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Tontoro Ramen

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9-41 Yamanokuchicho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
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+81 99-222-5857
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94 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most popular Ramen shops in Kagoshima. Their speciality is a pork Ramen. It is so tender, tasty and goes well with soup and noodle. And it is a bit different from noodle shops in other area in Kyushu. So if you are a Ramen lover, then it is worth to try, to tick the box... More 

Thank Hiro H
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Pork ramen was really delicious and quickly served. We went there after 8pm and didnt have to queue. Good service and great food!

Thank Happiness2016
Los Angeles, California, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Ate ramen up and down Japan, this was my favorite. I went in the evening at 8-9pm and never had to wait, no thrills, just great tender pork ramen.

Thank Kevin A
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537 reviews
322 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

Small outlet with 4 tables and 5-6 at the counters . Simple menu . Beside Ramen they serve rice dish too Overrated . Disappointed Nothing special

Thank Happy258
United Kingdom
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

Went there based on the other reviews and would definitely recommend. Didn't seem to be too busy when we went at 8pm and got a table straight away. The ramen broth is amazing, truly beautiful depth of flavour. Pork is also melt in the mouth. Great value for money and best ramen I've had so far. Would recommend this place... More 

Thank icecreamgirl7988
Denver, Colorado
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47 reviews
24 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 

1 Thank Gina C
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52 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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 

Thank Ichinensei
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 

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.

Thank Elizabeth V
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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!

Thank Kenji S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $28
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?