Central and Southern Noto

Ishikawa, Chubu

Exposed bay dotted with sheer cliffs and unusual rock formations. Attracts over 5.5 million visitors per year.

The entire Noto-hanto Peninsula in the northern part of Ishikawa, the largest peninsula on the Sea of Japan, has been designated as Noto-hanto Peninsula National Park. The Noto-hanto Peninsula, extending north and south, has two coastal areas: an exposed bay eroded by high seas and a calmer area facing Nanao Bay. Dynamic coastal views attract more than 5.5 million visitors to the region every year.

Noto-kongo on the more exposed side is the general name given to the coastline extending about 30 kilometers from Fukuura Port to Sekino-hana. The beautiful seashore dotted with sheer cliffs and unusual rock formations is considered the highlight of any visit to Noto. Chiri-hama, which leads to the "Nagisa Driveway," where cars can be driven along the beach, is always popular with visitors for its beautifully formed sand hills.

The interesting and picturesque coastline on the more sheltered side of the peninsula offers ideal spots for sightseeing and fishing. The coast has a bathing beach and campsite, both of which are well maintained. The base for Noto sightseeing is the Wakura-onsen Hot Spring to the northwest of Nanao City, which has a constant and abundant supply of saltwater at 94 degrees Celsius.


From Tokyo:
[Air] 1h from Haneda to Noto Airport, and 40 min from the airport to Wakura-onsen by airport bus (Furusato Taxi: A reservation is required).
[Rail] 2h 30 min from Tokyo to Kanazawa by JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Line.
From Osaka:
[Rail] 2h 40 min to Kanazawa Station by JR Hokuriku Line (limited express), and 1h 5 min from Kanazawa to Wakura-onsen Station by JR Nanao Line (limited express).

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