Wajima is a city positioned on
the north coast of Noto Peninsula, and is located about 100 km north of
Noto Peninsula extends long into the Sea of Japan from the
mainland of Japan, so the visitors from the continent (China or Korea)
sometimes came ashore around Wajima in ancient times.
At that time, Chinese called Japan "Wa".
And when the drifters from the continent found this town, they thought that it was on an island. Island is called as "shima" in Japanese.
So it is said that "Wa" and "shima" became "Wajima" as the city name.
Wajima had been one of the main port towns in the middle ages.
The main industry of Wajima is fishery.
And Wajima lacquerware is known as the traditional artifact.
It is the street market held near Wajima Port. Most Japanese people
think that Wajima is synonymous with Morning Market.
The market has been held for about a thousand years. The ancient market was the place for barter of goods.
It is opened from eight to twelve, and is held basically every day except the 10th and 25th of each month.
Along the street about 360 meters long, more than 200 stalls are opened.
Most of the sellers are women. And they sell fresh fish, shells, seaweeds and vegitables and the other goods.
It is a museum about industrial art using "urushi" (Japanese lacquer
from lacquer tree), and is located about 1 km southwest of central
Wajima around Morning Market.
Wajima lacquerware is one of Japan's excellent works of usushi.
This museum introduces the artifact of urushi, and displays many works in the world.
It is a museum of Kiriko Festival, and is located about 1.5 km east of
the street of Morning Market.
Kiriko Festival is held in many towns in Noto area.
Kiriko is a tall lantern on a frame, and is carried by many people with the other Mikoshi (portable shrine) in the festivels.
In this museum, many Kirikos are displayed and we can feel the fervor of the festival with listening to the festival music.
From JR Kanazawa station, about 2 hours.
From JR Wakura-onsen station, about 1 hour 5 minutes.
Run on the Noto Yuryo Road, and exit at Anamizu Exit. About 90 km from
central Kanazawa city.
Then about 20 km to central Wajima city.
Kanazawa Castle Park
Kaga Yuzen Center
Kanazawa Noh Museum
Kaga onsen resorts