Here is a list of top michelin restaurants in Japan.
Sukiyabashi Jiro, Tokyo
To kick off our list, is Sukiyabashi Jiro, headed by chef Jiro Ono. You may have heard of this legendary restaurant because there is a famous documentary about it called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Naturally, perusing the many great cultural and culinary wonders of Japan requires at least one sushi-oriented excursion. Sukiyabashi Jiro offers you the best of the best, as each piece of sushi is handmade by the 89-year-old Jiro himself. This is also a place to get a crash course on the art of appreciating and consuming sushi, including how to properly hold the sushi and add sauce to it. The interior is quite simple and small, which only adds to the authenticity of this unforgettable dining experience.
Sukiyabashi Jiro, 4-2-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan +81 3 3535 3600
When most us think of the chefs at Michelin star restaurants, it is natural to assume that these men and women achieved such acclaim following a lifelong ambition to do so. In this way, Hajime has an interesting story. Although he is the head chef and founder, Hajime Yoneda’s first love in life was mathematics and engineering. After earning a degree in this field, he worked in electronic design for a few years before breaking from this path to study French and Japanese culinary arts. Today, it is clear that his technical background heavily influences the dishes served at Hajime. Most of his creations have their foundations in French cuisine guided by Japanese pragmatism.
Located in the hip Kagurazaka neighborhood in Tokyo, Kohaku received its third Michelin star just this year. The head chef here is Koji Koizumi, and he offers you a dining experience that features many of the elements of Japanese culinary and ceremonial precision that we celebrate this culture for. From traditional Japanese dishes tinged with simple tweaks in spices to the carefully thought-out table settings, Kohaku is a dining experience to savor. Most of the menu focuses onkaiseki meals, which are elevated, multi-course dinners that are traditional to this area of the city. You can enjoy a meal here for a relatively reasonable price.
Kohaku, 3-4 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku 162-0825 , Tokyo Prefecture +81 3 5225 0807
By Lily Cichanowicz
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