Yoshikawa Tempura serves Kyoto’s best tempura in a beautiful old wooden building built around a sublime Japanese garden.
Yoshikawa is our favorite tempura restaurant in Kyoto because it hits all the right notes: The tempura is light and surprisingly non-greasy, the service is great (they’re used to foreigners), and the atmosphere is excellent. 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.
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For more Kyoto tempura choices, see our Best Tempura in Kyoto page.
Tominokoji-dori, Oike sagaru, Nakagyo-ku
Non-smoking area: Yes
5min walk from Karasuma Oike Station, Karasuma & Tozai subway line
Official Website (English)
Read customer reviews of Yoshikawa on TripAdvisor
More Restaurant Suggestions: See my list of Kyoto’s Best Restaurants for more eating inspiration. The list covers all cuisines and price ranges.
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