Trip with a Rent a Car in Oga city: Experience tradition firsthand by seeing the famous Namahage
What we'll do
Oga City is surrounded on three sides by the Sea of Japan and has an abundance of natural beauty. In fact, it is said that the beautiful scenery extending from the mountains all the way to the coast is the allure of Oga.
Without a doubt, the best way to fully appreciate this beautiful scenery is to rent a car and take a leisurely drive down the coastline stretching from the western coast of Oga to the Nyudozaki Peninsula.
The local museum exhibits "namahage," folklore demons of the Oga Peninsula. The namahage are registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, and the museum is well worth a visit.
On top of that, the aquarium and the view from the Nyudozaki Peninsula make for an unforgettable driving tour!
We will meet at the Toyota Rent-a-Car Akita Station shop.
The shop is a 3-minute walk from JR Akita Station.
To get to the shop, proceed on the one-way street in front of the station, and the shop will be on the left.
We will return the car to the Toyota Rent-a-Car Kakunodate shop.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
An additional fee will be charged in the event of one-way only car rental.
- Price per person
- 8,300 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
Things you'll need:
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place
-Entrance fee money for the museum and aquarium
- What is included in the tour price
1Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum
Meet, see, and experience Namahage! Located beside the Namahage Museum, the Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum is based in a country house built in the traditional magariya (‘bent house’) style typical of the Oga region. There you can experience the Namahage ritual, which traditionally only local people have been able to witness.
2Oga Aquarium GAO
Oga Aquarium GAO features creatures from the Oga Sea, with additional exhibits displaying creatures of Japan and abroad in their natural environment. When you enter, you will be greeted by the “Oga Large Sea Tank.” It is an impressive tank that reproduces the sea of Oga from spring to summer and displays about 2,000 creatures representing 40 species.
Nyudosaki lighthouse stands at the end of the Oga Peninsula. Marking the northernmost point, it is all that stands between the land and the vast power of the sea. With easily recognizable black and white stripes, Nyudosaki Lighthouse has become a symbol of the Oga Peninsula's cape. Powerful, and at an extremely photogenic location, it has enjoyed an increase in interest for the stunning photography that is possible at this location.
4Kakunodate Samurai District
Known as the Little Kyoto of the North East, this is a beautiful district of samurai residences lined with rows of cherry trees. The main street, which stretches for roughly 720m, has received an official designation as a nationally protected group of traditional buildings. This street was home to high and middle-ranking samurai, and among its houses includes designated cultural treasures of Akita Prefecture, such as the Iwahashi Residence and the Aoyagi Residence.