Michelin stars fly in Hiroshima guide


Michelin awarded three stars to the Nakashima restaurant in Hiroshima in its inaugural guide to the city and neighboring parts of western Japan.

Five establishments got two stars: Ajiyoshi, Kodama, Sazanka, Tenko Honten and Tokaan. Another 24 restaurants won a single star.

The inspectors said cooking standards in Hiroshima were high and based on top-quality ingredients.

“Their travels enabled them to discover gastronomy that is rooted in Japanese tradition as well as local culinary specialties like ‘anago’ (salt-water eel) and ‘okonomiyaki’ (Japanese crepe),” Michelin said Friday in an emailed release.

Michelin is generous with its stars in Japan, with Tokyo outstripping Paris for three-star establishments. The new guide follows separate volumes for the Tokyo and Osaka regions.

Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey; two are for excellent cooking, worth a detour; one denotes a very good restaurant in its category.

The tire maker has produced restaurant and hotel guides since 1900. They were originally intended for chauffeurs and included motoring tips.