Japan continues to dominate the international Michelin star game as the 2012 Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nara guide adds three new three-star restaurants. Wa Yamamura in Nara and Osaka's Fujiya 1935 and Koryu all reached the top tier this year, bringing Japan's number of three-starred restaurants to 29. (For comparison, France has 25.) Japan also added seven additional two star restaurants in the region.
The Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nara guide is one of two guides Michelin produces in Japan. The other, which covers Tokyo and surrounding areas (including Shonan for this first time this year), will be released December 2. Below, a list of all the three-starred restaurants in the region.
Kitcho Arashiyama Honten