The Namahage Sedo Festival is one of the Michinoku Five Great Snow Festivals and is held at Shinzan Shrine on the Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture. The festival is held every year on the second weekend of February and runs from Friday through Sunday.
Namahage Sedo Festival
The exact origin of Namahage is unknown, but there is a local legend in Akita that Emperor Wu of Han Dynasty visited Oga and was escorted by five demons. The Japanese festival is believed to be over 200 years old and is registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Namahage Sedo Festival 2023
In 2023, the festival is on February 10, 11, and 12. See the official website for details.
How to Get There
From JR Akita station, take the JR Oga line to Oga Station. It takes about 55 minutes. Direct trains only run once an hour.