A regional favorite

Chiya Beef made in Niimi City

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Photographer | Takuma Kimura

 

This high quality brand of beef originates from cattle raised in the Chiya area of Niimi City. The history of the industry goes back hundreds of years and to this day features prominently in beef dishes across the region. Chiya beef is considered to be one founding varieties of high-end beef in Japan.

What sets Chiya beef apart from ordinary meat is the superior way in which the cattle is fed and reared. Also, as Chiya is located in a highland region of Okayama Prefecture, the natural environment is ideal regarding rainfall and average temperature. This also relates to the availability of the ingredients that go into cattle feed.

“It melts in your mouth” might sound like a cliche but that is exactly what happens when you eat high-end beef like that which is produced in the Chiya district of Niimi. It is extremely tender, juicy and flavorful.

The most extravagant way to enjoy Chiya beef is to have it grilled right in front of you so you can decide for yourself when it is ready and eat it on the spot. Called Yakiniku in Japanese, this barbecue with Korean origins is the best option for enjoying high quality beef.

Another dish that you should try is the “Chiya Gyu Burger”. Gyu means “beef” in Japanese. This delectable treat features sautéed meat (not a patty) served on a bun with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheese. It is simply fantastic!

If you have the opportunity to buy some Chiya beef for yourself and have a place to cook it, prepare your favorite beef dish and taste the difference.

 

Retail Sales locations

Yakiniku Restaurant Chiya Gyu- 397-1 Shoden, Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture

Chiya Hot Spring- 1335 Hanami, Chiya, Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture

Yakinuki Fukuzaki- 377-1 Yamadanosho, Oku Town, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture

Granvia Hotel Okayama- 1-5 Ekimoto-machi, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

Restaurant Koinobori- 1-5-28 Bancho Kita-ku Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

 

About the Area

Niimi is a city in northwestern Okayama Prefecture on the border with Tottori Prefecture. It is a municipality full of natural wonders, excellent agriculture and old world charm.

Central Niimi is an attractive and livable space with parks and a number of civic buildings. In fact, the city’s central park is a popular location for cherry blossom viewing and picnic lunches.

There is a small river that runs within the town and winds through a tree-lined area, so it is lovely to stroll around the city center.

The outer areas of Niimi are fantastic places to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skiing and caving.

The local ski slopes are a magnet for skiers and snowboarders who are looking for an excellent alternative to the Hiruzen and Daisen regions.

The Osa district is a nature lovers paradise, with hills that attract  paragliders in search of spectacular highland views from a bird’s-eye perspective.

Ikura-do and Maki-do cave offer two thrilling caving possibilities and are a refreshing way to beat the summer heat and get a bit of exercise at the same time.

The Chiya district of the city is home to a well-appointed hot spring, where onsite restaurant serves locally produced high quality Chiya beef.

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