This tour is for everyone who loves Japanese food. But we won’t talk about Sushi, Ramen or Soba during the Specialties Nagoya Food Tour. During this tour you will dive deep into the local Nagoya cuisine known as Nagoya Meshi, only available in this part of the country.

If you have never tried (or never even heard of) Hitsumabushi, Miso Nikomi Udon or Tebasaki this is the tour for you. Within 3.5 hours walking around Sakae District and tasting 7 different local foods at different restaurants and food stalls you will have one unforgettable experience. 

SPECIALTIES OF nagoya food tour at a glance

Tour Price 13.200 yen per person
(payable via PayPal after booking) if you don’t have PayPal send us an email
Tour Type Privat tour
Tour Language English, German, Japanese
Tour Start and Duration start flexible between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (3.5 hours)
Meeting Location Oasis 21 at Sakae Station
End Location Sakae Station
Minimum Participants 2 people (+4.000 yen for single person bookings)
Maximum Participants 6 people
Tour Includes
  • Tour guide
  • Local dishes at 4 restaurants
  • 3 snacks throughout the tour
  • 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage at a local Izakaya
  • 1 bottle of water
Tour Excludes
  • Any additional foods or drinks not mentioned above
  • Transportation before or after the tour
Additional Information
  • Please wear comfortable shoes (we walk about 3 kilometers/2 miles)
  • 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 the booking
  • This tour is not stroller friendly
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
COVID-19 Measures
  • The host will wear a mask throughout the tour
  • The host will measure her temperature before the tour
  • The host will wash and sanitize her hands regularly before and during the tour
  • Guests are required to wear a mask during the tour (except when eating or drinking)
  • The host will provide hand sanitizer for the guests throughout the tour
  • Guests are encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands regularly during the tour
  • Whenever possible host and guests should keep a distance

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What to Expect

Meet me at Oasis 21, the landmark and central point of Sakae district. To start out the tour you will learn about the city of Nagoya and its history and important symbols such as Nagoya Castle, the Kinshachi, and Atsuta Shrine. From the observation deck of Oasis 21, you get a great view of the city. And I will help you orient yourself.

From there we walk to our first food stop. The original Miso Nikomi Udon restaurant, a real Nagoya specialty, where you will learn about the local Aka Miso (Japanese fermented bean paste) and try it for yourself. We’ll also cover manners related to restaurants and eating in general.

After a quick try of the local pickles called Moriguchitsuke, we will explore the underground level of Japan’s oldest department store filled to the brim with delicacies. You will try Tenmusu, mini riceballs with shrimp Tempura, and learn the story of its origin. Oni Manju, where we will explore why they are called devil’s rice cakes, and locally made Ebi Sembei, shrimp rice crackers.

The highlight of the tour is Hitsumabushi, grilled eel on rice, a local delicacy for special occasions.

The tour ends at the local Izakaya where we will have a drink together and try spicy Nagoya-style chicken wings. Throughout the tour, I will point out points of interest in the area, talk about vending machines, pachinko, and nightlife in Nagoya. Sounds good? Then book now!


The tour will be held in Sakae District, Nagoya’s downtown area. It’s the nightlife, entertainment, and shopping district and has a high concentration of excellent local and international restaurants. We will walk around the area and visit 4 local restaurants as well as a department store and a shop selling pickles, to try different examples of the local cuisine.

Dietary restrictions

Below are the dietary restrictions we can accommodate (in green) on the Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour. Please let us know about your dietary restrictions at the time of your booking.

Dietary Restrictions we CAN accommodate

  • Food Allergies
  • Pescatarians
  • Dairy Free
  • Non-alcoholic
  • Pregnant Women

Dietary Restrictions we CANNOT accommodate

  • Vegetarians
  • Vegans
  • Gluten Free


Testimonials from Participants

Lena is absolutely passionate about Nagoya’s cuisine & history, and we as guests were able to grasp a part of that in-depth knowledge through her tour. I had no idea many of the shops she took us existed! I was able to enjoy learning about Nagoya and tasting new food at the same time.

She even gives good recommendations on what kind of gifts to choose for friends back home or colleagues in Japan that reflect Nagoya’s distinct history.

I would recommend for those who travel to Nagoya not only for sightseeing but also for a lifetime experience. 

Ricardo Gonzalez

Thank you, Lena, for the great tour I had!

I discovered delicious Nagoya’s specialties and Lena always gave the story behind each meal or snack. Everything was carefully chosen to represent Nagoya and many of them I wouldn’t know about without joining this tour.

Lena is very friendly and very organized, always caring about everyone on the tour. She is truly passionate about Nagoya’s food. I will definitely join the tour again with friends or my family. 

Camille Onoda

We are glad that we booked the tour with you. We learned a lot about foods that are found in Nagoya.

We had a great time with Lena, will tell others about the tour.  Thank you again Lena.

Marnie Takamori

Meet YOUR Guide

I am the founder of Nagoya Foodie, and 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.

Lena Yamaguchi

Lena Yamaguchi

Founder of Nagoya Foodie

Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour FAQs

All frequently asked questions and concerns answered here.
If you have a question that isn’t answered below, drop us an email and we will get back to you in no time.



What is Nagoya Foodie

Nagoya Foodie is a new company offering food tours in Nagoya. By participating in a Nagoya Foodie tour you will make your stay in Nagoya one of the most memorable stops of your Japan trip. Why will it be memorable? Because of all the delicious food you will try, and the interesting tidbits about Nagoya and the Japanese culture you will learn about from our knowledgeable guides.

What's included in a Specialties Of Nagoya Food Tour

The Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour is only one of multiple food tours that Nagoya Foodie is offering (check other tours here). Included in the Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour are 3.5 hours packed with information about Nagoya and Japan. You will visit 4 restaurants and try 3 other food samples along the way. Also included is a bottle of water and an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink at the last stop!

You will wander the streets of Nagoya and visit restaurants you could never find as a tourist.

How long is the tour? How much walking is involved?

The whole tour will take about 3.5 hours, maybe longer depending on how much fun we have together. You will have to walk about 3 kilometers (2 miles) on mostly flat terrain with the exception of a couple of flights of stairs. There are multiple stops in between where you can sit and rest for longer stretches of time.

How many people will be on the tour?

This is a private tour, so its only going to be you, your family and friends. We allow no more than 6 people on this tour. This ensures the tours are intimate and the guide can answer everyone’s burning questions and get to know every group member during the tour. A small group also makes it easier to visit the small cozy restaurants with limited seating that are so common in Nagoya.

I have allergies or dietary restrictions. Can this tour accommodate me?

We want as many people to be able to enjoy our tours as possible. Scroll up on the page a little to see what dietary restrictions this tour is adaptable for. If you are unsure about your special case drop us an email at nagoyafoodie@gmail.com.

Is this tour a good fit for families?

A Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour is an amazing activity for the whole family. But some of the foods introduced on the tour might be a little bit strange so a sense of curiosity is definitely a plus to enjoy the tour fully.

What is not included in the tour?

The transportation to the meeting place and from the endpoint is not included in the tour fee. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to help you find transport back to your hotel or to the next activity of the day.

While tipping is not a common practice in Japan, feel free to tip our guides if they did a great job.

What should I bring?

Since there is quite a bit of walking involved we recommend comfortable shoes.

Depending on the weather sunglasses and a hat, a rain jacket and umbrella would also be a plus.

We do provide one bottle of water and you will get something to drink at the 4 restaurants we visit throughout the tour, it still might be a good idea to bring something to stay hydrated especially during the hot and humid summers.

And of course most important of all: Bring a healthy appetite! It’s best to eat a hearty breakfast and skip lunch on the day of your tour because you will be eating A LOT.

What happens when it rains? Will the tour be canceled?

In general, tours take place rain or shine. Bringing an umbrella or rain jacket just in case is always a good idea.

We might cancel in case of extraordinary weather conditions like a typhoon or after natural catastrophes. You will get an email at least 2 hours before the tour in case it is canceled.

Can I cancel or reschedule the tour?

If you cancel more than one week in advance you will get a full refund. Within one week of the tour, the cancelation fee will be 10%, and cancelation within 24 hours of the tour will have a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour price.

It might, however, be possible to change the date of your tour at no extra charge. Make sure to send us an email early enough to inquire about changes.