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NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

TONOIKE SAKE BREWERY

MASHIKO TOwn

Tonoike Sake brewery is located 2km from Mashiko station. The brewery is a 30min walk, 10 min by hire a bike-hire or 5 min by taxi. (If you are driving, it is 20 min to Mashiko from Moka IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway)

Mashiko is well known for its pottery culture and there are many pottery studios and pottery museums as well as restaurants, cafes, and hotels / airbnbs in the town.

Stream train passing through fields towards Mashiko

POTTERY STUDIOS & Pottery shops

Since the end of EDO period (1603–1868), Mashiko has been the center of pottery manufacturing in Japan. It is still a popular artist town where around 300 potters produce handmade kitchen ware, such as jars, pots, plates, and cups.

You can try using the potters wheel to make your own pottery items or purchase items from the many pottery shops in Mashiko. Many rare collectables by world famous potters such as Shoji Hamada can be found here as well as very affordable items by young local artists.

Furuki

陶芸倶楽部 古木

9 min by car / 45 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Tsukamoto

つかもと

10 min by car / 50 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

MUSEUMS

There are two main museums that showcase Mashiko’s pottery culture. The first is ‘Mashiko Sankokan’ where guests can see Shoji Hamada’s collection. It is located in a beautiful area with nature. You can walk through traditional Japanese warehouses, a pottery studio and a kiln. Second is ‘Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art’ which has regular exhibitions so make sure to check out their English website below. 

Mashiko Sankokan

益子参考館

8 min by car / 42 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art

益子陶芸美術館 / 陶芸メッセ・益子

8 min by car / 35 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

OTHER

Mashiko is home to many strawberry farms which offer strawberry picking during the seasons of December to May. To make reservations in English check ‘Yoshimura Strawberry Park’ website. Mashiko also has ‘Saimyoji Temple’, one of the oldest temples north of Tokyo, and its award-winning ‘Mashiko Michinoeki’ (roadside shop focused on local art and produce).

Yoshimura Strawberry Park

吉村農園

2 min by car / 10 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Mashiko Michinoeki

道の駅ましこ

8 min by car / 50 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Saimyoji Temple

西明寺

10 min by car / 60 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

EAT

There are many Japanese and western-style restaurants as well as many cafes in Mashiko. Here are a few suggestions.

Yamani (Casual Japanese)

カレーキッチンやまに

7 min by car / 35 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Soma (Traditional Japanese)

杣(そま)

5 min by car / 25 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Chitose (Tonkatsu)

とんかつ ちとせ

7 min by car / 35 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Erika (Coffee, Lunch)

カフェ&レストラン絵里珈

8 min by car / 42 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

STAY

As Mashiko is a popular tourist destination, there are several types of accommodation to choose from. For a ryokan style with an onsen see ’Mashikokan Satoyama Resort Hotel’, but if you want simple but classy why not stay at ’Mashiko Yuwakan’. Alternatively there are airbnb’s such as ‘Morino Garden’.

Mashikokan Satoyama Resort Hotel

益子舘 里山リゾートホテル

9 min by car / 50 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Mashiko Yuwakan

ましこ悠和館

10 min by car / 50 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Morino Garden

ペンション 森のガーデン・益子

12 min by car / 1 hour 20 min walk

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Festivals

Mashiko is home to two of the largest pottery fairs in Japan. The ‘Spring Pottery Fair’ is during golden week (First week of May) and the ‘Autumn Pottery Fair’ is during the first week of November. There are also popular events such as the ‘Mashiko Sunflower Festival’ in August. Please see links for up-to-date information. 

Spring Pottery Fair

益子陶器市(春)

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Autumn Pottery Fair​

益子陶器市(秋)

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Mashiko Sunflower Festival

益子ひまわり祭り

A famous Pottery Museum otherwise known as the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.

Photos of Mashiko

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