Tokyo boasts more Michelin stars than any other city in the world with 200 restaurants awarded stars in the 2023 guide. 12 of these gourmet eateries managed to impress inspectors so much that they scooped the coveted three-star accolade, while 12 were also awarded the new Green Michelin Star thanks to their impressive commitments to sustainability.
With such a high caliber of restaurants come fiercely talented chefs, premium ingredients, and – as you would expect – a hefty price tag. Here, we look at five of the most expensive restaurants in Tokyo that have gone above and beyond to wow their guests.
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Kicking off our list of the most expensive restaurants in Tokyo is Aragawa. Established in 1967, the gourmet eatery is considered one of Tokyo’s stand out restaurants. The focus here is premium Wagyu beef that’s carefully selected and charcoal grilled, but this isn’t the only cuisine they serve; dishes such as freshly house-smoked salmon, shrimps and crab also appear on the seasonally changing menu.
Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten
This sushi bar of Dreaming Of Jiro fame serves the celebrated cuisine of chef Jiro Ono. With just 10 counter seats, eating here is an intimate dining experience in which you can see the sushi crafted before you from fish that’s been bought in Tsukiji market that morning. The omakase tasting menu is curated according to the seafood and fish that comes in that day but the meal consists of around 20 pieces. This is served with Japanese green tea.
This small Japanese restaurant in Roppongi creates dishes from the best produce found across Japan throughout the year, while placing the focus on the harmony of ingredients. The chef Seiji Yamamoto takes great pride in introducing diners to the recipes and produce of Japan, and it’s this passion that has resulted in the restaurant being awarded three Michelin stars. The tasting menu incorporates plates bringing together seasons, aromas, temperature, textures and combinations, followed by desserts which place the focus on coolness, warmth, playfulness, nostalgia and temptation.
Here, diners can experience the restaurant’s celebrated omakase-style menu as it’s created according to the seasonal produce that’s been brought in that day. In this way, chef Yoshihiro Narisawa aims to bring nature to the plate by placing the focus on the key ingredients while elevating the experience through aroma and texture as well as taste. This creativity has led to the restaurant earning two Michelin stars.
Last but not least on our list of the most expensive restaurants in Tokyo is Yukimura. The restaurant showcases the traditional Kyoto-style cuisine of chef Jun Yukimura. Kaiseki is served at the small restaurant’s counter seating, enabling diners to watch the chefs prepare their food for them. The sensitively prepared and cooked dishes make the most of natural Japanese ingredients and are presented in delicate and subtly flavored ways.
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