Matagi Museum

Get to know the mountain samurai called the Matagi who risk their lives hunting bears

Matagi refers to the people living deep in the mountains, hunting bears and other animals since ancient times. In particular, the Ani region of Akita Prefecture is known as the home of the Matagi.

The Matagi museum, attached to Utto Onsen Matagi no Yu, exhibits various materials related to the Matagi, such as unique hunting tools, their lifestyle, and clothing. You can learn about the wisdom and culture of the lifestyle of the Matagi, who live deep in the snowy mountains and observe strict rules and adhere to the laws of the mountains. In addition, stuffed animals of their hunted prey are also on display, which makes the museum a very interesting facility to visit both academically and for learning local culture.

Drop by for a visit to learn about the Matagi, who can be described as ""mountain samurai"" co-existing with nature in the harsh mountain environment.

General Information

Adults: 200 yen, Children: 100 yen
Opening Times
09:00 to 17:00
● About 3 minutes from Ani-Matagi Station on the Akita Nairiku Jukan Tetsudo (shuttle available)
● About 1 hour and 50 minutes from Omagari Interchange on the Akita Expressway
Car Park
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Matagi no Sato Kanko Kaihatsu KK
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