Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko

Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko


Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko, is in Haga County, Tochigi Prefecture. The museum collects and exhibits the works of Mashiko’s representative potters such as Shoji Hamada and Tatsuzo Shimaoka. The museum also displays pieces created by other potters linked to Shoji Hamada.

Mashiko ware, which applies glazes made from ground stone and scrap iron powder, is characterized by its round and cute forms. Shoji Hamada, who was actively involved in the “mingei” (folk art) movement that followed the Meiji Restoration, played a central role in the development of Mashiko ware that elevated Mashiko into a pottery town. Shoji Hamada was recognized as a Living National Treasure (Preserver of Important Intangible Cultural Property) in 1955.

The former residence of Shoji Hamada stands on the same grounds of the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art. The thatch-roofed house was moved here to be put on public display. Visitors can also explore Shoji Hamada’s life though other items that have been either relocated here or restored, including the climbing kiln that he once used.

Basic Information

3021 Mashiko, Mashiko Town, Haga County, Tochigi Prefecture
< February - October >
9:30 - 17:00 
< November - January >
9:30 - 16:00

(last admission: 30 minutes before closing)
Monday (the next day if Monday falls on a holiday), Year-end, New Year period (December 25 - January 1)

*closed when exhibits are changed
General: ¥600
65-years and older:  ¥300
Elementary and junior-high school students:  ¥300
Preschoolers: free 


  • FromMashiko Station (Moka Railway)
    about a 25-minute walk 

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