Michelin announces the new selections of the MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka 2016 and the MICHELIN Guide Nara 2016

Michelin today unveiled the selection of the MICHELIN guide Kyoto Osaka 2016 and the MICHELIN guide Nara 2016 which recommend the best restaurants and accommodation in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara (Previously these three cities where gathered in on single guide book: the MICHELIN guide Kansai). MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka 2016 will only go on sale in Japan, in japonese version.

guide MICHELIN Kyoto Osaka 2016 & Nara 2016

About the MICHELIN guide Kyoto Osaka 2016

The 11 Three Star restaurants have all maintained their high standards to retain the distinction in the 2016 edition. There are 8 new Two Star restaurants: 1 newly joined Japanese restaurant – Matayoshi (Kyoto) – and 7 restaurants promoted from One Star: 4 in Kyoto ( Hamasaku, Maeda, Mita, Owtari, all Japanese restaurants) and 3 in Osaka (Hoba-Korean, La Cime-French, Sushiyoshi-Sushi). 11 restaurants are also newly awarded One Star, of which 4 are in Kyoto and 7 in Osaka. 

For readers who want to eat well at a reasonable price, the MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka also includes a Bib Gourmand selection: restaurants which represents excellent value for money and for this edition the limit is 5,000 JPY or less. The Bib Gourmand award reflects the continuing trend for competitively priced, less structured and more flexible dining. This year ‘Washoku’ - traditional Japanese cuisine - is represented on the list of Bib Gourmands in Kyoto Osaka. The following 19 cuisine categories of ‘Washoku’ feature  in this edition: Beef specialities, Izakaya, Japanese, Kushiage, Obanzai, Oden, Okonomiyaki, Ramen, Shojinryori, Soba, Sushi, Takoyaki, Tempura, Teppanyaki, Tonkatsu, Udon, Unagi, Yakitori, Yoshoku. Takoyaki joins the list too, under the category of ‘Street food’ which includes typical local foods, with ‘take-out’ appearing for the first time in a MICHELIN guide. This edition also features many local specialties such as Udon and Okonomiyaki. Year on year the Bib Gourmand selection has proved increasingly popular with our readers and this edition is even more attractive and useful for our readers.

The MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka 2016 features 469 establishments, with 50 hotels, 25 ryokans and 394 restaurants.

About the MICHELIN guide Nara 2016

In Nara, the 1 Three Star restaurant - Wa Yamamura, Japanese; the 2 Two Star restaurants and 12 One Star restaurants all retained their awards in this 2016 edition,

A further 15 restaurants were awarded a Bib Gourmand – this is the first time this award has appeared in the selection of Nara. The limit is JPY 3,500 or less and all types of cuisine were considered. 7 cuisine categories of ‘Washoku’ are included, along with French, Italian and Spanish.

Bernard DELMAS, the president of Nihon Michelin Tire, announced: “We are very pleased to present the new edition of the MICHELIN Guide to the Kansai region.  Even though we have published MICHELIN Guides covering four areas, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nara, in previous editions, this time we have separated the area to publish 3 new guide books. Last year the selection of Bib Gourmands targeted just French and Italian cuisine but this year ‘Washoku’ – traditional Japanese cuisine – has been included and this has made the selection richer and more interesting. The Kyoto Osaka guide also sees many local specialities such as Okonomiyaki, Udon and Takoyaki. We therefore hope that this guide book will enjoy even greater popularity with our readers.”

 Michael ELLIS, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides commented “I am really glad that  ‘Washoku’ features in the list of Bib Gourmands. ‘Washoku’ has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list and it is getting more and more international attention. MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka 2016 and MICHELIN Guide Nara 2016 see 22 cuisine categories awarded Stars or Bib Gourmands classified as ‘Washoku’ and it represents more than 80% of the restaurants in these guides.  Other cuisine categories belonging to ‘Washoku’ such as Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki or Udon will hopefully prove as popular in other countries as Sushi or Tempura is now. We are keen to continue to highlight the advancement of the food of Kyoto Osaka “.