Gyoza are dumplings filled with group meat and veggies such as cabbage, wrapped in a thin dough. Gyoza originally came from China, but have became a popular dish in Japan. Nowadays, you can find gyoza in most of ramen / Chinese restaurants. As it became popular, gyoza expanded from ramen/Chinese restaurants, many gyoza specialized restaurants grew. The famous city for gyoza is Utsunomiya in Tochigi prefecture, but there are many high quality restaurants in Tokyo.

I will introduce 5 recommendation of the gyoza restaurants today.

1. Minmin (みんみん) Akasaka

Akasaka is a district where lots of embassy gather. Therefore, international restaurants have developed historically.

Minmin’s been running business in this district for 43 years. The place looks old but their gyoza is definitely one of the best gyoza in Tokyo.

Minmin in Akasaka

Minmin in Akasaka. From

Minmin’s juicy gyoza

Minmin’s juicy gyoza. From

15 min walk from Akasaka station

8-7-4 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo


11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

2. Ichimireirei (一味玲玲) Shinbashi

Ichimireirei in Shinbashi, first floor is drug store

Ichimireirei in Shinbashi, first floor is drug store. From

Ichimireirei is a gyoza specialized restaurant in Shinbashi. The owner is from Dailan China. They have variety flavors of gyoza, such as tomato, shrimp, scallop, lemon etc. The taste is more like Chinese traditional gyoza. You can choose how to cook every gyoza, fried, boiled, or deep-fried.

Ichimireirei’s fried gyoza

Ichimireirei’s fried gyoza. From Instagram

3 min walk from Shinbashi station

3-19-2 Shinbashi Minato-ku Tokyo


Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sat 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and National Holidays

3. Dekkai Gyoza Sou-san No Mise (でっかい餃子 曹さんの店) Shinjuku

Dekkai Gyoza Sou-san No Mise

Dekkai Gyoza Sou-san No Mise. From plaza.rakuten

This restaurant is frequently sawn on the TV and magazines as the best gyoza place. Their style is Taiwanese and the dough is pretty thick and chewy. You can also order takeout.

Round shaped gyoza of “Dekkai Gyoza Sou-san No Mise"

Round shaped gyoza of “Dekkai Gyoza Sou-san No Mise”. From Instagram

1 min walk from Yoyogi station, or 6 min walk from Shinjuku station

1-33-2 Yoyogi Shibuya-ku Tokyo


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. (of the next day)

4.Gyozabo Chohakkai (餃子房 豚八戒) Asagaya

Gyozabo Chohakkai in Asagaya

Gyozabo Chohakkai in Asagaya. From ameblo

Located in Asagaya, western part of Tokyo where about 10 min from Shinjuku by train, is the place for creative gyoza. Of 5 kinds of gyoza, yaki (fried) gyoza called “hana gyoza (flower gyoza)” is a must see. The shape of this huge gyoza looks like an flower. See the picture on the top left.

Chohakkai’s various gyoza

Chohakkai’s various gyoza. From Instagram

3 min walk from Asagaya station

3-37-5 AsagayaMinami Suginami-ku Tokyo


6:00 p.m. – 0:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

5. Fuwaito Gyoza (フアイト餃子) Sugamo

Fuwaito Gyoza in Sugamo

Fuwaito Gyoza in Sugamo. From Tabinesu

Fuwaito Gyoza is located in the district called Sugamo. Sugamo is a shopping district that is famous for elderly people, it’s also known as “old lady’s Harajuku”. 15min walk from Sugamo station, you will find am unique shape and taste of gyoza. It’s very crunchy and juicy. Be careful for the hot meat juice inside!

Fuwaito Gyoza in Sugamo

Fuwaito Gyoza in Sugamo. From Instagram

15min walk from Sugamo station

3-7-3 Nishisugamo, Toshima-ku Tokyo


Mon to Fri 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat, Sun, and National Holidays 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(Japanese only)

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