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…

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…

Backerei Danken (バッカラいダンケん)

Backerei Danken is a bakery located five minutes from Kagoshima Chuo station on foot, on the first floor of the same building as L’oro di Napoli (and down the street from Kurokatsutei). It’s a great bakery to drop by for an on-the-go breakfast before riding the train from Chuo station, or to drop in to have a light lunch of…

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…