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Mashiko, Tochigi-ken, Japan

How much does it cost to travel to Mashiko?

You should plan to spend around $61 (¥9,768) per day on your vacation in Mashiko. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $22 (¥3,500) on meals
  • $11 (¥1,714) on local transportation
  • $63 (¥10,143) on hotels

A one week trip to Mashiko for two people costs, on average, $851 (¥136,754). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Mashiko cost?

A one week trip to Mashiko usually costs around $425 (¥68,377) for one person and $851 (¥136,754) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Mashiko on average costs around $851 (¥136,754) for one person and $1,701 (¥273,507) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Mashiko will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Mashiko on average costs around $1,823 (¥293,043) for one person and $3,646 (¥586,087) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Mashiko has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Mashiko expensive to visit?

Mashiko is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Japan, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Mashiko is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Sado or Xigatse.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Mashiko Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Mashiko?

The average Mashiko trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Mashiko travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥10,143 ($63)
Local Transportation 1 ¥1,714 ($11)
Food 2 ¥3,500 ($22)
Entertainment 1 ¥1,357 ($8)
Alcohol 2 ¥393 - 1,179 ($2 - 7)
Accommodation Budget in Mashiko
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Mashiko is $32 (¥5,072). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Mashiko is $63 (¥10,143). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Mashiko

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Transportation Budget in Mashiko
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Mashiko is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $11 (¥1,714) per person, per day, on local transportation in Mashiko.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Mashiko
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Rental Cars in Mashiko
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Food Budget in Mashiko
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Mashiko can vary, the average cost of food in Mashiko is $22 (¥3,500) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Mashiko should cost around $8.71 (¥1,400) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mashiko is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Mashiko
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  • Entertainment and activities in Mashiko typically cost an average of $8.44 (¥1,357) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Mashiko
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  • The average person spends about $4.89 (¥786) on alcoholic beverages in Mashiko per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Mashiko on a Budget
Mashiko is a town in Japan famous for its pottery, called "Mashiko yaki." Large noborigama kilns were first brought to the area in 1853 by immigrant potters from a neighboring community in the Ibaraki prefecture. It is also home to the site of Saimyoji temple, one of the oldest temples in Tochigi prefecture, as well as the shrine of the Utsunomiya han.
Mashiko is known in Japan and around the world as a center for pottery production. Since the trade began in this town, the number of resident potters has continued to grow. Most visitors come to learn more about its history and shop around for their own pottery to take home.

Mashiko Sankohan is a museum located near the Sankokan-mae bus stop. Once the home and workshop of Shoji Hamada, a famous Japanese potter of the 20th century, the place now displays about 30 of his works and his private collection. Near the thatched roof home is also a hug climbing kiln worth a look.

Togei Messe Mashiko is another museum for the ceramic arts that displays much of Hamada's work plus other potters from around Japan. Then there is Zen no Roka, an indoor and outdoor museum of statues and art, displaying works by a Hungarian sculptor named Nandor Wagner who lived in Mashiko for 30 years.
Mashiko is a small town with an economy highly dependent on the tourism spurred from its ceramic crafts industry. The streets are lined with many different pottery workshops, kilns, retail shops, and a good selection of restaurants. Mashiko is also largely a commuter town with residents living locally, but commuting for work to the neighboring Mooka and Utsunomiya. It is very rural, located about 3 hours by train from Tokyo, and is home to about 380 kilns and 50 ceramic shops. There are even places where visitors can try their hand at making their own pottery. If you are visiting Mashiko, you are there to see the pottery and will leave with a greater understanding of its importance in Japanese culture and history.

The most popular time during which to visit Mashiko is during the Pottery Markets which occur twice-yearly, one week long each. One is held in April-May, the other in November. During the market week, many workshops set up stalls throughout the town, and all stores hold sales for specially discounted works. These markets are a great chance to pick up some stunning pottery and other crafts including woodwork, leatherwork, glass, jewelry, and textiles. There are also several festivals, or matsuri, held throughout the year-one of the largest and most popular occurring in late July.

Shopping for pottery is one of the major draws to Mashiko. If you are looking for a large selection at bargain prices, Mashikoyaki Kyohan Center is a cooperative sales center that sells works by most kilns in town at reasonable prices. If you are looking for something a little more personal, however, Harvey Young Pottery is a small handmade pottery workshop operated since 1984 by an American who first came to Mashiko in 1969 to study pottery making. Selections include things like tableware, kitchenware, flower vases, and visitations need to be scheduled by appointment.

If you want to get your own hands dirty at the wheel, the Messe Mashiko museum mentioned earlier has a pottery studio on-site where you can try your hand at sculpting and painting pottery yourself.
Food and Dining
Mashiko's dining scene only began to grow in the recent past. Today many options can be found in town with an assortment of local, organic, and vegetarian restaurants. Popular local eats include things like ramen and gyoza (a type of dumpling), which can be found at a place called PePe. Restaurant Kotori is known for its tonkatsu which consists of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet, while handmade soba is popular at Azuman. Katsukare, a curry dish served just about everywhere in Japan, is another option if you are looking to indulge in local cuisine. As far as dessert goes, "Mashiko no Sato" is a traditional cake made in Mashiko city-also a very popular souvenir that tastes like sweet potato.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

Mashiko is an easy day trip from Tokyo, with ways to get there by car, train, bus, or some combination of all three. The two main airports in Tokyo are Narita Airport and Haneda Airport.

By train, the fastest route is to take the JR Utsunomiya Line from Ueno to Oyama, which takes 42 min by Shinkansen or 82 min by normal train. Change here for the Mito line to Shimodate (about 21 min), then change again to the private Moka Railway line to Mashiko. You can also take the JR Joban line from Ueno to Toride, then change to the private Kantetsu-Joso line to Shimodate.

For a train/bus route, you might also take the train to Utsunomiya and continue from there by Toya bus directly to Mashiko. The bus stops are in front of the main entrance to the train station, and Mashiko is bus station 14, with buses leaving hourly.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.