Kagoshima's meats - the best black beef, black pork, and black Satsuma chicken!-1

Kagoshima's meats - the best black beef, black pork, and black Satsuma chicken!

Kagoshima is renowned for its black pork, but its black beef was also selected as Japan's best beef for the second consecutive "Wagyu Olympics" in 2022. It has also created a new brand of "black meat" - black Satsuma chicken. 

Kagoshima black beef crowned best in Japan

Kagoshima black beef was ranked first in Japan for two consecutive "Wagyu Olympics," held every five years, in 2017 and 2022. Kagoshima Prefecture also ranks first in Japan for the number of wagyu beef bred!
Kagoshima Prefecture is renowned for its black pork, but its black beef is also not to be outdone. If you visit Kagoshima, you definitely have to try the best beef in Japan!

Want some Kagoshima black beef in Kagoshima City? These are the places to visit!

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    Meat and Wine KRONOS

    Sample Kagoshima's finest meats here

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    Karen Kagoshima

    High quality kuroushi beef and kurobuta pork.

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According to some study results, Kagoshima kurobuta pork, a world famous brand, is 4 times tastier than ordinary pork.

Kurobuta pork has become well known around the world as it is highly evaluated by buyers in a survey regarding major brand pork in Japan. Kurobuta pork is crisp, tender, firm and juicy. It has sweetness and a rich flavor. The fat is light, not sticky. One study showed that the savory taste of kurobuta pork is 3.7 times and sweetness is 6.7 times that of ordinary pork.   

Shabu shabu is an ideal way to simply enjoy kurobuta taste.

Beef has traditionally been used for shabu shabu, but kurobuta pork made pork shabu shabu famous. Shabu shabu is a simple hot pot, so the quality of meat is very important. Once you try kurobuta pork shabu shabu, the representative dish for kurobuta pork, you will understand why it is so popular. Only in shabu shabu can you enjoy both sweet, juicy boneless pork ribs and firm, savory pork loin at the same time. 

Want some black pork shabu-shabu? These are the places to visit!

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    Juan, Kagoshima Chuo Station West Entrance

    Tender and tasty Roppaku kurobuta

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    Healthy local kurobuta pork dishes.

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    Specializing in Kagoshima kurobuta pork dishes.

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    Kagoshima Kurobuta Roppakutei

    Kagoshima’s brand pork, “Roppaku kurobuta”.

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Want some tonkatsu? These are the places to visit!

If you want to try some Kagoshima pork, juicy tonkatsu (pork cutlet) is a popular choice! Here, we will introduce some restaurants where you can get a taste of this cuisine. 

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    Tonkatsu Kawakyu

    Thick and juicy tonkatsu

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    Aji no tonkatsu Maruichi

    Tonkatsu specialty restaurants that offer black pork produced in Kagoshima Prefecture
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    Kurokatsutei Chuo Station Main Restaurant

    Tonkatsu that brings out the original flavor of kurobuta pork

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    Katsujyu Amyu Plaza Kagoshima

    Juicy tonkatsu pork cutlet

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Stewed diced kurobuta pork (tonkotsu), a local Kagoshima dish

Diced pork ribs stewed in sweet and salty sauce are called tonkotsu, a local Kagoshima dish. 
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    Wakana, Chuo Station West Entrance

    A long-established restaurant specializing in traditional miso oden and local dishes.

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    Juan, Kagoshima Chuo Station West Entrance

    Tender and tasty Roppaku kurobuta.

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    Traditional Kagoshima dishes including kurobuta pork spare rib stew.

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The third “black (kuro)” is tender, firm and juicy kurosatsumadori chicken.

Following kurobuta pork and kuroushi beef, kurosatsumadori chicken was developed. The chicken does not get tough even when grilled, and keeps its elasticity and juicy flavor. 

Dishes using Kagoshima chicken:

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    Chicken sashimi

    Fresh free range local chicken can be eaten as sashimi. Dipping sashimi in sweet soy sauce is the Kagoshima style.
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    Grilled on a lava plate

    The far-infrared rays of the lava plate cook chicken slowly and make it fluffy and juicy.
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    Chicken rice

    A dish representative of Amami Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, is eaten by placing toppings of your choice and pouring chicken soup on the rice.

Want some black Satsuma chicken and Satsuma free-range chicken? These are the places to visit!

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    Savor the delicious tastes of black Satsuma chicken
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    Miyamahompo Tenmonkan

    Kurosatsumadori chicken grilled on a Sakurajima lava plate.

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  • Satuma Jidori Torihana-1

    Satuma Jidori Torihana

    Satsuma free-range chicken dishes that are unique to Kagoshima

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