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Yoshikawa Inn Tempura

#19 of 9,758 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
City Center
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135 Matsushitacho, Tominokojidori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-221-5544
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 96
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  • 33
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  • 8
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful Setting and Delicious Food

We had tempura at this lovely inn and enjoyed it immensely. The inn is beautiful and we certainly would not mind staying here. The service was outstanding as was the presentation of the food. The food was delicious with many courses of the most light tempura. We loved it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Alicia Moisa-Du... M
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Whittier, California
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Whittier, California
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had tempura at this lovely inn and enjoyed it immensely. The inn is beautiful and we certainly would not mind staying here. The service was outstanding as was the presentation of the food. The food was delicious with many courses of the most light tempura. We loved it.

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Thank Alicia Moisa-Du... M
London, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is no doubting the experience here is special. Sitting at the counter watching a tempura master prepare your meal is something to be savoured. The quality of the food is also very good with an exceptionally delicate tempura batter and typically fresh seafood. There is no escaping the fact, though, that the 8000 yen set menu (the only alternative... More 

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Thank Stuart P
Hong Kong, China
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Authentic tempura meal - chef preparing tempura piece by piece in front of us - what an experience! The staff was very friendly and even gave us a tour in the Inn which is beautiful! Must go in Kyoto!

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Thank Littlefoodmonster
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I decided to splurge while visited Kyoto and wanted to stay at a Ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn). Let me start off my acknowledging this is a very expensive but once in a life time treat that if you can afford, it's worth going to for foodies and travelers! As we arrived via taxi, the hotel staff comes... More 

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1 Thank Loc N
Mexico City, Mexico
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

This is Tempura as it should be prepared, nothing more and nothing less. Two tasting menus, small and large, are your only choices, after that you can order by the piece. Sit at the bar if you can, to watch the Chef prepare every item by hand. This is one of those little Japanese jewels where you have the Chef/Owner/Manager,... More 

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Warwickshire, UK
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We loved visiting the tempura restaurant. We sat up at the bar with other guests as the chef served us a variety of delights one by one. Both the chef and the waitress spoke a decent amount of English and the waitress especially helped us through the experience (we were the only Westerners in there). The food was delicious -... More 

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Thank elu42f
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

We went to the Tempura Bar. Limited to 11 pax. Enjoyed the ¥4000 tempura course with 3 shrimp, 1 fish, 1 scallop & lots of vegetables. Best tempura in Kyoto.

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Thank Wk W
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Very intimate restaurant - brilliant place to sit and watch a master at work. We had eel, asparagus, shrimp head, amongst other things. Would recommend a and return.

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Thank Hufflepuff33
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

This was an amazing experience and the food was delicious. Expensive ...well yes but I would certainly go again.

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Thank Karen M
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Based on a foodie friend's recommendation for this place, I came super early for a Tuesday lunch to make sure I could grab a seat around the bar. I was able to see the chef mise en place, adjusting the batter and frying oil to perfection. He served each tempura course by course. What an art! I had maybe 9... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 135 Matsushitacho, Tominokojidori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighborhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-221-5544

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in City Center

Neighborhood Profile
City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.