Nagasaki’s strong Chinese influence makes for a fascinating (and super-delicious) food culture.
From 71.50 USD pp (based on 8 adults)
Private & 100% personalized tour
Private Transportation on Request
Can tailor to disabilities
Hosted in English
Centuries ago, Chinese traders settled in Nagasaki – Japan’s only “open port” city. Most of the city’s street food is of Chinese origin and you’ll taste a few at Chinatown, like Champon (noodles in a pork broth topped with seafood) or Kakuni Manju, steamed buns filled with tender pork belly. Try Nikuman (bao buns) or Omura sushi, then satisfy your sweet tooth – Nagasaki’s is insatiable! Introduced by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Castella, a fluffy sponge cake, is a must-try, as are traditional confections like Manjū (filled dough) or Ohagi (glutinous rice sweets). Still have room? Sample Biwa (jelly), and grab a bag of Yori Yori sweets (deep-fried, twisted cookies) for later.
Armed with nothing but your appetite and a local insider, you’ll go on a tantalizing tour of central Nagasaki’s food spots. Experience the city’s Chinese heritage on the crisscrossing lanes of the Chinatown district. Just 10 minutes east, the Maruyama entertainment district is chock-full of famous foodie spots, while the Hamanomachi Arcade, a shopping district on the bank of Nakashima River, has a couple of local haunts of its own. Across the river, the Tsukimachi Melka basement level is a living reminder of vibrant food markets from the 50s, and narrow Naka-dori street just half a mile away houses the 200-year-old Iwanaga Baijuken sweet shop and plenty of charming cafes in a city with a coffee culture dating back centuries!
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