Mashiko Town (益子町) is a small countryside town (village) known around the world for its Pottery and art culture. It has recently been featured in the BBC and CNN travel.
Since Bernard Leach (1887-1979) and Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) put Mashiko on the map, its popularity with Japanese pottery seekers has grown and many overseas travelers visit its Spring and Autumn Pottery Fairs.
Mashiko also offers many activities for visitors. There are pottery classes in English as well as Sake Brewery Tours, Strawberry Picking, Cycling Tours as well as a few pottery museums.
What ever time of year you decide to visit, Mashiko offers many things for visitors.
From Main Stations
Mashiko offers has over 300 pottery artist studios and many offer classes. Some have english speaking instructors and can ship overseas.
Mashiko has a sake brewery open to visitors. You can walk around, learn about sake making and taste the different varieties.
There are several Pottery museums in Mashiko including Mashiko Sankokan and Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art.
The region around Mashiko is know for its Strawberries and even export them to Singapore and Thailand. Strawberry picking is available at several farms from December to early May.
Mashiko has one of the oldest Indigo dyeing studios in Japan.
Hire a bicycle from the station and enjoy a day around the countrysides. (half day tours are also available)
Mashiko offers a wide range of Japanese food, starting with Soba (local soba wheat), and Tonkatsu (pork cutlet), as well as artisan Japanese restaurants.
Mashiko has popular curry restaurants using local vegetables as well as nice coffee shops. Mashiko also has a local dish called Burma jiru ( a soup dish inspired by Burmese cooking).
A small European style restaurant with delicious homemade food prepared with local ingredients hand-picked by our chef.
Mashiko has one Japanese Ryokan with an Onsen. (See below for information about Mashikokan Satoyama Hotel)
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.
Mashiko has several guesthouses which are very affordable. Many artists use them and stay in Mashiko for months to make pottery.
Several places are available in Mashiko.
Type: 3 star Ryokan / Hotel
Location: 7 min drive from Mashiko Station.
Location: 8 min drive from Mashiko station
Type: Holiday rental
Location: 12 min drive from Mashiko station
Each of these places are within a day trip away. Click on the image to find out more.
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