Ishikawa Prefecture's Noto Peninsula faces the Sea of Japan on both the east and west sides. There are plenty of scenic spots where you can take in the traditional culture and superb views stretching back to olden times. Discover for yourself the Noto Peninsula by car, or by taxi and bus tours.
Those who want to enjoy a hot spring bath can also visit Kagaya and Aenokaze, both part of the Kagaya Group. Inquiries are more than welcome.
It’s easy to come into contact with nature and animals at some of the sightseeing areas in Noto. Also in the area is Ishikawa Prefecture's only aquarium, Notojima Aquarium. Or how about recharging the batteries at Keta-taisha Shrine, a well-known power spot, or if you make it to Chirihama take a cruise down the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.
At Ishikawa Prefecture’s one and only aquarium you can see fish which inhabit the waters around Noto Peninsula. The Pacific white-sided dolphin and Humboldt penguin can be seen swimming freely in one of the largest underwater tunnels in the country. Don’t miss the dolphin and sea lion shows too!
Located in Jike Town, Hakui City, Ishikawa Prefecture is this shrine famous for being a power spot. Known as the most famous shrine in Hokuriku for many, many years.
The Wajima Morning Market is a market that has been going on for more than 1,000 years. In the workshop of Wajima Kobo Nagaya, you can also try your hand at making chopsticks finished with Wajimanuri lacquer, a traditional craft. Enjoy traditional culture at the Wajima Museum of Urushi Art and Wajima Kiriko Art Museum.
For more than 1,000 years this morning market has been going on. Grab yourself a bargain by haggling over the price for items without a price tag. Open from 8 a.m. through to midday.
Watch craftsmen make traditional pieces of Wajimanuri lacquer ware at this workshop. Try your hand at making chopsticks and enjoy the wonders of Wajima.
When lit up at night the rice terraces of Shiroyone Senmaida, which have been selected as one of the top 100 best rice terraces in the country, create a truly magical atmosphere. Cape Suzu is also known as one of the top 3 spiritual places in Japan. Feel the passing of time at Hatago Rock and Yoshitsune no Funekakushi, sights not to be missed.
Perfectly arranged rice terraces located in Shiroyone Town, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. With spectacular views across the Sea of Japan, it has been chosen as one of the top 100 best rice terraces in Japan and designated as a national cultural place of scenic beauty.
Also called Noto Futami because it closely resembles the Futami Rock of Ise (otherwise known as Meoto Iwa, or the Married Couple Rocks). The two sacred rocks joined together by a shimenawa, or sacred rice-straw rope, are well worth a visit.
Nanao has plenty of places where you can enjoy food from Ishikawa Prefecture. Recommended places to visit are local Nanao star Hironobu Tsujiguchi’s Confectionery Art Museum and the Noto Food Market where fresh seafood abounds.
Famous for its originally crafted sweets made with local ingredients from Noto and Kanazawa. Visit the museum to indulge the senses and pick up a gift or souvenir from Kanazawa.
Try some fresh seafood and gourmet food in the morning at the restaurants in Nanao Fisherman’s Wharf. Enjoy the wharf building with its building design based on the shape of fish.
For guests of Matsunomidori, enjoy the hot spring baths at Kagaya and Aenokaze free of charge.
* Please note that the Kagaya and Aenokaze facilities are not available for use when fully booked. We thank you for your understanding.
Bathe in the open-air baths, feel like you are floating in the Nanao Bay and enjoy spectacular views of the setting sun. Recharge the mind, body and soul from a perfect location overlooking Nanao Bay.
Wakura Onsen, a history of over 1,200 years. In addition to the excellent quality of the spring waters, the large public baths at Aenokaze afford one of the best feelings of spaciousness in Wakura Onsen. With floor to ceiling windows, bathers can enjoy expansive views overlooking Noto Island and Nanao Bay.
Car rental shops nearest Wakura Onsen and close to the airport
Recommended tourist taxis. Noto Domannaka Sightseeing Guide Taxi (Nanao)
From 5,000 yen (small car)
The Yuttari (relaxing) Course travels at a leisurely pace from Anamizu to Nanao taking about 70 minutes.
(All seats are reserved seating) (Prior booking required) Noto Satoyama-Satoumi Train
Seats can be reserved up to one month in advance either through the internet, over the phone, or directly at Anamizu Station.