Learn about the Nagoya Foodie story in the words of our founder Lena:
Nagoya Foodie first started to form as an idea during my one year trip around the world. I spent the year exploring almost 30 countries and loved to participate in food tours and explore real local foods wherever I went during that year.
I have since set up this website to start sharing about my love for Nagoya and especially Nagoya Food. Once I am settled in Nagoya after my trip around the world sometime in summer 2019 I will create the first food tours.
Why nagoya foodie
Nagoya Foodie is all about experiencing Japanese culture through its unique and delicious food.
At a Nagoya Foodie tour, you will visit places that are not easily found or accessed by foreigners.
On all Nagoya Foodie tours, we promise the following:
only the Best local food
During a Nagoya Foodie tour, you will only try the best local foods and eat until you’re full.
Our English-speaking guides love to share their passion for Japanese food and culture with you.
There are never more than 8 people per tour. This makes it easier to make real connections with guides and other participants.
Founder | Guide
Lena first came to Japan as an 18-year old studying Japanese at a language school in Tokyo for 6 weeks. She fell in love with the country and its food instantly.
Studying Japanese and international business management in university in Germany she had the opportunity to return to Japan during a 10-month study abroad program. This time in Osaka. This was also the first time she visited Nagoya, and through a friend learned about the delicious local foods like Miso Nikomi Udon and Hitsumabushi.
It must have been fait when Lena returned to Japan for a third time, this time to work for a big Japanese IT consulting company, when she met her partner Taka, who is originally from a town just south of Nagoya in Aichi prefecture.
After just 2 years living and working in Tokyo the routine of crowded trains, 9 to 6 work and evenings spent watching Netflix became rather boring and Lena soon started looking for a new adventure. A one year trip around the world was just what she needed.
She wanted to use the one-year not only to explore parts of the world she had never been to, but also to find time and reflect on her path in live and what she wanted to do going forward.
Nagoya Foodie is the answer she was looking for. A project she 100% stands behind. A dream come true. The opportunity to work for herself, helping others experience Japan, the country she loves so much, in a unique way through its food.