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Michelin Announces 2012 Stars For Western Japan

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.

Kyoto:
Chihana
Hyo-tei
Kikunoi Honten
Kitcho Arashiyama Honten
Mizai
Nakamura
Tsuruya

Osaka:
Fujiya 1935
Hajime
Kashiwaya
Koryu
Taian

Kobe:
Ca Sento
Komago

Nara:
Wa Yamamura

· Michelin Adds Another Three Top-Tier Restaurants to West Japan’s Star Haul [Bloomberg]
· Tokyo Declared World Culinary Capital by Michelin [-E-]
· All Michelin Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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