Yoshikawa Ryokan

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Ryokan Yoshikawa is proud to welcome its guests in the most authentically Japanese style. Its squeaky floors and narrow corridors and most of all the traditional tatami mat rooms with views directly into its delightful quiet garden, are part of Yoshikawa’s heritage since the ryokan was built more than a century ago.

This traditional ryokan, located close to Imperial Palace Park and Nijo Castle, is 120 years old. All rooms here have a private bath and toilet. The focus is on distinctly Kyoto dining and warm hospitality: breakfast and dinner are served here, and the ryokan is able to cater to dietary requirements. The beautiful garden is the ideal place to wander and relax, and the lovely smell of tatami matting will transport you back to traditional Japan.

A stay in this immaculate ryokan naturally includes breakfast and dinner served usually in your room. Yoshikawa is respected for its sophisticated Japanese cuisine, Kaiseki and especially Tempura, which is hailed as the best in Kyoto.

Yoshikawa is a beautiful oasis of calm and culture, very conveniently located for sightseeing. The ryokan boasts a beautiful garden, and with just 8 rooms, staying here is a very intimate and authentic experience. It's a traditional ryokan through and through: tatami mats, low ceilings, and made entirely of wood. If you're looking for the traditional Japan experience, this is the place to come.

Reviewed by Hannah