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7 Michelin Star Restaurants in Japan

By Lauren Jade Hill

With a revered culinary heritage, a hunger for innovation and an extraordinary wealth of outstanding produce throughout each of the four seasons, Japan is unsurprisingly among the nations that lay claim to the most three Michelin starred restaurants. We take a look at seven of the best Michelin star restaurants in Japan.

Kohaku, Tokyo

Three Michelin starred restaurant Kohaku gives traditional Japanese kaiseki plates an innovative twist, combining Japan’s celebrated produce and classic culinary techniques with non-native ingredients and exceptional creativity. Expect to dine on dishes such as beef shabu shabu with truffles and caviar.


Ishikawa, Tokyo

Another of Tokyo’s three Michelin starred dining venues is the famously sought after restaurant Ishikawa. Located behind Bishamonten Zenkokuji temple in Kagurazaka, the restaurant specializes in kaiseki plates that showcase the season’s best ingredients.


Hyotei, Kyoto

With a 400-year history, Hyotei is undoubtedly one of Kyoto’s most legendary fine dining restaurants, combining its traditional tea house roots with a forward thinking spirit. In a tea house setting, fine Kyoto cuisine that has earned the restaurant three Michelin stars is served to a discerning clientele.

Nakamura, Kyoto

Also encompassed within Japan’s offering of  three Michelin starred restaurants, Nakamura stands out for taking the traditional delicacies Kyoto is known for and creating exciting new dishes with them.

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Koryu, Osaka

Osaka is best known for its vibrant eating and drinking scene, so it’s no surprise the city has its fair share of Michelin starred restaurants too. Koryu is one such venue, laying claim to three Michelin stars. This intimate eatery serves up multi-course meals of traditional Japanese fare, while showcasing the season’s premium local produce.


Fujiya 1935, Osaka

Also boasting three Michelin stars, Fujiya 1935 entices gourmands in with its fine dining Japanese and Spanish fusion plates. Starting out as a noodle shop, this family-run restaurant is a well-established favorite on Osaka’s dining scene.

Nakashima, Hiroshima

In Hiroshima, it’s three Michelin starred restaurant Nakashima that draws people in from far and wide. Here, kaiseki-style multi-course meals bring together the finest produce of the region, including the seafood this coastal city is known for.

For more inspiration on where to eat on your travels, take a look at our list of the world’s Top 100 Restaurants.

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