Discover Mashiko

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What to do in Mashiko

Create your own mashiko pottery

As a famous pottery town, Mashiko has more than 200 pottery studios. As well as finding a nice souvenir, visitors can also give the wheel a spin and make their trip to Japan more special.

Experience the local drink

Mashiko boasts their very own Sake brewery. Founded nearly 100 years ago, Tonoike Sake Brewery is a multi-award-winning sake brewery which is visitor-friendly and a fun place to stop by.

Explore the countryside

Why not hire a bicycle from the several bike spots around town? Spring and autumn are wonderful times to bike through the hills and fields on one of our town’s power-assisted bicycles. 

Discover local culture

Why not learn the history and art of pottery? Several museums showcase Mashiko’s unique pottery culture and the 100-year-history with the UK.

Indulge in delicious Strawberries

Mashiko grows the best strawberries in the world! Two popular strawberry farms offer strawberry picking where visitors can come and pick the luxurious Tochiotome & Sky-berry strawberries.

Where to stay in Mashiko

Hotel

Offering western style bedrooms and traditional tatami style rooms with a ensuite onsen.

Mashikokan Satoyama Resort Hotel

Hotel website

Guesthouse

No frills budget guesthouse in a traditional Japanese house. Popular with potters and backpackers.

Holiday Home

Are you looking for an airbnb or a holiday home to rent with your friends and family?

Morino Garden

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Travel Assistance

Hagiwara Kanko

Established in 1978, Hagiwara Kanko is a highly reputable local travel company offering original bus tours in the Tochigi area as well as tailor-made tours from Tokyo and international airports. (Wheelchair access busses are available)

Mashiko Tourism Office

Located next to Mashiko Station, visitors can pop by the office to pick up English brochures and talk to the local staff for advice.

Local volunteer guides

For 10-40 people

Choose from 3 selected courses lasting 2.5 to 3 hours each, or ask to arrange tailor-made walking tours. Please see the Mashiko Tourist Association website for more information and click on the button on right to download the application form.

Getting around Mashiko

Mashiko is a compact village making it easy to get around

Walking

The pottery area is within a 20 min walk from Mashiko Station.

Bicycle

The best way to experience Mashiko is on a bike! Bike hire is very affordable and is available throughout the town.

Taxi

Mashiko is easy to get around, but if it’s raining or you have luggage taxis are also useful.

Car Hire

Car hire is available near the station and at Satoyama Resort Hotel.

Local Train

12 trains a day connect the pottery area and strawberry picking farm (4 min ride). A steam engine runs on weekends.

Local Bus

You can find local buses at Mashiko station and Kyohan center in the pottery area. 

Pottery Experiences

Selection of popular pottery experiences in Mashiko

Furuki

A popular destination for overseas potters. Furuki offers 3 hour classes as well as full-day classes and space hire.

Speak English

Yes

Overseas shipping

Yes

Times

9:00-12:00 (3h) or 13:00-16:00 (3h) or 9:00-16:00 (6h)

Price

From 3,700 yen (3 h) or 5,800 yen (6h) +postage

Komine Gama

A friendly pottery studio with a pottery shop. Staff are helpful and welcoming.

Speak English

No

Overseas shipping

No

Times

3 x a day from 10:00 -12:00, 13:00-15:00 or 15:00-17:00

Price

From 2,700 yen  + postage

Yamani Otsuka

Located beside the ‘Kyohan Center’ Yamani Otsuka is a convenient pottery studio offering 45 min pottery workshops. 

Speak English

No

Overseas shipping

No

Times

Open from 9:30-16:00

Price

From 2,300 yen +postage

Museums & Galleries

Selection of museums and galleries in Mashiko

Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art

Visitors can view collections from legendary potters such as Shoji Hamada and Tatsuzo Shimaoka as well as British potter Bernard Leach and artists from the early stages of Leach Pottery.

Speak English

Yes

Times

9:30-16:00

Closed on Mondays and inbetween exhibitions

Price

Adult 600 yen

Mashiko Sankokan Museum

Visitors can walk around Shoji Hamada’s studio and peek inside his famous Noborigama kiln which is still in use as well as admire his collections from around the world.

Speak English

Yes

Times

9:00-16:30

Closed on Mondays and inbetween exhibitions

Price

Adult 800 yen

Higeta Aizome Kobo

Spreading Japan’s traditional art of indigo dyeing and other vegetable dyeing over the last two centuries Higeta is a popular destination for people visiting Mashiko.

Speak English

Yes

Times

8:30-17:00

Closed on Mondays

Price

Free to look around

Sake Brewery

Tonoike Sake Brewery

Mashiko’s only sake brewery. Come and learn how their award-winning sake is made.

Speak English

Yes

Times

Open 365 days. (9:00-17:00)

Price

Free (Tasting 500 – 800 yen)

Strawberry Picking

Yoshimura Strawberry Farm

Come and pick/eat some delicious Japanese strawberries!

Speak English

Yes

Times

December – Early May  (Open 7 days a week. Mornings are best to visit)

Price

1,000 – 1,600 yen

Mashiko Kano Ichigo Danchi

Come and pick/eat some delicious Japanese strawberries!

Speak English

No

Times

December – Early May  (Open 7 days a week. Except New Years Day)

Price

1,000 – 1,600 yen

Events in Mashiko

How to get to Mashiko

By Train

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 Mashiko Station.

Check out the ‘Japan Transit Planner’ for train times to Utsunomiya.

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!)

Check out the ‘Japan Transit Planner’ for train times to Oyama, Shimodate & Mashiko Stations

Approx. 3 hours

By Bus

From Akihabara in Tokyo (Yakimono Liner) 

4 direct busses run from Akihabara in Tokyo to Mashiko and back everyday. This is the most convenient way of getting to Mashiko from Tokyo. Fairs are Approx. 3,800 yen for a return ticket. See here for bus timetables. 

Approx. 2.5 hours

From the Airport

From Narita Airport

Hire a car and take the Expressway to Moka Interchange.
(20 min drive from Moka IC)

Approx. 90 min

From Haneda Airport

Take the Train to JR Utsunomiya and take a bus or rent a car. 

Approx. 180 min

From Ibaraki Airport

Hire a car and take the Expressway to Moka Interchange.
(20 min drive from Moka IC)

Approx. 80 min

 

Maps and Guides of Mashiko

English Guides

Mashiko Tourist Guide (Detailed Guide)

Discover Mashiko Brochure

Download Discover Mashiko Brochure

Mashiko Pottery & Accommodation Map

Mashiko Soba & Udon Map

Mashiko Food & Restaurant Map

Contact

Mashiko Tourist Office
Phone: +81 285-72-8846
Email: info@mashiko-kankou.org

Address:
1539-2 Mashiko, Mashiko-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi-ken, Japan 321-4217
〒321-4217 栃木県芳賀郡益子町益子1539-2

Open Times:

MON-FRI 08:30 – 17:15
SAT 08:30 – 17:00
SUN 08:30 – 17:15
*Please check for Bank Holidays

We look forward to seeing you in Mashiko

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