Pottery Village Mashiko (Hamada Shoji's ware) Museum, Cafe and Laughing King of Hell Statue.

Art, Culture, & Historical

Jack M.

4.87 / 5
(54 reviews)
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

We visit Mashiko village outskirt of Utsunomiya, capital of Tochigi prefecture. Making Mashiko famous is Hamada Shoji after he moved to Mashiko. Mas...

Meeting Point

JR Utsunomiya station

Hamada Shoji Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum

Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art

Jonaizaka (Kyohan center and Mashiko ware shops)

Higeta Indigo Dye Studio

Cafe lunch in the bush setting

Saimyoji Temple (Statue of Laughing King of Hell)

Ending Point

JR Utsunomiya station

What to Expect

We visit Mashiko village outskirt of Utsunomiya, capital of Tochigi prefecture. Making Mashiko famous is Hamada Shoji after he moved to Mashiko. Mashiko ware was for daily use ceramics like pots, plates as such. Therefore it was not really an art, initially but since Hamada Shoji settled in this village, practical utility and artistic beauty combine to make us comfortable life. Now Mashiko village accept a lot of artists from other area. Actually not only artists but entrepreneurs. You can enjoy nice Cafes in Mashiko. You can enjoy cups, plates using Mashiko ware and food itself is superb. So we visit this town and see museums and shops and also indigo dye factory. In Saimyoji temple, we can see a laughing King of Hell statue.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

Transportation Utsunomiya-Mashiko

What‘s not included

Admission fees (Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art 600 yen, Hamada Shoji Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum 800 yen)

Lunch at Cafe (own expense)

Important Information

If you want to enjoy Nikko, please think about staying Nikko or Utsunomiya, I will take you around the night tour if you stay in Utsunomiya.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Augustin K.

5 / 5
May 24, 2023

Nikko walking tour

A friendly and accommodating guide. Informative and energetic. Much fun. Thank you Jack for a wonderful day. We couldn’t do everything you had planned but we enjoyed every moment. Really worth the experience.

Jack M.

Thank you for being with me your last day in Japan. Hope you come back to Nikko someday and stay more time. Have a nice flight back to Switzerland!

Kristaps V.

5 / 5
May 18, 2023

JR pass visit to Nikko

Nikko is a special place and it was very easy to travel there because of JR passes and meeting Jack at the Utsunomiya station. Great day trip, Jack was flexible and we adopted due to situation and time. Nice, calm and full day, thanks!


Narayan M.

5 / 5
May 16, 2023

Wonderful dayy in Nikko

We had a great experience in Nikko. We had decided to Greedy Nikko Tour with jack. This was a combination of Nature and culture. Jack, not only speaks excellent english, but also can manage the time well. He is extremely accommodating and is a fabulous guide. We had a great time. Greedy for more Nikko, thanks to Jack!

Jack M.

Thank you Narayan. I enjoyed a whole day today. Nice weather, nice people. Hope enjoy the rest of your trip!


Melissa P.

5 / 5
Apr 29, 2023

A day with Jack!

It absolutely poured while in Nikko, yet Jack managed to find a way to make our day there special nonetheless. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history, kind and an absolute pleasure to spend a day with. A very big thank you again for such a special day.

Jack M.

Thank you for your compliment. All cherry blossoms are gone but a lot of flowers are everywhere. I'm glad you enjoyed the day. I enjoyed walking with your beautiful girls who behaved very well.

$216/ per group