If you have any foods that you can’t eat due to religious or allergy reasons, please contact us in advance using the inquiry form.
Reservation Deadline/2days before tour (0:00)
Reservation online can be done from 6 months to 2 days in advance. If you want to reservate further in advance or on the day before, please use the inquiry form to contact us directly.
Please come to the MASHIKO Countryside Tours Information Desk in the Mashiko Station Building by 11:00 AM.
(People using the Akihabara Highway Bus service that departs Akihabara Station at 8:20 AM, will arrive Mashiko Station at around 10:30 AM.)
Before the tour starts, we will inform you about precautions to take during the tour (for example traffic regulations).
In Japan, the religions of Buddhism and Shintoism coexist and are fusioned together on multiple occasions. Let us inform you about Japanese spirituality way of thinking.
The Kashima Shrine was founded in the year 845 and it inherits the god of good fortune for martial arts. People come here to pray for winning battles or scoring high points at sport tournaments.
Seo Kouji Shop
This shop has been making homemade miso and kouji for around 120 years. We will inform you about Japans unique food culture while you can enjoy a tasting of these handmade products.
Tamachi Yatai Kaikan
During the Gion Festival, which lasts from July 23rd to 25th, huge stalls are walked around town. In the Tamachi Yatai Kaikan we are able to look at one that was built around 200 years ago and is still used today.
Akabane Manjuu Shop
This Japanese Sweets Shop was founded in 1924 and continues to produce handmade Japanese sweets until this day. You will be able to enjoy Daifuku here, so please enjoy this traditional japanese treat.
Higeta Aizome Koubou
Higeta Aizome Koubou has a long history of craftsmanship in Mashiko. Thatched roofs, indigo dyeing kilns and plant dyeing are all designated as cultural properties and have a 220 year history.
In the year 737, Kan'onji temple was founded by Gyouki. After that, from 782 to 805, Koubou Taishi Kuukai entered and the name of the mountain was changed to Mt. Ryoin in dedication to the Buddha.
In this temple, there is a huge Buddha statue made out of clay to honor Buddha. Also, you can see a very big Taiko Drum (Japanese drum) made out of clay.
Handmade Soba Ueno
This is the oldest established soba shop in Mashiko. Please enjoy a set of tempura and soba for lunch. *Halal and vegan option is available.
Halal food: Tenjuu (天重)
Vegan food: Vegetable tempura Soba (Without Dashi)
At this place, you can see the climbing kiln that famous potter Hamada Shouji used habitually. There is also his former house to be visited, which has a huge thatched roof on top. We will inform you more about Japanese architecture and pottery.
Customers who'd like to visit the Ceramic Art Museum can do it in this one hour of free time. You can also use it to buy souvenirs on the nearby pottery street.
The Bus Station of Tougei Messe will be our destination point. The Akihabara Highway Bus and Utsunomiya Bus as well as the Mashiko Station Bus on the other side will be departing from between 16:05 to 16:30. If you plan to go back to Akihabara, please be on time. For customers who plan to stay overnight in Mashiko, we offer a free transfer service to their chosen accommodation.