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Yoshikawa Inn Tempura

#43 of 11,577 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
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:45 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love tempura and this is the best tempura I have had. This restaurant can be very expensive but does a lunch at the counter which is very reasonable - a set is either 3000 or 4000 yen. We were a family of 6 and wanted a very Japanese eating experience and this place was perfect. Beautiful building great hospitality... More 

Thank JonJames1
Gothenburg, Sweden
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34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

A high-end tempura restaurant in a traditional ryokan. They have about 10 seats at the counter, and some private tatami rooms. I had dinner at the counter, and chose the slightly more expensive option of the set course menu. I was served about 15 dishes, which were all excellently prepared and very good. The chef and hostess also gave some... More 

Thank Roger E
Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

This Inn has been serving customers since the 1600s. The appointments are exquisite and the staff attentive. The food is top notch. The bathroom is a joy and the important thing to remember is to take your time to stay, bathe and eat at leisure. Their hospitality is special and an experience not to be missed.

Thank Suzanne W
Los Angeles, California
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412 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

This is a great way to experience tempera made right in front of you. We came here for lunch and it was a great experience! The price was reasonable for a nicer place - about $30 usd for the cheaper set meal and $40 for the nicer set meal. Everything was delicious here and great service as well!

Thank itsxjackie
Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

We had lunch here. We arranged a time and came back an hour later. We waited in the Ryokan waiting area for 10 minutes until our seats were ready. This is a truly charming place. The restaurant is tiny, 10 guests. Everyone gets to sit close to the chef. He is great. A master of Tempura and very attentive. We... More 

Thank EugalB
Houston, Texas
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110 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

If you are not a fan of Japanese food, eat first and ask questions afterwards. Your mouth will thank you for experiencing something new. And get the chef involved, he can be a delight.

Thank ByronFurseth
Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Step back in time to experience the quiet sophisticated inn. Everything is meticulous, graceful and slow. We visited as a large group and arranged the private dinning room overlooking the 400 year old garden. It was a wonderful evening.

Thank David H
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

I can only vouch for what this is like as place to have lunch. Just a small number of stools around a bar makes this an intimate experience. The chef stands in the middle frying tempura battered fish and vegetables as if it is an art form. This is a serious business and the chef clearly takes great pride in... More 

Thank Deborah B
Stratford on Avon
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55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

This has been highly rated in reviews as one of the best Tempura restaurants in Kyoto. Don't believe it! They're having a laugh! In summary there are several "small courses" served to you - the biggest being two prawns and their heads served separately deep fried. The batter isn't even crispy, though the prawn heads are. The smallest course served... More 

Thank StratfordonAvonBob
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Make certain you sit around the dining bar and watch the single chef produce very nice tempura dishes. The tempura itself is unlike the batter we tend to find in westernized restaurants; here it is a thin coating that is beautifully crisp, yet does not overpower the food itself. Set menus vary in price, be aware however, they do have... 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, Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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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