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Vegan Travel Guide: Exploring Kagoshima, Japan's Plant-Based Paradise


Are you a vegan planning a trip to Kagoshima, Japan? This southern city is known for its rich history, breathtaking scenery, and delicious cuisine. While it may seem like a challenge to find vegan options in a country known for its seafood and meat-based dishes, Kagoshima has plenty of plant-based options to satisfy your cravings.


Here are some of the places we visited, the food we ate, and the hotels we stayed at in Kagoshima during our recent trip:



 

Food we ate



Convenience Store

From savory chips to sweet treats, there's something for everyone in this vegan snack paradise!

 


Amami-no-Sato (Vegan Keihan Chicken Rice)

1-8-1 Nanei, Kagoshima 891-0122


On our previous trip, we had Amami Chicken Rice, and this time round, we had the Vegan version and it's super satisfying!

 


Vegan Course Meal at Suiren, Shiroyama Hotel

41-1 Shinshoincho, Kagoshima City, 890-8586


From savory appetizers to decadent desserts, each dish is a work of art that's sure to delight your taste buds.

 


Daizu-no-Hana

451-1 Taumicho, Satsumasendai, Kagoshima 895-0071


As a vegan, you can't go wrong with tofu, there is even a station for you to make your own Yuba from the simmering soy milk, definitely an experience you don't wanna miss!

(Do inform them that you require a vegan set meal before your visit)

 


Breakfast & Dinner at Izumi Farmstay

5561 Shimomyo, Nodacho, Izumi City, Kagoshima


For those who wants to experience authentic countryside life, you will love Izumi Farmstay. The hosts specially prepared vegan meals for us because we informed them that we are vegans.

 


Café Indigo

8-8 Meizan-cho, Kagoshima


This hidden cafe is fully vegan, and serves really affordable (1,200 yen!) and aesthetic plant-based meals!

 


Swimming Noodles (Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi)

5967 Kaimonjutcho, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 891-0603


We requested for Kelp Broth before our visit as their usual stock contains fish.

 


Sweets Emifull

1187-6 Yamagawanarikawa, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 891-0516


Their Churros are a must-try! They have several vegan options available.

 


Chabuya Curry Noodle

Blue Mint Building 2F, 5-29 Higashi Sengoku Cho, Kagoshima 892-0842


Plant-based options available and super satisfying!

 


Beatles Themed Cafe (Cafe Imagine)

3808-49 Koba Yusui Cho, Aira-gun, Kagoshima 899-6201


Great ambiance and lots of photo spots. There is even a rescued pony named Apple whom you could interact with!

We notified them on our dietary requirements before our visit.

 


MOS Burger

Plant-based options available.

Try their fishless burger, it's the bomb!

 


CoCo Ichibanya

Plant-based options are available.

Their soy hamburg patty tastes super legit!


 

Places we visited



AMU Plaza (Ferris Wheel)

1-1 Chuocho, Kagoshima, 890-0053

 


Strawberry Picking (Koba Strawberry Farm)

645 Ozato, Ichikikushikino, Kagoshima 899-2103

 


Sogi-no-Taki Waterfall

628-41 Okuchimiyahito, Isa, Kagoshima 895-2526

 


Sakura Park (Tadamoto Park)

2484-193 Okuchiharada, Isa, Kagoshima 895-2506

 


Izumi Farmstay Experience

5561 Shimomyo, Nodacho, Izumi City, Kagoshima

 


Pottery Experience (Miyama Toyukan Potter's Wheel Experience)

1051 Higashiichikicho Miyama, Hioki, Kagoshima 899-2431

 


Edible Flower Farm (Michi-Farm Ibusuki)

421 Ikeda, Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-0312

 


Visiting Cabbage Farm (Daikichi Farm)

Harvesting fresh cabbage

 


Tea Leaf Rolling Experience (Midori-Kan)

15025-8 Eicho Makinouchi, Minamikyūshū, Kagoshima 891-0702

 


Walk at Takaoka Park

Kajikicho Nishibeppu, Aira, Kagoshima 899-5201

 


Scenic View at Kareigawa Train Station

Hayatocho Kareigawa, Kirishima, Kagoshima 899-5113

 

Accomodations



Shiroyama Hotel

41-1 Shinshoincho, Kagoshima City, 890-8586

 


Izumi Farmstay (100+ years old Samurai House)

5561 Shimomyo, Nodacho, Izumi City, Kagoshima

 


Inncocosumu? Hotel

1-1 Matsunaga Hayatocho, Kirishima, Kagoshima 899-5112

 

Some helpful Japanese phrases


While there may be people in Kagoshima that speak some English, learning a few basic Japanese phrases can help you communicate your dietary needs more effectively. Here are some phrases to try:

  • "Watashi wa bejitarian desu" (I'm a vegetarian)

  • "Watashi wa beegan desu" (I'm a vegan)

  • "Kore wa beegan ryori desu ka?" (Is this a vegan dish?)


Actually, vegans can have a great time exploring the sights and flavors of Kagoshima. With its rich history and vibrant culture, this city is a must-visit destination for any traveler, regardless of their dietary preferences.

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