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Yoshikawa Inn Tempura

#31 of 11,158 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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Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 

Thank RoamingJock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

It's a must !! The set lunch was nice and enough to satisfy my craving for the real tempura. The chef slowly cooked one by one for us and that even made them more special.

Thank AaE K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

This restaurant is in a ryokan, so you feel transported from the hustle of the modern city to a more tranquil place the moment you enter. The Tempura was of course very good. We phoned ahead so that they could cater for our dietary requirements - no pork (fair enough) and one person would not eat shellfish - quite a... More 

Thank londoneraway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

I've eaten some interesting things while visiting Japan, but the fixed course meal here really took the cake. Ultimately, 80,000 yen is a lot of money to be served multiple courses with animals that still had heads (3, to be exact). The ambiance was great, the service was good, and watching the chef at the counter was tons of fun,... More 

Thank imsweeetashoney
New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We had a great experience here though it was very expensive and not worth the price. They asked us to take a JPY 14000 per person course which was cheapest. The ambience and service was good and so was the multi course food but i felt that I had better tempura at other restaurants. Plus, they were not very accommodative... More 

Thank PKT207
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

You think you know tempura? You don't (or at least I didn't). This is the real deal - light, fresh, and oh so tasty. Additional dishes like the sashimi starter are also divine (best, melt-in-your-mouth tuna I've had in my life). A true joy of the dining experience is watching the effortless efficiency and skill of the tempura chef from... More 

Thank Jacquelyn O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

We reserved for dinner in Yoshikawa and the food was incredible. Also the setup in a 10-seat counter exactly near the cook. He prepares the tempura and he serves them to you directly which means eating evrrything super fresh. The cook is also fantastic and watching him cook the food is a show. Overall amazing exerience. Recommended 100%. Also dessert... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $100
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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.