Michelin Three Stars: Araki
Araki is a sushi restaurant in Tokyo's Higashi-Ginza district, run by owner-chef Mitsuhiro Araki.
Araki is extraordinary among the Michelin three-star Tokyo restaurants in that, as a fairly new restaurant, Araki made it straight to three-star status in 2010. This success is no doubt partly due to Araki's move shortly before that out of the nigh-inaccessible boondocks of Setagaya ward to Ginza in February 2010.
Araki is most famous for its tuna (maguro).
Araki is a very cleanly designed, modern restaurant - albeit in Japanese style, with a pale wood interior, and a counter seating 12. However, be warned that the lighting is blinding, and the focus is well and truly on the owner-chef in every way.
Araki is definitely one for the converts. Many believe that it deserves its three Michelin stars, but it is probably more a place for regulars who hang on the words of Araki's owner-chef as he holds forth raconteur-like at his stage-like counter.
Araki cost per person
Lunch: 15,000 - 20,000 yen
1F Sunlitte Ginza II