Driving along Oga Shiokaze Kaidoo (Oga Sea Breeze Highway) on the western coast, you can enjoy the exquisite view of the ocean cliff and the panoramic ocean lying stretched out before you.
Famous as a place of scenic beauty, this area with a spectacular contrasting view has a gently sloping green plateau, the blue sea and the sky, which will definitely mesmerize you. The symbol of this area is of course the impressive black and white striped Nyudo-zaki lighthouse (the Chinese character for 'zaki' used for the lighthouse, which is 埼, is different from the Chinese character usually used for area names, which is 崎). The lighthouse is one of the 50 best lighthouses in Japan. Please take a breather here, try lying on the wide field covered with green lawn; Enjoying the view of the ocean next to the beautiful lighthouse.
Mt. Kanpu can be seen from anywhere in the Oga - Nanshu area and you can enjoy 360-degree panorama. On top of the Mt. Kanpu, there is a revolving observation deck. Its surroundings include many sights to see such as Himegatake and Oni-no-kakurezato. There are also many folk tales about ogres, snakes, etc.
Shin-zan, located in the northern part of Oga, together with Hon-zan in the south and Kampu-zan in the east, has always prospered as the traditional sacred place of mountain worship under the patronage of the rulers in each era. The precincts of the shrine, which stands among the Japanese cedar trees, is quiet and you can feel the solemn atmosphere prevailing from the ancient times. Nearby spots include the ancient remains of a famous temple called Akagami-yama Henjo-in Koubou-ji ruin, the Oga Shinzan Densho-kan (folklore museum), which holds Namahage(ogre) stage shows, so you can get a sense of the Namahage atmosphere at any time of the year and also the Namahage-kan, which displays Namahage masks from each village in the Oga Peninsula.
When you climb up the 999 stone steps, which are said to have been laid by ogres, you can see the Akagami Shrine Goshado in front of you. Five Namahage enshrined in the temple are said to be the parents and three children. According to one theory, 'Akagami' of the Akagami Shrine refers to the Emperor Wu of the Han (dynasty of China). Oga district abounds in folk tales and myths regarding Akagami and ogres, one of which is the brawl between Akagami of Oga and Kurokami of Tsugaru. Nearby are such mysterious places as Sugatami-no Ido (the Well of Full-Length Mirror), which is supposed to reflect the person's remaining days who looks into the well, and also Mitarashi-no Ike (Mitarashi Pond) .
Dairyu Temple has a Japanese garden with a history, making use of the surrounding Sea of Japan and the Ou mountains in the design, as well as the Ryuo-den, which is a pagoda style building serving both as a bell tower and a two-storied pagoda. The temple fascinates visitors with the beautiful scenery of each season together with the legend about the dragon king and a beautiful woman. Its long history goes back to 1555 to 1558 (the Koji era), when a Zen temple called Shichido Garan (the Soto sect) was established and restored in Onnagawa, then moved to Wakimoto and finally to the current location, it is said.
There are a lot of precious materials displayed in those museums, and they make you wonder, for example, why Namahage folklore still remains here in Oga. Just take a look at the external walls built by piling up stones and the interior made of Akita cedar abandantly available in this area. They will make you feel a special atmosphere in there. At the Densho-kan, which is a reproduced magariya (bent house) commonly seen in the Oga district, you can see with your own eyes some collections of folk materials and manners/customs surrounding Namahage, so that you can learn how people used to live in the old days .
The Sea of Oga is recreated here in the huge aquatic tanks, where all types of fish species will welcome you. Walk through the underwater tunnel, and you'll feel as if you were at the bottom of the sea! Observe the diversity of aquatic creatures found in the Sea of Oga, Akita, and you will be able to learn what is in the Sea of Japan, which is close to you but difficult to look in. The aquarium offers you a lot of interesting features, including the chance to come in contact with polar bears, sea lions and seals.