Issaku(一昨)

I can honestly say that I have been to a lot of Japanese restaurants around Japan, having traveled everywhere in between from Hokkaido to Okinawa, and I am pretty sure that I’ve never tried any of the dishes that I had at Issaku, ever. This was a first time dining experience for me and I…

Tenjin Boumarushin (天神房丸新)

Tenjin Boumarushin is a handmade soba restaurant located on the second floor of a cement building in Tenmonkan. If you’re a soba lover, like me, you’ll notice that soba places are becoming increasingly harder to find in the midst of the ramen boom. This shop is much more expensive than the chain restaurant Sobachaya Fukiagean and has far…

Cafe 369

I have walked by Cafe 369 on so many occasions and finally gave into the signboards that advertising an all-too-enticing homemade soft serve ice cream. I will admit that I was pretty disappointed by the portion of ice cream I got for 350 JPY + tax, but I guess it ended up being just the…

Ajimori (あぢもり)

I have been trying to go Ajimori (technically, it’s supposed to be “Adimori” in English, but that doesn’t make sense to me) for a while now and finally got in without a reservation last night. This restaurant is open from 11:30am-2:30pm for lunch and from 5:30pm-9:30pm for dinner which means that you can only actually…

Japanese Cuisine Rakusui (割烹 楽水)

If you’re looking for somewhere to take a special someone who adores Japanese food and an intimate dining experience, Rakusui is absolutely the place to go. Located in Shiroyama Hotel on the top of Mt. Shiroyama, this may have been one of the first places you visited when you first arrived in Kagoshima, and where you…

Goya Soup Curry(スープカレー専門店、薩摩剛家)

If you’re in the mood for a slightly different take on your typical thick Japanese curry, aside from going to a Nepalese or Sri Lankan curry restaurant (can’t say I’ve encountered any Indian curry places), Goya curry is an excellent alternative. Of the four shops located around Kagoshima, I have visited the one in Tenmonkan and…

Juan (寿庵)

Juan is a very nice shabu shabu restaurant that I just discovered is a local chain restaurant (in this case there are only three locations, all in Kagoshima) that’s part of the J-F group that apparently dominates Kagoshima. If you click on the link to the J-F group, you’ll find an English option, but it’s…

Bondoru (梵道留)

Ever heard of the Sukiyaki song? Ever tried actually sukiyaki? For my omnivorous friends, you’re truly missing out. I highly recommend Bondoru, another hole in the wall restaurant located in Tenmonkan. If you’re in the mood for some local beef and vegetables served up in savory sweet sukiyaki sauce by a very friendly server, this…

Cafe Lakan (カフェラカン)

Cafe Lakan is a small cafe and bar that you can find right across from Kyoken Park which is a five to ten minute walk away from Kagoshima Chuo station. It’s a lovely lunch spot with large windows, spacious seating, and relatively inexpensive menu options. You can check out the lunch options that range from a…

Ichinisan (いちにいさん)

Ichinisan has multiple locations around Japan but this review is for the main location near Kotsukigawa in Kagoshima city. I highly recommend the steamed kurobuta (black pork) shabu shabu pictured below. You will get a wooden steamer box with a layer of vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, sliced carrots and onions), that the server will top with a…

Tempura Tenyu (天ぷら 天友)

Tempura Tenyu provides a small and intimate dining experience featuring everything you never even thought could be turned into tempura. This small shop can only hold 10 diners, six seats at the counter so you can watch the chef do his tempura magic, and four seats at a table where you still have a good…

Beone (ベオーネ )

Beone is a fantastic Italian restaurant and one of my favorite restaurants of all time. From the grilled vegetables served with a garlic olive oil sauce to the pizza fresh from the wood fired pizza oven to the flavorful pasta dishes, this is a win on all fronts. (Just looking at the photos makes me…