Another of Japan’s hard-to-visit restaurants is Mizai. There are just 10 seats in this restaurant, and there is only one serving per night, served on time and without a menu from which to choose. And it lasts for three hours.

This is where Hitoshi Ishihara earned three Michelin stars. 

Before his time in this more-than-popular restaurant, Ishihara spent 30 years cooking at Kitcho Arashiyama.