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Yoshikawa Inn Tempura

#38 of 11,473 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
City Center
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135 Matsushitacho, Tominokojidori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-221-5544
11:00 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hong Kong
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196 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the place with my wife and stayed for two nights. From checking in, we are greeted with extremely friendly staffs. We stayed at no. 8 room overlooking beautiful garden. It is actually very peaceful and serene. The futons were very comfortable and we slept peacefully. The only things are when you're in vacation mood, the whole place is run... More 

Thank hktransplant
Westport, Connecticut
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is in a ryokan on a side street which was fairly easy to find. It was great to eat at a ryokan this trip. We ate at a bar in a group setting with others from around the world while we watched our chef prepare the most amazing tempura! The appetizers were great and don't miss a chance... More 

Thank Robert F
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant was excellent, the experience of eating in a small local tempura restaurant where the chef cooks in front of you is amazing. The fresh ingredients, flavors, textures were outstanding. I recommend this restaurant very much!!!

Thank Alvaro V
Penang Island, Malaysia
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Not cheap but you get personalised treatment. The different pieces of tempura is placed one by one on your plate and your eating pace determines how the fast the chef cooks. There are only 10-12 seat around the simmering oil in the wok, but everyone is well looked after. The batter of the tempura is light. So you really have... More 

Thank jayseeo
Hong Kong, China
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Not being a big tempura enthusiast, I have to say this is one tempura I'd gladly eat any day. Crisp, thin and light batter belies the fact that even after dipping into the tempura sauce, it remained crisp unlike almost all other tempura places I've tried. Ingredients were super fresh from the prawns, conger eel, to the vegetables. Finishing choice... More 

1 Thank markhJ5011RJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 630 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

One of the better tempura restaurant in Kyoto. Nice food and ok service ... As the place is small, be prepared to wait. Recommended.

1 Thank yeoc468
Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Found this Tempura restaurant from a local guide book. Very nicely done tempura and reasonably priced. Set meals are around US$40- for lunch. Only thing is we had to wait for over an hour, as they wont take reservation. All had to wait in the waiting room where they served us cold drinks. Would definitely go back again.

Thank Sherry Y
Urbana, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

I highly recommend having tempura at a counter in Japan. When a skilled tempura chef takes the food out of his pot and directly puts it on your plate, you get tempura with a freshness that I haven't experienced any other way. You might also get advice about whether to dip a particular piece in the classic sauce with daikon... More 

Thank MuddlingOn
Singapore, Singapore
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183 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

Sitting at the counter watching our tempura being skillfully prepared, this hit all the spots. We took 8 of the 11 seats around the counter, and arrived at 5.30 because we had to be out by 7.30! The early start was well worth it to see the chef in action, and to have the perfectly done tempura straight out of... More 

Thank kuaychap
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

We ate dinner at the tempura counter to observe the skill of the chef. It is an art and the tempura was excellent. We had good service too from kimono clad staff who spoke good English. Dessert was served in a beautiful and traditional part of the inn. My only reservation is that it is not cheap and the additional... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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

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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.
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