Akita City Folk Performing Arts Heritage Center (Neburi Nagashi Kan)

Try balancing Kanto pole lanterns yourself!

Neburi Nagashi Kan is the nickname given to the Akita City Folk Performing Arts Heritage Center. Here, you can experience the Kanto Festival, a major event unique to Akita.

The exhibition hall on the first-floor has permanent exhibits that include panels of Akita festivals, the Kanto Festival, and the Hikiyama Festival of Tsuchizaki Shinmeisha Shrine, and Brahma. There is also a corner where you can take on the challenge of balancing a Kanto pole lantern. It's challenging to try and balance the pole festooned with lanterns on your palm while walking, but it's a lot of fun! You may also see demonstrations of pole balancing, too. There are also demonstrations with lanterns balanced on the forehead, shoulders, and waist, and you will be surprised at the height of the lanterns and how much the bamboo bends.

The exhibition rooms on the second and third floors introduce Akita's folk performing arts through relevant materials and videos.

General Information

Admission to the Folklore and Performing Arts Center only: 100 yen
Combined pass to the Red Brick Folk Museum: 260 yen
(free for elementary, junior high school, and high school students)
Opening Times
09:30 to 16:30
Year-end and New Year holiday
● About 15 minutes walk from JR Akita Station
● About 20 minutes from Akita-Chuo Interchange on the Akita Expressway
● Take the Akita-city circle bus Gururu that travels around the city centre from JR Akita Station. About 1 minute walk from the Torimachi or Neburi nagashikan-mae bus stops
Car Park
Yes (7 spaces)
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