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Tokyo Michelin Guide

10 January 2008

A Diner’s Metropolis

Get the Michelin-starred treatment in Tokyo

It’s official – Japan’s most vibrant city is the food capital of the World!

Here at InsideJapan Tours we have always known what a mecca Japan is for any lover of good food, but November saw Tokyo receiving the most Michelin stars out of any other city in the world. A total of 191 stars were awarded to a total of 150 restaurants, with 60% of the restaurants specialising in Japanese cuisine, and the remainder in a mix of western and Asian dishes - showing that there is a lot more to Japan than just raw fish.

The research was carried out over the space of a year with so many high-quality restaurants discovered that the 2008 Tokyo Michelin Guide (released in English on January 2 2008) is the first guide for any city to list every restaurant with at least one Michelin star. A restaurant receiving one or more stars is considered to be not only one of the best restaurants of its kind in the country, but one of the best in the world.

There are an estimated 160,000 restaurants in Tokyo alone, from top class eateries in the Roppongi district to small ramen noodle standing bars in the backstreets of Ueno, all of which add to the culinary intrigue of this already culturally intriguing city.

InsideJapan Tours has always offered tailor-made trips and small group tours that sample some of the different and delicious foods that Tokyo and Japan has to offer. But with the release of the new guide we can offer packages taking in some of the official gastronomic and cultural delights of this country, one that is obsessed, for good reason, with all things food.

If you are flying anywhere near Japan it is worth at least a stop in Tokyo just to see for yourself why the world’s top authority on food has named Tokyo as the undisputed “world leader” in fine dining. InsideJapan Tours offers a two-night stopover with its Tokyo Nights package starting from £187 per person. The package offers two nights’ accommodation, transport and guiding; allowing you to sample some of the very best culinary delights that Tokyo has to offer for yourself.

InsideJapan Tours has a range of Self-Guided trips and can design a tailored trip to suit individual tastes and budgets. Most trips take in the sights and tastes of Tokyo enabling you to take an early morning sushi breakfast at Tsukiji fishmarket, sample some of the finest and freshest sushi in the world, or eat at one of the world’s best French restaurants in Ginza.

Most Self-Guided trips also offer the chance to visit the cultural capital of Kyoto and the opportunity to try a fine Kaiseki-style dinner at your ryokan, served to you by kimono clad hostesses. Our World Heritage trip will take you to Koya San for a stay in a Buddhist temple lodging and some completely vegetarian Shojin-style cooking, while the Gardens of Japan trip heads over to the rural island of Shikoku - famed throughout Japan for being the birthplace of Udon noodles. The Historic Japan trip will transport you to gems including Hiroshima which, besides its recent history and world heritage sites, is home to the delicious yet delightfully simple Okonomiyaki, usually cooked on hotplates in front of you.

To book call InsideJapan Tours on 0870 120 5600 (

InsideJapan Tours offers a host of opportunities to tantalise your tastebuds. As well as being able to reserve seats at some of the top Michelin-rated restaurants for you, we can also arrange an array of cultural experiences as a sidedish to your total Japan experience, which will all leave you wanting more! For a copy of InsideJapan Tours' Get Beneath the Surface small group tour brochure, or the Self-Guided Adventures in Japan brochure call 0870 120 5600 or visit

For more information on this tour or on a wide range of other, equally fascinating trips to Japan, call 0870 120 5600 or visit

Ends                10 January 2008

NOTE TO EDITORS: Launched in 2000, Inside Japan Tours is a small, dedicated team of specialists, all of whom have first-hand experience of living, working and travelling in Japan. The company offers a range of original, affordable packages for small groups and independent travellers. Inside Japan Tours has offices in the UK and Japan.  It is a member of AITO, and is fully bonded via AITO Trust and ATOL.

PRESS: For more details, please contact James Mundy, PR Manager, tel. 0117 314 4633, email Issued on behalf of Inside Japan Tours by Travel PR, tel. 020 8891 4440, email or

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