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Oga Namahage Festival

Oga Namahage Festival

This event based on traditional Japanese folklore Namahage and is held on 31st December. It has its origins in the ancient city of Oga. Namahage is performed by local young men in demon masks wearing traditional garments made from straw. They storm into people’s homes in search of lazy children or new community members in order to fight and exorcise evil forces. It has become a New Year’s Eve tradition in Akita.

Oga Namahage Festival

Oga Namahage Festival
Place
the Oga Peninsula, Oga city, Akita
Access
JR Oga station is approx. 1 hour from JR Akita
Date
31st December

Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi
Shirakami Sanchi is a range of mountains covered by a primeval beech forest situated on the border of two prefectures- Aomori and Akita. In 1993 it was registered as a world heritage site. One of the most popular tourist attractions is a hiking course to the Anmon Falls. This 3-kilometre long hiking course includes visits to 3 falls and lasts 70 minutes (the majority of hiking courses are closed in winter time).
Place
Shirakami-sanchi Visitor Centre
Access
55 min. by bus from Hirosaki bus terminal
Opening Hours
April – October: 08.30am – 5.00pm
November – March: 9am – 4.30 pm
Closed
2nd Monday of each month (Apr- Dec)
Mondays and Thursdays of each month (Jan – Mar)
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