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A Pottery Town That Blends Modernity with Tradition (One-day Trip)


Mashiko is famous for crafts such as Mashiko ware. You will feel happy just by taking a stroll in the town where you can experience traditions and a European atmosphere.

START: Tokyo Station

↓ JR Tohoku Shinkansen Yamabiko 129
Utsunomiya Station
↓ Bus (get off at Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko)
Mashiko

1.   Pottery Making Experience (Mashiko)

Make your own one-in-the-world ceramic ware!

Developed since the19th century for its fine quality and proximity to the big market Tokyo, Masiko-yaki pottery has long been liked for its daily use items such as pots, water jars and teapots. There are nearly 260 kilns, 50 shops and potters of youth and experience who create works of great variety. Pottery markets held in spring and autumn attract hundreds of thousands of Mashiko-yaki lovers. Even beginners can join workshops to learn how to decorate, hand-form or use a potter’s wheel, and enjoy authentic ceramic art.
Address Jonaizaka, Mashiko-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi Mainly around Sayado area, several places in the town
Telephone Number 0285-70-1120 (Mashiko Tourist Association)
Website http://blog.mashiko-kankou.org/
DirectionsBy public transport: approx. 20-minute walk from Mashiko station on the Mooka Railway or 70-minute bus ride from JR Utsunomiya station
By car: approx. 20-minute drive from Sakuragawa-Chikusei IC or 25-minute drive from Mooka IC
25 min. on foot

2.   Tonoike Sake Brewery

The brewery sells all sorts of rice wine and innovative products made with sake.
http://tonoike.jp/

3.   Weaving Mooka Momen Cotton Experience

Try your hand at the art of traditional weaving.

Mooka Momen Cotton has a long history from Japan’s early modern period to the present day. These hand-woven cotton fabrics are especially fascinating for their unique texture. Pick them up and feel their special quality. 

Visitors can observe the weaving process at the Mooka Momen Kaikan (no reservation required). Hands-on weaving and dyeing experiences are available with prior reservations. 
Address 2162-1 Aramachi Mooka-shi
Telephone Number 0285-83-2560
Website http://www.mokamomen.com/
Business Hours Open 10am – 5pm (Last entry at 4pm)
Days Closed for Business Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays, in which case the venue is closed the next working day)
Price Free Entry
Weaving experience:
Making coasters 700 yen
Dyeing handkerchiefs 500 yen
Dyeing scarves from 1,000 yen
DirectionsA 15-minute walk from Mooka station on the Mooka Railway
↓ 15 min. on foot
Mashiko Station
↓ Bus
Utsunomiya Station
↓ JR Tohoku Shinkansen Yamabiko 216

GOAL: Tokyo Station

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