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3 Days in Mashiko

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Don’t forget to check out our Mashiko Guide Page as well.

Angus Miyaji

When to travel

JAN-FEB

Strawberry Picking

MAR-APR

Sakura, Strawberry Picking, Pottery fair

MAY-JUN

Spring Scenery

JUL-AUG

Summer Festival

SEP-OCT

Sunflower Festival, Cosmos Festival

NOV-DEC

Strawberry Picking, Pottery fair

Yakimono Liner (Highway Bus)

Mashiko is connected with Akihabara in Tokyo by a special bus service which runs four times a day. Website (Japanese)

Mashiko Tourist Information Center & Bike Hire

The Tourist Center is located beside Mashiko Station. (Open 8.30-17.00) Map

Restaurant Soma

A popular Japanese restaurant 10 min walk from Mashiko station. Owner/chef’s attention to detail is impressive. (Authentic Japanese style) Map

Mashikokan Satoyama Resort Hotel

Mashiko’s Onsen hotel. A 3 star hotel on surrounded by hills and rice fields. Offers spacious western size rooms as well as Japanese style tatami rooms. Check prices here. / Map 

Guesthouse Furuki

This converted old house is popular among long stay guests and backpackers in Mashiko. This no-frills family run accommodation has its own pottery studio and kiln. Guests can take classes at a discount. Check prices here. / Map 

Yuuwakan Hotel

Listed as a national heritage, Yuuwakan was once a residence for the crown prince during WW2. It recently was refurbished and re-opened in 2020 as a hotel.

Day 1

Travel to Mashiko and learn about Mashiko pottery

Afternoon

Make your way to Akihabara Station (home to AKB48 and electronics) in Tokyo and catch the ‘Yakimono Liner’ bus to Mashiko Station. (The bus leaves Akihabara at 15:10 and arrives in Mashiko just before 17:40, but please check before traveling as the bus timetable may change). 

After arriving at Mashiko station, the Tourist Information Center is beside the bus stop so it will be a good idea to pop over and gather information about Mashiko before heading off to your hotel. Next is dinner. Some accommodations don’t offer dinner, so if your’s doesn’t, you’ll need to find a place to eat in town.

Mashiko is known for Tonkatsu and Japanese curry and there are also some nice independent cafes. However, most restaurants are a good 15-30min walk from Mashiko station so you may want to leave these for tomorrow. One of the restaurants near the station worth visiting is Soma. Soma is a Japanese restaurant 10 min walk from the station. The owner/chef trained in Tokyo before opening his own restaurant in Mashiko and sources most of his vegetables from local nearby farms and is carful in what ingreadients he uses.

 

Useful Tips

You can also take the train to Mashiko. From Tokyo, take the Shinkansen to Oyama Sta. Change to the JR Mito line and change again to the Moka Railway at Shimodate Sta. On weekends and national holidays there is a special steam engine service available once a day!

Contact your hotel in advance and ask to see if they can pick you up from the station. 

Day 2

Cycle the countryside and create a masterpiece​​

Day 2

Cycle the countryside and create a masterpiece

Morning

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Afternoon

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Useful Tips

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Mashiko Tourist Information Center & Bike Hire

The Tourist Center is located beside Mashiko Station. (Open 8.30-17.00) Map

Mashiko Sankokan

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Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art

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Kyohan Center Gallery

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Furuki

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Day 3

Explore a Japanese indigo dyeing studio and local sake brewery

Tonoike Sake Brewery

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Yoshimura Strawberry Park

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Toko

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Kyohan Centre

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Day 3

Explore a Japanese indigo dyeing studio and local sake brewery

Morning

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Afternoon

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Take the Steamengin

Useful Tips

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