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Michelin Announces 2018 Stars for Tokyo

The city has more Michelin stars than anywhere else

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A dish at Den, a new two-Michelin-starred restaurant
Photo: Den
Monica Burton is the deputy editor of

For the 11th year, the restaurant folks at Michelin, a tire company, have announced their picks for the best restaurants in Tokyo. The Japanese capital continues its reign as the city with the most Michelin stars — a distinction that should come as no surprise, given Michelin’s well-known tendency to favor Japanese and French cuisine in its starred selections. This year, Tokyo inches further ahead with 234 starred restaurants, up from 227 last year.

Although there are no new three-starred restaurants, all 12 of Tokyo’s existing top-tier dining destinations kept their stars this year, including famed sushi counter Sukiyabashi Jiro and French fine-dining stalwart Joel Robuchon. There are five new two-star restaurants, including Eater essentials Florilège and Den, for a grand total of 56.

Twenty-three new restaurants appear in the guide at the one-star level, bringing that total to 166. According to a press release, these include five new sushi spots, five French restaurants, four Italian selections, and three Chinese restaurants. The remaining six new additions offer a variety of Japanese specialties, like yakitori at Nanachome, but, sadly, there are no new ramen options on the list of starred restaurants this year.

See below for the press release and full list of Tokyo’s Michelin stars.