Yoshikawa Inn Tempura

Restaurant Tempura Yoshikawa, 京都府京都市中京区富小路通御池下る松下町135, 604-8093 Japan Published on: 11-03-2016

11:00 AM - 08:30 PM
Fine Dining
27.00 - 100.00 USD

Yoshikawa Inn Tempura is good for

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Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Yoshikawa Inn Tempura is a nice restaurant which serves Kyoto’s best tempura in a beautiful old wooden building built around a sublime Japanese garden

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Why Yoshikawa Inn Tempura is special ?

Yoshikawa Inn opened as a ryokan more than 50 years ago and has the largest garden. It's famous for its tempura kaiseki cuisine, served to guests staying at the inn but also available to 12 lucky diners at its tempura counter, where they can watch the chefs prepare deep-fried morsels made with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

At lunch, you’ll sit at the counter and watch as the tempura chefs labor over their cauldrons of hot oil. Dinners are usually served in private tatami mat rooms, most of which have views over the wonderful little garden around which the restaurant and the adjoining ryokan is built.

The waitresses extremely charming and gracious.The lady owner of the establishment who will carefully explain the dishes to you.They both speak enough English for everybody to get by

The food was wonderful, and beautifully presented

Must try dish

Famous tempura—batter-dipped shrimp, pickled mackerel, fiddlehead ferns, mushrooms, or sweet potatoes ; appetizers - ebi sushi, chicken liver terrine, sweet fish with pickles ,kaiseki style tempura, starting with sashimi, soup, etc.

Sashimi - toro, madai, tentsuyu - tempura dipping sauce,grilled ayu fish (seasonal to late summer, early autumn), sushi

How to get to Yoshikawa Inn Tempura?

It takes 5mininutes to walk from Karasuma Oike Station, Karasuma & Tozai subway line

This place is located down a side street south of Oike Dori near Kyoto Shiyakushomae station

Selling points

  • Outstanding formal tempura experience
  • Intimate dining experience - wonderful food
  • Tempura in a great Kyoto restaurant
  • Beautiful food in a relaxing atmosphere
  • Best tempura I have eaten so far!


  • Noise level Normal
  • Budget High-end
  • Alcohol YES
  • Air condition YES
  • Had kid menu YES
  • Accept credit card YES
  • Serve breakfast NO
  • Serve halal NO
  • Serve vegeterian NO
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Tempura Yoshikawa, 京都府京都市中京区富小路通御池下る松下町135, 604-8093 Japan

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  • Tempura counter set dinners ¥8,000–¥10,000($66.5 -$84), set lunches ¥3,000–¥4,000 ($25 -$33.3); private room set dinners ¥12,000–¥25,000($100 - $208), set lunches ¥10,000–¥25,000($84 -$208)
  • For a splurge, you can also dine in a private tatami room with views of the garden (lit at night), though you'll pay more for the privilege.
  • They also serves dinner from 5:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M
  • Dessert is served in a separate room which also serves as the Inn's Lobby . The room is beautiful quiet and very relaxing. The set menu is available in English
  • Reservations are required no matter where you'd like to dine. You should make a reservationfor dinnerif you want to ensure you eat at this restaurant. They don't accept lunch reservations at the tempura counter bar
  • The larger back area hosts small weddings and other private events
  • You can also choose to book one of the tatami dining rooms with views to the stunning garden to experience a Tempura Kaiseki course in formal style. The den look out over a beautiful illuminated garden and is decorated with beautiful artwork and antiques.


TripAdvisor View more

As a family of 5 (the youngest of which was 15) visiting Japan for the first and probably last time, we wanted to have one amazing "kaiseki" meal during our stay to experience Japanese cuisine and culture at its finest. We were not disappointed. This lovely old "ryokan" inn is located down a side street south of Oike Dori near Kyoto Shiyakushomae station. The picture on the inn's website has photo-shopped out a tall drab office building next door, however once you are inside it is an oasis of calm and beauty. Despite being in the middle of the city, all you can hear in the private garden is the sound of tinkling water and cicadas. We hired a private room, which had tatami mats on the floor, a private rest room/WC and sliding doors opening out onto decking then the garden. We ate in the evening, and the gardens were beautifully illuminated. There is a lovely little pavilion at the back of the garden where you can stroll to have smoke or a change of scene during or after the meal. We ate in traditional style sitting at a low table on cushions on the floor, with back supports. Luckily there was a footwell, so even though we sat there for 2 hours during the course of the meal, it was actually very comfortable. When we booked we were offered a choice of 2 menus, either traditional kaiseki or more tempura. We opted for the traditional kaiseki, which consisted of 8/9 courses of which 2 were tempura. The food was wonderful, and beautifully presented. It was as good, if not better, than the Michelin star restaurants we have occasionally eaten at. Essentially sea food and vegetables either cooked or raw with delicious sauces and other flavouring. Throughout the meal the service was impeccable. We were served by 3 Japanese ladies all dressed in beautiful traditional yukata robes. Once they had brought each course in and explained what it was, they disappeared leaving us in peace. They magically reappeared to clear away the dishes and serve the next course. The timing was perfect - we neither felt rushed, nor that we had to wait long between courses. The lady in charge of serving us was Chisato Yoshikawa, who I guess is the daughter of the proprietor. She is charming and speaks pretty good English. She was particularly helpful in answering our questions by email when we made our reservation. When we booked, we had to choose whether to pay 13000, 15000, 18000, 20000 or 25000 Yen per head. Without investigating the differences between these price points, we opted for the middle option. On top of this you have to pay 15% service charge and 8% sales tax. Overall, with a lot of very good sake recommended by the inn, the meal came to 126,800 yen for 5 people, which we were able to pay by credit card. Expensive? Yes, but for a once in a lifetime experience it was worth every penny

FourSquare View more

Amazing. Sit bar side and watch the chef prepare your tempura and lift it straight from the fryer to your plate. After dinner you are taken to a special room to sit around a fire for desert.

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