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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…