Namahage Museum

Namahage Museum, Oga: Hours, Address, Namahage Museum Reviews: 4/5

Namahage Museum
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Singapore, Singapore321 contributions
Specialty museum far away
Dec 2019 • Family
Getting there is not easy, we took a train to Hadachi Station from Akita Station.

Hadachi is one stop before Oga Station, it is closer to the road entering the peninsula than Oga (cheaper for taxi ride), however it is much remote and probably have challenge getting a Taxi. Fortunately, we gotten help from local to book one for us.

Alternatively there is a limited schedule bus route in winter, but i figure out there is not much saving adding up for 4 person. Let me know if you can’t find the info.

The museum is based on local legend and tradition that they held annually. There is a presentation explaining the legend and the celebration, it was enjoyable watching.

They also demonstration the mask making and you can try on the costume for picture taking too, finally they have a large mall with all the different costumes, over 50 or more displayed.


- consider driving to Oga if possible, but not recommended if snowing. It will be cheaper and easier getting around.

- combine few activities if going, GAO aquarium is a nice place to visit, and the sea view is beautiful.


There is a little cafe 200m away near the Shrine. The friendly couple operate a little organic farm, their specialty tea was really nice. (Last 2 pic of this review)

Do drop me a message if you have any question, or give me a thumbs up if find the review is useful. Thanks!

Written December 20, 2019
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Kawasaki, Japan1,493 contributions
Please visit if you need to kill time
Sep 2019
I spent 2 hours 45 minutes in the area You can see Namahage museum , another museum and shinzan shrine within 1 hour and half and also have time for lunch.
If you do not drive, the area is located in a very inconvenient place so you need to book a hire. It takes about one hour from Akita to Oga by train and 30 minutes by hire to reach there
Written September 5, 2019
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744 contributions
An excellent museum, well worth a visit
Apr 2019 • Friends
An excellent museum. Our guide had given us a translation of the dramatic re-enactment in store for us when we entered the house. We had to remove our shoes and those unable to sit on the floor were able to stand at the back. After this realistic presentation of the New Year’s Eve happenings in this part of Japan, we went into the main museum next door and, first of all, watched a short film showing a real occasion. The purpose of the visit from these ogres is meant to be educational but the look of terror on the faces of the children was, in our opinion, upsetting. Within the museum was a wide array of costumes and masks and, at the entrance, you could see a craftsman making a mask. Also on this beautiful site is a Shinzan Shrine, which is apparently a key aspect of the Namahage Sedo Festival.
Written April 30, 2019
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41 contributions
Traditional Japanese culture
Apr 2019 • Friends
The museum is about 62km away from Akita airport ! It takes about 1.5hr by car. It is a must go place when you travel to Oga. You can learn the traditional Japanese culture and experience namahage thing in that museum.
Written April 21, 2019
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The Villages, FL5,182 contributions
Namahage visit homes on New Year's eve to take naughty children to the mountain for punishment
Sep 2018 • Couples
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 they be cut off-hageru, thus the name.) Naughty children, disobedient wives, lazy wives will be taken to the mountain for punishment...all in good fun...except for the terrorized children in the video shown at the museum. Impressive masks and costumes. A short live dramatic production...all in Japanese feels realistic. This tradition carries-on in Akita. On this tour, Joy-san, a certified professor of namahage lore provided colorful insightful depictions of this tradition.
Written September 21, 2018
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Melbourne, Australia52 contributions
Briliant entertainment bit scary but really well done
Sep 2018 • Couples
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 head of the household about crops and if his children are well behaved, whatever he says they have a "book" which details all the bad things the kids and lazy wives have done. They then try to tear them away from the family for punishment. while we were queuing a Japanese man said that they had come to his village when he was a child and had so terrified him he's never misbehaved in his life! While we were there the city has a highly subsidized tour for 1000 Yen which included a train ride to Oga (including a very good Bento Box lunch) touring around all the Namahage sites and a delivery back to the cruise terminal. In my view it would be a bargain at 100,000 yen.
Written September 17, 2018
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San Francisco, CA257 contributions
Beautiful park and museum
Jun 2018 • Family
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 that explains about namahage in narrative form, plus a visit from two namahage. The performance can scare little kids, especially those who grew up to fear the creature, but we attended with a bunch of second graders who squealed in both delight and fear. There is a casual cafe where you can order noodles and standard Japanese fare. A downside is that there does not seem to be much English language support.
Written July 10, 2018
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Australia806 contributions
You're in Akita? Just don't miss it!
Mar 2018 • Couples
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 terrify the children, and cannot miss Goshado shrine after this one.
Written May 3, 2018
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Buderim, Australia964 contributions
Amazing place!
Apr 2018 • Couples
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 a traditionally laid out Japanese house. Great tourist attraction if somewhat scary!!
Written April 25, 2018
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Sue B
Grandville, MI46 contributions
Outstanding presentation
Dec 2015 • Friends
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 who do not understand that the interactive portion of the tour is a performance. It is very loud and kind of scary for adults. We had the privilege to visit on New Year's Eve so there were many Japanese Families their with their children and the performance was outstanding. There is a display of handcrafted costumes that is remarkable. We were also able to see a taiko (drum) performance while we were there as well. Definitely worth the trip if you are interested in Japanese culture. It may be difficult to visit via public transportation. We were visiting friends in Akita so they were able to drive us there.
Written July 30, 2016
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