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Château Uenae 


Hokkaido is the second largest of the four main islands constituting Japan.

The most prominent characteristic of Hokkaido is the severe but abundant natural environment created by temperature differences of up to ±78.8˚C (±173.84˚F).

Hokkaido Snow beef is bred in the great nature and most dynamic climate in Japan.

Chateau Uenae is located on the nature-rich banks of Lake Utonai, which is a sanctuary for wild birds and the first site in Japan to be designated under the Ramsar Convention. 

Chateau Uenae Private Farm started out as the nation’s first Wagyu R&D integrated farm run by Japan’s leading dairy and livestock product manufacturer. 

Committed to producing some of the best Japanese Wagyu in the world, the farm’s staff toiled tirelessly for years to introduce better breeds of Wagyu cattle, and the beef they produced came to be prized in Japan.  

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Despite having developed this popular beef, the manufacturer decided in 2002 to close the research farm. 

Many were truly shocked to learn about the closure and considered every possible avenue to pass down this Premium Wagyu beef to future generations. 

That was the moment Dr. Asanuma ultimately deciding to take over the farm, and so the legend begins.

The beef was solely supplied for private consumption purposes at Dr. Asanuma’s private restaurant in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. 

Chateau Uenae still only has a limited amount of Hokkaido Snow Beef available for export and is known as a phantom of the Craft Wagyu, which is extremely rare.

This phantom to the extreme Wagyu that is so exceptionally unique to Japan has been a constant myth in overseas gourmet circles seeking delectable and divine Wagyu outside Japan.


*The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.

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