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Gyozas and the Underground World of Utsunomiya (2-Day Trip)

A bicycle-friendly city, Utsunomiya is notable for its stonework and gyoza. Less than an hour from Tokyo on the Shinkansen.


Day 1

Tokyo Station

  1. ↓ JR Tohoku Shinkansen
  2. Utsunomiya Station
  3. ↓ By bus

Oya History Museum (Ohya)

  • Time Required: 1 hour

The old underground quarry known as “the unknown space”

The old mining site of Utsunomiya’s specialty, Oya Stone, has now been turned into a historical museum. The exhibition features the long history of the mining since the 17th century, with many documents on display. The underground cavern, covering 20,000 sq. metres, is large enough to fit a baseball field. With a fantastic atmosphere reminding visitors of the ruins of Ancient Rome, the cavern is widely utilized as a location for shooting movies and music videos, as a venue such as concert hall, theatre, Noh theatre, business functions and wedding receptions.

  1. ↓ By bus

Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine


The foundation of the city of Utsunomiya

The history of the Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine dates back 1,600 years when the shrine was dedicated to the founder of Utsunomiya, Toyoki-Irihiko-no-Mikoto. Most of the festivals now held in the city are related to this historic shrine. Many citizens come to the shrine on special occasions such as New Year and Shichi-Go-San (the “7-5-3” celebration of children’s growth). The illuminated gate and approach to the shrine are an incredible evening sight. The shrine is also home to some nationally important works of art.
  1. ↓ On foot

Utsunomiya Gyoza Dumpling

  • Time Required: 3 hours

The city with the highest gyoza consumption in Japan!

“Utsunomiya Gyoza” is a centre of local culture. The city has over 300 Gyoza restaurants, and people enjoy queuing in front of their particular favourite. These eateries compete in creating unique recipes to be recognised as “one of the best” Gyoza in the city, with all sorts of ingredients and cooking methods. Go from one eatery to another like the local Japanese do, and sample some of the enormous selection! You can even join in hands-on Gyoza-making classes led by veteran lecturers. Takeaway and Gyoza-related goods are also popular as souvenirs.


  • Time Required: Stay one night in Utsunomiya
You can find accommodations on the websites below.

Day 2

Miya Cycle Station

  • Time Required: 1 hour and 30 minutes (Cycling around town)

Tour Utsunomiya by renting bicycles from this station that also offers tourist information.

  1. ↓On foot
  2. Utsunomiya Station
  3. ↓By bus

Romantic Village and Local Beer

  • Time Required: 2.5 hours

Sample and compare a great variety of local beers!

At this roadside station you can find Onsen, restaurants, local products, a farm and accommodations in a vast space of area. Experience the daily life of the countryside here! Tochigi Prefecture has the highest production volume of two-rowed barley – an ingredient used in the making of beer. From “Mugitaro”, the most popular local beer, to “Gyoza Romance”, the beer perfectly matching to Gyoza, be sure to try a freshly brewed one!

  1. ↓ By bus

Four Seasons Bamboo Forest Wakayama Farm

Wakayama Farm is a farm where bamboo has been cultivated with the aim of pesticide-free and organic farming for approximately 80 years over three generations of parent and child. The 24-hectare bamboo forest on this farm has also been used as the location for various movies and commercials. 

In addition to taking a stroll through the bamboo forest, you can pick bamboo shoots in spring, pick berries in the summer and search for chestnuts in the fall.
  1. ↓ By bus
  2. Utsunomiya Station
  3. ↓ JR Tohoku Shinkansen

Tokyo Station

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