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Oni Museum of Kitakami

Learn about the scary but interesting world of demons!

One of Iwate Prefecture's folk performing arts, Onikenbai (demon sword dance), is said to have originated in Kitakami City. The Oni Museum of Kitakami is a rare museum that casts a spotlight on demon. From fearsome to comedic, you can learn a lot about these demons.

This museum takes visitors to the powerful and interesting world of demons, offering information about these folklore creatures from different perspectives, including the history of Iwate folk performing art, Onikenbai (demon sword dance). Its displays offer a wide variety of information and exhibits, such as masks from the dance, demon masks from different areas inside and outside Japan as well as other records and materials, in addition to Onikenbai performances and other events. Experience-based programs, including the Onikenbai dance and kappa mask-making, are available if booked in advance.


Name Oni Museum of Kitakami
Website (In Japanese) https://www.city.kitakami.iwate.jp/life/kurashi_tetsuduki/bunka_sports/bunkashisetsu/1/8793.html
Address 16-131 Iwasaki, Waga-cho, Kitakami-shi, Iwate
Access Approximately 20 minutes' drive from JR Kitakami Station
Approximately 15 minutes' drive from the Kitakami-Ezuriko IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Approximately 15 minutes' drive from the Kitakami-Nishi IC on the Akita Expressway
Business Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:30)
Closed Please refer to the website for closing days.
Inquiries TEL: 0197-73-8488

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