Ramen restaurant ‘Satsuma Shimuja’ opens in Kagoshima’s Kishaba, also offering izakaya menu

PUBLISHED Oct 10, 2023

Exterior view of Satsuma Shimuja

On September 15, the ramen restaurant Satsuma Shimuja Kishaba Branch opened near the Kishaba Station on the Kagoshima City Tram line.

The main branch of Satsuma Shimuja was founded 12 years ago in Kagoshima City. The name is derived from the motto of Lord Nariakira Shimazu, “Shimuja (思無邪),” which means “to express one’s feelings as they are, free from impure thoughts, and without any pretense.” Keisuke Uchida, the owner, decided to expand the franchise with the goal of introducing the taste of Shimuja to the people around Arata and Kishaba, and he aims to continue to promote it. The restaurant covers an area of 52 square meters and has 23 seats, including five at the counter.

The menu centers around ramen, including Ramen Satsuma (900 yen), made with homemade pork bone soup and Kagoshima soy sauce; Ramen Hakata (900 yen), made with Hakata soy sauce; and the Zenbu-nose (1,300 yen) option where all toppings are included. It also offers sets that combine pork rice, gyoza, and karaage.

As part of its izakaya menu, the restaurant offers items such as meat gyoza and vegetable gyoza from Gyoza-no-Mitchy in Tenmonkan, karaage, and tataki cucumber, all priced at 330 yen each. It also has Senbero Sets, which include three drinks and one appetizer for 1,100 yen. In October, the restaurant started offering Shoyu Niku Soba and Shimuja-style Maze Soba made with local Satsuma chicken (both priced at 950 yen).

Uchida added, “I want to further energize the ramen scene in Kishaba.”

Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – midnight. Closed on Wednesdays.

  • Interior of Satsuma Shimuja

  • Counter seating at Satsuma Shimuja

  • Table seating at Satsuma Shimuja

  • Example of sets

  • Example of ramen at Satsuma Shimuja