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Utsunomiya is famous for gyoza, and inside JR Utsunomiya Station are many gyoza shops and restaurants. The station's east exit even has a gyoza sculpture.
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Gyoza restaurants in Utsunomiya Station. The city's gyoza connection started in 1940 when soldiers in the Imperial Japanese Army's 14th Division assigned to a garrison in Manchuria returned to Utsunomiya and brought back gyoza recipes.
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Soldiers in the 14th Division came from Utsunomiya. Sadly in 1944, the division was assigned to Palau and Anguar in the South Pacific where most of them died in bloody battles. What would a trip to Utsunomiya be without eating gyoza?
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JR Utsunomiya Station
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Utsunomiya Castle is within walking distance from Utsunomiya Station.
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Park area of Utsunomiya Castle. This is behind the moat. The view on the moat side is more impressive. The wall looks higher.
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I just took a taxi and passed by the castle without venturing into the hot summer sun.
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Utsunomiya Castle, Tochigi. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to explore this castle more.
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Utsunomiya Castle, Tochigi Pref.
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Futaraasan Shrine in Utsunomiya.
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Tohoku shinkansen at Utsunomiya Station.
     
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