FOURNews | Michelin Guide Kyoto & Osaka 2018 out now!

26 Nov 2017
2 min read
The latest Michelin Guide for Osaka and Kyoto has revealed that Iida and Hajime have won the coveted three-star award…

Michelin has unveiled the new selection of the MICHELIN Guide Kyoto & Osaka 2018, which features a total of 412 restaurants and 86 hotels and ryokans, located in Kyoto and Osaka.

Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN guides said: “The elegant, ancient city of Kyoto and the vibrant food city Osaka have different charms but both attract a lot of foreign tourists. I know these cities are also close to Japanese hearts. I am delighted to share with our clients the discoveries that our inspectors have made”.

12 restaurants have been awarded Three Stars, including two new: IIDA, a restaurant located in Kyoto where the owner-chef serves Japanese cuisine and changes the menu monthly. The restaurant Hajime also obtains three stars this year: the chef Hajime Yoneda takes an inventive approach to the cuisine and has created a menu inspired by the themes of earth and space – and the natural way of things.

A total of 40 restaurants are awarded two stars in the selection 2018: 23 are located in Kyoto and 17 in Osaka.

The MICHELIN guide Kyoto Osaka also comprises 139 restaurants awarded one star. Among them 25 are new: 12 in Kyoto and 13 in Osaka.

The MICHELIN guide Kyoto Osaka selection also includes 221 restaurants awarded a Bib Gourmand, 34 of which are newly added to this year’s list: 18 in Kyoto and 16 in Osaka. The Bib Gourmand distinction recognizes those restaurants offering quality food at a maximum of 5,000JPY. It also reflects the continuing trend for competitively priced, less structured and more flexible dining. All cuisine categories have been considered this year in the selection.


The MICHELIN guide Kyoto & Osaka 2018 comprises:

  • 12 restaurants with three stars (Kyoto 8, Osaka 4). Among them, 2 are new
  • 40 restaurants with two stars (Kyoto 23, Osaka 17) and 1 ryokan (Kyoto)
  • 139 restaurants with one star (Kyoto 64, Osaka 75) and 2 ryokans (Kyoto). Among them, 25 are new (Kyoto 12, Osaka 13)
  • 221 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand (Kyoto 90, Osaka 131). Among them 34 are new (Kyoto 18, Osaka 16)