The 2022 edition of the Michelin Guide to Japan was recently released, and it includes a record-breaking 629 restaurants that have been awarded Michelin stars. This is the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in any country or region covered by the guide, including France.
Of the 629 restaurants, 28 have been awarded the coveted three stars, which signifies "exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey". Of these 28 three-starred restaurants, 15 are located in Tokyo, six in Kyoto, three in Osaka, two in Kanazawa, one in Kobe, and one in Nara.
The guide also awarded 86 restaurants with two stars, which signifies "excellent cuisine that is worth a detour". 515 restaurants received one star, which signifies "a very good restaurant in its category".
The Michelin Guide to Japan is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential culinary guides in the world. Its inspectors are known for their rigorous standards and anonymous visits to restaurants, and the guide is highly respected by chefs, restaurateurs, and food lovers around the globe.
The record-breaking number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Japan is a testament to the country's rich culinary traditions and its commitment to innovation and excellence in the kitchen. From sushi and ramen to kaiseki and tempura, Japan's food culture continues to inspire and delight people from all over the world.
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