Michelin has launched its first guide to the Japanese cities of Kyoto and Osaka and has awarded seven restaurants with the top accolade of three stars.
The Kyoto and Osaka guide is Michelin's second in Japan after its Tokyo guide which first launched two years ago. It published its first guide to Hong Kong and Macau last year.
Michelin awarded a total of 150 restaurants and ryokans (traditional hotels) a total of 189 stars including 110 in Kyoto, shared among 85 establishments, and 79 in Osaka among 65 restaurants.
Seven restaurants were awarded three stars, including Chihana, a six-decade-old, family-run restaurant in Kyoto's geisha district of Gion; and Osaka's Hajime, which serves French food cooked by chef-patron Hajime Yoneda.
A total of 25 establishments were given two Michelin-stars, while 118 were awarded one star.
Michelin director Jean-Luc Naret said the guide presented a rich and interesting selection of restaurants symbolising the dynamic culinary scene of the two cities.
"In Kyoto we selected restaurants which offer excellent dishes by inheriting and developing culinary tradition. In Osaka, we discovered talented chefs who receive good culinary education and offer creative and original cuisine," he said."
By Kerstin Kühn
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