Akita Course

Suggested Itinerary

Getting Here

Tokyo International Airport
Approximately 1 hours 5 minutes by air
Akita Airport
Approximately 35 minutes by car or shuttle bus
JR Akita Station

Day 1

JR Akita Station
Approximately 90 minutes by car
Namahage Museum
Approximately 30 minutes by car
Nyudozaki
5 minutes walk
Ogaonsen

Day 2

Oga Onsen
Approximately 90 minutes by car
Seitai Hoshikai [Catholic-related site]
Approximately 30 minutes by car
Akita Museum of Art
Approximately 10 minutes on foot
JR Akita Station

Attractions on the 1st day

Namahage Museum

Namahage Museum

Namahage (a costume with a demon's mask and straw clothing) has long been known nation-wide as an ethnic cultural feature of the Oga region. Why was this custom created in this area? The answer still lies veiled in mystery. The Namahage Museum is a space that allows you to become familiar with the historic mystery surrounding Namahage. In the Namahage Lore section, video movies are screened to introduce the Namahage festival that is performed on New Year's eve in Oga and in the "Transforming" corner, you can actually see and touch the Namahage mask and put on the costume. There are 100 different kinds of sets and 40 masks (a total 150) which were really used in each area of Oga City displayed in the "Namahage Lined-up" corner. It will certainly have a tremendous impact on you.
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Nyudozaki

Nyudozaki

Located on the northern latitude of 40 degrees in the northern end of Oga Peninsula, it commands a panoramic view of the Japan Sea. The view from Nyudozaki is spectacular, with the sky meeting up with sea in a dynamic vista.
The official website Click here (Japanese only)

Oga Onsen

This little corner of Akita is a hot spring spot known as the Village of Legends, and famous for its kikiyu (an onsen that is good for the health)
The official website Click here (Japanese only)

Attractions on the 2nd day

Seitai Hoshikai - The Institute of the Handmaids of the Holy Eucharist

Seitai Hoshikai - The Institute of the Handmaids of the Holy Eucharist [Catholic-related site]

Seitai Hoshikai is a Japanese style Catholic shrine constructed by miyadaiku (carpenters who specialize in constructing and repairing shrines and temples) and dedicated in May 1, 2002. The statute of Virgin Mary, which shed tears 101 times, is placed on the left corridor in the shrine. It also has the "Garden of Virgin Mary" for prayer, and whoever wants to say a prayer can enter the garden.
The official website Click here

Akita Museum of Art

Akita Museum of Art

The museum exhibits a lot of masterpieces including paintings by Tsuguji Fujita (Leonard Fujita) who lived in Paris where he created most of his best works. Among his paintings, "The Events of Akita" (3.65 meters in height, 20.50 meters in width), a mural, is a must-see. It stands out breathtakingly in this brand new museum.
The official website Click here