The Noto Peninsula extends about 100 kilometers into
the Sea of Japan. It makes up the northern half of
Ishikawa and prefecture and is known for its coastal
scenery. Okunoto Coast and Kongo Coast are
particularly beautiful for their coastal views. The
peninsula has a rural atmosphere, which means there is
limited public transportation. It is recommended to travel
by car along in order to have more freedom to explore
the attractions of the region. The biggest draw for Noto
Hanto is its remote characteristics that have lasted for
hundreds of years.
Long ago in the 12th century members of the Taira family were exiled to the area after losing the Genpei War. The Tokikuni family is descendants of the Taira and has residences that are open to the public. These preserved homes are located near the tip of the Noto Peninsula in the Okunoto Region. A good portion of the Noto Peninsula has been designated Quasi-National Park. When traveling along the coast you will see areas that are marked as “pocket parks.” There are two main centers for tourists, which are Wajima City and Wakura Onsen. Wajima City has a morning market that dates back over a thousand years. There you can find the lacquerware that the city prides itself on.