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Michelin expands Tokyo guide

08 June 2011 by
Michelin expands Tokyo guide

Michelin is expanding its Japanese coverage by extending its Tokyo guide to include the Shonan area, south west of the Japanese capital.

The group's guide to Tokyo, which will be released in December, will also list hotels and restaurants in the cities of Yokohama and Kamakura.

Commenting on the release, Bernard Delmas, president of Nihon Michelin Tire, said: "The Michelin guide is updated each year by offering a new selection of restaurants and hotels and by gradually expanding the covering area.

"In the fifth anniversary of the Michelin guide in Japan, I am pleased to offer a wider selection by expanding from Kamakura city to the Shonan area."

Published at the beginning of December, the new edition will be available in Japanese and English.

The current Michelin guide to Tokyo, Yokohama and Kamakura lists a total of 266 Michelin-starred establishments including 14 three-star, 54 two-star (52 in Tokyo) and a record 198 one-star restaurants (174 in Tokyo).

The Japanese capital has more starred restaurants than any other city including Paris. The size and scale of the restaurant industry in Tokyo helps to partly explain its success when it comes to Michelin stars as there are around 160,000 restaurants compared with about 40,000 in Paris.

Michelin now publishes 26 guides covering 23 countries in Europe, the USA and Asia, where it also has guides to Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe; and Hong Kong and Macau.

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