Welcome to Nagoya! While others may have skipped over Nagoya for the bright green tourist pastures of Tokyo or Kyoto, by choice or circumstance, you, brave soul, have found yourself with time to frolic in Nagoya. Being the third largest urban area in Japan, it's got to be a fun place to hang out... right? Sadly, many of Nagoya's gems are hidden to the untrained eye. Don't worry: We've got you covered. Come to see *our* Nagoya at night, where locals and visitors can mingle, and good foods are in great supply.
You'll start your evening at a local park in the middle of the business district, just as many are getting off work. Soon you'll be enjoying a drink in the midst those very same worker bees. And food too. Of course, there's going to be lots of food, and it will be spread out over three different standing bar, or "tachinomi" restaurants, with sights galore, interspersed.
Local walk. Three restaurants. Major cultural insight. Come along and dive deep.
What is included in the tour
- Beverages (3 drinks total, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Drinks beyond the one at each restaurant stop (for a total of three) that is included.
- TASTE the local foods that make Nagoya famous, all in three different, boisterous standing style restaurants.
- EXPLORE the city at night by foot.
- LEARN how Japanese enjoy their nightlife.
It's quite an altogether exciting experience.
Your romp begins at 6:30pm with a parkside orientation by your native English (or honestly equivalent) speaking guide, but you'll soon enough find yourself underground, strolling about the warren of tiny eateries that cater to businessmen (and a very few businesswomen -- it's just the way it is). You'll enjoy your first included beverage for the night (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), some Japanese style pub grub, and then after a bit we'll be on our way. People don't generally stay at these kind of restaurants much more than half an hour anyway.
Some fortification under your belt, you'll be ready for a bit of a stroll around the Fushimi neighborhood. We'll talk about all the various forms of nightlife in the area, and then soon enough be stopping at standing bar #2 for some fish, grilled skewers, or other delicious vittles. Different seasons bring different pleasures to the pallet, and we'll work on keeping things tuned just right.
A little stroll -- with some cultural discussion and interesting sights along the way -- will drop us in the traditional seafood market area. The market stalls aren't open at night, but it's atmospheric nonetheless. Naturally, there's also good food waiting for us at the third food and drink stop. Perhaps a little miso oden for you?
Bellies lined and spirits high, we'll wrap up the tour in the Nagoya Station area, but not before going up the landmark Midland Square for a sweeping look at the twinkling city below. Who knew that a night in Nagoya could be so much fun for a visitor?
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum drinking age is 20 years in Japan.
Departure point: Shimozono Park (in Japanese: 下園公園). We'll meet at the small pond facing the street. It's not a very large park.
Return details: Nagoya Station, from where you can easily catch the train or subway if need be. Your guide will also be happy to assist with getting a taxi if you'd like.