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The 2013 Tokyo, Yokohama, and Shonan Michelin Guide came out this week, and shockingly the Japanese capital has lost two of its three-star eateries.The 6th edition of the guide includes a total of 250 establishments, including 286 restaurants, 52 hotels, and 12 ryokans (a style of Japanese inn). Out of those 286 restaurants,15 are three-star Michelin eateries, a drop from last year’s 17.
However, Tokyo still remains the city with the most three-star restaurants in the entire world despite the minor setback. To put Tokyo’s 15 three-star establishments in perspective, France trails with 10, New York with seven, and London with two.
The two critical darlings that fell from grace with the French tire company were Japanese sushi restaurant Araki and Nihombashi eatery Hamadaya. Hamadaya only lost a star, but Araki, once renowned for its fantastic sushi and fresh tuna, has disappeared from the list entirely.
According to The Wall Street Journal, this is the first time since the Tokyo Michelin Guide launched back in 2007 that the city has lost any of its three-star establishments.
A total of 22 new restaurants were added this year to Tokyo’s Michelin Guide, and 6 new establishments were promoted to the two-star category. The one-star category saw 15 new restaurants and one ryokan join the rankings as well.
This year’s selection featured a steakhouse, a Chinese restaurant, and three French contemporary establishments, in addition to Japanese, Japanese Sushi, Japanese Soba, Japanese Tempura, and Japanese Yakitori restaurants.
View the full list of three-star Tokyo eateries below:
- Azabu Yukimura (Japanese)
- Esaki (Japanese contemporary)
- Ishikawa (Japanese)
- Joël Robuchon (French contemporary)
- Kanda (Japanese)
- Koan (Japanese)
- Koju (Japanese)
- Quintessence (French contemporary)
- Ryugin (Japanese contemporary)
- 7chome Kyoboshi (Japanese tempura)
- Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten (Japanese sushi)
- Sushi Mizutani (Japanese sushi)
- Sushi Saito (Japanese sushi)
- Sushi Yoshitake (Japanese sushi)
- Usukifugu Yamadaya (Japanese fugu)
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