Top things to do in Kagoshima

Top Choice Gardens in Kagoshima

Sengan-en

In 1658, the 19th Shimazu lord laid out his pleasure garden on this hilly, rambling bayside property of groves, hillside trails and one of Japan's most impressive pieces of 'borrowed scenery': the fuming peak of Sak…
Top Choice Bar in Kagoshima

Honkaku Shōchū Bar Ishizue

This chic, amber-and-wood shōchū (alcohol distilled from potatoes, wheat, rice or barley) bar has everything going for it, and it's one of the finest places to drink Kagoshima's prefectural liquor. There are more th…
Top Choice Museum in Kagoshima

Museum of the Meiji Restoration

This museum offers insights into the unique social system of education, samurai loyalty and sword techniques that made Satsuma one of Japan's leading provinces. There's a good smartphone app in English. Hourly audio…
Top Choice Japanese in Kagoshima

Kumasotei

This atmospheric multistorey restaurant near central Tenmonkan covers all your Satsuma-ryōri needs: Satsuma-age (deep-fried fish cake), tonkotsu (pork ribs), kurobuta shabu-shabu (black-pork hotpot), and lots of fre…
Top Choice Bar in Kagoshima

Karakara

On the 3rd floor of a generic bar building next to a 7-Eleven, a low door leads to another dimension. Enthusiastic owner Hiroshi-san has crammed every square millimetre with 30,000 (!) Showa-era toys, memorabilia an…
Izakaya in Kagoshima

Yokaban

Owner Reina-san doesn't speak much English but is a bundle of energy, reflected in her cosy, spirited, home-style izakaya (pub-eatery) on a Tenmonkan side street. Start with self-serve drinks and continue with dishe…
Japanese in Kagoshima

Kurokatsu-tei

If your favourite way to enjoy kurobuta (Kagoshima-style black pork) is deep fried, this institution does it in prodigiously crunchy crust, as tonkatsu (cutlets) or donburi (rice bowls). Reasonably priced teishoku (…
Japanese in Kagoshima

Ichinisan

Come here to try Kagoshima black pork at an affordable price. It's served several ways: shabu-shabu dipped in delectable broth with minced green onion; with black vinegar; kakuni (pork belly); and (the best way) ato…
Izakaya in Kagoshima

Yamauchi Nōjō

Kuro Satsuma-dori (black Satsuma chicken) is the name of the bird served here, and also what it looks like after being grilled sumibi-yaki-style over open charcoal. Other local dishes: marinated katsuo (bonito) sash…
Craft Beer in Kagoshima

Dolphin Industry

This new, surf-themed beer and burger bar brings the California wave across the Pacific. A friendly, just-off-Huntington-Beach vibe of surfboard art, reclaimed wood and corrugated metal accompanies the small but wel…