The Michelin Guide gave top billing to 11 restaurants in Tokyo on Tuesday, vaulting the Japanese capital over Paris as the city with the most three-star eateries.
All but one of the nine Tokyo restaurants that won Michelin's highest accolade last year retained the rating this year.
Hamadaya, which serves traditional Japanese cuisine, lost one of its three stars.
Three restaurants, Esaki, Sushi Saito and Yukimura, were promoted to three-star status after getting two last year. Paris has 10 three-star restaurants, Michelin said.The 2010 Tokyo edition, Michelin's third for the city, goes on sale Friday.