A rather special venue for Tempura in Kyoto.
But Yoshikawa offers much more than finely fried morsels.
I haven’t stayed at this ryokan (traditional inn) but I have been taken through some of the rooms and they were most inviting! If you are seeking a less publicised, better-priced-than-most ryokan right in the heart of town, with delicious tempura at hand – then I’d recommend giving Yoshikawa a look in. At the very least – go for tempura and take a wander through to the garden at the back – and if you end up staying… well, lucky you.
I love the hearth in the foyer area where you can sit around and have tea in winter, again looking onto one of the garden vistas. It is such a treat. Take a walk through the pics below – I’m sure you will agree that the atmosphere is most attractive. Even the very serious chef adds to the occasion!
For everyday punters – tempura can be eaten at the counter at the small restaurant at the front of the building and ordered by the piece or as a set course. 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 stye. The larger back area hosts small weddings and other private events. The tempura is good and made from the freshest seasonal ingredients so the menu will be different each time you go. In summer for example you might enjoy less obvious ‘tempura’ ingredients such as tomato or corn.
Tempura bubbling away in soy bean oil
Small private dining room below
Large private dining room surrounded by the magnificent garden