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…

Tomatonomi (トマトの実)

Fresh handmade pasta is a level above your typical dried noodle and once you’ve tried it you might never want to eat that dried stuff again. This little restaurant near Aratahachiman station (street trolley stop) in the area of the city called kishaba serves a number, albeit limited, of appetizing pasta dishes. I have to emphasize here that the restaurant…

Sobachaya Fukiagean (そば茶屋吹上庵)

Do you know what a seven tier stack of soba looks like? Well, I’d say it looks like deliciousness in the form of every topping you didn’t know you could put on buckwheat noodles. Pictured below, starting from the front left is soba topped with dried seaweed (nori), moving to the right we have marinated shiitake…

Kurokatsutei (黒かつ亭)

If you are in Kagoshima and have not tried tonkatsu (pork cutlets) yet, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon (unless you are following a kosher, halal, or vegetarian diet whereby you can skip this post). You may have already noticed that the staple foods in Kagoshima tend to have “black” in the…

Cocoichirin (ココイチリン)

I found this restaurant while en route to the post office (higashiyubinkyoku) from the Kagoshima City Hall. I was hungry and I saw a sign that said LUNCH 750JPY and my stomach started acting up so I went in. I didn’t realize it until I looked around a bit but this little cafe seems to be more…

Mekkemon (めっけもん)

My favorite sushi restaurant of all time. Everyone should go here at least once if they visit Kagoshima (and are not completely against the idea of fresh, raw fish). The actual cuts of fish that you get served here are significantly larger than those you would get at any other conveyer belt sushi restaurant, and…

Noodle Laboratory Kintoun (ヌードル ラボラトリー金斗雲)

The best ramen shop I’ve been to in Kagoshima thus far. I’ve been here at least four times at this point and, without fail, the ramen has been excellent every single time. The menu consists of four basic options starting at 700 JPY: Assari (which can be translated into simple, meaning their most basic ramen,…

Mori no Kazoku, All Natural Food (農園食堂 森のかぞく)

A lovely little vegetarian restaurant located along the tram line on the stretch between the entrance to Yamakataya and Kagoshima City Hall. The daily lunch menu consists of vegetarian or pescetarian (the vegetarian dish with a piece of fried fish) option that costs 900 JPY and 1000 JPY, respectively. (There are three other menu choices…

Treduno Cafe & Garden

This cafe is hidden away on one of the side streets as you approach Tenmonkan from Kagoshima-chuo station. It’s easy to miss so watch out for a chalk signboard sitting at the bottom of a staircase to a building that appears to be a concrete garage with a large window on the second floor. In…