Yoshikawa exudes the usual refined elegance you'd expect from a luxury Ryokan and has a wonderful location in the heart of ancient Kyoto. A stay here is a really authentic experience and guests must sample the fabulous Tempura cuisine.
At a Glance
One of the best tempura restaurants in Japan! Worth a visit even if you are not staying
Small Ryokan with an intimate feel
Central location in downtown Kyoto
Traditional Japanese architecture
Most rooms look onto beautiful gardens, designed in the traditional Enshuu landscape garden style
The tempura dinners served here are fantastic but are served at set times so be sure to build this in around your time in Kyoto.Victoria Douglas
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To start planning your vacation to Yoshikawa
Ryokans are traditional Japanese Inns designed and run to ensure guests experience the authentic Japanese lifestyle and hospitality. Built more than a century ago and operating as a Ryokan for 50 years, Yoshikawa’s creaky floors and narrow hallways add to the authenticity of the experience.
Notorious in Kyoto for its excellent tempura, breakfast and dinner are included in your overnight stay at Yoshikawa and will be served in your guest room. Traditionally dressed staff proudly deliver the welcoming and homely service whilst some of the best views over gardens in Kyoto are enjoyed.
Each tatami floor room offers leg wells under the tables, making dining easier for guests not used to sitting on the floor. There are also flat screen TVs and private bathroom facilities so comfort and tradition are artfully combined.
The nine Japanese style rooms at Yoshikawa are all arranged around a pretty courtyard with a pond and have traditional tatami mat floors, paper shoji doors and comfortable futon beds which are discreetly tidied away each morning. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with western style facilities and a traditional cedar wood Japanese bath.
Children are welcome at Yoshikawa and a maximum of one child can share a room with their parents but there are no specific facilities available to families other than the exquisite geisha-like service and babysitting.
'Kaiseki' is a specialty of the chef and consists of many individual dishes all served beautifully on a large tray. There is also a tempura counter where you can select and watch your meal being created. Japanese and Western style breakfasts are available and all meals are served in the comfort of your room.
There are no activities within the ryokan but the front desk can happily arrange any help or advice for getting round and getting to know the city.
Location & Directions
Located at Matsushitacho, Nakagyo-ku in central Kyoto, close to the business district and central shopping district of Shijo-Kawaramachi, within walking distance from the Imperial Palace.
When to go
The best and most popular times to visit Kyoto are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in Kyoto in early April. Bear in mind, though, that the blossoms are notoriously fickle, blooming any time from late March to mid-April. Fall is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colors, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Be warned that Kyoto is crowded with domestic and international tourists during the cherry-blossom and autumn-foliage seasons.
Of course, you can visit Kyoto at any time of year, although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.