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Namahage Museum

Mizukuisawa Kitaurashinzan, Oga 010-0685, Akita Prefecture
+81 185-22-5050
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Beautiful park and museum

The museum tells about the mythical creature that is the Namahage, or the demon who searches for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mt188
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San Francisco, California
You're in Akita? Just don't miss it!

Absolutely fantastic, cleverly designed, with ALL the different Namahage of Oga Peninsula, history... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Higuma2017
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Vechta, Germany
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Mizukuisawa Kitaurashinzan, Oga 010-0685, Akita Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum tells about the mythical creature that is the Namahage, or the demon who searches for lazy, ill mannered children (and wives, too!!). You can dress up as namahage and have someone take your picture. There are regularly scheduled performances in the museum's theatre...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Absolutely fantastic, cleverly designed, with ALL the different Namahage of Oga Peninsula, history, videos, shop, attached shrines with a relevant role on the whole Namahage scene. Cannot miss the Namahage reception reconstruction when two Namahage enter the house and you see really how much they...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

It was another visit during our cruise stop excursion. Really amazing place some distance from the town but laid out really well. The Museum is modern and so well kept. A short video describes the Namahage and we were treated to a Namahage show in...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2016

This museum is very well thought out. The Namahage are folk characters that come on New Year's Eve to scare kids into good behavior under the threat of being taken from their families. As others state, this may not be the best for young children...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2015

The Nahamage Museum is a noteworthy stop for those interested in local cultural and folklore traditions. However, parents may want to think carefully before visiting with small children in tow! Happily well past that point in my own life, I could freely enjoy the museum's...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2015

The Namahage are ogres who visit houses on New Year's Eve to check up on naughty kids (and sometimes young brides), scareing them into behaving well for the coming year. In reality, it is men from the neighbourhood who dress up, but the sight of...More

Thank Louichan
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Reviewed 11 June 2015

Went for the namahage show where they have close up interaction with the audiences in that old japanese styled house. Everything was in Japanese. They explained how Namahage came about and their purpose. It was very interesting to know. In the museum, there was a...More

1  Thank Simplyko
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

I came upon the Namahage Museum during a trip to Akita for the legendary Namahage Festival in early February. The Museum provides several excellent resources for both locals and visitors to learn the history and culture of the Namahage: the monsters from the Snowy Mountain...More

4  Thank ChrisKullstroem
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Reviewed 19 February 2010

The Namahage museum is located on a side road in a forest. It is really beautiful in the winter, but cost around 2,000yen to get there by taxi from Hadachi Station. The staff (when I went) did not speak English, but I could understand enough...More

4  Thank Foreversh
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