Osu STreet Food Walking Tour

Explore the Osu Shopping Streets in Nagoya in-depth and from all angles during the Osu Street Food Walking Tour. 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.

Osu STreet Food Walking tour

at a glance

 

Tour Price 6.000 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 daily (except Wednesdays)
start flexible between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (2.5 hours)
Meeting Location Osu Kannon
End Location Fureai Plaza
Minimum Participants 2 people (+3.000 yen for single person bookings)
Maximum Participants 10 people
Tour Includes
  • Tour guide
  • 5 street foods, national and local favorites
  • 1 bubble tea
  • 1 Omikuji paper fortune
Tour Excludes
  • Transportation before or after the tour
Additional Information
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • 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 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

 

or contact us if you have questions:
nagoyafoodie@gmail.com

What to expect

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 learning to recognize the differences between a Shinto shrine and a 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 and a must-try when visiting Osu.

Street food can be found on every corner of Osu, sweet and savory, from the ultra-cheap to gourmet foods on the go. Your guide knows the best spots for each dish.

Bubble tea or Tapioca as it is called in Japan is incredibly popular and Osu alone has more than 50 shops selling the drink with the chewy balls. Your introduction to bubble tea is another fun activity during this tour.

Your last snack is something only found in Osu, called Agemanbo, a deep-fried Manju filled with red bean paste on a stick.

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, shrines, and parks.

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.

Where We’ll Be

The Osu Shopping Streets are a network of roofed-over shopping arcades dating back to the founding of Nagoya in the 17th century.
We will explore the fascinating history by visiting old temples, shrines, and burial sites, discover the modern aspects through its arcades, electronic stores, and sub-culture shops, and of course taste the delicious street food of Osu. During this tour you will use all of your senses to really get to know Osu.

Dietary restrictions

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

Dietary Restrictions we CAN accommodate

  • Food Allergies
  • Non-alcoholic
  • Pregnant Women

Dietary Restrictions we CANNOT accommodate

  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • Gluten Free 

Testimonials from Participants

This well-organized tour is thoroughly researched and offered an enjoyable balance of local culture and information about “deep” Osu along with a fun variety of tasty food and drink. Highly recommended!

Stephen A. Carter

I really enjoyed my time on the food tour! 

Excellent choices on the traditional stuff. I would never have thought to seek out those traditional Japanese snacks, they were super yum! Maybe it could do with another savory bite to the list but otherwise all excellent choices.

The stops at the shrines and temples were cool. It gives you some insight into how Nagoya City was established and the values of the ancient day Japanese. 

The guide Lena was nice and super chilled.  It was an all-round great afternoon at Osu with delicious bites and a short history lesson.

I’d definitely recommend it!

Loma Mataika

The tour was great fun, Lena was very knowledgable about the food we were enjoying and the area of Osu-Kannon.

It was good to try new things and meet lovely people in the process.

I really enjoyed all the dishes but my favorite food on the tour has got to be the Mochi sticks. I’ll be back for more!

Charl Redmond

Lena’s food tour is a great walk through Nagoya’s cool Osu neighbourhood. 

I’ve been living here for a few months and visited this neighbourhood often, but Lena showed us hidden places with both sweet and salty foods, all with local charm. 

You’ll also learn cultural aspects and see some neighbourhood temples and shrines. 

It’s a great tour as an introduction to the area or to find new things in familiar places.

Vishal Kassie

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

Osu STreet Food Walking 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.

nagoyafoodie@gmail.com

 

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 Osu Street Food Walking Tour?

The Osu Street Food Walking Tour is only one of the multiple food tours that Nagoya Foodie is offering. Included in the Osu Street Food Tour are 2.5 hours packed with information about Osu, and Nagoya, and delicious street food along the way!

You will wander the streets of Osu and get an in-depth look at the history and culture.

5 foods and 1 drink are included (subject to change).

 

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

The whole tour will take about 2.5 hours. You will have to walk about 1 kilometer (0.5 miles) on flat terrain.

How many people will be on the tour?

This is a private tour, so it’s only going to be you, your family and friends. We allow no more than 10 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. 

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?

An Osu Street Food Walking Tour is an amazing activity for the whole family.

The food is delicious and easy to eat, Osu is super interesting and there is not too much walking involved.

Your kids will learn a lot, but they will enjoy themselves doing it!

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 this is a walking tour we recommend comfortable shoes.

Even though Osu’s shopping streets are mostly roofed over, in case of rain it is a good idea to bring an umbrella or a rain jacket.

Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated especially in the hot and humid summer.

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

In general, tours take place rain or shine. This is absolutely no problem because the Osu Shopping Streets are all roofed over and so we will be protected from the elements during most of the tour.

There are however some short parts of the tour away from the roofed-over areas so just in case I recommend an umbrella or a rain jacket.

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.