KOBE--Whether you are looking to learn more about the internationally popular Kobe beef brand or simply sink your teeth into some, this facility is sure to meet your needs.

The Kobe Beef Gallery opened March 24 in the Kitanocho district of the city's Chuo Ward.

Visitors can taste Japan's prized beef at a restaurant inside the facility and learn about the grading system for the marbled meat.

During an opening ceremony, Hyogo Governor Toshizo Ido expressed hope that the gallery will become a "promotional base for Kobe beef, which is known across the globe."

The gallery features panels and other exhibits that explain the history of Kobe beef and the characteristics of its taste, in addition to the strict standards for grading quality.

The 20-seat restaurant serves steaks, and there is a section where visitors can search for eateries in the city that also serve Kobe beef.

A cooperative union comprising meat wholesalers in the prefecture served as the primary contractor for the gallery, mainly using subsidies from the prefectural government.

Housed in the Shin-Kobe Oriental Avenue commercial complex directly connected to JR Shin Kobe Station on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line by a bridge, the facility aims to attract inbound tourists.

“Visitors will understand the secret to the delicious taste of Kobe beef. Please come and see for yourself,” said Hirokatsu Hirai, vice chairman of the union.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. No fixed holidays. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are not accepted.

For more information, visit the official website at (https://en.kobebeef.gallery/).