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Explore the Osu Shopping Streets in Nagoya in depth and from all angles. Find out about its past, present and future, and it’s unique culture (traditional and modern) while snacking on the most delicious street food Nagoya has to offer, including national favorites and local specialties.
3000 yen discount for 2+ people (6000 yen/person)
start time flexible between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (2.5 hours)
English, German, Japanese
English: Fluent ★★★★☆
German: Native ★★★★★
Japanese: Business ★★★☆☆
This tour is your opportunity to really get to know the Osu Shopping District. And not the typical superficial visit everyone else does.
Meet your guide at the popular Osu Kannon and start by recognizing the differences between a Shinto Shrine and Buddhist temple. Something many of you have probably wondered about.
Your first snack is Gohei Mochi, grilled rice on a stick covered in Miso sauce, an invention from Gifu Prefecture to the north of Nagoya. You will also try Karaage, from one of the first stops selling the popular street food in Osu. Uiro is a local dessert, produced for more than 100 years here in Nagoya. Street food can be found on every corner of Osu, sweet and savory, from the ultra cheap to luxury items. But not all of them are delicious, your guide knows the best spots for each dish.
The history of Osu is fascinating, its continued development as a main entertainment district of Nagoya started with the founding of Nagoya and continues even today. Glimpse the past by visiting old temples and burial sites.
At the end of this tour your belly will be filled, and your mind will also be satisfied and appreciative of Osu, a district that has been through so much, but has retained its popularity and charm.
One of the most popular Buddhist temples is the meeting place of the ‘Street Food Walking Tour of Osu’. Here you will finally understand the differences between a shrine and a temple and even learn how to correctly pray at one.
The first food stop is Gohei Mochi, a grilled rice cake with Miso sauce. Invented in the mountains of Gifu prefecture (just to the north of Nagoya).
A favorite of every Japanese person, Karaage are deep-fried pieces of chicken. They go especially well with an ice cold beer, but aren’t bad as a snack in between either.
Uiro is a traditional Japanese confectionery made from rice flour, water, and sugar. It is usually enjoyed with tea.
Miso Katsu is a favorite dish in Nagoya. A deep-fried pork cutlet drenched in red Miso sauce. On the tour you will get to try it served on a stick. Because everything on a stick is automatically a street food.
The Japanese are crazy about bubble tea, and the drink from Taiwan doesn’t seem to loose any steam. In Osu alone there are more than 50 bubble tea shops and if you have never tried this extraordinary drink, now is your chance.
Osu is a popular destination for Japanese and foreign visitors alike and so the local confectionary shop wanted to create a street food for the many visitors. The result of their experimentation is Agemanbo. A deep-fried rice cake filled with red bean paste on a stick.
At the most high-tech temple in Nagoya you will learn about your fortune. But don’t worry, if you aren’t lucky you will also learn how to get rid of your bad fortune at once.
The last stop of the tour is Fureai Plaza where you are greeted by a big beckoning cat. Here you will learn about the Maid Cafe culture before saying goodbye to your guide giving you time to explore more of Osu on your own.
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.