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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 10 July 2018
San Francisco, California
vivid glimpse of a scary Akita tradition

The Nahamage Museum is a noteworthy stop for those interested in local cultural and folklore... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2015
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 21 September 2018

Background is necessary for individuals who do not speak or read Japanese. Namahage come each New Year's eve to check to see if there are lazy people (who lie all winter by the fire not working so that their feet develop callous, nama requiring that...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

This visit was one of the jewels of our trip to Japan. The story of The Namahage is fascinating and the live show is excellent. Be sure to read the English handout before the show. The Nagahage's travel house to house on NYE asking the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank mt188
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

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Higuma2017
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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank marigoldKent
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

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Sue B
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

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Andrew1234
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

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Louichan
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

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank Simplyko
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

Date of experience: February 2014
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