Nagoya’s Breakfast: Ogura Toast Online Experience

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1 hour
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 6
Your Experience at a Glance

Most people know the Japanese like to eat rice and fish for breakfast. But not the people from Nagoya! They like to enjoy a cup of coffee with a slice of toast. Ogura Toast to be precise. A thick slice of golden-brown toast with red bean paste.

During this online experience, you will learn how to make the famous local Nagoya-style breakfast at home and learn more about the local food culture while munching on your creation.

Experience Price

1800 yen/person
10% discount for 3+ people (1620 yen/person)

Experience Type

Private Online Experience


Online via Zoom

Start Time and Duration

Flexible between 8:00 – 21:00 (1 hour) Japan Standard Time (check here for your time zone)

Languages Offered

English, German, Japanese

Language Proficiency

English: Fluent ★★★★☆
German: Native ★★★★★
Japanese: Business ★★★☆☆

Price Includes

  • Introduction to Nagoya and the local food culture
  • Information on Japanese eating etiquette
  • Instructions on how to make Ogura toast at home

Price Excludes

  • Cooking ingredients (you will need to prepare them separately)

Additional Information

  • To participate in this online experience you will need a device (computer, smartphone, tablet etc.) with a camera or webcam, a fast internet connection and Zoom installed
What You'll Do

Connect with your host Lena who will be greeting you from the comfort of her home in Nagoya. After a short get to know (maybe while enjoying your first cup of coffee together) and check that you have all the necessary ingredients ready you are good to go.

Making the local Nagoya-style breakfast called Ogura Toast isn’t too hard, but Lena will introduce you to the finer points of making this the best version it can be.

You will also learn about the origin story of Ogura toast and learn to recognize different kinds of red bean paste. A popular ingredient in Japanese sweets.

While munching on your finished breakfast, which goes very well with a cup of coffee, you will be introduced to other points of the local Nagoya food culture, a brief introduction to Nagoya’s history and culture.

A food related experience wouldn’t be complete without talking also about the Japanese table manners and other information worth knowing in relation to food.

There is nothing better for Lena than sharing her love for Japanese food with other people, so feel free to ask anything you have ever wanted about the Japanese cuisine.

  • Make your own Ogura Toast to enjoy with some coffee as breakfast (lunch or dinner)
  • Learn about Nagoya and the local food culture from a local expert
  • Gain an understanding of Japanese table manners and the Japanese food culture in general
Your Experience Step by Step

MeetingOnline on Zoom

Before the experience, you will get your individual access code for your private online experience. Lena will be ready to greet you from her home in Nagoya.

FirstPreparation Check

The first step will be to check that you have everything ready to start making Ogura toast. You will get a list with pictures of everything you need in advance.

SecondMake Ogura Toast

It’s time to prepare your Nagoya-style breakfast. Follow the instructions and tips to make your own delicious toast or sandwich.

ThirdLearn about Nagoya and the local food

While munching on your Ogura toast you will be introduced to Nagoya, it’s history and food culture as well as other delicious local foods not to be missed.

FourthIntroduction to Japanese table manners and food culture

A lesson about food wouldn’t be complete without talking about the Japanese table manners and food culture in more general terms. Feel free to ask lots of questions!

Closing UpSee you Soon

After your 1-hour session with Lena it’s time to say ‘goodbye’, or hopefully ‘see you soon in Nagoya’ in person.

How to Participate

This is an online experience. You will meet your host online on a private Zoom call.

Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.

What to Prepare

This online experience is hands-on. To make the most of it we recommend you prepare the following ingredients and utensils in advance so you can follow along:

(you will get more details including pictures of the items you need to prepare after the booking)

  • 1-2 slices of toast
  • Butter or margarine
  • Ogura An or other sweet red bean paste (sold in Asian supermarkets all over the world)
  • Optional: fresh whipped cream
  • 1 plate
  • 1 butter knife and/or spoon
  • Toaster
Meet Your Host

Lena Yamaguchi

I offer unique and authentic food tours in Nagoya. I have been living in Japan for more than 5 years and I have always loved trying and learning about the different kinds of Japanese food. Starting my food tour business in Nagoya gave me the chance to really dive deep into the local cuisine which is very different from other parts of Japan. 

After living in Nagoya for one year and devoting my time to the local food, I now have knowledge about the Nagoyan food not even many locals have. I love sharing my knowledge with foreign visitors to Japan and I want people to fall in love with the local Nagoya cuisine as I have.

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