Yoshikawa Inn Tempra
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Yoshikawa Inn Tempra

135 Matsushitacho, Tomikojidori, Oike Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093 Kyoto Prefecture
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4.5
#35 of 191 ryokans in Kyoto
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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If you’re looking for a luxury ryokan in Kyoto, look no further than Yoshikawa Inn Tempra.

While staying at Yoshikawa Inn Tempra, visitors can check out Sannenzaka Ninenzaka (1.3 mi) and Nanzen-ji Temple (1.6 mi), some of Kyoto's top attractions.

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a refrigerator and air conditioning, and you can stay connected during your stay as Yoshikawa Hotel offers guests free wifi.

The ryokan features room service. Plus, Yoshikawa Hotel offers breakfast, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Pound Kyoto Ekimae, Premium Pound Sanjo Kiyamachi, and Matsuzakagyu What’s, which are some barbeque restaurants that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular art museums such as Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, and Kyoto Shibori Museum.

The staff at Yoshikawa Inn Tempra looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Breakfast available
Banquet room
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
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135 Matsushitacho, Tomikojidori, Oike Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8093 Kyoto Prefecture
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Marla wrote a review Nov 2023
14 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Yoshikawa for our first night in Kyoto. It is in a stylish part of the city, about 10 minutes from Nishiki Market. We felt very well taken care of, the hospitality is one reason to stay at a traditional Japanese inn. We were showed up to our room after a welcoming cup of tea in the lobby. There were traditional Japanese sweets waiting and we were shown around the room. It was huge and very traditionally appointed. We had windows overlooking a small courtyard and another overlooking some rooftops. Very romantic. We had dinner at the Tempra restaurant next door which was excellent and felt very formal. The next morning we were shown to a large dining room overlooking the most gorgeous garden we've ever seen. We were the only ones in the room. The food was exquisite and delicious and plentiful. The room matron took our photos in our yukatas. The whole experience surpassed our expectations and we would stay again. We communicated with the owner before coming about dietary restrictions and they were very helpful and able to meet our needs. Wonderful ryokan.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Make a reservation for dinner. It was the best tempra we had plus many more courses. Excellent...
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amygdala2014 wrote a review Apr 2023
New York City, New York4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It's hard to put to words what a beautiful experience our stay was. If you are hesitating or any reason I say JUST GO! You will be in such good hands. Food is out of this world. The cappuccinos they brought to our room after dinner were the best we had in Japan. The wooden tubs are such a treat! I was in there twice a day. The room does taking a bit of getting used to. No shoes in the Ryokan at all, slippers through out the common space, but not in the room. Kimonos for breakfast. Curfew between 10:30p - 12a. You are transported back in time so go in with ease and open mindedness. It's quite the journey. I've never been emotional over a place that I've stayed at before, until Yoshikawa.
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pizzalover wrote a review Jul 2009
UK2 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at the Yoshikawa Inn during a tour of Japan and was bowled over by the absolute quality if the place. It was without doubt the best hotel i have ever stayed in. The authentic Japanese Ryokan style accommodation was wonderful and eautifully done. The food was amazing in every respect. The service was the best i have ever experienced.
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Date of stay: July 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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candd2006 wrote a review Nov 2011
York, United Kingdom55 contributions100 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent one night at Yoshikawa Inn during our three nights in Kyoto.

The ryokan is well appointed, set around a small central garden and carp pond, and tucked away on a side street in central Kyoto.

As with the other ryokans we stayed at, the welcome from the staff was very warm and courteous. Our room was the largest of any ryokan we had stayed in, with a well equipped bathroom and a nice view over the garden and pond.

Yoshikawa is famed for its tempura and this did feature in our kaiseki dinner menu, though the other courses were equally delicious.

So far so good...and everything was fine until we came to pay the bill on check out. At ¥35,000 per person per night this was already the most expensive place we were staying during our Japan holiday, and I knew that a 5% tax would be added to this. What I hadn't counted on, however, was a 15% service charge (service charge is essentially unheard of in Japan) and a ¥3,000 supplement for one course where there was a choice of dishes. The supplement was never explained to us.

So, ¥90,000/£750/$1,100 for one night. These unexpected costs regrettably left us immensely disappointed and a bit ripped off at the end of what should have been one of the highlights of our trip.
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Date of stay: November 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Grandsvoyageurs2014 wrote a review Jun 2015
Montreal, Canada12 contributions29 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
A great “experience” to spend some time in an old traditional ryokan, but it is as I just mentioned “old” and the amenities do not justify its price, neither the service. Furthermore, their billing practices, itemizing every single tea, bottle of water, snack or cup of tea and, to top it off, charging an outrageous 15% service charge on everything including the already expensive room rates is just infuriating. I wish I would have read another Trip Advisor review mentioning the same thing before I booked that hotel.

When you charge $1,000 per room per night, you just don't do that. Oh yes they are welcoming and smile at you but with $542 of service charge for 2 rooms for 2 days, it is a lot of money per smile…
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Date of stay: April 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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paripatetic wrote a review Apr 2009
UK439 contributions284 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was probably the best stay I have had anywhere. I thought I had woken up in heaven. I loved every minute of it. The food, ambiance and serenity was out of this world. The ladies were so helpful. We had tempura the first night and dinner in a private room the second. I marvelled and the porcelain they used, which was different for every dish, and the quality of the food was outstanding.
This Inn is not cheap by a long way, but worth every penny!
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Date of stay: March 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LeDude13 wrote a review Apr 2014
Geneva, Switzerland252 contributions250 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sakura 2014 trip
Second night in Kyoto we stayed at Yoshikawa Inn.
Clearly aimed more at foreigners than other Ryokan we stayed in.

The strengths:
Perfect central location
Lovely central garden and views (it seems) from most rooms
Charming staff
Perfectly maintained infrastructure
Lovely 100 year old building that is both modern in the amenities yet has maintained the Ryokan charm.
The Kaiseki meal was excellent and above reproach. Also a good selection of wines and Nihonshu (Sakes). A real pleasure to sit down for dinner. Special mention on the tempura!

Breakfast was also lovely in a charming communal dining room.

Niggles:
We were not able to finish our 'introductory tea' in the lobby and were pushed into our room- where we were told another tea would be waiting for us- but the way we were expected/pushed out of the lobby was not appreciated.

Careful with the rooms you get- though we though our room had a lovely location on the main garden, we found that it was quite literrally a shoe box. So we slept and ate in room with our luggage around us (which was not very pleasant) and generally stumbled around to get around the room- and at these prices, that's not really ideal.

My biggest complaint would be that the room is located at the back of the Ryokan near the steps used by the staff to get between the first and second floors of the building (also known as Room 12)- as such there's just an awful lot of traffic & noise- particularly around bedtime as people charge up and down the stairs.

Not a deal breaker of course, but I'd have liked to see a commercial gesture made on the bill (as I was unable to get to sleep without earplugs) - but this being Japan, I was not interested in confrontation or making things awkward for our group. In fairness, the staff apologized repeatedly for the room as we checked in- so we weren't misled- but it became obvious when we saw other rooms why the value here was limited and why they were apologizing.

Would recommend.
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Date of stay: April 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Simon M wrote a review Jul 2018
7 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter and I visited Yoshikawa Ryokan last week. We spent one night in a room allowing access to the garden, and ate at the tempura bar in the evening and had a traditional Japanese breakfast in the morning.

First things first. This is expensive - reconcile yourself to the fact that you're paying a lot for an extraordinary experience. Tempura is not to everyone's tastes also, and after a while the meal does turn into a bit of a "Man versus Food" experience since the food keeps on coming, especially if you're eating the things that your daughter doesn't like!

In terms of the stay and the food, and in particular the service, I'm struggling still after four days to find the right words to describe it. Neither of us had ever stayed in a ryokan before, so we have nothing to compare it with. Compared to a hotel it's chalk and cheese. There's only one thing to do, which is dive headlong into the different rhythms of the place and go with the cultural flow. The quality of everything is extraordinary, but the thing that really stands out is the service and the professionalism and warmth of the women (they were all women) serving us. Maybe the best thing to say is this - there's a beguiling quietness to it all. Without wanting to be too precious, it affected me such that it almost made me want to be a better person. See if you can find a Hyatt or Marriott that has that effect! There was one of the more experienced staff who took a particular interest in my daughter. As a result my daughter has now decided that she wants a Japanese grandmother to complement her English one!

I will remember this place for a long, long time. If you have the money and the willingness to dive into a different culture, then I can't recommend this place highly enough.
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Date of stay: July 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: We got the room with access to the garden, which is more expensive but well worth it as the...
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RedSox1913 wrote a review Jan 2018
Boston, Massachusetts4 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I lived in Japan for many years and have stayed in numerous Ryokans. When it came time to visit with my own family I was determined to have them experience an authentic ryokan. Yoshikawa Inn did not disappoint. From start to finish, the service was flawless. The food was some of the best I have ever had in Japan - and I have eaten my way around the country on a business expense account so that is saying a lot. The rooms were beautiful in traditional Japanese style and the private baths were luxurious. The Ikebana that were changed almost daily were spectacular as well. In short, it was perfect in every way and down to every last detail. The hospitality shown by the staff was extraordinary. I have stayed at all the top of the line ryokans in Kyoto and Yoshikawa Inn was superior. Don't miss out as it is worth the extra expense for the experience of a lifetime.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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tim w wrote a review Oct 2010
Anderson, South Carolina1 contribution4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hello Travelers, I stayed here in October/Nov 1968. The visit was like a dream come true. I hope to return before I die. I owe them a favor. Then, you could get 360 yen for a $1. And, now the fee will be more but you will get your Yen worth. The garden is fantastic. The service is perfect. Stay no where but here if you truly want to say you have been to Kyoto, Japan !!! 5 star rating by me. www.timwilliams.biz anderson, sc usa......tim williams
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Date of stay: October 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Which popular attractions are close to Yoshikawa Inn Tempra?
Nearby attractions include GEAR Theatre (0.2 miles), Musubi Kyoto (0.2 miles), and Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Yoshikawa Inn Tempra?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and room service.
What food & drink options are available at Yoshikawa Inn Tempra?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Yoshikawa Inn Tempra?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Yoshikawa Inn Tempra?
Conveniently located restaurants include Katsukura, Sanjo Honten, Tempura Tentora Shinpuhkan, and Shooting Bar M4.
Is Yoshikawa Inn Tempra located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the centre of Kyoto.
Are any cleaning services offered at Yoshikawa Inn Tempra?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Yoshikawa Inn Tempra?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (3.0 miles), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (1.6 miles), and Sanjusangendo Temple (1.6 miles).
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