Tokyo is officially home to over 200 Michelin-starred restaurants

Between the continued state of emergency and strict travel restrictions, dining out in Tokyo hasn’t been easy this year. Nonetheless, Tokyo has a world-class gastronomic reputation to uphold, with more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world. The Tokyo 2022 Michelin Guide video reveal on November 30 gave the city’s ramen bars, izakaya, bistros, sushi shops and more a chance to show that their reputation is well deserved.

For 2022, a total of 203 Tokyo restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars. That’s slightly down from the 212 restaurants in the 2021 guide, but we’re happy to say that Tokyo’s lead over other top foodie destinations around the world is still intact. This city is still full of Michelin-starred restaurants.

Better yet, Tokyo’s top-rated restaurants are showing no signs of declining. Tokyo’s 12 three-star restaurants have maintained their ratings this year, which is no small feat during a pandemic. Special mention to the Japanese restaurant Kanda and to the French restaurants Joël Robuchon and Quintessence, which received three stars for the 15th consecutive year. They have been in the three-star club since the very first Tokyo Michelin Guide, in 2008.

As for two-star establishments, 41 restaurants were selected this time, with three one-star establishments earning an additional star. Classic Edomae-style sushi restaurant Nihonbashi-Kakigaracho Sugita has made the jump to two stars, along with French restaurant Asahina Gastronome and minimalist European restaurant Crony.

Ginza Hachigo
Photo: Lim Chee WahGinza Hachigo

There was a lot more movement on the one star list, with 21 new entries added for a total of 150 one star restaurants. Of these, 20 were Michelin newbies, including the seafood-focused Sorahana in Toranomon. But the star for us is a well-deserved first Michelin star for the revolutionary gourmet ramen shop Ginza Hachigo. This was one of our favorite Bib Gourmand spots, and we think it’s an even bigger deal with this shiny new star.

Speaking of Bib Gourmand, there are 35 new wallet-friendly restaurants this year, including the old-fashioned sushi shop Tachiguizushi Akira and Katsuo Shokudo, a Shibuya spot specializing in skipjack. This time around, 14 green stars were also awarded for sustainable restoration programs. That’s eight more than last year, which is good news for the planet and our stomachs.

To see the full list of the Tokyo 2022 Michelin Guide, visit the website.

Do you want Michelin cuisine without breaking the bank? Check out our guide to the best inexpensive Michelin-starred meals in Tokyo.

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