Japanese Food Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Asabana
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Amami-shi Naze Nagahamacho 27-1

    カレーを頼むとボンカレー(具なし)と卵汁で 770円とられました。 観光客料金にしても高い 次は、別を探します。

  • Masunoya
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Ibusuki-shi Kaimonsenta 80
    Tosenkyo Gorge, so named because its deep cove was long ago used as a port for the ships of Japanese envoys to China, is a ravine where 100,000 tons of spring water gushes forth per day. Guests at this restaurant can enjoy somen nagashi served in this famous spring water all year long. Somen nagashi refers to thin wheat noodles served in a circular trough of flowing cold water. Somen nagashi is said to have originated when Inoue Hironori, an assistant official of Kaimon Town (now a part of Ibusuki City), created the first water pressure-powered revolving somen nagashi trough. Because the gorge's spring water stays a constant 13 degrees Celsius, the noodles are refreshingly chilly in the summer and can even be eaten cold in a warm room in the winter. Other dishes served by the restaurant include water-chilled carp sashimi, fried carp, salt-grilled rainbow trout, and more.

    This is a unique experience. You order noodles (and anything else you like, its all good). You place the noodles in the running water where theyre separated and flowing, and then you take them out...

  • Ajidokoro Ichifuku
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Makurazakishi Higashihonmachi 8
    "This restaurant is located in near Higashihonmachi, Makurazaki City near Makurazaki Station. They offer courses and single dishes of bonito cuisine including the Makurazaki specialty filleted bonito, and bonito set meals where you can taste various bonito dishes such as bonito belly tempura and simmered bonito entrails. In addition, they have menu items such as roast cutlets and braised pork using a rare variety of Berkshire pork called ""Kago pork,"" and ""Makurazaki-eki Zen"" where you can taste Kago pork and bonito cuisine at the same time."

    JR枕崎駅近くにある地元の名物・カツオ料理を味わうことができるお店です。 まあまあいいお値段しますが、せっかくなので食べてみるのもいいと思います。

  • Roadside Station Sakurajima Sakurajima Bussankan
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    3.5
    12 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.

    1階がお土産屋さん、2階がレストランになっています。桜島大根を使ったお土産や火山灰を使用したお土産もあります。大きな桜島大根が目印です-

  • Shabuzen (Kagoshima Restaurant)
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Higashisengokuchou 5-12 CUBE Building 2F
    A Japanese restaurant which serves shabu-shabu made with Berkshire pork and Japanese black beef raised in Kagoshima. The establishment is located a five-minute walk from Tenmonkandori Station on the Kagoshima City Tram. The restaurant offers all-you-can-eat vegetables, Berkshire pork, and Japanese black beef, as well as a variety of tasty dipping sauces. Particularly recommended is the “Hiden no Kurobuta Soup-nabe,” a Berkshire pork shabu-shabu hotpot dish exclusive to the Kagoshima location which comes with shredded Welsh onions and a secret recipe broth. Dipping the thin slices of Berkshire pork after cooking them in the provided shabu-shabu pot makes them tender and gives them a light, delightful taste which will make you want to take bite after bite. In spite of being an all-you-can-eat style restaurant, the establishment is replete with private seating, ensuring you can enjoy your meal without being bothered by those around you.

    Went to this place after a day trip to yakushima island. We were hungry and looking for a shabu-shabu place for a warm and satisfying meal. So we called the restaurant and reserve a spot. Upon...

  • 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。

  • TORI-ZEN
    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.

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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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