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9-41 Yamanokuchicho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 99-222-5857
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice ramen with fatty pork

Found out about Tontoro on a youtube video. Went there around 1115am and got a seat no problem. We were seated on tatami floor so shoes had to come off and as it was the beginning of the day thankfully not stinky yet. Order their tontoro ramen and it was simply sublime. Pork was nice and fatty and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2015
Ichinensei
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Toronto
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Nagoya, Japan
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Tontoro's pork ramen captures the essence of the volcanic island with its unique smokey taste that is unlike any other ramen I have had. Their Chashu (braised pork belly) on rice was also wonderful. Tontoro was originally recommended to me by a Japanese friend who lives beside the island of Kagoshima, and it was explained to me as a favorite... More 

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Toronto
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45 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Found out about Tontoro on a youtube video. Went there around 1115am and got a seat no problem. We were seated on tatami floor so shoes had to come off and as it was the beginning of the day thankfully not stinky yet. Order their tontoro ramen and it was simply sublime. Pork was nice and fatty and just breaks... More 

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Thank Ichinensei
Amsterdam
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

We had to wait in a small queue outside, but were sitting at the counter within a couple of minutes. We ordered (already outside) one of the ramen options (with pork and egg) and some dublings on the side. The food was very tasteful and very cheap as well (two bowls of ramen, one portion dublings and two draft beer... More 

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Thank florisbeltman
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

I still think about it. They do the kagoshima style chashu ramen perfectly. They are also open late.

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Thank Elizabeth V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

It is indeed the best I've tried. The Tontoro (black fatty pork cut) is super tender and full of flavor, amazing!! The shop is small but I never had to wait too long to get in. Totally recommended!

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Thank Kenji S
Perth, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

Great ramen with good service and large servings. I had an original and the serving was big for me, but then again I only have a small stomach. The soup base was very good, it had depth compared to ippudo (that is good too, but to toro definitely better)! Very fatty pork pieces which I loved !! Will hopefully get... More 

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Thank Sue H
Bari, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I would say one of the best Ramen you can have in Japan. And the steamed dumplings are unforgettabale too ! After the first dinner, I decided to come back there for the second dinner; normally I usually try every time something new, but at this time I loved Tontoro and I decided to visit the restaurant a second time... More 

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Thank Giuseppe2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

This place is such a treasure. The shop is a bit small, the menu simple but it hosts some of the most delicious ramen I have had throughout my travels in Japan. Lunch and Dinner times are always busy so arrived an hour early or later to avoid long wait times and being rushed. The largest table they have will... More 

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Thank Alberto M
Nagoya, Japan
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This ramen shop had excellent Ramen. Though it was my first Ramen in Kagoshima, I was blown away by the smokiness of this tonkotsu broth. I don't know if it is unique to this restaurant or common for Kagoshima, but it is delicious and wonderful and I've never had a broth like it anywhere else in Japan! The Chashu (soy-braised... More 

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Thank Gina C
Harrisburg, PA
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We stopped in for a meal. The place was busy but we managed to get a seat. The food was excellently prepared and delicious. The price is reasonable and could not get a better dish of ramen anywhere else.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9-41 Yamanokuchicho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kyushu-Okinawa  >  Kagoshima Prefecture  >  Kagoshima
  • Phone Number: +81 99-222-5857

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 26
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian

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