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Namahage Museum

Mizukuisawa Kitaurashinzan, Oga 010-0685, Akita Prefecture
+81 185-22-5050
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Outstanding presentation

This museum is very well thought out. The Namahage are folk characters that come on New Year's Eve... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2016
Sue B
Grandville, MI
vivid glimpse of a scary Akita tradition

The Nahamage Museum is a noteworthy stop for those interested in local cultural and folklore... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2015
Aomori, Japan
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Mizukuisawa Kitaurashinzan, Oga 010-0685, Akita Prefecture
+81 185-22-5050
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

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...More

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 5 July 2015

The Nahamage Museum is a noteworthy stop for those interested in local cultural and folklore traditions. However, parents may want to think carefully before visiting with small children in tow! Happily well past that point in my own life, I could freely enjoy the museum's...More

Thank Andrew1234
Reviewed 15 June 2015

The Namahage are ogres who visit houses on New Year's Eve to check up on naughty kids (and sometimes young brides), scareing them into behaving well for the coming year. In reality, it is men from the neighbourhood who dress up, but the sight of...More

Thank Louichan
Reviewed 11 June 2015

Went for the namahage show where they have close up interaction with the audiences in that old japanese styled house. Everything was in Japanese. They explained how Namahage came about and their purpose. It was very interesting to know. In the museum, there was a...More

1  Thank Simplyko
Reviewed 1 July 2014

I came upon the Namahage Museum during a trip to Akita for the legendary Namahage Festival in early February. The Museum provides several excellent resources for both locals and visitors to learn the history and culture of the Namahage: the monsters from the Snowy Mountain...More

4  Thank ChrisKullstroem
Reviewed 19 February 2010

The Namahage museum is located on a side road in a forest. It is really beautiful in the winter, but cost around 2,000yen to get there by taxi from Hadachi Station. The staff (when I went) did not speak English, but I could understand enough...More

3  Thank Foreversh
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