Highlights of Mashiko Town

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.


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Things to DO

Make your own Pottery

Mashiko offers has over 300 pottery artist studios and many offer classes. Some have english speaking instructors and can ship overseas.

Visit a Sake Brewery

Mashiko has a sake brewery open to visitors. You can walk around, learn about sake making and taste the different varieties.

Visit a Pottery Museum

There are several Pottery museums in Mashiko including Mashiko Sankokan and Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art.

Pick the best strawberries in Japan

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.

Visit a traditional Indigo Dyeing Studio

Mashiko has one of the oldest Indigo dyeing studios in Japan. 

Rent a bicycle and ride through the rice fields

Hire a bicycle from the station and enjoy a day around the countrysides. (half day tours are also available)

Tonoike Sake Brewery

Old building in Tonoike Sake Brewery

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 Straberry Park

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)

Special Mashiko Travel Guide

We’ve created a special online guide about Mashiko Town to help overseas visitors explore Mashiko. 

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How to Enjoy Mashiko Pottery Experience

We’ve created a special page to help visitors who want to experience pottery making in Mashiko. 

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How to Explore Mashiko by Bicycle

One of the best way to enjoy Mashiko’s countryside is by renting a bicycle and riding around town. We created a complete guide on where to rent bikes and how to do so. Click to find out more. 

Places to EAT

Japanese Food

Mashiko offers a wide range of Japanese food, starting with Soba (local soba wheat), and Tonkatsu (pork cutlet), as well as artisan Japanese restaurants.

Western Food

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).

Places to STAY

Ryokan (Japanese style)

Mashiko has one Japanese Ryokan with an Onsen. (See below for information about Mashikokan Satoyama Hotel)

Want prices?

Find the full list of hotels in Mashiko available at here.


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.

Want prices?

Find the full list of hotels in Mashiko available at here.

Holiday rental (Airbnb)

Several places are available in Mashiko.

Want prices?

Find the full list of airbnb’s available at aribnb here.

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Useful links for Mashiko Town

Mashiko Travel Guide

Click the image to discover more about Mashiko with our online Guide!

Mashiko Photo Gallery

We’ve created a Mashiko Photo gallery to help overseas visitors and travel companies see what Mashiko has to offer. Click the image to discover more!

Mashiko in the Media

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