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Coast / Beach Spots in Wajima / Noto / Wakura Area

  • Nie Coast
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    Ishikawa Suzu-shi Shimizumachi
    This coast features an extensive scenic rocky landscape that has been selected as having one of Japan Sunset Best 100. The appearance of the sun sinking into the sea is something worth seeing. One feature of the terrain is Mackerel Tail Rock, due to its shape. It is the only place in Japan where the method of producing salt by evaporating sea water has been practiced continuously for 500 years.
  • Kinoura Coast (Kinoura Marine Park)
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    Ishikawa Suzu-shi Oritomachi Kinoura
    This coast has been designated as a special region of a Quasi-national Park, due to the abundance and variety of its marine animals and plants. The water is especially clear, even for this area, and it is a well-known spot for both diving and fishing. The prefecture-owned vacation village features a swimming beach, a campground, a park, and an observation deck.
  • Mitsuke Coast
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    Ishikawa Suzu-shi Horyumachi Ukai
    The island of Mitsukejima, which lies at the tip of this coastline, has been nicknamed “Battleship Island,” due to its unique shape. Another of its names, Enmusu Beach, is a pun on “enmusubi,” or getting engaged, so it is a favorite spot for lovers. The island is illuminated at night, making it look romantic. A swimming beach and campground are open in the summer.
  • Nishiho Coast
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    Ishikawa Wajima-shi Unyumachi
    This 12-kilometer-long stretch of coastline runs parallel to Prefectural Route 38 from urban Wajima City west to Kamiozawa-machi. Formed via erosion caused by the stormy Sea of Japan and salty wind, some of the many points of interest along the coast include the alligator-shaped Wanigafuchi pool and elephant's nose-shaped Zozobana rock. Observatories have been built in several places along the coast, further enhancing the ease with which visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery. Japanese camellias, Japanese cheesewood, and other evergreen broadleaf plants grow on the slopes of the coast. Tunnels of Japanese zelkova and magaki brush fences to protect homes from strong windows can be seen along the coast, and the area is notable for its superb and little-known scenery.
  • Sosogi Coast
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    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Machinomachi Sosogi
    The Sosogi Coast is located in Sosogi, Machino Town, Wajima City. It extends for two kilometers from the Tarumi-no-daki Waterfall to the mouth of the Machino River. The rhyolite rock has been eroded by the action of the waves to create complex, strangely-shaped rock features such as Suimon Cliff, Fukuga-ana Cave and Hiroki-no-ken Cliff. There are many beautiful sights, including the Mado-iwa (“Window Rock,” which has a two-meter wide hole in it, and which has become a symbol of the Sosogi Coast), and the “Wave Flowers” phenomenon that can be seen in winter; the Sosogi Coast has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty and National Natural Monument.
  • Tsukumo Bay
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    Ishikawa Pref. Housugunnotochou Ogi ツキ Ichinoseze/Koshika
    Tsukumo Bay is located in Noto Town, Hosu County. Although the total area is only around 1 kilometer from east to west and 1.5 kilometers from north to south, because of the complex rias-type (sawtooth) coastline, the total length of coastline is around 13 kilometers. The name “Tsukumo” (meaning “ninety-nine”) derives from the large number of inlets along the coast. The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery, which is enhanced by the islands—such as Horajima—that seem to float in the bay. The region has been designated as the Noto Hanto Quasi-National Park and as a Marine Park. Visitors can enjoy superb views from the tourist boats that visit the Bay, and from Hiyoriyama Park on the western side of the Bay.
  • Koiji Coast
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    Ishikawa Pref. Housugunnotochou Koiji
    Located in Koiji, Noto Town in Hosu County, the Koiji Coast looks out onto Iida Bay. The name “Koiji” (“Love Road”) derives from the tragic legend of Nabeno and Sukesaburo, who met their deaths in the sea here. There are various monuments commemorating the two lovers, including a “Bell of Happiness,” and the “Love Road” is famous as a place for developing or strengthening ties of love.
  • Kotogahama Beach
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    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Temple of Monzencho
    "Due to the squeaking sounds the sands make when walked on barefoot, this beach is known as one of Japan's ""weeping sand beaches."" The beach has been designated a Natural Monument by the city. The beach is also famous for the tragic love story of Osayo, a woman who waited endlessly on the beach after her lover, the sailor Juzo, went out to sea and never came back. In addition, the beach has been used in recent years for location shots in the opening credits of television dramas. The beach is notable for the beauty of the sunsets which can be seen from here as the sun sinks into the ocean horizon line. Cape Saruyama is visible from here in the distance. The beach is open for swimming from mid-July to mid-August, and during this time beautiful Japanese rose and seashore false bindweed grow along the coast."
  • Noroshi Kaigan
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    Ishikawa Suzu-shi Noroshimachi
  • Abuya Kaigan
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    Ishikawa Hakui-gun Shikamachi
  • Akasaki Kaigan
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    Ishikawa Hosu-gun Notocho Nunoura
  • Hachigasakikaigan
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    Ishikawa Pref. Suzu City Takojimamachi Hachigasaki
  • Chirihama Abuyakaigan
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakui County Shika Town Abuya

Ishikawa Areas


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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