10 Best Michelin Star Restaurants In Tokyo

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Tokyo is Japan’s capital city and one of the busiest and most exciting metropolis to visit. The ancient city is an interesting juxtaposition of the traditional and modern, with centuries-old palaces co-existing with soaring skyscrapers. From the stately Meiji Shrine, where Japan’s royalty worship at till this day, to the grand Imperial Palace with its sprawling and manicured grounds that showcase the best of Zen, and the buzzing, neon-lit Shinjuku and Harajuku districts, Tokyo is an exhilarating experience. So, if you’re visiting this east Asian powerhouse, check out this list of the best Michelin star restaurants in Tokyo.

1. Tempura Kondo (From 37 USD)


Tempura Kondo is a Michelin two-star restaurant located in the glitzy Ginza district that is known for its expensive shops and even more expensive restaurants. Diners usually go for the set meals offered at Tempura Kondo. There’s also an a la carte menu on offer, if the tempura sets are not enough to satisfy your cravings. Each tempura item in the set is prepared and served piece by piece to cater for different optimum cooking times and to allow diners to enjoy each tempura item elegantly. The attraction of Tempura Kondo and the reason for its awarded Michelin star is the gossamer-light food that are never greasy and always perfectly crisp.

Tempura Kondo

Address: 5 Chome-5-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

Opening hours: Mon - Sat:12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 8:30pm (closed on Sun)

Price: From 37 USD

2. Ginza Kojyu

Grilled Spanish mackerel and Wagyu Beef, Hokkaido Potato, Daikon Radish, Steamed Radish
Source: Photo by Flickr user City Foodsters used under CC BY 2.0

Ginza Kojyu’s location in a random Japanese office building belays its three Michelin stars that it has held since 2008. Chef-Owner Toro Okuda is famous for serving an exquisite, multi-course kaiseki-style menu that pays homage to the freshest ingredients in season. Kaiseki-style meals in Japan refer to a traditional, fine-dining meal that is composed of six to fifteen tiny dishes, though most traditional restaurants serve nine courses. This exclusive restaurant can only sit 14 guests at a time, so a reservation is imperative. For those outside of Japan, you will need the help of a hotel concierge or a local contact as overseas reservations are unavailable!

Ginza Kojyu

Address: Carioca building 4F 5-4-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

Website: Ginza Kojyu

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 1pm, 6pm - 9:30pm (closed on Sun)

3. Azabu Yukimura (From 362 USD)


Azabu Yukimura or more commonly referred to as Yukimura is a Michelin three-star kaiseki restaurant that is owned and run by Kyoto-trained chef Jun Yukimura. Chef Yukimura offers a 10-course meal that is a refined reflection of the four seasons in Japan, using the best produce found in the country. The restaurant is characteristically small, but that is not a bad thing as diners will get to see Chef Yukimura’s cooking up-close and live as dishes are prepared and served with no lag time.

Azabu Yukimura

Address: 1 Chome-5-5-3 Azabujuban, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0045, Japan

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5:30 pm - 11pm (closed on Sun)

Price: From 362 USD

4. Imafuku (From 159 USD)

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Imafuku is a Japanese Wagyu beef specialty restaurant that has earned Michelin one-star for its menus that are prepared with this top-quality meat as the star. Dishes that are famous at Imafuku include the shabu-shabu, which is Japanese-style hotpot, sukiyaki, which is another type of hotpot just with a stronger-flavoured broth, and various other side dishes that highlight the highest grade of Japanese Wagyu the restaurant insists on using. Imafuku, like the other best Michelin-star restaurants in this list, is committed to pairing its Japanese Wagyu with seasonal ingredients that evoke the best of each season.

Imafuku

Address: 1 Chome-12-19 Shirokane, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0072, Japan

Opening hours: 5pm - 12am (daily)

Price: From 159 USD

5. Nihonryori RyuGin (From 65 USD)

RyuGin
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Nihonryori RyuGin is headed by Chef Seiji Yamamoto and the food is rooted in Chef Yamamoto’s avant-garde cooking techniques for classic kaiseki cuisine. The 12-course kaiseki set meal is driven by seasonal ingredients and subject to change daily as the chef hand-picks the top-quality food items for your meal. With nearly two decades at the peak of Japan’s fine dining scene, Chef Yamamoto’s labour of love, Nihonryori RyuGin is understandably popular. Reservations are generally made at least two months in advance!

Nihonryori RyuGin

Address: Side Roppongi Building, 1st Floor, 7-17-24 Roppongi Minato, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan

Opening hours: 5:30pm - 11pm (daily)

Price: From 65 USD

6. Kagurazaka Ishikawa (From 65 USD)

8: Hot Pot - Fresh Sea Urchin, Thinly Sliced Wagyu Beef, Tofu and Komatusna Green
Source: Photo by Flickr user City Foodsters used under CC BY 2.0

Kagurazaka Ishikawa is experiential dining at its finest. This Michelin three-star restaurant is Japanese elegance and hospitality combined tastefully; from the Shinto shrine water-purified stone path leading diners from the main road to the restaurant’s designated hosts that guide diners to their seats, and the traditional Zen aesthetics that transport diners to a culinary sanctuary. The seasonally-led kaiseki cuisine at Kagurazaka Ishikawa showcases Chef-Owner Hideki Ishikawa’s respect and honour for his guests. This high regard is apparent in the care taken from presentation, curation, and flavours.

Kagurazaka Ishikawa

Address: 5-37 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5:30pm - 10:30m (closed on Sun)

Price: From 65 USD

7. Sushi Yoshitake

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Source: Photo by Flickr user City Foodsters used under CC BY 2.0

Sushi is a must-try meal in Japan and one of the best places for that is Sushi Yoshitake, a high-end, Michelin three-star sushi restaurant in Ginza. The degustation menu of sushi and tsumami (food that is specially created to be paired with alcohol) is planned and prepared by Chef Masahiro Yoshitake and his team, thus giving diners a completely different experience. Beside the famed sushi and tsumami menu, an excellent choice when dining at Sushi Yoshitake is the char-grilled food. The specialty charcoal used at Sushi Yoshitake lend a smoky yet delicate aroma to the seasonal ingredients used in preparing the meals.

Sushi Yoshitake

Address: Brown Place 9F, 7-8-13 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

Website: Sushi Yoshitake

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6pm - 10.30pm (closed on Sun)

8. Yamadaya (From 270 USD)


Yamadaya is a three Michelin-star restaurant that only serves one kind of seafood - the torafugu puffer fish. This fish has gained a somewhat notorious reputation as improperly prepared fugu (puffer fish) can be fatally poisonous. 56-year-old Head Chef Yoshio Kusakabe is highly seasoned in the preparation of fugu and has held his fugu preparation license since his early twenties. Fugu is a delicacy that can be enjoyed in many ways, from sashimi, to hotpot, grilled, and even fried. It is not an easy fish as different parts demand a myriad of skills and preparation methods. The traditional, three-course fugu meal served at Yamadaya will attest to Chef Kusakabe’s skills and blow diners away with the deliciousness of this fish.

Yamadaya

Address: B1F, 4 Chome−11−14, Nishiazabu, Minatoku City, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6pm - 10pm (closed on Sun)

Price: From 270 USD

9. L'Effervescence (From 412 USD)

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


L'Effervescence is a French fine-dining restaurant with Japanese sensibilities. Chef Shinobu Namae was trained by top chefs from all over the world, including Michel Bras and Heston Blumenthal. The restaurant, which has two Michelin stars, has a menu that is created with seasonal Japanese ingredients that highlight Chef Namae’s commitment to sustainable eating, freshness, and fun dining that is themed around experiences. Signature dishes include a take on a fast-food style fried pie that is filled with seasonal ingredients, and a candied chestnuts and chrysanthemum leaf ice cream dessert that evokes a hike during autumn.

L'Effervescence

Address: 2 Chome-26-4 Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 12pm - 1:30pm, 6pm - 8:30pm (closed on Mon)

Price: From 412 USD

10. Joël Robuchon Restaurant (36 USD for seat reservation, from 163 USD for meals)

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Joël Robuchon Restaurant is a name that is synonymous with French fine dining internationally. Located in the ultra-expensive neighbourhood of Ebisu in Tokyo, the restaurant is one of the most expensive French restaurants in Japan. In the classic, over-the-top Joël Robuchon style, the restaurant is housed within a French Château that was rebuilt stone by stone. Executive chef Michael Michaelidis leads a team that flawlessly executes all of Joël Robuchon’s greatest classics. Diners and fans of this late and great French chef can be assured of his signature Purée De Pomme at the Joël Robuchon Restaurant in Tokyo, as well.

Joël Robuchon Restaurant

Address: Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-1 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0062, Japan

Opening hours: 11:30am - 2pm, 6pm - 9:30pm (daily)

Price: 36 USD for seat reservation, from 163 USD for meals

Wine and dine in Tokyo

Umegaoka Sushi no Midori-Sohonten
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If you have a fat bank account at your disposal and are the sort of gourmet traveller who can fly anywhere at the drop of a hat for an excellent meal, look no further. Use this list of best Michelin-star restaurants in Tokyo and eat your way through this exciting city. Just remember to plan your trip carefully and make all those all-important reservations way ahead of time, so that you can enjoy a sublime experience wining and dining in the best Michelin-star restaurants in Tokyo.

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