Noto Peninsula is well-known for its coastal scenery and rural atmosphere and projects north into the Sea of Japan from the coast of the Ishikawa Prefecture. However, getting around the area has known to be quite inconvenient which is why rental cars have been greatly recommended. These can usually be rented in any of the outlets of Kanazawa, Toyama, Takauka and Wakaura Onsen, Noto, Komatsu, and Toyama Airports.
So book an excursion to Noto Peninsula and check out these three remarkable hot spots!
If you’re not a huge fan of hot spring resorts, then you may change your mind after taking the time to visit Wakura Onsen. It is considered to be one of the most high-class resorts in Japan with an abundance of Japanese inns (ryokans) found along the coast. It has continuously attracted over a million visitors from around the world on a yearly basis. This has been known to be because of the quantity of hot water and the onsen’s location which helps visitors relax and bathe in nature’s beauty. The bathing experience can be best enjoyed if you stay overnight in one of the ryokans.
Keta Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in Noto Peninsula. In the modern system of ranked Shinto shrines, it used to be a national shrine of the first rank or the first shrine of Noto. It has a long history dating back to 2,000 years ago; it is popular for enshrining the deity of Okuninushi, a god of nation-building, farming, business, medicine and also love. Just like other shrines, you can also write your wish down on the wooden plates (ema) of the shrine. The only difference is the plates are designed with a focus on love-related wishes.
The city of Wajima is located at the tip of the peninsula. It is famous for fishing, agriculture and lacquerware. The art of lacquerware has been practiced over time that it has shaped the skill of many men in the area. Contrary to common chores, women are in charge of laborious tasks such as fishing and farming while others even dive deep into the sea without an oxygen tank! It is quite a remarkable task that has been passed down from one generation to the next.
So, venture out to Noto Peninsula and spend a day surrounded by beautiful scenery, relax in a high-class onsen, pay homage to the god of love and explore the morning market!