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Nagoya: Private and Personalized Eat Like a Local Tour

1. Nagoya: Private and Personalized Eat Like a Local Tour

Food, glorious food! Find out why the food culture in Nagoya has gone from small-town sensation to a source of pride in the city with a local expert foodie. Visit a neighborhood of your choice and try 6-8 dishes chosen especially for you by your private host. Benefit from a flexible itinerary you can change on the go as this is your adventure. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. In Nagoya, ancient history collides with modern innovation, and this can be tasted in its cuisine, with modern twists being spun on dishes dating back to ancient times. With your host, eat your way through Nagoya and sample Nagoya meshi, the locals' name for the city's food. The options are endless. Let your host show you how to eat hitsumabushi (grilled eel on rice) like the locals or munch on a bowl of miso nikomi (udon-style noodles served in a rich miso broth) at an underground mall. Nibble on snacks at one of the many izakaya (informal Japanese pubs) around Nagoya station and don't leave without trying the city’s famous chicken wings! Just save space for ramen because Nagoya has developed its own spicier version called Taiwan ramen. Slurp down the ramen noodles — it's good manners, promise. Take in the sights along the way, and stroll through Hisaya-Odori Park as you work up an appetite for round 2. Perhaps you want to drink sake in historic yokocho (alleyways) near Nagoya Castle? Or indulge your sweet tooth with some of the best cheesecake in town right outside Osu’s entrance? The choice is yours. At the end of your tour, get recommendations from your host about other dishes to eat and the best places to find them.

Nagoya: Full-Day Tour of Nagoya Castle and Toyota Museum

2. Nagoya: Full-Day Tour of Nagoya Castle and Toyota Museum

Visit Nagoya Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology with a professional guide on this full-day tour. Take the subway to Nagoya Castle. Spend approximately 90-minutes exploring Nagoya Castle and see the famous Kinashachi, which are golden roof ornaments, and the Hommaru Palace. After your tour of Nagoya Castle, spend approximately 1-hour exploring or enjoying lunch at Nagoya Castle. Take a taxi from Nagoya Castle to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Here you’ll have the chance to see live demonstrations, the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology exhibition, and listen to informative commentary. After spending approximately 90-minutes at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, you’ll take a taxi back to Nagoya JR station where the tour will finish.

Nagoya: Endloji District Food and Cultural Tour

3. Nagoya: Endloji District Food and Cultural Tour

Visit Endonji Temple. The temple holds the important secret Buddha statue presented by the local Tokugawa Family about 400 years ago. You only can see the statue on the 18th day of the month. Next, you’ll visit the tiny Kompira Shrine that stands on a little corner of the street, loved by locals for its unique Nagoya dialect omikuji (fortune-telling paper). After walking through a corner of tiny hidden bars, where small restaurants and bars stand side by side, your guide will take you to see a Yanegami-Sama (rooftop shrine altar) which is unique to the central Japan area. After this, your guide will take you to visit Sengen Shrine, a branch shrine worshipping Mt Fuji. Admire its path lined by small Jizo statues. As you walk through the storehouse street, immerse yourself in the age of the samurai by visiting traditional Japanese clog, accessory, and kimono stores. As you near lunchtime, try the local famous street foods Endoji has to offer. Stop at Maruko (the local butcher) and try their famous freshly-fried korokke (croquette), or at Amataro for their Nagoya-style okonomiyaki, a type of savory pancake. After you try the Japanese wagashi sweets, you will visit a local supermarket and learn how locals shop and live. The tour finishes at two stores where two friendly and heartwarming grandparents sell rice crackers and souvenirs. After your tour, you can choose between 2 optional activities, a Japanese lantern-making workshop (1.5-hours) or watching a Modern Kabuki Show at Nagoya-za (2-hours).

Nagoya: Customized Private Tour

4. Nagoya: Customized Private Tour

Stroll the streets on a personalized tour of Nagoya with a local guide. Choose from 2, 4, 6, or 8-hour options for maximum flexibility based on your schedule. Catch a ninja demonstration at Nagoya Castle, or discover some of the more well-hidden local hot-spots, like Shirotori Garden. Ask your guide if you'd like some some great suggestions. Head down to the Sky Promenade to enjoy amazing views from Japan's tallest observation deck or take in the marine life at the aquarium. Enjoy a flexible itinerary as you see the sights around Nagoya.

Nagoya: Private Full-Day City Tour

5. Nagoya: Private Full-Day City Tour

See the golden ornamented roofs of Nagoya Castle and the modern bustle of Sakae's downtown area in one day on this walking tour. Learn about the history of this fascinating city. Meet your tour guide at Nagoya Station's Tourism Information Center for your subway ride to Nagoya Castle. Explore its masterful Japanese Medieval architecture and see the unique scroll paintings in the main palace. Take the subway to the heart of Nagoya in the downtown area of Sakae. Visit the futuristic-looking Oasis 21 and discover plenty of restaurants and shops to browse. Check out the Nagoya TV tower. Hop on a train and go to the OSU shopping district. Stroll among green tea shops, pachinko parlors, and maid cafes. Pay a visit to Osu Kannon Temple at the end of this covered arcade.

Nagoya: Endoji Food tour and Japanese Lantern Making

6. Nagoya: Endoji Food tour and Japanese Lantern Making

Enjoy making your own Japanese lantern, meet the locals of Nagoya's oldest shopping street, and try some favorite local dishes on this unique walking tour. Meet your guide on a traditional covered shopping street, called a "shotengai." Discover Endoji Temple on your first stop before heading over to your lantern-making class. Learn about traditional Japanese crafts and make your own lantern with the help of a professional craftsman. Take your amazing creation home with you. Wander Endoji shopping street and sample local street food. Meet locals and get a glimpse of their everyday lives as you make your way along the street.

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