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- We traveled by train from Toyko to Mashiko for the Festival. Such an awesome start to our first visit to Japan!
From the train station, it's not quite a short walk to the town centre but wow! If you are interested in Ceramics and you are in Japan, this is a must see. Pottery vendors back to back to back. So much to look at - it can be overwhelming!
At the other end of town is the Shoji Hamada Memorial - again, if you are interested in Ceramics, another must see (entry fee).
The negative??? This was the first stop of our Japan trip. With one carry-on, it was difficult to decide on what to take with us! The two Mashiko pieces we brought home have been used almost daily!!!
Note - this is a full day trip. (a long day) and it got cool after 5 pm (waiting for transport). Dress accordingly,Written May 21, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Under the sweeping rafters of the ceiling, you can find a great selection of local vegetables and other locally made products. It doesn't feel like a farmer's market. We went for a late lunch, but several items were sold out. Settled for the Root Vegetable Kima Curry and the local Mashiko speciality, "Hottojiru"-a play on Hot Soup, filled with vegetables and "Suiton" -Mashiko-grown barley mochi, like a gnocchi dumpling in miso soup. The tasty "Shichimi" chili spice blend in the bottle is one of their products. If it is nice weather, grab an onigiri or snack and go out the back and sit looking at the mountains behind the spreading field. Lovely!
Lots of parking and Clean restrooms.Written December 10, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The place has a very traditional way of making sake. We walked around and enjoy the instruction by a very welcoming staff. Sake ice cream are highly recommend and the place won many rewards.Written November 9, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This meseum is modern and is very nice and clean and very friendly to English visitor. The art that are on displays changes every 3 to 4 months so its always good to go back and visit to see what is new. Would highly recommend if you are into art and sculpture.Written December 8, 2018
- The temple was very beautiful, very Japanese styled Temple right in the middle of the Forest, you definitely feel the magic and the views are marvelous, definitely recommend to go.Written December 8, 2018
- The staff was very kind amd energetic. The sitr is english friendly. There are many kind of strawberry and they all have thuer own taste, texture and complexity.Written December 9, 2018
- Great visit to view a little of Shoji Hamada's life and reflect on his influence on ceramics.
There's an entry fee and takes about 30-45 min to walk through.Written May 21, 2020
- Walk a little deeper and you'll find the back room of more pottery works not displayed. Too bad not enough showcase of the artists to know who did the wares (both japanese and english), that kind of downgraded the experience. Overall, lovely place to walk and enjoy the different wares on display in the many rooms. Pretty crowded during pottery fair, but manageable to move around as everyone politely make way for the new comers.Written May 6, 2018
- We visited Yoshimura Strawberry Park today and sat in the warm sun ate the most amazing strawberries to our hearts content.
The green houses were a bit hot inside but that’s what probably made the strawberries soooo sweet and juicy!!
*They are only open until Middle of May so make sure they are open if you plan to visit after May.Written March 22, 2019
- Tsukamoto is one of the larger pottery centres with a whole host of activities.
They have a very large shop almost warehouse in dimensions, restaurant/cafe, museum and the chance to try pottery experiences.
Since it was off season I was able to join a pottery experience 15 minutes before they started.
The instruction is mainly conducted in Japanese but by careful watching and in broken English, you get enough of an idea. The only setback is that they will not send your items overseas and it may take 2 months before they've been glazed and fired. If you have friends or family in Japan that can have the items delivered to them then that would be convenient.
I did the throwing experience and as opposed to the pottery experience in Kyoto there was more instruction given although the harder parts are still done by the tutor.
There is also handbuilding and decoration as other possible experiences.
The museum though small has some fantastic pieces and being from Europe is architecturally interesting.Written March 10, 2016
- The interchange for trains and buses. Has area to sit and wait, able to buy drinks from the dispenser machine and toilet is clean and warm (as expectable from one of the admirable Japanese technologies).Written May 6, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions about Mashiko-machi
- The top attractions to visit in Mashiko-machi are:
- Mashiko Pottery Festival
- Michi-no-Eki Mashiko
- Sake Brewery of Mashiko Tonoike Sake Brewing
- Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko
- Saimyoji Temple
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