When we think of the best Japanese beef Kobe always comes to mind as it is the most famous in Japan and one of the best known in the world. However, there is another beef as tasty as Kobe. This is Hida beef, whose epicenter is Takayama and Gifu Prefecture, and it is of the highest quality. We tasted some very thin slices with marbling and small white dots. The combination of veal with vegetables and the flavor of a piece of fruit is one of the greatest culinary pleasures of my life. And I'm not exaggerating, the veal was superb. Our experience of Hida beef in a small Takayama restaurant was the best of our last trip to Japan. In addition, anyone who is interested can visit farms in the area to see how they care for these fortunate cows. The quintessential pleasure of traveling makes this a trip worth making.