Beautifully marbled beef richer than its commercial counterparts in monosaturated fats, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids and lower in cholesterol, resulting in an unparalled tender flavor that fills your mouth. That's the elusive Japanese black cattle called Okigyu. Out on the rolling mountains of the Daisen-Oki National Park, cattle born and raised on the Oki Islands graze freely on wild mineral-rich grass, oblivious to the steep cliffs and breathtaking ocean views. A little more than 1,000 cows are born each year but only 10% enter the market as Okigyu.
The best place to try Oki beef is at Okigyuten. At lunchtime, the yakiniku set (grill the meat at the table) costs only ¥1,700 and a gyudon (beef bowl) costs ¥850. Prices increase in the evening. Okigyuten also sells cuts you can cook at home and they can package the meat for long travel. For an idea of the cost, a 500g of ichibo, a prime cut of marbled meat near the thigh costs around ¥10,000.
Okigyuten is a short walk from the Hishiura Port of Ama Town.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.