2013 Michelin Guide Tokyo and Kyoto Online


Great news from Gurunavi, a major Japanese restaurant search site. It has the English-version website for the 2013 Michelin Guide Tokyo and Kyoto. Both of these publications are published by Nihon Michelin Tire Co., Ltd.

The online version includes 712 restaurants, hotels, and Japanese inns. Currently, the Japanese version is available in print as well as by subscription for online access. So, we English readers are fortunate that Gurunavi has made this available for free.

This service will not only help English speakers residing in Japan, but also will help Japan-bound travelers plan for their trip. Links to official restaurant sites are available.

The website is released with the sponsorship, support and collaboration of 19 enterprises, groups and local governments, including East Japan Railway Company, Japan Airlines, Japan Airport Terminal, Japan National Tourism Organization, Kansai International Airport, Keisei Electric Railway, City of Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Narita International Airport Corporation, Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau, Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tokyo Metro, and West Japan Railway Company. It also has the full approval of Nihon Michelin Tire Co., Ltd.

Established in 1996, GURUNAVI is a major search site for restaurants in Japan providing accurate, up-to-date and detailed information on menus, courses and chef suggestions. There are over 500,000 nationwide listings and 28 million monthly users. Here is the English site for Gurunavi which includes non-Michelin starred restaurants.

Michelin Tokyo 2013 Three Star Restaurants

Today Michelin announced the newest stars in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Shonan. There are 6 new two stars, 16 new one starsion the 6th edition of the Michelin Guide for the Metropolis area. 2 restaurants were promoted from one to two stars.

Here is the list of three star restaurants:

Azabu Yukimura   –   Japanese

Esaki   –   Japanese contemporary

Ginza Koju   –   Japanese

Ishikawa   –   Japanese

Joël Robuchon   –   French Contemporary

Kanda   –   Japanese

Quintessence   –   French Contemporary

Ryugin   –  Japanese contemporary

7 chome Kyoboshi   –  Tempura

Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten   –   Sushi

Sushi Mizutani   –   Sushi

Sushi Saito   –  Sushi

Sushi Yoshitake   –  Sushi

Usukifugu Yamadaya   –  Fugu

and, Koan in Shonan for Japanese cuisine

There is a total of 15 3 star restaurants in the Tokyo area. There are only 100 restaurants in the world that are currently holding Michelin 3 stars.

As for the number of 3 star restaurants dropping from 17 last year to 15 this year. Hamadaya, lost one star but retains two stars. The other, Araki, a sushi restaurant is not included in the red guide at all this year as the restaurant is closing. Reports say that Araki may open in London in the future but this has not been confirrmed.

For the full list, click here.