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  • Notojima Aquarium
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    4.5
    310 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Notojimamagarimachi 15-40
    An aquarium located on the island of Notojima in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture which keeps and displays some 40 thousand sea creatures spanning around 500 species in several buildings by the shore. The aquarium focuses on creatures living around the Noto Peninsula, such as whale sharks, which swim in one of the largest aquarium tanks on the western side of Japan. The aquarium also holds a variety of shows, including a penguin walk, sea and river otter feedings, and dolphin and sea lion performances. The grounds also host a shop, restaurant, and sea fishing center.

    It was a short visit since I was in a hurry. Despite that, I could enjoy this aquarium. At first, you will enter a blue room with a giant fish tank. There you can see their local whale sharks. It was...

  • Wajima Asaichi
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    3.5
    317 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Kawaimachi
    Located in Kawaimachi, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, this is one of the largest morning markets in Japan and contains between 100 and 250 different stalls. It is said to have a history over 1,000 years old, and many of the sellers and customers are women. You’ll find fresh fish sold by women in the fishing village, locally raised vegetables, handicrafts sold by women of the neighborhood farmhouses, and more, and the energetic sale cries echo throughout the market. The morning market is open from 8 a.m. to noon and is closed for the first three days of the New Year as well as the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month.

    There is a convenient parking spot next to the market. We went early around 9am and there were many female vendors cleaning the fishes they were selling. It was very clean despite it is a fresh fish...

  • Wajima Kiriko Art Museum
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    4.0
    172 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Marintown 6-1
    A museum located inside Marine Town in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture which presents traditional kiriko votive lanterns from the Noto area. During festivals in summer and fall, shrine parishioners in every town in the area carry kiriko lanterns; the largest can rival four story buildings in size. Some 30 giant kiriko lanterns stand within the hall; traditional festival music plays inside the museum, and lighting is used to recreate the atmospheres of festivals being held during the day, at dusk, and in the evening. The viewing deck on the third floor gives a sweeping view of Wajima Port. The museum also has a shop selling original merchandise.

    This museum is off the beaten path, but it is well worth finding it and investing an hour or so wandering through the amazing lanterns. The price is affordable, about JPY600/person, and colors and...

  • Roadside Station Senmaida Pocket Park
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    4.0
    158 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Shiroyonemachi H-99-5
    A roadside station situated along National Route 249 in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. In addition to being a roadside station, the facility is also the site of a picturesque viewpoint, and from the observatory area, you can get a sweeping view of the Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces, selected as one of the 100 most scenic rice terrace areas in Japan. The station was recently remodeled in 2013, increasing the number of cars it can accommodate in its parking area. The station's light meal corner offers a full menu of selections. Many of the items on offer here are also unique, such as soft serve ice cream, chewy taiyaki pastries made with glutinous rice, and onigiri rice balls made with rice from the Senmaida terraces.

    This is a small restaurant that offers parking and includes a gift shop located at the Shiroyone Senmaida.I ate lunch here when I visited the rice fields. The food was simple and well-prepared and...

  • Wakura Onsen Soyu
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    4.0
    119 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ishikawa Prefecture Nanao City Wakura Onsen
    A public bathhouse where you can enjoy natural hot spring bathing at an affordable price. The bathhouse is a five minute bus ride on the Nanao Bus headed to Wakura Onsen from JR Wakura-Onsen Station. The bathhouse' waters come from a sodium and calcium chloride spring which is hypotonic and mildly alkaline, said to help alleviate rheumatism, nerve pain, and menstrual pain. When diluted with two parts regular water and drunk, they are also said to be good for gastrointestinal disorders and anemia. The facility was recently remodeled and reopened in April 2011. In addition to large and small baths and an outdoor bath, the facility also has an outdoor footbath, and visitors can enjoy a variety of bathing as suits their tastes.

    We stopped over at this Onsen on a day trip around the Noto peninsula and absolutely loved it. It is a modern, clean, spacious and quiet Onsen with classical music as background sound. We stayed for...

  • Wajima Lacquerware Museum
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Kawaimachi 24-55
    A museum dedicated to Wajima lacquerware located near the Shinbashi Bridge in the heart of Wajima. The museum was recently remodeled in 2015. Inside its bright and spacious confines, visitors can view many examples of Wajima lacquerware. There is a gallery and shop on the first floor which sells lacquerware products from some 60 artisans and shops in the city. The shop's large selection spans items for everyday use like lacquered chopsticks, to gorgeously painted decorative lacquerware pieces. The second floor exhibition space has two rooms. The first exhibition room presents how lacquerware is made. The second exhibition room conveys the depths of Wajima lacquerware, presenting the history and culture of the craft, examples of the lacquering process, and historical materials.

    We stopped at this small museum while visiting Wajima. The museum has some very nice displays of laquerware and also does a nice job of explaining how these pieces are made. This is worth a stop if...

  • Notojima Glass Art Museum
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    3.5
    61 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Notojimakoudamachi 125-10
    A glass art museum located on a hill close to Roadside Station Notojima. The museum's collection consists of some 400 pieces of modern glass art from around the world. The museum holds three to four month long special exhibitions on different themes and also conducts workshops in which participants can work with glass art. The museum provides fun activity sheets to elementary school aged children for them to enjoy while taking in the museum's art.

    As you can see, the building is very unique. They also have shop building which remind you of spacecraft but unfortunately the shop is closed by now. I think it would be better if they have shop or...

  • Roadside Station Suzu-Endenmura
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    3.5
    53 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Shimizumachi 1-58-1
    A roadside station standing along National Route 249 in Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Situated in a picturesque location overlooking the Sea of Japan, the facility has shops selling local souvenirs, an information corner, and toilets. There’s also a salt museum which presents materials relating to the agehama salt farming method traditionally used in the Noto region, the history of salt making, and cultural uses of salt found around the world. The museum also holds reservation-only salt making classes.

    overall:3-3/4 stars If you are a car-equipped visitor in the Wajima Onsen area of Noto Peninsula, take time to wander north up the coast and visit at least one of a few sea salt artisans. This shop...

  • Kozushi Honten
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Aioichou 30-1
    A restaurant which uses almost exclusively local ingredients where you can enjoy the uniquely fresh sushi of the sushi wonderland that is Nanao. The restaurant takes pride in its nigirizushi made with toppings prepared to maximize their flavor and served over a bed of sushi rice somewhat smaller than usual. In the counter seating area, customers can watch the restaurant's chefs prepare their sushi right in front of them. The restaurant also has tatami mat and raised tatami mat seating and can accept reservations for private parties from six to 20 people. Particularly recommended is the omakase (chef's choice) menu, made with a seasonally varying selection of mostly local seafood. In addition, the restaurant has a side menu which includes sashimi, grilled fish, stewed fish, and other delicacies, and also carries a variety of alcoholic beverages.

    Visited the restaurant on route to our ryokan at 99 bends. It was an absolutely wonderful meal, leaving lasting memories even 2 weeks after our trip. We ordered the omakase set of 10 pcs of sushi at...

  • Wajima Museum of Urushi Art (lacquer art museum)
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Mitomorimachi Shijugari 11
    The Wajima Museum of Urushi Art was established in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture as a base for spreading awareness of the region’s outstanding lacquerware-making tradition. The external appearance of the Museum is reminiscent of the Azekura-zukuri (ancient architectural style using interlocking logs with a triangular section) architecture of the Shoso-in treasure house in Nara. Inside the spacious Museum, lacquer is everywhere. Besides displays introducing the historic Wajima lacquer-making tradition, there are also many lacquerware masterpieces made by Living National Treasures and Members of the Japan Art Academy on display. In the adjoining “Urushi no Sato Square”, visitors can view examples of several tree species, including trees that produce lacquer, and other trees the wood of which has lacquer applied to it to make lacquerware.

    Here, I saw many beautiful Wajimanuri, one of the most famouse traditional Japanese craftworks. I went to here because I found it in a free holiday brochure by chance. But, I was really moved that...

  • Wajima Sushi Restaurant Shinpuku
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    4.5
    36 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Kawaimachi 5-41-23
    Wajima Sushi Restaurant Shinpuku in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a popular sushi restaurant not only for tourists but also for locals. The owner who worked as a fisherman is a true connoisseur and uses only natural ingredients caught from the local sea. It is famous for Noto asaichidon, a rice bowl topped with fresh seafood landed at the port in Noto. The nigiri set meal using local ingredients and Noto local cuisine are also popular. You can feel free to have lunch and also enjoy sushi and a la carte dishes with local sake in the evening.

    Good choice for sushi in Wajima. Not all the sushi was good, some were too chewy, but the good pieces were really really good and we doubled down on those. The restaurant is a little out of the main...

  • Flatt's Noto
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ishikawa Hosu-gun Notocho Yanami 27-26-3
    This small inn, operated by an Australian chef and the Noto-born proprietress, accommodates just four groups of guests a day. It is situated on a hill in Yanami on the Noto Peninsula, and on clear days, guests can see all the way the Sea of Japan to the Tateyama Mountain Range. All of the inn's rooms are Japanese-style, and everything about the establishment, from the wooden beams spanning the ceiling to the views of the sea and the inn's Japanese garden visible from the windows, exudes a faintly nostalgic air. There's also a handmade outdoor bath in a corner of the garden where guests can soak and take in a view of the ocean sprawling into the distance. For food, the inn serves Italian cuisine made with local seasonings and ingredients from Ishikawa Prefecture. The inn takes great pride in hospitality which enables guests to truly experience Noto - for example, works of art by local artists are displayed in the guest rooms and dining room.
  • Kami Tokikunike Old Residence
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Machinomachi Minamitokikuni
    The Heike Family who were defeated by Genji in the Battle of Danno-ura—The descendants of the younger brother in law of Taira no Kiyomori, Tokitada who was exiled to Noto, became wealthy farmers serving as imperial village officials; the “Tokikuni-ke” is the currently existing wooden house built by the 21st-generation family head. It seems to be the residence of a village official as the building is structured so that the section used for personal use is partitioned from the section used for official business; articles such as official business articles and large junk supplies are on display in the room used for personal use. In addition, Kamakura style strolling pond garden is designed in a strong style which skillfully adopts the natural topography, and it has been designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty of Japan.

    Interesting family clan home showing how the rich lived in times gone buy. A large residence with many rooms.

  • Roadside Station Suzunari
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Nonoemachi SI - 15
    A roadside station located in Nonoe-machi, Suzu City. The station is housed inside the remodeled Suzu Station building, a station once used on the now defunct Noto Line railway. The building is notable for still retaining features like the original train platform area. Inside, the station offers a large selection of local souvenirs like local vegetables, pickled fish, and beach salt. Specialty products the station sells include charcoal braziers and stoves made with diatomite. The station's soft serve ice cream, made with beach salt, is a popular choice for enjoying while walking around. The station also has a tourist information desk where visitors can get sightseeing info on Suzu City.

    道の駅を見つけたら、なるべく立ち寄るようにしています。この道の駅も珠洲市近辺の特産品が展示販売されていました。趣のある陶器の珠洲焼もありました。

  • Noto Wine
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ishikawa Pref. Housugunanamizumachi Asahigaoka R 5-1
    This winery was established in 2004, in Anamizu Town, Hosu County, Ishikawa Prefecture. It has created numerous award-winning wines. The winery uses grapes and Muscat cultivated in earth that is rich in minerals from oyster shells, which arrive here from the Anamizu Bay. The winery produces its wine with a natural fermentation process, in which no heat treatment is used. Customers can purchase the famous wines at the Noto Wine shop. It is also possible to taste them. Tours of the winery are free of charge. (Weekends and national holidays require a prior reservation.)

    世界農業遺産に指定された能登半島で最初に出来たワイナリーだそうです。日本海を見下ろす丘の上は風の通り道となるため葡萄の栽培には適していてフランスの葡萄畑と共通の低木の木々が整然と並んでいます。ワイナリーはそれほど大きくはありませんが、見学コースがあり親切に案内してくれました。8種類のワインの試飲もお薦めです。

  • L'Atelier de Noto
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Kawaimachi 4-142
    A French restaurant operating out of an old fashioned Japanese home. Once the home of a family of artisans who made Wajima lacquerware, the building has been remodeled to give it a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The chef trained at a starred restaurant in France. Dedicated to the concept of helping customers experience the splendor of Noto, the restaurant makes heavy use of local ingredients like local Noto chicken, Noto 115 Noto brand shiitake mushrooms, and Noto fugu.
  • Suzu-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Misakimachi Jike 4-2
    A Shinto shrine located on the northern tip of the Noto Peninsula. The shrine is said to have been founded 2,000 years ago on Mt. Yamabushi on the northeastern point of the Noto Peninsula and was later moved to its current location in the eighth century. The shrine is dedicated to a married pair of gods and has been visited by people seeking luck in love and marriage since ancient times. The shrine is also seen as the guardian shrine of the area of the Sea of Japan located in the unlucky direction of the northeast and is believed to ward away misfortune. The shrine's treasure house contains a wooden figure of a male god designated an Important Cultural Property as well as various items relating to the samurai Minamoto no Yoshitsune and the warrior monk Benkei. Another highlight is a boulder inscribed with a haiku by author Genzo Murakami which was composed to commemorate the Wajima Kiriko Art Museum and the creation of a television drama based on Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

    The walk up from the end of the low hill to the temple is tree-covered and utterly peaceful. There are message-prayers fluttering in the wind.

  • Wajima Kobo Nagaya
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Kawaimachi 4-66-1
    This is a sightseeing cultural exchange facility located in Ishikawa Prefecture where visitors can learn about the traditional craftwork of graceful “Wajima” lacquer ware. It opened in 2003 and is located in Kawai Town, Wajima City, in Ishikawa Prefecture. Inside the premises, there are five buildings replicating the old Wajima “Nagaya” terrace style workshops. Inside is divided into Wajima lacquer workshops, specialized Wajima lacquer shops and an experience workshop. The experience of gold inlaid lacquer ware and making your own chopsticks is popular with tourists. In the “Nagaya” workshops, visitors can observe the work of the craftsmen and at the restaurant managed directly by fisherman enjoy meals served in Wajima lacquer ware.

    This was part of our Noto tour package. Upon entering the shop, we were asked to choose a place where were gonna work with our chopsticks. So after a brief explanation about the shop and its...

  • Roadside Station Noroshi
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Noroshimachi Te
    "A roadside station situated at the base of the Rokkosaki Lighthouse on the tip of the Noto Peninsula along Prefectural Route 28 Otani Noroshi Iida Line. The station sells ""Ohama Daizu no Kodawari Jidofu"" tofu, a local specialty product made with just Suzu-grown Ohama soybeans and Suzu natural nigari bittern, an ingredient which has been designated a National Important Intangible Cultural Property. This tasty tofu variety is characterized by its mild sweetness and natural soybean aroma and body. In addition to other local specialty products, the station's shop also sells a popular soy milk soft serve ice cream. The station serves as a local gathering space and events such as tofu making classes and kinako toasted soybean flour grinding using a stone mill are conducted here."

    It is one of those service centres in a Japanese style. Toilet, car park, some shopping. Check out Library Bookshop opposite, nice cafe for a snack and coffee.

  • Ikoi no Mura Noto Hanto
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Prefecture Shiga Township Shiga Onsen in Hakui-gun, Ishikawa Prefecture
    "A resort area located in the Shika hot spring resort village halfway between Wajima and Kanazawa. Here you can enjoy cuisine made with fresh local farm produce and seafood at an inn or bath in a daytrip spa facility boasting abundant quantities of hot spring water. There's also an amusement park equivalent to seven Tokyo Domes in size and a sports complex. The Pyramid play land is popular with children; symbolized by its 14 meter pyramid slide, the playground also has a maze and obstacle course. With a ground golf course and ""family bicycles"" which can accommodate multiple riders, there's something fun for everyone from toddlers to senior citizens. During summer, there's also a pool."

    仕事で利用しました、一人でも問題なく利用できましたし、和室10畳に一人では 十分な広さがあります、また、午後1時ごろに宿に到着しましたが、そのまま チエックインできました。温泉とのことですが温泉らしさは感じられませんでした。 夕食は一人の場合、「海鮮丼」と「ハンバーグ定食」の2通りしかないのが残念です、朝食は普通のビジネスホテルよりも悪いです、品数が少なすぎます。 窓ガラスは大変汚れていました。

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Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.

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