Far north from Akita city, at the east side of Oga city, there is one of the most famous polders in Japan named Ogata-mura. There used to be the second largest lake in Japan called Hachiro-gata, but most of the lake was empoldered. This polder was made with a view to cultivate land for the large-scale farming which was the solution for food shortage after the Second World War. It is said that it took around 20 years to accomplish the whole process of work and start adopting immigrants. Throughout the process, the workers faced tons of obstacles and troubles such as clearing away sludge or reestablishing the levee which was destroyed by the earthquake. Since Netherland was superior to other countries in creating polder below the sea level, workers tackled these problems one by one by obtaining Netherland’s technical supports to achieve their goal at last. In this Polder Museum of Ogata-mura, you can learn about these histories of reclamation, village building, or flora or fauna inhabiting this land. If you apply beforehand, you can accompany guides taking you around the museum and the village to explain various histories or facts about Ogata-mura. You can also join the Nature observation events, special events of experiencing natural science experiments, or other courses teaching various topics about polder or natural science for free. In the theater, you can watch the special movie introducing whole factors about Ogata-mura such as the history, nature, rice farming, wild birds, or the life of people and experience the life of Ogata-mura. You can also learn how to manage the polder. Once the lake was reclamated, the polder needs to be regularly managed in order to retain the land. For example, water circulation is indispensable in managing polder. 24 hours a day, certain amount of water is always taken out from there. Since this land was created in order to achieve the large-scale rice farming with machines, you can learn about various kinds of rice being farmed here and the characteristics of each farm. The museum prepares special game which you can learn the procedure of growing and harvesting rice. Since people in Ogata-mura think much of living together with nature, you can learn how people contrive to achieve co-existence with nature. If you got a chance to visit Ogata-mura, this museum must be the best choice to visit at first before enjoying wonderful experiences in Ogata-mura like fishing or water skiing in order to enjoy them.
- 5 Chome-2 Nishi Ōgata village, Minamiakita county, Akita prefecture
- Business hours
- 9:00-16:30(entry before 16:00)
- Adult: 300 yen / Children: 100 yen
- Closing day
- April to September: Every second and forth Tuesday October to March: Every Tuesday From 12/31 to 1/3