Mashiko Pottery Fair in Autumn
(Mashiko Akino Toki Ichi)


One of the largest ‘Autumn Craft & Pottery Fair’ nearby Tokyo

Last updated by Angus M
on July 4, 2024
The organizers have confirmed that this event is GOING ahead.


: 2nd (Sat) to 5th (Tues) November
*All dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.

*Information last checked on 2024-06-17


9:00 am – 5:00 pm

(*Last day ends at 4 pm)

There are hundreds of art stalls throughout the town where artists and local potters sell their work.


*All dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.

*Information last checked on 2024-06-17



*Information last checked on 2024-06-17

How to enjoy the Mashiko Autumn Pottery Fair

Meet artist and potters

Shop for something Special!

Great girls day out

Traveling solo

Fun for couples

Amazing artisan cafes

Walk around town

Enjoy for 1 whole day!

Pottery in All Shapes, Sizes, and Color!🌈

The ✨Mashiko Pottery Fair✨ is one of the largest pottery fairs in Japan, that brings local artists and art lovers together. It’s a lovely tradition that started in 1966, and has been cherished by people from all over Japan and all over the 🌎 world!

🚶Walk along the 500 or so tents to take a look at the traditional Mashiko pottery, 🎨 artwork, and local goodies! Strike up a 🙋🏼 conversation with the 😃 local artists and people — perhaps the ✨best way to get to know Japanese people and culture!

What to do nearby Mashiko Autumn Pottery Fair

Tonoike Sake Brewery

Entrance of Tonoike Sake Brewery in Mashiko
Established more than 80 years ago, Tonoike Sake Brewery is a traditional Sake brewery popular with overseas visitors. Visitors can drop by or book a tasting tour. (Open 365 days)

Yoshimura Strawberry Park

A group of friends enjoying strawberry picking in Japan
One of the most popular strawberry picking locations in Japan. Popular with overseas visitors and suitable for children. Online booking available. (Season is from Dec to early May)
Places to EAT in Mashiko Town
Places to STAY in Mashiko Town

Hotels (Western Style)

Mashiko has a newly refurbished hotel (Yuwakan) that opened in 2020. Before it was moved to Mashiko, foreign diplomats used it 100 years ago as well as being used for the crown prince to escape WW2.

Ryokan (Japanese style)

Mashiko has one Japanese Ryokan with an Onsen. 

Guesthouse & Airbnb

Mashiko has several guesthouses and airbnbs which are very affordable. Many artists use them and stay in Mashiko for months to make pottery.

Access (How to get to the Mashiko Autumn Pottery Fair)

How to get there

Public Transport

2 hrs- 2 hrs 30 min from Tokyo (via Utsunomiya) by train.

3 hrs from Tokyo (via Shimodate) by train.

2 hrs 30 min from Tokyo (Akihabara) by Highway Bus.


2 hrs 15 min drive from Tokyo area by car.

Location & Address




Jyonaizaka, Mashiko-town, Haga-gun, Tochigi Pref. Japan 321-4218

〒321-4218 栃木県益子町城内坂付近

Access from Tokyo

By Public Transport

From Tokyo via JR Utsunomiya Station (JR Line)​

From Tokyo, take the Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train) to JR Utsunomiya Station. Then take the bus to Jyonaizaka (城内坂 – Mashiko’s high street) a few stops before the end of the line. Approx. 2 -2.5 hours.


From Tokyo via Shimodate Station (Moka Line)​

From Tokyo take the Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train) to JR Oyama Station. Then take the JR Mito line to Shimodate Station and the Moka Line to Mashiko (Steam engines also run on weekends!). Take a bus or taxi from the Mashiko station to Jyonaizaka (城内坂 – Mashiko’s high street) or walk for 17 min. Approx. 3 hours.


From JR Akihabara Station using Highway Bus ‘Yakimono Liner

From JR Akihabara Station take the Yakimono Liner Bus ‘Highway bus ‘ (approx 2.5 hours). Get off at Togeimesse Iriguchi (陶芸メッセ入り口) which is one stop before the station.

We recommend using a travel app like Google Maps or Japan Transit Planner to find train times.

By Car

Via Moka IC on the  Kita-kanto Expressway

20 min drive from Moka IC on the Kitakanto Expressway (Kitakanto Jidoshado).

We recommend using a travel app like Google Maps or Japan Transit Planner to find train times.

Contact Details (Event Organizer)

For information about this event, please contact the Mashiko Tourist Office directly.
Tel: +81 (0)285-70-1120

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