Mashiko Pottery Market | Mashiko City, Toukiichi prefecture

Mashiko Toukiichi 益子陶器市 is one of the largest pottery market held in Mashiko in Tochigi prefecture, famous for its pottery Mashiko-yaki. During the event, more than 500 pottery stalls line along the streets and various types of potteries are sold, such as tea cups, rice bowls and Ramen bowls, designed in a traditional or modern Japanese style.

Mashiko Pottery Market Spring 2017
April 29th(Sat) - May 7th(Sun)
9:00 - 17:00 (5:00PM)

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Pottery town Mashiko

Mashiko 益子 is a town located in the south east area of Tochigi prefecture, approximately 140km away from the central Tokyo. Producing quality clay, Mashiko has developed as a pottery town known for Mashiko-yaki pottery, where many potters have studios and many kinds of potteries are sold at stores. The number of the pottery studios and the stores reaches nearly 350 in all.

Mashiko Pottery Market 益子陶器市

Since 1966, Mashiko Pottery Market is held twice a year, for about 10 days in spring, and 4 or 5 days in autumn. Not only from Mashiko town, pottery artists and venders from all over Japan also join the market to sell various potteries. This popular market is so large that it will take one day to look around all the stalls there. It is recommended to visit early in the morning (It starts at 9:00AM) as it also gets crowded in the afternoon. During the 11-day event in spring 2014, more than 400,000 people visited the market.

Tsukubasan Mountain

The best market to get "Mai(My)-Ochawan", a personal rice bowl

While staying with a Japanese family, having dinner together at their house, you will soon notice that the Japanese has her/his own chopsticks and rice bowl (Ochawan), and it is almost like a taboo to use those of others, even people in the family. It seems Japanese people have a strong attachment for their own everyday dinnerware. Whatever else it might be, finding a very favorite ones at pottery markets is an attraction for Japanese people, and it will of course be a fun for anybody.

Sushi plates, Ramen bowls and Sake bottles…Stylish, authentic Japanese Tableware can be found there.

 

Getting there from Tokyo


By Train | From Ikebukuro 池袋

Approx. 2 hour 30 min, 2250 JP Yen in total.
JR Ikebukuro station (JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line 1hr 16min) --to-- JR Oyama station 小山駅(JR Mito-sen Line 水戸線 23min.) --to-- Shimodate station 下館駅of Mooka Tetsudo Railway真岡鐵道(41min.) --to- Mashiko station 益子駅 - 15min-walk to the market place

* Mooka Testudo Railway operates locomotives (SL) once a day on weekends and national holidays.
Mooka Testudo Time Table - Mashiko (Japanese)
http://www.moka-railway.co.jp/jikoku01_07.php

Time Table by JR (Japanese)
JR Shonan Shinjuku Line bound for Utsunomiya
Weekdays
http://www.jreast-timetable.jp/1410/timetable/tt0866/0866080.html
Weekends
http://www.jreast-timetable.jp/1410/timetable/tt0866/0866081.html

By Train and Bus | From Ikebukuro 池袋

Approx. 2 hour 30 min, 3090 JP Yen in total.
JR Ikebukuro station (JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line 湘南新宿ライン 1hr 31min. 1940 Yen) --to-- JR Utsunomiya station 宇都宮駅
From Utsunomiya station (West Ext), take Touya Bus東野バスbound for Mashiko station 益子駅 (1 hour ride 1150 Yen) - 15min-walk to the market place

*The bus runs every one hour or so.
Time Table by Noya bus service
http://blog.mashiko-kankou.org/access/tb_timetable.shtml

By Bus from Akihabara 秋葉原

2 hour 45 min 2000 Yen
* It runs only once in the morning (departs at 8:20. (As of 10.2014))
The buse departs from the bus terminal in front of Yodobashi Akiba Building

Take the bus Kanto Yakimono Liner bound for Mashiko Station. Get off at "Tougei Messe Iriguchi 陶芸メッセ入口" (next to the last stop "Mashiko stn".) so you don’t have to walk from Mashiko station. There is a tourist information office near the bus stop.

Yakimono Liner Bus (Japanese website)
http://www.ibako.co.jp/highway/kasama/
Time table
http://www.ibako.co.jp/highway/kasama/from_akihabara_highway.html


Related Info/Websites


Mashiko Location Map by Mashiko town tourist association
http://www.mashiko-kankou.org/access/index.shtml (Japanese)
PDF Maps (Maps and guide books in English)
http://www.mashiko-kankou.org/pamphlet/index.shtml

Mashiko Town 
http://www.town.mashiko.tochigi.jp/  (In Japanese)
Time table 
http://www.kantetsu.co.jp/bus/rosen/timetable/timetable/tk/02.pdf 

 

Tochigi Rail Map


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