Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour

From JPY ¥14,500.00
  • Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Nagoya-shi, Higashi-ku, Aichi
  • Product code: EN-AIC-7206-72062


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.


  • 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.


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.

We hope you are hungry by that point because your first stop on 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 the freshwater eel. Because in Japan it’s always more complicated than you think.

And finally, 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.

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


  • Duration:4 hours
  • Meeting point:Oasis 21 Bus Terminal in Sakae
    1-11-1 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 461-0005
  • Access:Directly connected to Exit 4A of Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line and Meijo Subway Line
  • Language support:Japanese, English, German
  • Included:
    ・Tour guide
    ・Local dishes at 4 restaurants
    ・2 snacks at Japan’s oldest department store
    ・1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage at a local Izakaya
    ・1 bottle of water
  • Excluded:
    ・Additional food or drinks not included in the tour price
    ・Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Participation requirements:
    ・Please wear comfortable shoes (you 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
  • Free Wi-Fi:None
  • Toilet:Available (Western Style) 


・Face masks required for travelers in public areas
・Face masks required for guides in public areas
・Face masks provided for travelers as needed
・Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
・Social distancing enforced throughout the experience
・Guides required to regularly wash hands
・Regular temperature checks for staff
・Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
・Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms


7 to 4 days before the tour date: 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date: 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour: 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.