Notojima Aquarium

A spot where you can experience healing and learning through interactions with other living creatures

Address: 15-40 Notojima Magari-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-84-1271
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Last entry at 16:30. From Dec. 1 - Mar. 19, the aquarium closes at 16:30)
Fees: Adults 1320 yen, Children from 3 years old through junior high school 400 yen
Closed: Dec. 29 – 31
Parking: 1200 spaces

■Spend time with living creatures from the water.
The Notojima Aquarium contains about 500 different species of aquatic life, totaling 40,000 specimens, most from the coastal waters off Noto Peninsula. Nanao Bay makes a gorgeous backdrop as dolphins show off their beautiful jumps, sea lions perform shows, and penguins waddle around inside the park. Visitors can enjoy various events that allow them to feel closer to the marine life.
The most popular area is Dolphins' Paradise, one of Japan's largest aquarium tunnels. Both children and adults will surely be enthralled as they watch penguins, so clumsy on land, fly speedily through the water, and friendly dolphins. For this moment in time, you’ll feel as though you're walking under the water.
There are many chances to interact with the animals, and in summer, Dolphin Interaction Beach opens, allowing visitors to stroke dolphins on the back. Every Saturday, the aquarium holds a Behind the Scenes Aquarium Exploration Party. During each session, the first 10 people to register receive the opportunity to see areas of the aquarium usually hidden from the general public.


The Urushi Amusement Nuritaro in Wajima

In one corner of this workshop where Wajima lacquer ware is produced and sold, you can decorate your own piece of lacquer ware.

Address: 1-95 Kawai-machi, Wajima City
Phone: 0768-22-6040
Hours: 8:00 – 17:00
Fee: Entry is free
Parking: Available
Access: About a 15-minute walk from the Michi no Eki Wajima Furatto Homu; about 30 minutes by car from the Noto Yuryo (Noto Toll Road) Anamizu Interchange

■Feel like a master craftsman at this Wajima lacquer ware workshop
Located on a narrow road off Asaichi Street. In one corner of this workshop, where lacquer is applied to products after the undercoating process is finished, visitors can have the experience of decorating their own lacquer ware. For pieces to be decorated with makie, the lacquer is applied over pre-drawn designs, and the coloring powder is sprinkled on top of the lacquer using a tube. Select from about 50 prepared items to decorate, ranging from chopsticks (from 1,000 yen) to plates (from 2,500yen). Each item is a properly manufactured piece of Wajima lacquer ware. The decorating experience fee is included in the price of the item, providing excellent quality at a reasonable price. For those with confidence in their own artistic skills, it is also possible to decorate an item without the predrawn pattern. It is also possible to try your hand at gold-inlaid lacquer ware, where gold powder is placed in etched grooves. Take home a true one-of-a-kind souvenir of your trip with a piece of lacquer ware you’ve decorated yourself!

Choose from seven colors, and mix them according to your own tastes.
Choose from seven colors, and mix them according to your own tastes.
  You can also select from accessories such as pendants or hair ornaments.
You can also select from accessories such as pendants or hair ornaments.
  The construction of the lacquer room is also a must-see.
The construction of the lacquer room is also a must-see.

Okunoto Salt Farm Village

In Suzu, the traces of many salt-making operations have been found, and here you can study the history and traditions of the salt-making industry, and try your hand at making salt yourself. 

Address: 1-58-1 Shimizu-machi, Suzu City
Phone: 0768-87-2040
Hours: 9:00 - 16:30
Fee: Entrance fee 300 yen
Closed: Open every day
Parking: 20 spaces

■Agehama-shiki (banked-terrace salt production method), a time-honored Japanese traditional method of salt-making
This salt-making technique has been practiced for about 500 years at Nie Beach in Suzu. Salt water is repeatedly sprayed evenly over sand, and the sand is then gathered and seawater is poured over it to obtain a concentrated salt solution called kansui. The condensed salt water is boiled down to produce salt. Salt continues to be produced using this traditional method, but only in Suzu. The technique has been recognized as an important national intangible cultural asset.
Okunoto Salt Farm Village was established to rediscover the history and traditions of salt-making and to create a way to make sure they were passed on. At the Agehama-Kan, a comprehensive salt museum, there are displays on unusual ways to use salt, the history of salt-making, salt culture around the world, and more. In the souvenir shop, visitors can buy salt made using the Agehama technique, as well as natural brine and other products.
Visitors can also experience making salt at the hands-on saltpans. Three separate courses have been prepared; the fees vary and each takes a different amount of time. They are provided from May to September, and reservations are required. If it rains, the courses are canceled.


Canoe Island

Enjoy nature on Noto’s sea

Address: Ho-18 Notojima-Koda-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-84-0303
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (from 12:00 – 18:00 from October to April)
Fee: Half-day course 6,000 yen; full-day course 10,000 yen (Price for one person for groups of three or more)
Closed: Wednesdays (irregular schedule from October to April)
Parking: Available
Access: About 40 minutes by car from the Noto Yuryo (Noto Toll Road) Uwadana Yada Interchange
■Experience Noto from the surface of the ocean
Explore Noto’s ocean in a canoe or sea kayak! We’re located near the center of Noto Peninsula, on the edge on Nanao Bay, where the waves are gentle all year long. See Noto a different way than from land. Canoe Island suggests that you “stroll” across the water in a canoe or sea kayak – it feels as if you are riding a bicycle across the waves. We offer boat rentals and classes and courses geared to each person’s skill and experience level, so even beginners can take part with complete security. View the scenery from on top of the water, listen to the cries of the birds, and experience for yourself the bounty, size and pleasure of Noto’s natural world. Reservations are required three days in advance for sea kayak classes and touring courses.


Notojima Diving Resort

This resort helps you experience Notojima from under the water.
The tour that allows you to interact with wild dolphins is very popular. 

Address: 89-17, Notojima-Nozaki-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-84-0081
Hours: 8:30 – 18:00 (In winter, from 9:00 – 17:00)
Fee: Half-day course: 10,000 yen, Full-day course: 16,000 yen
Closed: Wednesdays
Parking: Available
Access: About 30 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Wakura Interchange

■Dive in Notojima’s sea, where dolphins live
Notojima is located to the east of Noto Peninsula. The calm seas in this area contradict the common image of the wild waves of the Sea of Japan, and diving is possible even in winter. The seas around Notojima are filled with many varieties of fish and seaweed, and they are also home to wild bottlenose dolphins. Divers often encounter large schools of fish, and can observe the color changes in fish when they are spawning. It feels just like taking a stroll in the ocean. Schools and courses are available for all levels of skill and experience. Air tanks and other equipment can be rented. The “Swim with Wild Dolphins Eco Tour” is a program authorized by the Japan Ecotourism Society. After studying the ocean and its environment using underwater images and the aquarium, divers enter the waters where the dolphins live.

The lecture room
The lecture room
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Image of experience
  Image of experience
Image of experience