Since its debut as the nation’s first local line in 1912， the Mooka line has operated daily. Two models of Mooka steam locomotive run on weekends and holidays when many tourists come to see them working as they have for 100 years. In spring， the railway track is almost wrapped in pink cherry blossoms and the ground a shade of yellow with the spreading rapeseed field. The colour contrast attracts many photographers.
Three-day Japanese cultural experience – Gozen-ryori, steam locomotives, and pottery.
- Tokyo Station → JR Tohoku Shinkansen (for Nasu) (or via select Yamabiko-bound trains) 40-min ride to Oyama Station → 22-min ride via the Mito line to Shimodate Station → SL Mooka (40-min ride, mostly runs on weekends）
Steam Locomotives in Mooka1
The locomotive nicknamed “Cotton Way”
- Rental bike (10 min)
Pottery Experience @ Pottery Fuwari3
Experience a private Mashiko-ware pottery-making workshop.
Try your hand at hand building and wheel-throwing with guidance in English. Lessons are offered to one group at a time, ensuring the ultimate private pottery experience.（Please make reservations via our website)
- Rental bike
Mashiko Café Stroll4
Discover Mashiko's stylish cafés.
Mashiko is dotted with a number of relaxing cafés serving treats and drinks in Mashiko-ware. Many of these cafés are off the beaten path, so they often go unnoticed by those who haven’t done their research.
- Rental bike
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko6
On the same site， there are also the Sasajima Kihei Hall， which has permanent exhibitions of works by the printmaker Kihei Sasajima， who studied under Shiko Munakata， and the Mashiko Arts & Crafts Residence， which hosts artists-in-residence from all over the world as part of an international exchange program.
Shoji Hamada's House， which has been designated as a Cultural Property by the town of Mashiko， includes a reconstruction of the climbing kiln that Mr. Hamada used.
You can also pick a cup you like and enjoy tea or coffee at salon located on the premises of the museum.
There is also a museum shop in the salon where you can buy Mashiko pottery and more."
- Rental bike → Mashiko station → Fixed-route bus (70 min) → JRUtsunomiya Station bus stop → Rental bike (10 min)
Utsunomiya Joshi Park8
- Rental bike → JR Utsunomiya Station
Utsunomiya Cocktail Club9
Savor the colors， flavors and aromas in Utsunomiya at night. Please enjoy Utsunomiya - city of cocktails.
- Walk → Utsunomiya Station → Fixed-route bus (30 min) to Oyakannonmae bus stop → Walk (5 min)
Oya Underground Tour11
Explore secret underground spaces.
Experience Oya’s usually inaccessible underground stone quarry on a special underground cruise that takes place in total darkness .
（Please make reservations via our website)
- Walk (5 min) → Fixed-route bus (25 min) to Utsunomiya Station → Utsunomiya line to Mibu Station → Walk.
“Otono-sama” Cuisine”Ohime-sama” Cuisine12
Enjoy recreations of the cuisine of Japan’s nobility from 200 years ago
“Otono-sama” (Lords’) cuisine and “Ohime-sama”(Princess’) cuisine are based on the menus of the Edo era’s Daimyo (feudal lords). Enjoy recreations of these foods that have been adapted over 200 years and made with a unique diversity of ingredients. This cuisine is highly regarded for its healthy ingredients and playful presentation. It’s currently offered at 13 restaurants in the town of Mibumachi renowned for developing a rich menu over three years.
Mibu-machi Toy Museum13
Enjoy the model trains and interactive games!
The Mibu-machi Toy Museum provides displays of model trains on an elaborate landscape diorama along with a model train driving experience. 18 world heritage sites including the temples and shrines of Nikko are placed on the N-gauge (25m2) diorama. The driver’s seat on the HO-gauge (37m2) provides excellent views and is equipped with a sound system to give visitors a realistic railway experience.
The museum has an interactive app-based game with which you can unlock fun quizzes and characters on your device. Collect answers and points within the specified time limit to break the hidden seal in the castle! The app is the perfect way for the whole family to play and learn about the museum.
- Taxi (7 min) to Omochano-Machi → Utsunomiya line (15 min ride) to Tochigi Station → Tobu-Nikko line. (1 hr 10 min by Limited express Kegon/Liberty Kegon/Kirifuri/Kinu/Liberty Kinu/Liberty Kairitsu trains)