Mashiko-yaki pottery ware, born at the end of the Edo period, has long been loved for its everyday items.
Visit Mashiko-machi in Tochigi where there are still nearly 400 kilns, and shop for some wonderful Mashiko-yaki.
You can appreciate this pottery as a work of art, but its beauty increases when it is used. Choose bowls or cups that you would want to use every day. If you go to the “Mashiko-yaki Kamomoto Kyohan Center” you will not only be able to buy the products but you can also experience pottery making. A pottery market is held from the end of April to the beginning of May and at the beginning of November in Mashiko. About 400,000 visitors come each year to buy the pottery as well as vegetables and food produced in Mashiko. In Tokyo, you can see Mashiko-yaki at “Tsukamoto” in the Tamagawa Takashimaya Department Store situated in Setagaya-ku.
Mashiko-yaki Kamamoto Kyohan Center
Address: 706-2, Mashiko, Mashiko-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi, 321-4217
Closed: Open throughout the year
Access: Take a Toya bus to Mashiko from Utsunomiya Station (Miyanohashi bus stop) on the JR Tohoku Shinkansen (get off at Togei Messe Iriguchi)