi station (5 minutes).

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