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Yakiniku vs Teppanyaki in Kobe

Condimentality | May 14, 201512:56 AM

I am taking a quick 4 day trip to the Kansai region next week, and my plan is to stop in Kobe for an early dinner (~5pm) on May 21st on my way back from Himeji. I'm looking to eat Kobe beef near Sannomiya station (I could go elsewhere if it's really worth it to do so, but I'll be wandering around for a couple hours in that area before dinner).

This will be my splurge meal for the trip (I can get plenty of solid Japanese food in Taiwan, but not real-deal Kobe beef), so I'm willing to go above $10k yen if it's truly worth it, but I'm interested in paying for the beef, not any ambiance. It would be great if the place is a la carte, as I'm just interested in beef, not any extras, but I understand if this will not be possible. I will be dining solo, and I do not speak or read Japanese.

My main question is whether I should go to a Yakiniku place like:

Or a Teppanyaki place like:

I've had both in Taiwan (and love them both), so I understand the difference in the two methods of preparation, but I'm wondering if Yakiniku isn't going to give me the full experience.

The Yakiniku options are clearly much cheaper, but I'm willing to drop a fair bit of cash on Teppanyaki if it's going to be significantly better.

Any advice? Any suggestions on specific places?

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