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Western Japan Overtakes Tokyo in Michelin Stars

Destination & Tourism November 01, 2011

Western Japan Overtakes Tokyo in Michelin Stars

Western Japan has stolen Tokyo’s culinary crown by being awarded more three-star ratings by the Michelin Guide than the capital. The area of Kansai was given 15 top rankings by the cuisine bible, which is three more than in 2010 and one more than Tokyo received, the Reuters news agency reported. In total, 12 of these restaurants sell traditional Japanese cuisine, with two of them renowned for their fusion and the other for contemporary French recipes.

The usurping of Tokyo comes just 12 months after it received more Michelin stars than any other city in the world for the fourth year in a row. In this year’s guide, there were new entries for the cities of Kobr and Nara. The new edition of the guide will be published at the beginning of December, with versions printed in both Japanese and English. For more information, visit