The new Michelin Guide Kansai 2014 was released yesterday, 22 October 2014, revealing a new generation of one, two and three Michelin starred restaurants located in Japan’s western regions, including: Osaka, Kobe, and Nara. 

Compared to last year’s guide, Michelin Guide Kansai 2014 features two more three-star restaurants, Mizai and Kichisen, bringing western Japan’s total of top rated restaurants to a total number of 14. Situated in the extensive grounds of Maruyama Park, just outside the centre of Kyoto, restaurant Mizai is a converted tea house headed by chef Ishihara which serves traditional Japanese cuisine in a charming surrounding. Also showcasing the best of authentic Japanese cuisine in an intimate setting, restaurant Kichisen is located in the vicinity of Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site just outside of Kyoto, headed by chef Yoshimi Tanigawa.

Alongside its 14 three-star rated restaurants, Michelin Guide Kansai 2014 also includes 51 restaurants with two-star rating, three of those – restaurant Akai, Miyamoto and Point – newly rated, and 202 one-star restaurants.

The Michelin Guide Kasai 2014 will be available for purachase on Friday 25 October 2013. Until then, peruse your way through the list of Kansai restaurants who have new Michelin-star ratings, below:


Three Stars



Two Stars




One Star

Kitaoji Otagi

La Biographie

La Famille Morinaga


Reine des Pres

Shun ai Sasaki

Oimatsu Kitagawa


Sushi Hoshiyama





Koshimo Plus

Ryoriya Kudo

Yowa Daido

Sushi Yamazaki