Festival, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, features about 15 Namahage (men wearing devil masks) dancing wildly, drumming vigorously, running around and then serving Mochi (rice cakes) to people thronged in the shrine precincts. Admission is 1,000JPY.
Schedule & Key events:
● daily 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: Shinzan-jinja Shrine, Oga, Akita
JR Oga Line to Oga Sta., and then take temporary bus (40 min.)
Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.