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Château Restaurant Joël Robuchon.

Japan's Top 400 Best High-End Gourmet Restaurants

Michelin Guide starred restaurants have been marked with ***  **  *  RS  Bib according to their rating.

THE MICHELIN GUIDE STAR & RATING SYSTEM - three stars (***) mean: "Exceptional cuisine and worth the journey"; two stars (**): "Excellent cooking and worth a detour"; one star (*): "A very good restaurant in its category"; the Bib label: "A Bib Gourmand rating means the restaurant is an inspector's favorite for good value. For $40 or less, you can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or dessert (not including tax and gratuity)." Restaurants awarded the Rising Star (RS) means that they may be in line for a MICHELIN star, or an upgrade from one to two, or from two to three stars.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna and produced annually by Restaurant magazine have been marked with SP; the restaurants marked with sp have been voted as the world's 51-100 best restaurants based on the votes of the 837 "chefs, restaurateurs, critics and fun-loving gourmands" selected by Restaurant magazine.

The restaurants marked with NW have been chosen by 53 top chefs for Newsweek magazine's August 13, 2012 issue 101 Best Places to Eat in the World.

The 75 restaurants representing 13 countries worldwide and 16 U.S. states awarded Wine Spectator magazine's Grand Award 2012 honoring outstanding restaurants with extraordinary wine programs have been marked WS.

5-star International Star Diamond Award Recipients selected by The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences have been marked with SDA.

The members of Les Grandes Tables du Monde association's 149 members in 22 countries on 4 continents representing the last word in gastronomy worldwide have been marked with GTM.

Established in France in 1954, Relais & Châteaux's mission is "to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character." Prospective and current members are evaluated by the group's traditional "five C" motto: Character, Courtesy, Calm, Charm and Cuisine. The members of Relais & Châteaux exclusive collection of 500 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries on 5 continents have been marked with R&C.

Glossary of Japanese Food terms.

Kaiseki - traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. The term also refers to the collection of skills and techniques that allow the preparation of such meals, and is analogous to Western haute cuisine.

Ramen Adventures.

Sushi Glossary.

Tabelog - "For those who do not want to choose the wrong restaurant, “Tabelog" posts information about restaurants and eating places in Japan."

World Sushi Cup Japan.

'World's best sushi restaurant' stripped of its three Michelin stars - "Guide will not rate Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo as it is no longer open to the public."

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       GOURMET RESTAURANTS BY REGION (105 countries):
Africa Asia - 386 Michelin starred restaurants Australia & New Zealand Caribbean
Central America Europe - 1807 Michelin starred restaurants Middle East North America - 128 Michelin starred restaurants
Oceania South America - Top 100
Anaga Hakone Hiroshima Izu City
Kaga City Karuizawa City Kobe Restaurants: A-Z Kyoto Restaurants: A-Z
Matsumoto City Mizunami City Nara Osaka Restaurants: A-Z
Shonan Tokushima Tokyo Restaurants: A-Z Yokohama
  • Hassho NW. Specialty: savory omelettes.
    Mizunami City (Gifu Prefecture)
  • Yanagiya, 573-27 Suecho Mashizume, Mizunami 509-6361, Gifu Prefecture.
  • Yanagiya - "Japan's No.1 Restaurant As Rated By Local Foodies." Reservation-only restaurant: +81 572-65-2102.
  • Bonzo *. Japanese soba cuisine.
  • En **. Traditional Japanese cuisine
  • Gentoan *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Hachinoki Kitakamakura *. Japanese shojin cuisine. Since 1979.
  • Hamura * (Chef: Kunio Sekizawa). Japanese tempura cuisine.
  • Herlequin Bis *. French cuisine.
  • Hikagechaya.
  • Hikagechaya *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Izumi *. Japanese sushi cuisine.
  • Kamakurayama.
  • Kamakurayama *. Japanese beef specialities. Since 1970.
  • Kisei *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Koan.
  • Koan ***. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Kuikiri Hirayama *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Kuniyoshi *. Japanese unagi cuisine. Founded in 1803.
  • Pleins d'Herbes *. French cuisine.
  • Ren *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Shirako.
  • Shirako *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Shunsai Sekine *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Soba Hirai *. Japanese soba cuisine.
  • Taku-tei *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Tamoto *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Ten ichibo *. Japanese tempura cuisine.
  • Teuchisoba Okamura *. Japanese soba cuisine.
  • Tomoei.
  • Tomoei *. Japanese unagi cuisine.
  • Tsuruya *. Japanese unagi cuisine. Opened in 1929.
  • Ukyo *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Unahei *. Japanese unagi cuisine. Since 1959
  • Yonekura *. Traditional Japanese cuisine.
  • Yunoki *. Traditional Japanese cuisine. Opened in 1980.
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