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Oku-Noto area

Oku-Noto areaOku-Noto area map "Oku-Noto" means "the most remote part of Noto", and is the north part of Noto Peninsula.
The central city is Wajima. (The sightseeing spots of Wajima are introduced in the page of Wajima city.)

This area is moutainous, but even the hightest mountain is not more than 600 meters.
The northern coast has many cliffs formed by the wild waves of the Sea of Japan.
In winter, cold and strong wind from the continent blows. But because a warm current flows off the coast, the coastal area have relatively light snowfall.

This area has no railroad.
The terminal station of Noto Railway is Anamizu, and the railroad come from Wakura-onsen. Anamizu is one of the entrances to Oku-Noto.
From Anamizu station, several bus routes are set up in various towns in this area.

And Wajima city is also the base of the Oku-Noto travel.
Of course, Noto Airport is the most covenient entrance from Tokyo.

But the number of the route buses is small. If you want to tour efficiently, you should use a rental car or a regular sightseeing bus from Kanazawa or Wajima.

Shiroyone Senmaida rice terrace /1/

Shiroyone Senmaida It is the rice terrace on the steep slope facing the Sea of Japan, and is located about 10 km east-northeast of central Wajima.
"Senmaida" means "thousand separeted rice field", and this rice terrace has 1,004 fields which has been designated as a national scenic beauty. It is said that it has actually more than two thousand fields.
On this rice terrace, each field is too small to use any cultivating machineries. So only human works have been done.
Recently this rice fields have been cultivated by the cultivating team in this area and volunteers from all over the country, to leave this scenery and the agricultural culture to posterity.

By route bus to Ushizu-eki, about 20 minutes from Wajima bus terminal to Shiroyone stop.

Sosogi coast /2/

Sosogi coast It is a coast located about 18 km of east-northeast of central Wajima.
There are many strange rocks which the wild waves of the Sea of Japan has eroded.
Mado-iwa (Window Rock) is a rock with a hole, and is known as the most popular spot in this coast.
Tarumizu Falls is a unique, and the water falls into the sea directly. And in winter, the falling water don't reach the sea beacuse of blowing up by strong wind.

By route bus to Ushizu-eki, about 33 minutes from Wajima bus terminal to Sosogi-guchi stop.

Tokikuni Residences /3/

Tokikuni Residences In 1185, Taira Clan lost the battle against Minamoto Clan, then Minamoto founded new Kamakura Government. Tokitada Taira, one of the Taira's warlord, was exiled to Noto area.
After that, Tokukuni Taira was born here as a son of Tokitada.
Tokikuni changed his family name to "Tokikuni", and he started a new family.
Tokikuni family had helped the poor people around the village, and became an important family in this area.

The central Tokukuni residence is located about 1.5 km south of Sosogi coast.
It was built in the early 19th century. It has the style of a gorgeous farm house.
And there is another residence near it. The residence was built as a branch of the family in the middle of the 19th century.
The central residence is called "Kami-Tokikuni Residence" (Upper Residence) and the branch one is called "Shimo-Tokikuni Residence" (Lower Residence).

By route bus to Ushizu-eki, about 34 minutes to Shimo-Tokikuni stop, about 35 minutes to Kami-Tokikuni stop from Wajima bus terminal.

Suzu Salt Farm /4/

Suzu salt farm It is the traditional salt farm located about 22 km east-northeast of of central Wajima.
In this area, the salt had been produced from seawater from old times.
This facility recreates the traditional salt farm, and has a museum about salt.

By route bus to Iida-ko or Kinoura, about 10 minutes from Sosogi-guchi to Nie stop.

Cape Rokkouzaki /5/

Cape Rokkouzaki It is the northernmost cape of Noto Peninsula, and it is rather located near the northeastern end of the peninsula. It is about 40 km east-northeast of Wajima city.
In old times, many accidents at sea had occured around here, so signal fires had often been lit on this cape.
Now there is a white lighthouse built in 1883.
Along the coast, rock grounds named "Senjojiki" spread.
And on this cape, we can see both the sunrise from the holizon and the sunset to the horizon.

By express route bus to Hachigasaki, about 2 hours and 42 minutes from Kanazawa station.
From Hachigasaki, by route bus to Kinoura, about 30 minutes to Noroshi stop.
From the stop to the cape, about 10 minutes walk.

Mitsuke Island /6/

Mitsuke island It is a rock island near the coast, and is located about 5 km south of central Suzu city.
It looks like a warship, so it is one of the popular spots in Noto Peninsula.

By express route bus to Hachigasaki, about 2 hours and 23 minutes from Kanazawa station to Suzu-Ukai stop.
From the stop to the island, about 20 minutes walk.

Koiji beach /7/

Koiji coast It is the beach about 1 km long located about 3 km south of Mitsuke Island.
"Koiji" means "love road".
Once there was a couple around here. But the young man was killed in the sea by a plot by his enemy who wanted to get the girl. Then the girl had also thrown herself into the sea after him.
By this sad story, people called this beach "Koiji beach".
This romantic name attracts many young couples. There is a heart-shaped monument with a bell, and it is said that your love will success if the bell is rung by you and your lover.

By route bus to Ushizu-eki, about 1 hours and 30 minutes from Anamizu.
From Ushizu-eki, by route bus to Suzu-shi or Hachigasaki, about 50 minutes to Koiji-hama stop.

Tsukumo Bay /8/

Tsukumo Bay It is a small bay located about 8 km south of Koiji beach.
It is about 1 km from east to west and about 1.5 km from north to south in width. But the coastline is indented, so the lenght is 13 km.
The scenery is beautiful. A pleasure boat is operated in this bay.

From Ushizu-eki, by route bus to Suzu-shi or Hachigasaki, about 26 minutes to Tsukumo-wan stop.

Soujiji temple /9/

Soujiji temple It is a Buddhist temple in Monzen town located about 17 km southwest of central Wajima city.
It is the former central temple of Soto Zen sect, one of Japanese Zen sects, and was founded in 1321.
For a long time, this temple had been the important temple, but most buildings of the temple had been destroyed by great fire in 1898.
The temple was rebuilt in 1905, but the function as the central temple of Soto sect was moved to the current Soujiji temple in Yokohama city near the Japanese capital in 1911.
But this temple has still the great buildings in the broad site.

By route bus to Monzen, about 35 minutes from Wajima bus terminal.
By express route bus to Monzen, about 1 hours and 26 minutes from Kanazawa station to Soujiji-mae.

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How to get to here

By airplane

  1. From Haneda Airport (Tokyo) to Noto Airport, about 1 hour.
  2. By route bus, about 25 minutes from Noto Airport to Wajima.

By express route bus

From JR Kanazawa station, about 2 hours.
From JR Wakura-onsen station, about 1 hour 5 minutes.

By car

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.

Shiroyone Senmaida
Harvesting rice by volunteers
Sosogi coast
Mado-iwa (Window rock)
Tarumizu Falls
Kami-Tokikuni Residence
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
A room in Kami-Tokikuni Residence Shimo-Tokikuni Residence
Suzu Salt Farm Trying to make salt
Cape Rokkouzaki Rocky coast around Rokkouzaki
Mitsuke Island Koiji beach
Tsukumo Bay Main gate of Soujiji
Main temple of Soujiji Soudou temple of Soujiji

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