title Namahage Museum/Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum one word explanation Study and experience Oga Nagahage keywords culturehistorylegend confirm, register National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, National Registered Tangible Cultural Properties, Oga Quasi-National Park conservation laws and ordinances Act on Protection of Cultural Properties, Natural Parks Act
Famous throughout the country, the Oga no Namahage rituals have been designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Though the rituals take place all over the Oga Peninsula on New Year’s Eve, the faces and materials used for the masks, the items they hold in their hands, and the details of the legends vary from village to village based on location and the local industry. At the Namahage Museum, you can learn about the legends as well as view the many different masks. At Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum you can experience the New Year’s Eve ritual of the Shinzan District yourself. Furthermore, the museum is housed in a reconstructed residence dating back to 1907, which has been designated a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property and showcases the characteristic features of the Oga regional farmhouse architecture.
Hours 8：30am-5：00pm (365 days a year) Fee general admission: 540 yen/ages 6-18: 270 yen (group discounts available) Inquiries 0185-22-5050
【Mt. Shinzan Folklore Museum】
Hours April to December/Every 30 minutes from 9：00am-4：30pm
January to March/ask first
Fee adults 756 yen/ages 6-18: 540 yen (group discounts available)
title Mt. Honzan/Akagami Shrine Goshado one word explanation Namahage holy mountain keywords historylegendculture confirm, register National Important Cultural Properties, Oga City Historic Sites, Oga Quasi-National Park conservation laws and ordinances Act on Protection of Cultural Properties, Oga City Ordinance for the Protection of Cultural Properties, Natural Parks Act
In this place, there was the Akagamisan-nissyakuji-yozenin Temple that was founded in 860 by the Buddhist priest Jikaku Daishi Ennin. After that it has converted from temple to shrine in 1870.
Akagami Shrine was founded in 860 by the Buddhist priest Jikaku Daishi Ennin, according to temple lore. Before it became a shrine in 1870, it was a temple called Akagamisan Hizumi Teranaga Zen Temple. A grouping of five identical shrines called the Goshado is located at an elevation of 180m. The present-day Goshado was built in 1709 and renovated in 1998-2001.
title Stone Steps which Ogres Built one word explanation 999 stone steps left by ogre folklore keywords legendnaturehistory confirm, register Oga Quasi-National Park conservation laws and ordinances Natural Parks Act
The 999 stone steps of the Goshado, which according to legend were built by ogres, are one source of the Oga no Namahage legends. The road from the stone steps goes from Mt. Honzan to Mt. Shinzan, ending up at Mt. Shinzan Shrine. The 11km road was used in the past by Buddhist monks in their ascetic training. These days it is a popular hiking route.
title Mt. Shinzan/Shinzan Shrine one word explanation Namahage holy mountain keywords historyculturehealing confirm, register Oga Quasi-National Park conservation laws and ordinances Natural Parks Act
Partway up the path leading to the Mt. Shinzan Shrine Honden, or inner shrine, is the Goshaden. There used to be five shrines called the Goshado, but they burned down in a fire and were rebuilt as a single shrine. The decorated end beams are said to be characteristic of the late Edo Period. The graffiti found on the inner walls and pillars of the Honden, dating back as early as 1804 and chronicling the prayers of sailors for safe passage on the sea and of villagers for household safety, serves as an important resource in learning about the religious beliefs of the time.
title View of the Rice Terrace in Anzenji District one word explanation Original landscape of Japan visible from a bridge keywords naturebeautifulfood confirm, register 50 village mountains and village lands we want to protect in Akita conservation laws and ordinances ー
Take in the view of this rice terrace from Namahage Ohashi Bridge, the longest of the seven bridges on “Namahage Line” which leads to Cape Nyudozaki at the tip of Oga Peninsula. The terraces spread out in geometric shapes, each slightly different from the next, in front of the three representative mountains of Oga Peninsula (Mt. Shinzan, Mt. Honzan, and Mt. Kenashiyama). A truly spectacular view.