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15 New Michelin Stars Born in Japan!

October 16, 2012

MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe Nara 2013MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe Nara 2013
12 restaurants with three stars,
52 with two stars (including 1 ryokan)
And 213 with one star (including 3 ryokans)

16 OCT: Michelin has announced the publication of the MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe Nara 2013, which offers a selection of the best restaurants, ryokans and hotels in these four cities.
The Guide includes a total of 362 establishments of which 273 are restaurants, 46 hotels and 43 ryokans.

MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe Nara 2013 (Japanese version) goes on sale in Japan on 19th October 2012 and the English version in January 2013 in the UK.

In the MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe Nara 2013 selection there are:
* 12 restaurants with three stars: 5 in Kyoto, 4 in Osaka, 2 in Kobe and 1 in Nara.
* 51 restaurants with two stars: 24 in Kyoto, 14 in Osaka, 10 in Kobe and 3 in Nara and 1 ryokan (in Kyoto).
* 210 restaurants with one star: 72 in Kyoto, 81 in Osaka, 39 in Kobe and 18 in Nara and 3 ryokans (in Kyoto).
- 14 restaurants join the selection with one star (6 in Kyoto, 6 in Osaka, 2 in Kobe).
- A contemporary French restaurant joins the selection in Kyoto for the first time.
- 1 ryokan has been awarded 1 star (Kyoto).

Kikunoi HontenKikunoi Honten  in Kyoto retained its three stars and its status as one of Japan’s best restaurants. Yoshihiro Murata, owner and head chef of Kikunoi, opened his first restaurant outside Japan, Chrysan, in London just last month. Kikunoi Honten offers a menu for 5,000 yen, so visitors to the city can sample one of the best restaurants in Japan for under £40.

Hoshinoya ryokan was awarded one Michelin star. Hoshinoya Kyoto’s Executive Chef, Ichiro Kubota was born into a Kyoto-Gion restaurant family, which is how he first studied the basics of Kyoto kaiseki cuisine. After the apprenticeship at a famous restaurant in France, Kubota served as head chef at Umu, a Japanese restaurant in London, which was awarded one Michelin star. His style of cooking at Hoshinoya Kyoto is seasonal kaiseki cuisine that captures the essence of Kyoto culinary tradition, yet is influenced by sophisticated cooking techniques and products from abroad.

“Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nara are all amazing culinary destination within one hour of each other. Each city offers unique foodie experiences, from Michelin-starred restaurants to cheap and delicious street food. Many Japanese see Osaka as the food capital of Japan. The locals are so passionate about food that they have an expression called "kuidaore," literally meaning "to eat till you drop.” Gourmet travellers should not miss this part of Japan,” said Kylie Clark, Head of PR & Marketing at Japan National Tourism Organization’s London office.

MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe Nara 2013 includes a wide variety of Japanese cuisine. Along with traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine you can find soba, kushiage, teppanyaki, sushi, yakitori, izakaya, unagi, tempura, fugu, sukiyaki, oden, obanzai, shojin, yuba, beef specialities and chicken specialities. We also recommend a range of other international cuisines such as Korean, Chinese and French, as well as steakhouses. This year, 9 traditional Japanese, 1 contemporary Japanese (ryokan), 1 izakaya, 2 fugu, 1 contemporary French and 1 Chinese restaurant join the selection with one star.

Bernard Delmas, President of Nihon Michelin Tire announced, “The MICHELIN Guide has been enjoyed by its readers for over a century and in 2007 it embarked on new adventures in Asia. The MICHELIN Guide Tokyo was published in 2008 and two years later The MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka was born. Today we are proud to present the 4th edition of this guide to the Kansai region and are delighted to present this new selection once again in autumn, when Japan is full of such wonderful produce. Our inspectors have been busy finding restaurants to recommend to you, our readers, and we hope that you will enjoy the stars which shine so brightly in Kansai”

Gourmet Japan Holidays

* Japan Journeys Japan Gourmet Tour is a unique tour to discover the delicious world of Japanese cuisine. Learn how to make traditional dishes for yourself during our cookery class in Tokyo. Sample an amazing variety of Japanese food and visit some wonderful markets. The next departure is 12-22 October 2013. In addition to Tokyo, the tour also takes in Kyoto and Nara and the beautiful Hakone in the foothills of Mt Fuji, giving travellers the chance to take a trip on Japan’s famous Bullet Train and take a dip in a traditional Japanese Onsen. 

* Taste of Japan with Intrepid Travel -  Arrive in Japan and travel beneath the neon lights of Tokyo city. Embark on an epicurean adventure through a city that dazzles with excellent restaurants, making it an ideal launching pad into the diversity of Japanese cuisine. Learn to make soba noodles and visit Tsukiji Fish Market, where more than 400 different types of seafood are sold. This tour visits Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Takayama and Mt. Koya. 

For the full list of restaurants, hotels and ryokans featured in the 2013 MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka Kobe Nara, click here. For a free info pack about these cities, including a gourmet guide to Osaka, email, or 

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