Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour

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3.5 hours
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 6
Your Experience at a Glance

We all have heard about Sushi, Ramen, and Tempura, but have you ever heard of Hitsumabushi, Miso Nikomi Udon, or Tebasaki? Chances are you haven’t. And that’s okay. These and more are the local dishes you will get to try on a ‘Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour’. This tour will let you deep-dive into the Nagoyan cuisine and by extension the culture and even history of the city.

Experience Price

2-6 people: 21,000 yen/person

4 ~ 12 years old: 10,500 yen/person

0 ~ 3 years old: free



Experience Type

Private Experience

Meeting Location

Oasis 21 Sakae Station (Google Maps)

End Location

Sakae Station (Google Maps)

Start Time and Duration

Start time 11:00 and 17:00 (3.5 hours)

If you prefer a start time other than the above mentioned please let us know at the time of booking.


Languages Offered

Price Includes

  • Tour guide
  • Local dishes at 3-4 restaurants
  • 2 snacks at Japan’s oldest department store
  • 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage at a local Izakaya

Price Excludes

  • Additional food or drinks not included in the tour price
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point

Additional Information

  • Please wear comfortable shoes (we will walk around 3 kilometers)
  • Bring an umbrella or rain jacket in case of rain
  • This tour is not vegetarian or vegan friendly
  • If you have any food allergies please let us know at the time of booking
  • This tour is not stroller-friendly
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
What You'll Do

This food tour of Nagoya will provide you with the unique opportunity to learn about the local food culture.

Meet your knowledgeable guide in the heart of the city from where you will start exploring the food scene on foot. There will be quite a bit of walking involved, but don’t worry lots of breaks at restaurants are provided throughout the tour where you can rest and recharge your energy.

You will try Miso Nikomi Udon, a variety of Udon noodles served in a steaming hot soup of red Miso paste, try pickles from the world’s longest radish, hear the story behind the local rice balls stuffed with shrimp Tempura, and explore the underground level of Japan’s oldest department store.

Your tour guide will talk about Japanese demons and famine and what they have to do with a local sweet potato treat. Learn how to eat Hitsumabushi, the local dish made from freshwater eel. Because in Japan it’s always more complicated than you think.

And finally try a local sweet called Uiro (during the lunchtime tour) or learn about the drinking culture of Japan in a popular Nagoya Izakaya, and wash down your peppery chicken wings with a cold Japanese beer or other beverage (during the dinnertime tour).

All of this and more is included in the ‘Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour’!

*Content is subject to change depending on availability

  • Try the local Miso Nikomi Udon dish at the restaurant that popularized it around 70 years ago
  • Explore the underground levels of Japan’s oldest department store
  • Learn how to eat Hitsumabushi, the freshwater eel delicacy, correctly
  • Wash down delicious peppery chicken wings with an ice cold drink
Your Experience Step by Step

MeetingOasis 21

Meet your guide at Oasis 21 Bus Terminal in Sakae. You will learn about the brief history of Nagoya from its founding all the way to today. The views on top of Oasis 21 will help you orient yourself in the city and the guide will point out the places of interest.

Restaurant 1Miso Nikomi Udon

We hope you are hungry by that point, because your first stop of the tour is waiting. It is a restaurant known for popularizing Miso Nikomi Udon. A local specialty made of Udon noodles in a flavorful and dark Miso-based soup.

Restaurant 2Ebi Tenmusu

The second shop you visit has only 8 seats and sells only a single item: Ebi Tenmusu, mini-sized rice balls stuffed with a single shrimp Tempura and wrapped in seaweed. Hot and salty, this dish is simple and delicious.

Department StoreOni Manju & Ebi Senbei

It is time to explore the underground levels of Matsuzakaya, arguably the oldest Department Store in Japan. Here you will find a wide variety of foods, confectionaries, sweets, and more. You will get to try Ebi Senbei, shrimp rice crackers as well as Oni Manju, sweet potato rice cakes (only available seasonally).

Restaurant 3Hitsumabushi

The highlight of this tour is no doubt the Hitsumabushi, grilled freshwater eel on rice. A real local specialty that doesn’t come cheap. And its consumption has to follow some important rules.

Restaurant 4Tebasaki or Uiro

Lunchtime tour: By this point you will surely feel full to the bursting, but to finish off this tour you will get a final dessert: Uiro

Dinnertime tour: By this point you will surely feel full to the bursting, but even now it is hard to say no to an ice cold beer or cocktail served with peppery deep-fried chicken wings called Tebasaki.

Closing UpSakae Station

From here your guide will walk you back to Sakae Station or give you directions to your hotel or any other place you want to visit next.

Where You'll Be
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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Couple Traveller

Worth it. You think you read so many web pages that you are prepared for Japan, but you aren’t.
We could have tried some of these things on our own of course, but we definitely would have missed out on a lot by doing so. Little things like the service button at one restaurant, the different ways to eat the eel, the way you eat Nagoya noodles, and the hidden gem of a huge subterranean market with every snack and dessert imaginable. In addition, we got tips about navigation, customs and laws to follow, and more.

May 22, 2024


Group Traveller

Our food tour of Nagoya was not boring, as promised. The insight to Japanese culture was perhaps even better than the food. Don’t get me wrong, the food was amazing! It was the first time I had unagi and it was very tasty! My favorite was the Nagoya spicy chicken wings though. Erica was a great and amusing tour guide! We thoroughly enjoyed our evening on the tour.

October 26, 2023


Couple Traveller

My husband and I really enjoyed our “Specialties from Nagoya” tour. We arrived in Nagoya on October 9 and started the tour in the evening. Our guide was Erica who shared her knowledge of history, culture and residents with us . During the tour, local food was the focus and we enjoyed Miso Nikomi Udon, Tenmusu, Ebi Sembei and Hitsumabushi. We ended the evening at an Izakaya with Nagoya-style chicken wings and beer. We had a really great time and were able to get to know Nagoya.
We can recommend a tour with “Nagoya is not boring” to everyone who loves food and culture.

October 24, 2023


Group Traveller

Educational tour about Nagoya and the local food. Tried several dishes we would have never thought to try otherwise. Appreciate the tour, would recommend.

October 23, 2023

Daniel Eberl

Family Traveller

We had a wonderful tour of Nagoya food specialties, hosted by Lena and Riko. Having lived in Nagoya for a few months, I was familiar with a couple of items, but for each one I learned so much more, and there were many items new to me as well. My son and his fiancé were visiting me in Japan, so the tour was a truly excellent way to introduce them to Japanese food, and the culture around it, with the focus on Nagoya. Lena and Riko taught us about things like where the food comes from, why it’s special in Nagoya, where to buy it, and importantly how to eat it. It opened all our eyes to the richness of local food traditions. Thank you so much for the fabulous experience!

May 8, 2023

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