Tokyo gains a wealth of new Michelin stars

28 November 2012 by
Tokyo gains a wealth of new Michelin stars

Tokyo has cemented its reputation as a culinary powerhouse with the launch of the latest Tokyo Yokohama Shohan Michelin Guide.

Six restaurants gain two Michelin stars, with two further restaurants promoted to two stars.

A total of 16 restaurants were awarded their first star, while all 15 previously awarded three stars managed to maintain the accolade.

There are now 214 establishments with one star in the region, 58 with two stars, and 15 with three.

The restaurants selected for stars this year offered a range of styles of cuisine, including sushi, soba, tempura, and the first fugu restaurant to join the selection in Yokohama.

The size and scale of the restaurant industry in Japan helps partly to explain its success when it comes to Michelin stars. There are around 160,000 restaurants Tokyo, compared with about 40,000 in Paris.

Michelin promotes three restaurants to three stars in Japan's Kansai guide >>

Michelin's Tokyo guide gives Japan a total of 32 three-star restaurants >>

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