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  • Wajima Asaichi
    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...

  • Noto Peninsula
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa ken Pensionu County
    A long, narrow peninsula jutting north from the near center of the Hokuriku region. The coastline, surrounding the peninsula on three sides, is diverse, from the jagged rock formations of Noto Kongo formed by crashing waves; to the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, a beach area on which you can drive a car. Another one of the peninsula's appeals is the local liquors and cuisine made with ingredients from the area's rich farms and abundant sea. The Wajima Morning Market is particularly famous, but some of the area's many other unique highlights include the Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces, selected as one of the 100 most beautiful terraced rice fields in Japan; and the majestic Kiriko Festival, registered as in the Japan Heritage program. If traveling by plane, the peninsula is around one hour from Haneda Airport.
  • Shiroyone Senmaida (A Thousand Rice Paddies in Shiroyone)
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Shiroyonemachi
    This nationally famous Shiroyone Town, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a scenic spot where as many as 1,004 terraced rice paddies spread along the narrow steep slope between the national highway and the Sea of ​​Japan., The layers of small rice fields continue to the coast, and the contrast of the green and blue is spectacular. The rice terraces, representative of the world agricultural heritage “Noto no Satoyama Satoumi,” are visited by many tourists. Because machines are unable to enter the fields, the rice is produced manually to the present day. There is a system where individuals can own their own rice paddy. In the winter, an illumination event, “Azeno Kirameki,” is held.
  • Roadside Station Wajima
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Kawaimachi 20-1-131
    A roadside station built on the site of the former Wajima Station on the now discontinued Noto Railway. Located close to the city center, the station aims to be a new area gathering space and is outfitted with facilities such as a bus terminal and taxi stand. The station's brand new facility building features lacquered support pillars and the exterior is modeled after traditional Wajima architecture, with a gabled roof and latticework. The station also has a waiting area and tourist information center which includes a desk specifically for international tourists. The station's shop sells specialty products like Wajima lacquerware and seafood. A portion of the original train station platform and tracks have also been preserved to the delight of train enthusiasts.
  • Roadside Station Noroshi
    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.

  • Daihonzan Soujiji Soin Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Monzenmachimonzen 1-18-1
    The Daihonzan Soujiji Soin Temple is a temple belonging to the Soto school of Buddhism located in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. This was originally the head temple of the Soto school, but a fire in 1898 caused severe damage to the temple, so the function of head temple was relocated to a temple in Yokohama City, and the temple in Wajima was renamed the Soujiji Soin Temple (“Founder’s Temple”). Today, the buildings within the Temple precincts include the Kyozo (Sutra Repository), Dento-in and Jiun-kaku, which all survived the fire, as well as Shichido-garan (Seven halls) that were rebuilt after the fire; the Temple continues to retain the solemn majesty appropriate to the former head temple of the Soto school.
  • Wajima Museum of Urushi Art (lacquer art museum)
    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...

  • Kami Tokikunike Old Residence
    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.

  • Otokonushi Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Sannoumachi 1 -13
    A Shinto shrine which is known as the guardian shrine of Noto Province (modern day northern Ishikawa Prefecture). According to local legend, a baboon god from across the sea came each year demanding the sacrifice of a young woman, but the white wolf god Shuken defeated the baboon, saving the villagers. The shrine's Seihaku Festival held annually in May, during which three huge festival floats are paraded around, is said to have been started to appease the wrath of the baboon god. This shrine is dedicated to the baboon god, while Noborikuchi Shrine, located on the same grounds, is dedicated to the white wolf god.
  • Notojima Glass Studio
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Notojimakoudamachi 122-53
    A glass studio that's a part of the Roadside Station Notojima in Koda-machi, Notojima, Nanao City. They produce glass works including their own original heat resistant Tainetsu Yohen Glass, which has a texture similar to porcelain. In the attached shop they have glass products from various creators and they also offer glass workshops including glass blowing and sand blasting.

    風鈴作りを体験しました。 予約は不要で、ほぼ待つこともなし。 手袋やエプロンは貸してもらえるので、服装を気にすることもありません。 形や色など決めると職人さんが熱したガラスの塊を持ってきてくれて、アドバイス通りに息を吹き込みます。 10分程で形が出来ました。 冷ます必要があるので、当日持ち帰りはできませんが有料で宅配してくれます。

  • Wakura Showa Era and Toy Museum
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Wakuramachi Ninety 20-1
    A museum along Prefectural Route 47 in Wakura-machi, Nanao City. The collection on display has almost 10,000 toys collected by the museum director over many years from the Meiji period to the 1960s. The Showa Museum recreates the look of the Showa period and along with the Toy Museum, which has toy cars, robots, and dolls on display they have a classic car display space.

    予想以上の展示物の数に驚きました!!! 昭和生まれの私は懐かしいものもあれば、 全然知らないものもありましたが、 終始楽しかったです。 平成生まれの子どもは飽きてしまうかと心配しましたが、 けっこう楽しみながら展示物を見ていました。 やはり父や母の世代が一番楽しんでいたように見えました(笑) 昭和生まれも平成生まれも楽しめる所だと思います。

  • In-Air Observation Deck Skybird
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Suzu-shi Misakimachi Jike 10-11
    This observation tower is located within the grounds of the YoshigauraOnsen Lamp no Yado hot springs spa located in Jike, Misakimachi, Suzu City. This observatory is located on Cape Suzu at the tip of Noto Peninsula. The observatory itself is built out from the cliffs in midair for a spectacular view of the Sea of Japan. Non-overnight guests may enter for a fee.
  • Tarumi Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Mauramachi
    This waterfall is situated along the National Route No. 249 in Sosogi, Machinomachi, Wajima City. This approximately 35m high waterfall tumbles down directly into the Sea of Japan. Called also the Fukiagenotaki, at times the water from the fall is blown up and into the winds from the rough seas.
  • Noto Marine Center
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Housugunnotochou Otsusaka 3-47
    This exhibition and experience center is located in Ossaka, Noto, Hosu District of Ishikawa Prefecture. Annexed to the Kujukuri Bay, one of the scenic views in the Noto Peninsula National Park, this center displays and nurtures many of the creatures living in the bay. Visitors are welcome to study marine life through the touch pool where you can interact with live starfish or anemones, through observing the sea life in the vicinity, creating crafts from seashells, making sea salt or going snorkeling.


  • Blue Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Misakimachi Jike 10-11
  • Taira Family Garden
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Hakui-gun Shikamachi Machi 30-63
    A garden considered to represent Noto’s gardening culture. Members of the mighty Taira family once served as the headsmen of 13 villages under the direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate government. The family is said to have descended from the chief vassal of the Hatakeyama clan, whose members served as the governors of Noto Province, and they possessed a vast, 20,000-square-meter estate. This famous shoin-style garden was designed for enjoying the view of a central pond from the estate and was built in the mid-Edo period and bears aspects of both Muromachi period and Edo period gardening styles. One of the most celebrated private house Japanese gardens in the Noto area, it has been designated a Prefectural Place of Scenic Beauty due to its excellently preserved condition.

    平家というのは徳川幕府の天領地十三カ村を支配した大庄屋。能登の名家の筆頭格です。 ただ、拝見した屋敷はそこまでの規模はなくて、むしろ暮らしやすそうな、どちらかと言えばつつましやかなもの。江戸時代中期に作られたという庭園は、客間の座敷からぐるりの縁越しに眺めるもの。軽やかで涼しげな印象です。

  • Old Fukura Lighthouse
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Hakui-gun Shikamachi Fukurako
    This lighthouse stands on a precipitous cliff called known as Hiyoriyama. The lighthouse’ origins are said to stretch back to 1608 when a man called Hino Sukenobu who lived in Fukura would light bonfires at night to guide ships operating on the dark sea. The current, extant lighthouse was built in 1876. A stone-paved path leads to the lighthouse, and an old-fashioned atmosphere still hangs in the air over the nearby fishing port. The square, five-meter-tall, three-story wooden lighthouse is Japan’s oldest extant wooden lighthouse. The lighthouse is specially illuminated at night in the summer and winter.
  • Kaikokan
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Nanao-shi Furuyashikimachi Oo Department 8-6
    The Kaga Domain’s department leader's house from 200 years before is attached to Nanao Castle Museum. The old manor's high thatched roof and thick beams were symbols of the family's status, and this building was registered as a tangible cultural property in 2006. The park covers about 1,600 square meters is lined with trees and grows with over 40 types of moss.
  • Myokan-in Temple
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Nanao-shi Kojimamachi Nu 63 Ko
    "This ancient temple is known as one of the Seven Mysteries of Nanao, as a place to receive good luck. It was originally founded as the family temple for Noto Lord Hatakeyama. This place is popular with pilgrims coming to see the ""Seven Mysteries of Nanao"": The Mystery of Kanzeon Reikoku; The Tiger in the Bamboo Bell; the Mystery of Benzaiten; Somen Fudo; the Mystery of Meoto-iwa Rock; the Bottomless Pond; the Lion Rock and Tsuzumi Rock."


  • Yama no Tera Temple Meditation Path
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Nanao-shi Kojimamachi Yamanotera
    This walking path connects 16 Buddhist temples known as the “Yama no Tera” (“Mountain Temples”) located in the hills, southwest of the city center. The two-kilometer-long path takes around an hour to walk, not counting any time spent visiting the temples along the way. The temples, of just about every Buddhist sect except Shin Buddhism, were originally erected by samurai general Maeda Toshiie in order to convert them into military bases when defending against attacks from the Okunoto area. Today, large numbers of people walk the bath and stop by its temples.

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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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