Welcome to Mashiko Town
Mashiko is in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture, 2 hours by car from Tokyo and 1 hour 45 minutes from Narita Airport. It is about an hour and a half from Nikko, with its various UNESCO World Heritage sites. Mashiko is famous as a “pottery town”, visited by people from all over Japan and around the world, seeking out its ceramic ware. There are a great number of potters in the town, working in around 250 workshops and 50 pottery stores. In the workshops are a number of apprentices learning the craft of pottery, as well as foreigners taking part in live-in programs. Mashiko is also famous for accepting artists into the town. The townspeople welcome them as friends, and both sides enjoy their lives together.
Mashiko also has over 20 cafes – an unusual amount for a small town. Many artists spend time lost in thought in local cafes, perhaps coming up with new ideas. As well as this, the area is Japan’s number one strawberry-producing region, and many people come for strawberry picking. Mashiko even has a sake brewery ranking number four in the world, so there is no shortage of places to see in the town. It is also a great place to try out some creative activities while staying for a few days.
About Hotel Mashikokan
Hotel Mashikokan is located in Mashiko Town of Tochigi Prefecture, and we are the only hotel in the town with English-speaking staff to assist international guests. You can enjoy hot springs and Japanese cuisine while experiencing Japanese culture at our hotel.
Hotel Mashikokan has a total of ◎ guest rooms. We have a variety of different rooms, including rooms with open-air baths, artistic rooms inspired by Mashiko’s forests and artistic culture, and exclusive rooms on the top floor that offer panoramic views of Mashiko’s satoyama (village forest).
Our restaurant serves Japanese cuisine that showcases the local ingredients of Tochigi Prefecture and makes the most of the flavors of these ingredients. Our dishes are served in ceramic kitchenware that is highly original. We are happy to make changes to the ingredients we use for guests with food allergies.
Rich in sodium and calcium, the water of our hot spring is gentle on the skin and capable of improving its appearance. You can also find Mashiko ware in the bathhouse, allowing you to enjoy both ceramic art and the hot spring all at once. There are also open-air baths where you can immerse in the natural surroundings of the satoyama.
Mashiko is one of the most popular places in Japan for ceramic artists to reside and practice their craft. There are so many pottery shops in Mashiko that it is impossible to visit all of them in a single day. There are also many unique cafés where you can enjoy a special cup of coffee served in a Mashiko-ware coffee cup. We recommend staying in Mashiko Town for several days so that you can take your time to leisurely explore this rural town of Japan.
Mashiko Town is located around 2 hours by car from Tokyo, 2 hours 30 minutes by highway bus from Akihabara, and around 40 minutes by car from Utsunomiya Station (Shinkansen). It is a 90-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nikko. Renting a car is recommended when you are visiting Mashiko.