Utsunomiya City is famous for Gyoza.
I will introduce the history. The reason why Utsunomiya city is famous for Gyoza is that the 14th division brought and spread it from China to Utsunomiya when they stay in China. After that, Utsunomiya Gyoza Kai was started in 1993. It was comprised of 38 Gyoza shops in the beginning. At present, it is comprised of about 80 Gyoza shops.
Those 80 shops are, for example, Umaiya, Masashi and Chuka Tonton.
One of Umaiya is in west side of Utsunomiya station. It takes no more time than 1 minute from the station. It sells Gyoza for 360 yen for six. It also sells Senbei made of a Gyoza wrapper. It is an original menu of Umaiya.
Masashi is in Komanyu town of Utsunomiya city. It takes about 14 minutes by car from Utsunomiya station. It sells Gyoza for 250 yen for six. Masashi is loved by local people. The size of Gyoza is small, but there are a lot of cabbage in it, so it has filling.
Chuka Tonton is in east side of Utsunomiya station. It takes about 5 minutes by car from Utsunomiya station. It sells Gyoza for 450 yen for five. You may think that this value is a little expensive, but Tonton’s Gyoza is big. It is called “Jumbo Gyoza”. I have eaten it. It is so big, that I can’t eat a lot. I recommend that you eat it with your family.
There are many other Gyoza shops in Utsunomiya. Why don’t you go with your family or friends?
In Utsunomiya city, there is a park called Hachiman-Yama Park. It is in west side town of Utsunomiya station, Hanawada. And It takes 10 minutes by car from Utsunomiya station. It has Utsunomiya Tower, Adventure U, Adventure Bridge, Animal House and Go-cart.
Utsunomiya Towerlooks like Tokyo Tower. The body color is red and white. We can see beautiful scenery from the observation platform. The fee is 190 yen in case of adult and 90 yen in case of elementary school or junior high school student. However, children who go to a school in this city can use it for free at any time. We can use it for free on April 1st, May 5th, June 15th, November 23rd. Those days are national holiday. April 1st is Utsunomiya citizen day.
Adventure U looks like a park. There are a lot of playground equipment such as long slide. We can enjoy anytime.
Adventure Bridge is Number one mono-storm steel suspended slab bridge of Japan. The length of this bridge is 152.2 meters. The higher is about 30 meters. The width is 1.5 ~ 4.0 meters. The view from there is very beautiful and I recommend it as a photo spot.
In the animal house, there are some animal. For example, peacock, Japanese lemur, raccoon, rabbit and so on.
In addition, there is a go-cart. Children from 3 to 15 years old can ride it. There are three kinds of usage fees. In the 140-yen course, you can ride for one lap. In the 650-yen course you can ride for five laps. In the 1,400-yen course, you can ride for eleven laps. The larger the number of turns, the cheaper the price per lap becomes.
Please visit Hachiman-Yama Park, which has many fun things.