Utsunomiya Gyoza (宇都宮餃子)

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    Utsunomiya City‘s Famous Gyoza Dumpling

    Utsunomiya is known as the town of dumplings. There are so many restaurants selling gyoza dumplings, some even being dumplings only. In japan, it is one of the most famous of the gyoza dumplings, the Utsunomiya gyoza. In Utsunomiya they have an annual Utsunomiya gyoza festival celebrating these famous dumplings. Visitors can try out gyoza dumplings from all sorts of local restaurants. If you are in the area, around the Ustsunomiya Castle Park, on the first Saturday of November then make sure to check it out.

    There is even a gyoza statue in Utsunomiya as seen below. It is an abstract statue made of stone picturing a goddess in a gyoza dumpling.

    What are Utsunomiya Gyoza

    They are thinly wrapped, pan-fried dumplings. You bite into a nice and crispy skin and your mouth is watering from the sizzling hot filling. They are usually made with ground pork, garlic chives, and mixed vegetables, but restaurants all around want to put their own spin on it. The Utsunomiya dumplings can also be found made in other ways like baked or boiled. There are so many varieties out there that everyone will have something they like. There are so many varieties of ingredients that can be put inside Gyoza. You can never get bored of it and some will eat it multiple times a week.

    Utsunomiya Gyoza

    History of Utsunomiya Gyoza

    Utsunomiya Gyoza

    The gyoza’s origins come from China. Some Japanese soldiers that have returned from the Second World War brought back recipes of Gyoza and opened restaurants in Utsunomiya. They created an association for Utsunomiya Gyoza and the popularity just grew from there, making Gyoza a great source of revenue for the city and the biggest city in Japan for Gyoza consumption. It is also said that dumplings became popular because of the inland climate. Dumplings were said to be good for stamina even if it was really hot in the summer or cold in the winter.

    Where to eat Utsunomiya Gyoza

    There are many places you can eat Utsunomiya Gyoza throughout the city. Around 30 shops specialize in gyoza specifically and many more having them on their menu. All these options can be overwhelming, but here are some places that would be a great choice.

    Min Min

    Our first choice is actually one of the most famous places for eating Utsunomiya gyoza. They have many branches throughout and a nice convenient location that is just a 2 minute walk from the JR Utsunomiya station’s east exit. You can tell how good their gyoza is by how busy the place is. There is always a crowd flocking to these stores. They have many styles of gyoza with reasonable prices. Try the boiled dumplings that will slide into your mouth with delicious juice in every bite.

    For the convenient JR Utsunomiya Station location:
    Address: 1-13 Miyamirai, Utsunomiya, Tochigi
    Phone number: 81 28-651-6810
    Hours: Opened every day except Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

    Main shop:
    Address: 4 Chome-2-3 Babadori, Utsunomiya, Tochigi
    Phone number: 81 28-622-5789
    Hours: Opened every day except Thursday from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm
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    Utsunomiya dumpling association

    There is a place where you can try dumplings from all different shops. Enjoy comparing them as you gobble up different daily dumplings from different shops that are registered in the Utsunomiya dumpling association. Experience the gyoza fair where you can make your own dumplings or just see how it is done. There is plenty of merchandise to take home as well.

    Address: 2-3-12 Baba-dori, Utsunomiya-shi MEGA Don Quixote Lapark Utsunomiya B1F
    Phone number: 81 28-614-5388
    Hours: Open all year around from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm

    Utsunomiya Gyoza-kan

    Enjoy one of the 12 varieties of gyoza here or try them all at once in an affordable platter. The great varieties and flavors are what bring customers to this store. Enjoy combo sets, serving variety of Gyoza at a nice price. It is a great feast, deserving of a spot in the city of gyoza. It has a convenient location with a minute walk from Utsunomiya station. The place also opens early for anyone seeking a morning snack.

    Address: 3-1-5 Ekimaedori | Tsuchiya Bldg. 1F, Utsunomiya 321-0964, Tochigi
    Phone number: 81 28-627-1000
    Hours: All week long, 6:30 am to 11:00 pm

    Aogen Paseo

    Wander into this amazing gyoza restaurant at the Utsunomiya station where they specialize in a miso sauce. It is a unique gyoza experience. Especially try out their most popular miso-grilled dumplings that are covered in spring onions. The taste of the gyoza in miso soup is very unique and a must try for any gyoza fan.

    Address: 1-23 Kawamukocho | Utsunomiya Station Bldg. Paseo 1F, Utsunomiya 321-0965, Tochigi
    Phone number: 81 28-627-8464
    Hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm


    A cute little place with amazing Gyoza. It is conveniently opened early and into the late hours of the night. The gyoza here uses mochi powder that makes the skin nice and chewy. It is affordable and you should try their pan-fried and boiled gyoza. Their special green colored gyoza is made from spinach. It is also recommended to eat the baked dumplings with their special mayonnaise and cinnamon pepper. Also conveniently located from the west exit of Utsunomiya station.

    Address: 3-3-2 Ekimaedori, Utsunomiya 321-0964, Tochigi 
    Phone number: 81 28-614-3805
    Hours: On Sunday opened from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm and every other day it is 10:00 am to midnight.


    They sound similar to Min min, but they are different. With unique gyoza that is beautifully cooked with wings. Delicious and popular to eat with a gravy. They are another great restaurant for your gyoza desires.

    Address: 5-11 Futaaramachi | Crayon Bldg. 1F, Utsunomiya 320-0804, Tochigi
    Phone number: 81 28-638-5298
    Hours: Closed Mondays, opened 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sundays, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturdays, Tuesday to Friday they are opened from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm then 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

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