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Mashiko, Tochigi-ken, Japan

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How much money will you need for your trip to Mashiko? You should plan to spend around ¥9,768 ($66) per day on your vacation in Mashiko, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ¥3,500 ($24) on meals for one day and ¥1,714 ($12) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Mashiko for a couple is ¥10,143 ($69). So, a trip to Mashiko for two people for one week costs on average ¥136,754 ($925). 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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A vacation to Mashiko for one week usually costs around ¥68,377 for one person. So, a trip to Mashiko for two people costs around ¥136,754 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ¥273,507 in Mashiko. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price 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 can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Mashiko? How much money do I need for Mashiko?

How much does a trip to Mashiko cost? Is Mashiko cheap or expensive? The average Mashiko trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Mashiko prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Mashiko
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Mashiko is ¥5,072. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Mashiko is ¥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
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Mashiko is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ¥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
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  • While meal prices in Mashiko can vary, the average cost of food in Mashiko is ¥3,500 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Mashiko should cost around ¥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 ¥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 ¥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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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