Buddhist Cuisine (精進料理) is delicately prepared vegetarian cuisine. It is inspired by the seasons, and most importantly by Buddhist philosophy. The cuisine is simple and fresh and no meat is used. It is a reminder to use mindfulness in your daily life. This restaurant is actually a 2-star Michelin restaurant, so you will be left completely speechless by the presentation and taste of these incredible dishes.
'Umesasa' is a Michelin-starred kaiseki restaurant that is a bit of a journey to get to. Located in northern Hokkaido, in a small town called Kitami, this restaurant serves one of the tastiest course meals around. If you're looking to go off the beaten path to get some amazing Japanese food, this is the restaurant for you.
Kashiwaya is a 3 Michelin star kaiseki restaurant in Osaka, with an outstanding reputation for excellence. If seeking a truly unforgettable meal in Osaka, there's no better option than here.
'Sojiki Nagahigashi' is a 2 Michelin star kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto that serves incredible food which utilizes fresh local ingredients that the chef gathers each day. Guests lucky enough to dine here can experience kaiseki cooking at its finest while watching the chef from a seat at the counter.
From among the thousands and thousands of ramen restaurants around Japan, just four have earned the special honor of a Michelin Star. In case you're curious, we've introduced those four shops below!
Ishibashi is an unagi (eel) restaurant with a Michelin star and a long, storied history in the middle of Tokyo. The restaurant is in a beautiful building that was rebuilt after the war using pieces of the original Meiji-era building that was burnt down. This is an amazing option for those looking to try some of the best unagi in Tokyo in a beautiful setting.
Tenyu 点邑 is a world-class tempura restaurant inside one of Kyoto's finest ryokan (traditional hotels) that is delicious enough to have earned a Michelin Star! Despite the beautiful location and top-notch food, the prices are quite affordable, especially for those visiting at lunchtime. Don't miss a chance to try this exquisite tempura next time you visit Kyoto!
The 2 star Michelin restaurant offers one of the most authentic traditional dining experiences in Kyoto with its rare kind of local cuisine called Yusoku Ryori.
Sushi Matsumoto is a top-tier sushi restaurant in Akasaka, Tokyo that was recently awarded a prestigious Michelin star. The chef is a veteran with experience at some of Tokyo's most prestigious sushi restaurants who now serves some unforgettable dishes at his own restaurant.