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…

Miracle Chicken Yarou (ミラクルチキン野郎)

Miracle Chicken Yarou is by far one of my favorite places for birthday dinners and to take visitors from out of town. If you make a reservation, the staff with gift you with a nice little sign that says your name and screams “we were anxiously anticipating your arrival.” The servers at this restaurant are all…

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…

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…