Michelin gives three stars to 12 eateries in West Japan
News On Japan via Bloomberg -- Oct 16
Michelin awarded three stars to 12 restaurants in western Japan, dropping from 15 last year, when the Asian nation amassed a total of 32 top-rated establishments.
Another 51 venues garnered two stars, with 24 in Kyoto, 14 in Osaka, 10 in Kobe and three in Nara, plus one ryokan, or inn, in Kyoto.
A total of 210 restaurants and three ryokans gained a single star. There were no additions to the three-star fold.
Tsuruya in Kyoto and Hajime in Osaka dropped to two stars. Mizai, also in Kyoto, wasn't on the list that Michelin sent via e-mail. Calls to the guide's press office weren't answered.
Establishments that won a first star include: Hoshinoya inn and restaurants Agiyao, Igarashi, Kyotenjin Noguchi, Motoi, Mutsunoya and Saraku in Kyoto; Chi-Fu, Iroha, Iwaki, Nunoya, Ryoriya Nakajima and Sui in Osaka; Agura and Shiko in Kobe.
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