Full list of new released Michelin Stars for Kyoto – Osaka 2018

The MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka 2018

First of all, the MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka 2018 has been just launched. Thus, he features a total of 412 restaurants and 86 hotels and ryokans located in the two cities. Of these, 12 have been given the coveted three-star distinction. Including two new restaurants: IIDA in Kyoto who moved up from two-stars last year, and French gastronomy restaurant Hajime in Osaka.

Moreover, the MICHELIN guide Kyoto Osaka also comprises a total of 40 two Michelin stars restaurants and 139 one Michelin stars restaurants.

Furthermore, the 2018 edition sees 25 new one Michelin stars additions. 12 in Kyoto and 13 in Osaka including the likes of Chinese restaurant Chugokusai S. Sawada, beef specialty establishment Nikunotakumi Miyoshi, and Sushi Kappo Nakaichi.

Most of all, Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides said: “The elegant, ancient city of Kyoto and the vibrant food city Osaka have different charms but both attract a lot of foreign tourists. I know these cities are also close to Japanese hearts. I am delighted to share with our clients the discoveries made by our inspectors”.

Two new, three Michelin stars restaurant

The Michelin Guide to Kyoto and Osaka 2018 has been released and the big news is that Japan now has two new, three Michelin stars restaurants.

Lida in Kyoto and Hajime, a French-influenced spot in Osaka are the latest restaurants to have Michelin’s highest honour bestowed upon them. Yet, Hajime pays tribute to “the balance and harmony of nature, the earth, and space”. According to its website and has a signature dish comprised of 110 herbs and vegetables. Hajime currently sits at number 34 on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

This means the region now has 12, three-star restaurants, the same as Tokyo at time of writing. Indeed, Japan has the highest number of three-Michelin-star restaurants in the world.

The guide also announced 25 new one star restaurants, with 12 in Kyoto and 15 in Osaka. But no new two stars.

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