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[Utsunomiya ]Enjoy a half-day trip to the city of gyoza (dumplings) to eat and drink!

[Utsunomiya ]Enjoy a half-day trip to the city of gyoza (dumplings) to eat and drink!


The image of Utsunomiya is that of gyoza (dumplings)!
"The whole town of Utsunomiya is filled with gyoza (dumplings), so much so that the catchphrase "is apt.

Now is the time of year when spring weather is gradually changing and it is time to enjoy traveling,
For those of you who are stuck in a rut at your usual tourist attractions and are looking for something new to do!
We hope you will choose Utsunomiya for your pre-summer petit driving trip.

Some people may think of Tochigi as a northern Kanto region with few tourist attractions, although there are some famous sightseeing spots such as Nikko.
Since it is located in the Kanto region, it is also easily accessible from Tokyo and Kanagawa, making it the perfect place for a small one-day trip!

Therefore, we have collected sightseeing spots in Utsunomiya for a half-day trip from the Tokyo metropolitan area.
We hope you will enjoy your trip to Utsunomiya by referring to this article!

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Gyoza no Machi Utsunomiya

There are many cute gyoza motif objects and photo spots around Utsunomiya Station! Popular characters such as "Gyoza Ursus "are also attracting a lot of attention at souvenir shops. Even the venerable shrines and other places are designed to look like gyoza, so you can enjoy gyoza throughout the entire town!

Take the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station, and two stops ahead of Omiya Station is Utsunomiya Station "JR Utsunomiya Station ".
The area around the station, which serves as the gateway to Utsunomiya, is home to commercial facilities such as "Utsunomiya Terrace ", which was built in 2022.

At the station, a dumpling elephant is quickly erected, reminiscent of "the city of dumplings "!
The statue is carved of Venus wrapped in dumpling skin "Gyoza no Venus "and is made of Oyaishi, a specialty of Utsunomiya City.

It was created as a tie-up with Utsunomiya City in 1994 as part of a TV program project, and was originally located in the pedestrian plaza at the east exit, but was relocated to the west exit pedestrian deck in October 2008 due to redevelopment, and then to the second floor of the pedestrian deck in October 2014.
It became a bit famous for an incident during the relocation when it fell from a lifting crane truck, but it was safely restored and is now a popular photo spot for tourists!

"Facility Information "
Name: JR Utsunomiya Station Gyoza Elephant
Address: 2F Pedestrian Deck, West Exit of JR Utsunomiya Station, 3-1-23 Kawamukai-cho, Utsunomiya 321-0965

street of gyoza

Located in the center of Utsunomiya "Miyajima-cho Street "is an area where gyoza stores have long been located "Gyoza Street ".
It is located in an alley one street off of "Main Street "where Futaarasan Shrine and Parco are located.

To get to Gyoza-dori by bus from JR Utsunomiya Station, take the city circulation bus "Kibuna-go "to "Futaarasanjinja-shita "bus stop, and you will arrive at Gyoza-dori Madonaka.

The street is lined with telephone poles inscribed with lanterns reading "Gyoza "and the name "Gyoza Street ".

This utility pole has a monument-like dumpling on a plate attached to it. It is a very playful and cute utility pole, and is definitely a place you should see and visit when you come to Utsunomiya!

As the name suggests, Gyoza Dori is lined with long-established and popular gyoza restaurants.
Among them "Minmin "and "Masashi "are very popular. There is a very long line at lunch time, but there are many other gyoza restaurants besides these two, so please visit different ones!

Among them, I would like to recommend "豚嘻嘻(Tonkikki嘻) ".
This gyoza restaurant is run by Futaba Foods in Utsunomiya.
Futaba Foods is famous for its ice cream with lemon slices "Sacre "
This Futaba Foods actually also makes Chinese steamed buns that are sold at convenience store counters!

"Facility Information "
Name:Dumpling pass
Address: Miyajima-cho Street, Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture

Gyoza Monument

Monuments are very popular these days.
Standing in the center of Gyoza Street, it is a conspicuous monument measuring 3 m (width) x 1 m10 cm (height) x 90 cm (depth)!

This monument is a relatively new monument, built in October 2022!
"Next to the words GYOZA ", there is a large gyoza dumpling held by chopsticks. It is about 3 meters across and has an outstanding presence. It is a monument designed by a technical student in the city and is a great photo op, so be sure to stop by!

Incidentally, the lampposts on the street are also in the shape of dumplings, with the other side being the bottom of a well-baked dumpling.

"Facility Information "
Name: Gyoza Monument
Address: 1-1-5 Asahi, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi

lottery in which participants trace a line across a lattice pattern to determine the winner

Gyoza Omikuji at Utsunomiya's representative shrine "Utsunomiya Futaarasan Shrine ".
It is a very cute omikuji that you should try!

We do not forget to be playful when drawing fortunes.
A lot of dumplings are arranged in a frying pan, and you pick them up with chopsticks to make a fortune.

Inside the fortune is a small colored gyoza (dumpling), so you can enjoy a double fortune! Please try it out when you visit Utsunomiya.

"Facility Information "
Name: Utsunomiya Futarayama Shrine
Address: 1-1-1 Babadori, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 320-0026
Phone number: 028-622-5271
By train: 5 minutes by bus from JR Utsunomiya Station West Exit / 15 minutes on foot from Tobu Utsunomiya Station

Eat dumplings!

Utsunomiya, of course, has many famous restaurants with delicious gyoza!
Of course, we recommend visiting each restaurant, but we also recommend trying different tastes at the amusement facility where each famous restaurant is gathered!
Please enjoy the taste of Utsunomiya because it is Utsunomiya.

Utsunomiya Gyoza "Come on in! "

It is like a facility of Utsunomiya Gyoza Museum "Come to ".

Korasase is read as "Korasase ". "Note that it is not Kosassé ".
In Tochigi dialect, it means "Please come ""Welcome "
Kirakase (来らせ) is operated by the gyoza cooperative " Utsunomiya Gyoza Kai "and is a no-mistake restaurant.

This kurisse is a 15-minute walk from JR Utsunomiya Station, and kurisse is located on the first basement floor of " MEGA Don Quijote La Park Utsunomiya "in the center of Utsunomiya, including Futaarasan Shrine.

There is another store in Utsunomiya Station, but the store in MEGA Don Quijote La Park Utsunomiya is more like an amusement facility, so we encourage you to visit this one!

At this kurikkosse, you can enjoy the taste of famous restaurants scattered around Utsunomiya at the same restaurant, so it is very economical!
Here, there are two zones: "Permanent Store Zone "with five famous restaurants, and "Daily Changing Store Zone "where the restaurant that appears changes depending on the day of the week. The menu available in the Daily Changing Store Zone includes a variety set with one gyoza from each restaurant on a plate! The "permanent store "is in front of you as you go down the escalator to the basement floor, and the "daily-changing store "is on your left. You will find a selection of frozen gyoza and souvenirs!
This is also where you can find dining and souvenirs at this location.

Each day of the week has a different gyoza restaurant that you can eat at, so you can visit every day of the week!
There is also a gyoza (dumpling) mess and other items that you are welcome to play with.

"Facility Information "
Name: Rairassai
Address: B1F MEGA Don Quijote La Park Utsunomiya Store, 2-3-12 Babadori, Utsunomiya City
Opening hours: [Permanent store ]Monday-Friday: 11:00-20:30 (L.O 20:00), Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 11:00-21:00 (L.O 20:30) [Daily changing store ]All day: 11:00-21:00 (L.O 20:30) [Souvenir corner ]10:00-21:00
Phone number: 028-614-5388
Closed: Open every day

Tourist Attractions in Utsunomiya

Utsunomiya Futaarasan Shrine

The shrine is characterized by the red torii gate that appears in the city and the long stone steps that can be seen beyond the gate. "Futaarasan Shrine "
Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine enshrines three deities: Toyoki-irihiko-no-mikoto (the deity of the shrine), Omotonushi-no-mikoto and Kotoshironushi-no-mikoto (the deity of the shrine).

The Kojiki records that Toyojo-irihiko-no-mikoto, the deity of the shrine, pioneered the development of present-day Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, and subdued the eastern provinces of Japan.
It excelled in victory and was worshipped by famous warlords such as Minamoto no Yoriyoshi, Minamoto no Yoritomo, and Tokugawa Ieyasu as a god of victory prayer.
Because of this, it is beneficial for victory.

In addition to the main shrine, there are 12 smaller shrines (end shrines) within the precincts of Utsunomiya Futaarasan Shrine, which are dedicated to gods of learning, safe childbirth, fertility, and so on, so you can obtain various benefits from them.

The red seals at this shrine come in a variety of patterns, all with very cute designs, so it is hard to decide which one to choose!
Even if you do not have a collection of red seals, why not buy one as a commemorative gift and enjoy the benefits?

"Facility Information "
Name: Utsunomiya Futarayama Shrine
Address: 1-1-1 Babadori, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 320-0026
Phone number: 028-622-5271
By train: 5 minutes by bus from JR Utsunomiya Station West Exit / 15 minutes on foot from Tobu Utsunomiya Station

Utsunomiya Castle Site Park

Utsunomiya Castle is said to have been built by Fujiwara Hidesato or Fujiwara Soen in the late Heian period (794-1185), and was praised as one of the seven best castles in Kanto during the Edo period. The castle was destroyed by fire during the Boshin War (1868-1868), but in March 2007, a castle site park was completed on the site of the main castle. Part of the earthen mound remains and the turret has been restored.

There are many attractions such as Seimyodai, Fujimi-yagura, Utsunomiya Shrine Monoshiri Museum, and Machiaruki Information Center, so be sure to visit.

"Facility Information "
Name: Utsunomiya Castle Site Park
Address: 1-15 Honmarumachi, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 320-0817
Phone number: 028-638-9390
Business hours: 9:00-19:00
Closed: 12/29 - 1/3
Fee: Free of charge
By train: 10 minutes walk from Tobu Utsunomiya Station on the Tobu Utsunomiya Line or 20 minutes by city bus "Kibuna "from JR Utsunomiya Station "Get off at Utsunomiya Joshi Park Entrance "Approximately 1 minute walk

Yakult Cafe

Yakult complex "Yakult Service Center Gohonmaru "opens in Utsunomiya in September 2023! This is the first store of its type in Japan.
Yakult Service Center Omotomaru has "Cafe & Gallery ""Esthetic Salon " I have had a lunch at the Yakult Cafe that made my body happy, so I would like to introduce it to you.

Yakult Café is located right next to Utsunomiya Joshi Park in Utsunomiya City.
It is easy to recognize the large Yakult object in front of the store!

Inside the restaurant, the Yakult Café menu features a variety of delicious items, including food items such as curry, roast beef, and salad balls, as well as sweet items and drinks such as ice cream de Yakult, chiffon cake, and tiramisu, and Yakult Joa's smoothies!

Inside the store, lamps and other items are shaped like Yakult, and you can also see the backside of the Yakult objet d'art installed in front of the storefront! The cafe is very detailed, so why don't you spend your cafe time while enjoying yourself?
There is also an esthetic salon on the second floor of this facility, so be sure to visit.

"Facility Information "
Name: Yakult Cafe
Address: 1-43 Honmarumachi, Utsunomiya City
Phone number: 050-8892-8986
Closed: Monday *Open if the regular holiday is a national holiday, closed the following day if the holiday is open.
Parking: Available
Other: Free Wi-Fi and power outlets available, non-smoking, take-out available


Utsunomiya, the city of gyoza (dumplings).
The town has recently attracted a lot of attention with the opening of the light rail line, and it is a very fun and playful place with a great deal of ingenuity!
When people think of Tochigi, they often think of tourist destinations such as Nikko, but you should definitely visit Utsunomiya as well.

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