Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • Tontoro
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    4.0
    404 Reviews
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    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.

    We had a ramen dinner that was quick and delicious. There is a machine for ordering as you enter - plenty of pictures make it easy, and a small area for sitting. The ramen was hot, the pork melted in...

  • Kagomma Furusato Yataimura
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    4.0
    318 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Chuouchou 6-4
    A new food theme park a five-minute walk from Kagoshima-Chuo Station which was just opened in 2012. The park is home to 25 yatai (food stands) offering the unique flavors of Kagoshima, including local dishes, kushiage (deep fried skewers), seafood, eels, and tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen, as well as a shochu (Japanese white liquor) bar which doubles as an information center. The park is dedicated to local production for local consumption, reasonable prices, and hospitality; the friendly Kagoshima dialect with which patrons are greeted is also sure to make you smile.

    Planned short visit there to have tourists experience.. but ended up to stay the whole evening time thanks to the nice food a d friendly atmostphere :)

  • Keihan Hisakura
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    4.0
    269 Reviews
    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.

    A great place to eat local Keihan. 2 seating arrangements :Japanese low table or Western higher table. Friendly staff. Extra rice or soup is free. Highly recommend.

  • Ibusuki City Tosen Gorge Somen Nagashi
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    4.0
    195 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...

  • Grilled Eel Sueyoshi
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    4.0
    164 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 (Amu Plaza Kagoshima Restaurant)
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    4.5
    145 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Chuouchou 1-1 Amu Plaza Kagoshima 5F
    A pork shabu-shabu restaurant. The establishment makes use of Berkshire pork raised on Kagoshima and fed copious amounts of sweet potatoes. After cooking the thin slices of meat in boiling broth, you can dip them is a light and tasty soba noodle-style tsuyu sauce made with an abundance of dashi bonito stock. Customers can also order free, unlimited servings of chopped Welsh onions and yuzu pepper made with local ingredients. At the end of the meal, you can order high quality sarashina soba noodles made with carefully ground buckwheat flour. The restaurant’s menu also includes a la carte selections like tontoro fatty pork; tonkatsu breaded pork cutlets; nikomi stewed dishes; and satsuma-age deep fried fish paste, a local specialty.

    Stumbled across this place as close to the Shinksnsen station. Got the shabu pork set, and not only did the meat taste heavenly, all the side dishes were superb too! Service was excellent too

  • Shiosai
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    4.5
    125 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.

  • Kurozu hompo Kakuida
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    4.0
    128 Reviews
    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.

    The surroundings are very nice, the food excellent, the prices reasonable. And the best vinegar in Japan.

  • Kumaso tei
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    4.0
    113 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...

  • Aoba
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    4.0
    87 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.

    Situated on central street near square with bus station, small restaurant of traditional japanese cuisine. Syabu syabu for two is only for 2000 Yen, Fied black chicken with cabbage is only for 1000...

  • 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...

  • Juan (Arata Restaurant)
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    4.5
    63 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Arata 1-62-13
    A Berkshire pork specialty restaurant located a three-minute walk from Aratahachimandentei Station on the Kagoshima City Tram. The grounds boast a beautiful pond and stone bridge and the stately Japanese style restaurant building is surrounded by seasonal trees and plants. The restaurant uses only select Berkshire pork raised with a specific diet on Watanabe Berkshire Farm. This delicate, elegant meat is used in the restaurant’s shabu-shabu, tonkatsu breaded pork cutlet, and all of its pork dishes. In addition to Berkshire pork hamburg steaks and pork steaks served piping hot on plats of Sakurajima lava stone, the restaurant’s local, Kagoshima style cuisine is also popular, and the establishment sees a constant stream of customers making the journey here from outside the prefecture just to enjoy the food.

    Kurobuta, Pork and more pork Expect to pay 4000-6000 per head (including 1-2 drink) depending on what you order - shabu shabu. My take is that if you are not going for the shabu shabu, go...

  • Chojuan (Kaimon Tosenkyo Restaurant)
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    4.5
    50 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Kaimonsenta 77
    This restaurant is famous for Tosenkyo somen-nagashi. This local take on nagashi somen features thin wheat noodles served in a circular container of chilled water built into the table. Their noodles, which feel great going down, are made with spring water from Tosenkyo Gorge selected as one of the Top 100 Famous Water of the Heisei Period. The restaurant also offers winter exclusives such as their seiro sets, which feature rice cooked in a bamboo steamer, as well as their niumen set meals, which feature somen noodles served in a hot broth. The restaurant, which is equipped with a large 100-car parking lot, is capable of seating up to around 500 guests between its indoor and outdoor dining areas. It is especially popular with tourists off and tour groups during the summer.

    Best lunch in Kyushu at good price! Highly recommend this place close to Ibusuki Station. Shochu is excellent, noodles excellent and Berkshire pork as well. Wide choice!

  • Kagoshima Kurobuta Roppakutei
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Nishida 2-12-34 Hotel Union 1F
    A Japanese restaurant located on the first floor of Hotel Union a three-minute walk from the west entrance of JR Kagoshima-Chuo Station. Here customers can enjoy Kagoshima’s brand Roppaku (“Six Whites”) Berkshire pork, so named because of the six white areas found on this breed. This pork is fed sweet potatoes for 60 days prior to shipping and has a clean, light flavor popular with both men and women. In addition to table seating, the restaurant also has tatami mat seating perfect for families with children. Roppakutei’s signature Berkshire pork shabu-shabu is particularly recommended. The thin slices of pork, cooked after a brief swim in a golden broth, are sweet and flavorful.

    魚の刺身は少ないですが鹿児島ぽいものが色々楽しめました。味も悪くなかったです。種類豊富なイモ焼酎には驚かされました。気楽に楽しむには良い店だと思います。

  • Kagoshima Black Pork Kurobuta
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    4.5
    44 Reviews
    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.

    If you want to try Kurobuta Local restaurant, “Kurobuta” restaurant is a good choice. We tried both Black Kurobuta Fillet and Roast. It was super delicious and its texture was so soft. We also tried...

  • Satsuma Aji
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    4.5
    41 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...

  • Takian
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    4.5
    38 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...

  • 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...

  • TAKETORA
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Omure 1-1-13
    A ramen restaurant which is dedicated to using Ibusuki ingredients. The establishment is notable for its stylish green and black café-like décor. This popular restaurant was also selected number one by popular vote in the Third Kagoshima Ramen King Tournament. The restaurant’s signature “Katsubushi Ramen” is topped with a mountain of high grade honkare katsuobushi (dried-bonito shavings) along with a custard-like “hot spring” soft boiled egg, natto, and cloud ear mushrooms. The “Kaimondake Ramen” is made with an abundance of Berkshire pork meat miso.

    After experiencing the sand baths in Ibusuki, we had to catch a train to Makurazaki at around 115 pm so we scouted for a restaurant near Ibusuki Station. We googled ramen restaurants and picked...

  • Ogojoya (Main Store)
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yamanokuchichou 11-7 Diamond Building 1F
    A Japanese izakaya pub which serves local Satsuma (Kagoshima) chicken and kamameshi rice pots. The pub’s chicken is stocked that very morning from a free-range farm in Kagoshima City. Particularly popular menu choices include the ultra-fresh chicken sashimi, charcoal grilled chicken, and karaage fried chicken. The pub also offers laboriously crafted tsukune chicken meatloaf. The pub’s other signature dish, its kamameshi rice hot pots, are created without rushing and customers will have to wait 30–40 minutes from the time of their order before they can eat. The pub’s seafood, fresh-caught in the waters off of Kagoshima, and its over 1,000 varieties of local shochu liquors, are also popular.

    天文館にある鹿児島料理と焼酎の居酒屋。まず焼酎の種類が凄いです。あときびなごの刺身や地鶏、黒豚等鹿児島の食材を利用した料理が美味しいです。

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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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