Namahage Museum

Travel Information


Namahage Museum (
ナマハゲ館) is located in Oga Peninsula, Akita Prefecture. Namahage is the traditional festival in this peninsula. Here, it demonstrates the Namahage ceremony. It also has the history museum of Namahage. Namahage is registered as the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Namahage has a history of over 200 years in this peninsula.

Tourist Info.
There are parking and a restroom.
Admission: 550 yen for the demonstration.
Time: 8:30 to 17:00
The demonstration takes about 30 min.

0. at Akita Station.
1. use JR Oga Line to Oga Station.
2. use a shuttle bus to Namahagekan.

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Map around Namahage Museum

Detailed Travel Guide

Namahage Museum
Famous throughout the country, the Oga no Nnamahage rituals have been designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Though the rituals take place all over the Oga Peninsula on New Year's Eve, the faces and materials used for the masks, the items they hold in their hands, and the details of the legends vary from village to village based on location and the local industry. At the Namahage Museum, you can learn about the legends as well as view the many different masks. At Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum you can experience the New Year's Eve ritual of the Shinzan District yourself. Furthermore, the museum is housed in a reconstructed residence dating back to 1907, which has been designated a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property and showcases the characteristic features of the Oga regional farmhouse architecture.