Oga Peninsular is famous for it dramatic sunsets.
Oga Peninsular, with its dramatic coastlines jutting out into the Sea of Japan, boasts one of the most beautiful sunsets in Japan. In fact, the daily sunset timing is closely noted by eager photographers and this information is provided on travel information sites on this Western part of Akita Prefecture.
A favorite scenic spot is the Mt. Kampu Revolving Observatory located 5km north of Oga city and 355m high. Here one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Japan Sea atop the observatory which makes one revolution every 13-minutes.
To the west coast of Oga, lies Hachibodai, said to have the best views of Oga and the Ou Mountain Range. From here one can also see two crater lakes, Lake Ichinomegata and Lake Ninomegata.
Get a view of crater lakes from scenic observatories.
The "Namahage" monsters embody the spirit of Oga Peninsular.
Find out more about the Namahage tradition at the Namahage Museum.
Other than its stunning sunsets, Oga Peninsular is also famous for being home to the “Namahage”, or ogres which young men disguise themselves by donning devil masks, straw coats and waving papier-mache knives to frighten young children, admonishing them not to be lazy. They also have a benign side to them, serving to expel evil spirits and offer blessings.
To find out more about the “Namahage”, visit the Namahage Museum around 8km from Oga city, where one can even try on the Namahage costume.
Staying around the main hot spring resort in Oga peninsula, northwest of the peninsula, is recommended. There are over ten hotels and ryokans here, and onsen-hopping plans are available so you can try more than one hot spring.
Don't miss a dip at the Oga Peninsular hotsprings.
5h from Tokyo via Akita Staition (JR Akita Shinkansen Line) to Oga Station by JR Oga Line.