Utsunomiya is the Capital city on the main Honshu Island in Japan. It is the largest city of Tochigi Prefecture in the northern Kantō region of Japan. It is famous for its gyoza dumplings and the annual gyoza dumpling festival. Which attracts the tourists from all around the world.
The Gyoza dumpling festival is not the only tourist attraction of Utsunomiya, Ōya-ji temple and history museum is another highly appreciated spot in Utsunomiya. Nature and its environment are soothing which provides peace of mind and I personally felt it.
- Ōya-ji Temple: it is a Buddhist temple of the Tendai sect in Utsunomiya. This temple is built into the surrounding tuff rock. The sculptures and shrines of the Buddhist Trinity of Amida Buddha, Kannon and Seishi Bodhisattvas are all carved on those rocks in a cave. Another stunning carved figure is of Bodhisattva Kannon with thousand arms surrounding alter. It was a beautiful and the atmosphere in there was so calm, I could feel the positive vibes were cleansing my mind and soul.
- Ōya-ji history museum: it is a former underground mining site converted into the history museum which depicts the Geology of Ōya, mining and quarrying of Ōya Stone (rhyolitic squared gravel tuff), underground mining site traces, and Ōya Stone carry-out transport exchange etc. which made me realize we live in a world or an era where everything has become very easy. While in those days digging, mining, quarrying and carrying out stones was all done by men.
- Gyoza Dumplings Festival: this is one of the most awaited and demanding festival for the foodies. It is held in Utsunomiya Castle Ruins Park every year. This was the most happening and amazing festival I had attended there. There were numerous Gyoza Dumpling stations, different restaurant had their own stalls. There were comedians, bands and people enjoying the festivity. I loved the energy and those various Gyoza Dumplings, I was stomach full but the craving to try more was alive.