Namahage Museum

Namahage Museum

The collection of 150 hand-carved Namahage masks is a must see! Enjoy dressing up in a real Namahage costume!

Namahage is a traditional folk event on the Oga Peninsula. Namahage wears an ogre mask and cries out, "Are there any crying children?" and is mistaken for a bad guy who makes children cry.

In truth, however, he is a god who comes every New Year's Eve to warn people against laziness and to bring good health, good harvest in the fields, good harvest in the mountains, and good harvest in the sea.


The Namahage Museum introduces the history and culture of Namahage. The Namahage display corner features 150 diverse masks that were actually used in each village. In the Lore Hall, the movie "One Night of Namahage," which introduces the Namahage culture on New Year's Eve, is shown.


There is a corner where visitors can dress up in Namahage costumes and have their picture taken, and a souvenir corner where Namahage goods can be purchased. If you are lucky, you can watch a Namahage carver demonstrate hand-carving masks. (This event is held irregularly).


Next to the Namahage Museum is the Oga Mayama Folklore Museum, where Namahage demonstrations can be seen. Visit both and enjoy the Namahage, which has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

General Information

Address
秋田県男鹿市北浦真山字水喰沢
Prices
・550 yen (275 yen for elementary, junior high and high school students)
Groups of 15 or more: 495 yen (220 yen for elementary, junior high and high school students)

Admission fee shared with Oga Mayama Folklore Museum
April-November: 880 yen (550 yen for elementary, junior high and high school students)
Groups of 15 or more: 825 yen (440 yen for elementary, junior high, and high school students)
Groups of 30 or more: 770 yen (330 yen for elementary, junior high and high school students)

December - March: 1,100 yen (770 yen for elementary, junior high and high school students)
Opening Times
Open: 8:30 - 17:00
Closures
Open every day
Directions
(Akita Expressway: approx. 2 hours) > Showa Oga Peninsula IC > (R101: approx. 40 minutes) > Namahage Museum

Akita Airport > (Akita Expressway: approx. 25 min) > Showa Oga Peninsula IC > (R101: approx. 40 min) > Namahage Museum

Akita Port Ferry Terminal > (R101: approx. 50 min) > Namahage Museum
Tokyo Station > (Akita Shinkansen Komachi: approx. 4 hours) > Akita Station > (JR Oga Line: 55 min) > Oga Station > (Namahage Shuttle: approx. 25 min) > Namahage Museum

Akita Furusato Village (Yokote) > Yokote IC > (Akita Expressway: approx. 1 hour) > Showa Oga Peninsula IC > (R101: approx. 40 minutes) > Namahage Museum

Lake Tazawa > (R46: approx. 30 min) > Kakunodate > (R46: approx. 30 min) > Kyowa IC > (Akita Expressway: approx. 30 min) > Showa Oga Peninsula IC > (R101: approx. 40 min) > Namahage Museum

Towadako > (R103/R7: approx. 2.5 hrs) > Noshiro-Minami IC > (Akita Expressway: approx. 25 min) > Showa-Oga Peninsula IC > (R101: approx. 40 min) > Namahage Museum
Car Park
Parking: Available
Official Website
Namahage Museum
Word-of-mouth
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Duration
30 to 40 minutes
Notes
There is a common ticket with the adjacent Oga Mayama Folklore Museum.

Contact

Contact
Namahage Museum
Telephone Number
0185-22-5080