After the war, Japanese people returning from China brought gyoza back with them. Gyoza has been popular since that time and has become the soul food of Hamamatsu city in Shizuoka Prefecture and Utsunomiya city in Tochigi Prefecture.
Both of these towns are famous for their delicious gyoza and they often face off against each other in a competition called the “gyoza war”, drawing media attention.
Many Japanese people visit these two cities for the sole purpose of eating their amazing gyoza.
If you want to find delicious gyoza in Tokyo, visit Kamata in Ōta ward, near Haneda airport, famous as the birthplace of hanetsuki gyoza. Known as the best gyoza town in Tokyo, it’s packed with about 60 gyoza stores, some of them old Chinese restaurants that still remain today.