Visit Noto Peninsula, Japan
The peninsula feels like an entirely different world from the rest of the country. Time seems to have stood still and it is about as remote and untouched as you can get in this region of central Japan.
You ideally need a car to get around and will get a good feel for the area by driving up route 249, heading north east from Wajima. The coast is magnificent and offers little beaches and rocky views. Wajima is the main town on the peninsula, about two hours from Kanazawa by car or by bus. There is a vibrant morning market every day and an interesting lacquerware museum. There are various souvenir shops selling lacquer goods, mostly kitchen utensils and bowls all hand-crafted and highly prized by the Japanese. Should you wish, you may like to try your hand at lacquerware making yourself.
Some of the highlights start just 15 minutes' drive out of the town. Senmaida, where terraced rice paddies slope down to the ocean, Madoiwa, a little further on, which is a famous rock with a hole worn through the middle, eroded by the sea over time, with a small beach next to it. Continue snaking around the coastline until you get to Kinoura. If you swing left and head downhill, you'll come to a little cove with a nice beach and a small restaurant, serving all the usual lunchtime snacks of noodles and rice. It is a nice place to stop and take a swim.
Chirihama Nagisa Beach
To the south, in between Kanazawa and Wajima and on the west coast of the peninsula is the Chirihama Nagisa Beach driveway, which literally means you can drive along the beach, best done at sunrise or sunset of course. Journey time between Kanazawa and Wajima via Chirihama Beach is only about 2 hours. If you are looking for miles of unspoilt golden sands with rolling waves, then this is definitely the place for it. Chirihama Beach is perfect, for a real break from sightseeing and even has a few beachside cafés, serving the usual fare.
Map of Noto Peninsula
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Places near Noto Peninsula
- Hakuba 93 kilometers away
- Tateyama 101 kilometers away
- Kanazawa 120 kilometers away
- The Japanese Alps 128 kilometers away
- Yudanaka 131 kilometers away
- Kamikochi 142 kilometers away
- Shirakawago 143 kilometers away
- Takayama 154 kilometers away
- Matsumoto 154 kilometers away
- Tsumago 217 kilometers away
- Nikko 231 kilometers away
- Dewa-sanzan 261 kilometers away
- Hakone & Mount Fuji 298 kilometers away
- Tokyo 300 kilometers away
- Kinosaki Onsen 306 kilometers away
- Kyoto 311 kilometers away
- Kamakura 317 kilometers away
- Izu Peninsula 327 kilometers away
- Nara 344 kilometers away
- Matsushima 347 kilometers away
- Tohoku 349 kilometers away
- Osaka 352 kilometers away
- Tottori 355 kilometers away
- Kakunodate 367 kilometers away
- Tazawako 381 kilometers away
- Nyuto Onsen 392 kilometers away
- Mount Koya 400 kilometers away
- Matsue 442 kilometers away
- Naoshima 452 kilometers away
- Towadako & Hirosaki 453 kilometers away
- Tokushima 457 kilometers away
- Takamatsu 460 kilometers away
- Kurashiki 466 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Noto Peninsula
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Noto Peninsula. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Yoshigaura (Lamp no Yado) Onsen is an ancient property that boasts everything one would expect from traditional Japanese inn accommodation, with dark polished wood hallways and spacious tatami rooms.