Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • Ibusuki City Tosen Gorge Somen Nagashi
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    4.0
    198 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Kaimonjucchou 5967
    Tosen Gorge is the birthplace of the circular somen noodle flume and this city-run restaurant and attraction is visited by some 200 thousand people annually. Open year round, here diners can enjoy somen noodles whirling in spring water selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan in the modern era. In addition to somen, the restaurant’s sets comprised of such local dishes as trout broiled with salt, carp soup, and carp sashimi served over ice. Approximately 25 minutes by car from Ibusuki Station.

    I am a noodle lover and had a brilliant time at this somen nahashi restaurant. Picking up noodle was a fan challenge and the dipping sauce was so tasty! It takes time to get there with limited public...

  • Kurozu hompo Kakuida
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Fukuyamachoufukuyama Daejeon 311-2
    Japan’s first black vinegar cuisine specialty restaurant, located in Fukuyama-cho, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture. Dedicated to sharing the area’s unique, local culture revolving around black vinegar, the establishment also offers a variety of activities in addition to operating as a restaurant. Diners can enjoy lunch course meals consisting of creative dishes created with an abundance of locally grown organic vegetables and Kakuida black vinegar, as well as a sweets assortment made with black vinegar. Visitors can also view a field of some 20 thousand jars being used to make Fukuyama black vinegar, and check out a gallery and black vinegar museum section. The establishment’s shop sells Kakuida brown rice black vinegar, black vinegar dressing, and other products; visitors can also taste different black vinegar varieties and purchase their favorite.
  • Grilled Eel Sueyoshi
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    4.0
    170 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Higashisengokuchou 14-10
    This long-established eel specialty restaurant is located in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Tenmonkan Street in the downtown area. The restaurant uses the eels from Osumi Peninsula, which are special even among Kagoshima’s abundance of eel farms, due to the care taken in raising them with the spring water from the Shirasu Plateau. Soaked in a secret sauce that had been handed down for around 80 years, the restaurant’s prized eels are grilled over a charcoal fire. Popular menu items include the “Unadon” and “Unaju,” which are bursting with the delicious taste of the eels. A square of colored paper on which the children’s author, Hatoju Muku wrote “Sueyoshi has the best eel in Japan” is displayed here.

    At Tenmonkan street, where we found Favori bakery, 100¥ shop, Kagoshima speciality shop and chanced upon this unagi eel shop. It was packed withlocal tourists. The young lady serving us introduced...

  • Ichi Ni San (Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    38 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shimoarata 1-21-24
    A shabu-shabu specialty restaurant which makes use of Berkshire pork. Produced by “Sobachaya Fukiagean” Japanese soba noodle restaurant chain, here customers can enjoy their shabu-shabu with a soba noodle-style tsuyu sauce flavored with dashi. Customers can also get free refills of this light and tasty tsuyu. The meats on offer primarily consist of cuts of Berkshire pork raised in Kagoshima and fed copious amounts of sweet potatoes. The restaurant’s shabu-shabu is accented with special yuzu pepper. Customers can finish off their meal with the company’s fresh, handmade soba noodles.

    Stopped by Ten Park Street in Kagoshima for lunch. Walked around Ten Park St and found OneTwoThree Black Pork restaurant. Went in to try different types of black pork menu. Very delicious and nice...

  • Keihan Hisakura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Oshimaguntatsugouchou Yanyu 516
    A restaurant which serves Keihan, a local Amami dish, located a one-minute walk from the “Yanyu Hisakura-mae” bus stop. Keihan consists of chicken, omelet strips, shiitake mushrooms, papaya pickles, and tankan citrus fruit rind served over piping hot rice and covered with a chicken bone broth. This dish, “fit for a feudal lord,” was originally created to serve to government officials from Satsuma. The restaurant raises its own chickens on its own farm, as well as its own eggs, papaya, and other ingredients. Customers can enjoy the rich flavor of chicken and broth covered rice.
  • Kumaso tei
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    4.0
    118 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Higashisengokuchou 6-10
    A restaurant specializing in local Satsuma (Kagoshima) cuisine located on the north side of the Tenmonkan. Diners can enjoy a variety of colorful Kagoshima dishes, including pork bone and belly meat slow stewed for three hours until it can be cut with chopsticks, shabu-shabu with Roppaku Kurobuta pork from Kagoshima, sake-zushi fermented overnight with only local sake, fresh silver-striped round herring sashimi caught in Kagoshima Bay (Kinkou Bay) and served with a homemade mustard and vinegared miso sauce, and satsumaage deep-fried fish paste. Private rooms in a variety of sizes are also available, making this a perfect place to have a party or banquet.

    We enjoyed a delicious pork shabu shabu set dinner with attentive and friendly service. All of the courses were delicious, and the lovely server made sure we knew which sauces went with what and that...

  • Kagoshima Prefectural Museum of Culture Reimeikan
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    4.0
    115 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Kagoshima-shi Shiroyamacho 7-2

    Visited this museum after it had been recommended by someone in the community center nearby, which I passed after coming from the ferry terminal on foot. For the price, building design, display...

  • Tontoro
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    4.0
    413 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yamanokuchichou 9-41
    A popular ramen restaurant that is also one of Kagoshima's best located in the Temmonkan-dori shopping arcade. As its name implies in Japanese, the restaurant's specialty Tontoro Ramen is topped with pork that practically melts in your mouth. The broth, made with pork bones, chicken bones, and seafood, is surprisingly light, making it popular with the shop's women customers as well. The rice with roasted pork is also popular and includes a heaping helping of chashu roast pork made with neck meat, a rare delicacy of which only a small amount can be obtained from one animal. A three-minute walk from Takamibaba Station on the municipal tram.

    My sinful indulgence while still living in Kagoshima. Broth was thick and sumptuous, all that bone brothy goodness just overflowing in every spoonful.

  • Shiosai
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    4.5
    129 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunyakushimachou Miyanoura 305-3
    A popular restaurant frequented by tourists and local alike located close to the Miyanoura Ferry Terminal. Depending on the season, diners can enjoy fresh island seafood, such as blue mackerel, flying fish, silver-stripe round herring, saw-edged perch, and Japanese snapper. The fresh mackerel sukiyaki (hotpot) is particularly popular. Tatami seating available.

    The freshest fish Ive ever eaten which explains why there is often a line outside the restaurant. We got there early for dinner and were able to get a table right away.

  • Takian
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    4.5
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 6329
    A restaurant in a repurposed samurai residence located in a corner of the Chiran Bukeyashiki-dori (Samurai District). In addition to local cuisine such as satsumaage fried fish cakes and course meals which include sake-zushi fermented with only local sake and no vinegar, the offers udon noodles mixed with Chiran tea and a variety of sets. Open until early evening, visitors are recommended to eat lunch here. The detached villa with thatched roof is available by reservation only for groups. A two-minute walk from the Bugeyashiki-iriguchi bus stop.

    We had a wonderful experience in this eatery. My family really enjoyed because it is very traditional and unique. The portion is huge and we nearly couldn’t finish! The place may be a little...

  • Aoba
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Minato 1-2-11
    A restaurant which serves local, Satsuma (Kagoshima) style cuisine. Dedicated to local flavors, the establishment makes use of Satsuma Roppaku Berkshire pork raised in Ibusuki: Black Satsuma Chicken, a local variety; and high grade honkare katsuobushi produced in Yamakawa, Ibusuki City. In addition to tonkatsu breaded pork cutlet, a local staple, customers can enjoy luxurious Berkshire pork shabu-shabu, and Satsuma Black Chicken tsukune meatloaf and even sashimi. The restaurant offers low priced set meals during lunchtime as well as the “Ontamaran-don,” a local specialty consisting of a bowl of rice topped with salty-sweet Berkshire pork and a custard-like “hot spring” soft boiled egg.

    Ate here twice when I was in Ibusuki. The service staff were attentive and the food was served quickly. Prices is reasonable and I enjoyed the food a lot. Even managed to chat with a waitress from...

  • Sabo Kakashi
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    4.0
    81 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Higashisengokuchou 13-14 Confessor Yokocho 2F
    A café owned and operated by the Satsuma Jokiya Japanese confectionary company and located in the Tenmonkan Pira Mall shopping arcade in Kagoshima. The café is located on the second floor of the Kakashi Yokocho confectionary shop and can be reached by taking the stairs inside the establishment. The café’s specialty is its “Kasutadon Parfait,” which is made with a whole “Kasutadon” cake, one of Satsuma Jokiya’s signature sweets. Customers can enjoy ice cream, red bean jam, and fruits along with the custard cream and fluffy sponge cake of the “Kasutadon.” Other menu selections include a Japanese confection set, baked donut set, and unique items like the “Kurokuma”—Kagoshima-style “shirokuma” shaved ice topped with kuromitsu brown sugar syrup.

    When i got in, thinking it was any other cake/snack shop, so i was browsing around. Not until i tried their donut-shape like cake snack. It was fresh and heavenly. My 2 cents worth - a must try...

  • Casual Restaurant Maki
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yojirou 1-10-28
    A classic “yoshoku” Japanese-style Western food restaurant. An old-fashioned case filled with plastic models of the restaurant’s dishes stands in front of the establishment. Inside, the restaurant sports a retro “American” decor. The menu consists of such staple “yoshoku” dishes as hamburg steak; breaded, deep fried shrimp; spaghetti Napolitan; and omelet rice. The restaurant’s signature dish is its “black bear” kurokuma shaved ice, a contrast to the “white bear” shirokuma shaved ice so popular in the region. Kurokuma consists of a light brown flavored ice heaped high in a tall parfait glass. The source of the brown coloring is coffee, and the ice, flavored with condensed milk, is garnished with a refreshing coffee fragrance.
  • Café Kanojo no Ie (Naya Restaurant)
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Nakamachi 6-132F
    A community-based café. Inside, the café sports a charming and relaxing décor. For its coffee, the café makes use of beans roasted in-house using a unique method which employs lava stone from Sakurajima. The café’s signature light and fluffy “Kiguma” (“yellow bear”) shaved ice, a contrast to the shirokuma (“white bear”) shaved ice so popular in the region, is covered with cut mangoes and mango sauce. Other popular menu selections include moist and chewy pancakes as well as piping hot waffles.

    日替わりパスタランチを食べました。スープ、サラダ、ガーリックトースト、パスタ、コーヒー、デザートと品数は多いのですが、量が少ないので女性向けです。コーヒーはとても美味しいでした。

  • TORI-ZEN
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Chuouchou 11 Kagoshima Central Terminal Building 1F Underground
    A restaurant specializing in local chicken dishes. The restaurant operates its own farm, Daizen Farm, which raises its chickens, a local variety known as Satsuma Black Chicken, in a comfortable, quiet environment in Ibusuki. The restaurant’s chicken meat is delivered fresh each morning from the farm. Particularly popular menu selections include charcoal grilled chicken and fresh chicken sashimi. There’s also a chicken sashimi assortment which includes rare cuts of chicken offal. During lunchtime, the restaurant offers a reasonably priced grilled chicken lunch, breaded chicken cutlets, tsukune hamburg steak chicken meatloaf, and oyakodon chicken and egg over rice.

    ランチタイムもとも重なりバスの待ち時間に食事をしました。 「鶏膳御膳」を注文しました。 飲み物メニューをリクエストして黒伊佐錦のロックで丁度良いつまみになりました。

  • Kagoshima Black Pork Kurobuta
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Sennichichou 3-2 Kamaguki Building 1F
    A Berkshire pork cuisine specialty restaurant. The restaurant uses only Berkshire pork raised in Kagoshima and designs its dishes around this meat. The restaurant’s signature black tonkatsu breaded pork cutlet contains charcoal mixed in with the batter. Despite its dark black coloring, this unique, lightly flavored batter covers juicy pork meat. The establishment also offers a variety of local Kagoshima dishes like silver-stripe round herring from the waters off Kagoshima served sashimi style, and satsuma-age deep fried fish paste made with flying fish. There’s also the luxurious Kagoshima Berkshire pork shabu-shabu.
  • Satsuma Aji
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    4.5
    42 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Minato 2-1-31
    A restaurant which serves local Satsuma (Kagoshima) cuisine and a la carte dishes. The establishment’s abundant variety of local meals includes fresh, local Kagoshima chicken sashimi, tonkotsu ramen made with Berkshire pork bones stewed in miso, and vegetable-rich satsuma-jiru soup. The restaurant fresh seafood from Kinko Bay is also popular. The restaurant also offers seafood rice bowls and the “Ontamaran-don,” a local Ibusuki specialty consisting of a bowl of rice topped with a fresh Ibusuki custard-like “hot spring” soft boiled egg.

    I went to Satsuma-aji (meaning the flavor of Kagoshima) for dinner because the place I wanted to go happened to be closed for the night, but it turned out to be a good choice. A place thats...

  • Shochuan Takezo
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Chuouchou 7-1-1F
    A Japanese izakaya pub which serves local Kagoshima-style cuisine. Passing through the secret hideaway-like entryway, customers are greeted by décor which engenders a soothing, relaxing atmosphere, and the establishment is replete with semi-private and private seating areas. “Shochuan” means “Shochu Hermitage,” and as its name implies, the pub carries a wide lineup of sweet potato shochu liquors. The establishment’s food menu primarily consists of local-style cuisine made with Kagoshima grown vegetables and seafood caught in its coastal waters. The pub also serves healthy and somewhat unconventional vegetable dishes like fried daikon karaage and tomato tempura.

    焼酎,食べ物,価格,雰囲気…とバランスの取れた店です。表通りから僅かに入ったところにあるので目立つ店ではありませんが,地元の飲み会に便利に使っています。 焼酎はボトルになると種類が減りますが,それぞれ違う味のもので,これもいいバランスです。

  • Roadside Station Sakurajima Sakurajima Bussankan
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Sakurajimakamizuchou 1427
    A large rest stop, one of the largest in Kagoshima. The facility’s distinctive sign is decorated with a large Sakurajima daikon radish statue. The first floor of the facility is a market where visitors can purchase shochu liquor and other Sakurajima specialty products. In the second-floor restaurant, you can enjoy a meal along with a view of the magnificent, mountainous landscape of Sakurajima. Visitors can also view the volcano from the facility’s observatory, and there’s even a space for taking a commemorative photo.

    ツアーバスで立ち寄りました。巨大な桜島大根のオブジェが2か所あるので記念写真の撮影には良いと思います。ちょっと寂れた雰囲気ですが、昭和な感じのドライブインで心が和みます。12月の桜島小ミカンの季節だったのですが、店の中で集配を行っています。1箱2500円くらいなので2箱東京へ送りました。ネットでもなかなか手に入らないのと、現地で味の確認もできるので安心です。とても甘くておいしかったです。贈答用とは...

  • Nakagawa Jumbo Mochiya
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yoshinochou 9673
    A Japanese confectionary shop which has been in business since the Meiji period. “Jumbo mochi” specialty shop, the establishment only sells jumbo mochi. Consisting of bite sized balls of mochi (glutinous, pounded rice), jumbo mochi are lightly grilled before eating and covered in sauces such as sweet miso, zarame brown sugar, and kudzu. After the Satsuma Rebellion during the Meiji period, it is said these sweets were first created by a former guard of the inner garden of the Sengan-en garden. The 12 mochi plate, which comes garnished with pickles for cleansing the palate, is particularly popular. The shop’s wares are also available for takeout.

    仙巌園-集成館寄ったあとに行きました。歩いても行ける距離ですが、タクシーでそのまま鹿児島駅まで行きました。 味は予想通り普通のみたらし団子でした。

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Over 100 active volcanoes across Kagoshima make it one of the Japan's most exciting prefectures. The prefectural capital, Kagoshima city, looks out to one of the prefecture's most spectacular volcanoes, Sakurajima, an island of its own that can be visited and seen close up or admired from afar, with the promise of breathtaking sunsets complete with frequent puffs of smoke and ash. Down the Satsuma Peninsula, the most southerly part of mainland Japan, waterfalls, sand onsen, and fascinating history await, while Kagoshima's abundance of satsuma imo (sweet potato) provide a wholesome snack as well as one of Japan's favourite drinks - shochu.

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