Oga no Namahage is an annual event held around the Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture that has been added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. “Namahage” refers to people in masks and straw costumes who act the part of demons during the event. Leading up to the Namahage Sedo Festival, a Namahage-related event will be held on Saturdays and Sundays between late January and early February. The event begins with the Namahage nyukon (ritual in which young men don ritually purified masks, transform into Namahage, and return to the mountains) and Namahage rannyu (ritual in which Namahage rampage people’s homes), as well as a powerful Namahage taiko drum performance and dress-up corner where you can transform into a Namahage yourself! Taking pictures with the Namahage is welcome. The Namahage of Oga are looking forward to your visit.
- Adult (junior high school student and older): \500 (incl. tax); Free entry for elementary school students and younger
- Opening Times
- 9:00am - 6:00pm
*Held every year on a Saturday/Sunday between late January and early February.
- Open all year (except when closed for facility maintenance, etc.)
- 1 hour
- Minimum participants: 1
- Oga Onsen Commuity Hall: Gofu
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