Japanese Food

Wajima Sushi Dokoro Shinpuku

This sushi restaurant uses only the freshest seafood delivered directly from the port.


Address: 5-41-23 Kawai-machi, Wajima City
Phone: 0768-22-8133
Website: http://www.wajima.or.jp/shinpuku/
Hours: 11:30 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:00
Closed: Irregularly
Parking: Available
Access: A 15-minute walk from Michi no Eki Wajima Furatto Homu; about 30 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange
 
A complete selection of local seafood. English menu available. Get a taste of the freshest seafood caught from the waters around the Noto Peninsula at this sushi restaurant. Select from many dishes that feature seasonal ingredients, drink locally brewed sake with them, and finally enjoy sushi made with locally caught fish - that's the fashionable way to enjoy yourself!
The specialty of this restaurant is the Asa-ichi Don (2500 yen), full of fresh seafood, delivered directly from the local port and served on rice. You never know which fish you'll be eating any one day - that's part of the anticipation! The rice is topped with about 15-16 different ingredients, including very slightly sweet homemade egg omelet, sure to whet any appetite. The bowls are made of Wajima lacquer ware, the rice is the Noto Hikari brand, a large-grained rice with little moisture that's perfect for sushi, and even the soy sauce is produced locally. The restaurant pays great attention to detail, so you can truly get a taste of local products here.
The bowls are about 3 times the size of regular bowls, so you can ask the chef to adjust the volume of rice for you. For women, about half the full amount of rice should be perfect. The menu is available in English, so you can eat there with no worries.

Miso soup served with the Asa-ichi Don. The one shown in the photo contains kajime (a type of seaweed).
Miso soup served with the Asa-ichi Don. The one shown in the photo contains kajime (a type of seaweed).
  Large-grained Noto Hikari rice has a pleasantly chewy texture, and becomes sweeter as it is chewed.
Large-grained Noto Hikari rice has a pleasantly chewy texture, and becomes sweeter as it is chewed.
  Japanese style seats are also available, in addition to the counter seats.
Japanese style seats are also available, in addition to the counter seats.

Notomae Kouzushi

At this sushi restaurant you can enjoy a wide variety of seafood from the Noto Peninsula.


Address: 37-4 Omachi, Anamizu-machi, Hosu-gun, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone: 0768-52-2114
Website: http://www.kouzushi.com/
Hours: 11:30 - 14:00, 16:30 - 23:30
Closed: Wednesdays
Parking: Available
Access: About 5 minutes by car from the Noto Yuryo (Noto Toll Road) Anamizu Interchange
 
■Donburi, sushi, and more - get your fill of seasonal seafood from Noto.
The display case has a wide range of seasonal seafood from the Noto Peninsula. The restaurant only has thirteen counter seats, as the owner likes to make sushi while talking with customers. The closeness between the chef and the customer is also an important ingredient for good sushi.
A donburi (a bowl of rice with a topping), prepared with seafood from the Noto Peninsula, is recommended. In particular, the Konpaku-don (2,000 yen) is popular, and it contains more than fifteen kinds of ingredients from Noto, with a special focus on locally caught fresh fish. The rice, also locally harvested, has a pleasantly chewy texture and goes perfectly with the fish. The 3,800-yen nigiri-zushi (hand-pressed sushi) set (called "jimono nigiri") is also recommended, and it consists of 16 pieces of sushi prepared using the local ingredients of the day. The saba-oshi-zushi (wild mackerel sushi pressed in a square mold, 1,500 yen) and the kaisen-don (bowl of rice topped with fresh seafood, 1,600 yen), which is good value, are perfect for lunch.

The owner doing computer work during his spare time. His website was awarded first prize at the Ishikawa Net Shop Contest 2008.
The owner doing computer work during his spare time. His website was awarded first prize at the Ishikawa Net Shop Contest 2008.
  The saba-oshi-zushi are meticulously prepared one at a time using carefully-selected mackerels. This is a very popular item.
The saba-oshi-zushi are meticulously prepared one at a time using carefully-selected mackerels. This is a very popular item.
 

Kominka (Old Folk House) Restaurant Shokutoen Tenzo

Enjoy the bounty of the sea and mountains around Suzu in a 170-year-old folk house.


Address: Wa-bu 23 Fushimi, Misaki-machi, Suzu City
Phone: 0768-88-2657
Website: Tenzo Blog http://tenzo.exblog.jp/ (In Japanese only)
Hours: 10:30 - 22:00 (Reservations required)
Closed: Irregularly scheduled
Parking: 10 spaces
Access: About 60 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange

■Enjoy the simple flavors of Noto in an old folk house
This restaurant was opened by Nobuko Sakamoto, who moved here from Nigata Prefecture and married a potter living in Suzu. She turned part of a private house from the mid-19th century (built 170 years ago) into an eating place. The menu includes dishes made from edible wild plants she harvests from the mountains herself, vegetables grown by local residents, seafood caught that morning, and other fresh Noto ingredients. She generally prepares about a 10-course meal, all of it handmade. When you eat the soup that contains fresh mashed edamame soybeans, it's a true taste of the local foods people have been eating for hundreds of years. Lunch starts at 2,000 yen, and dinner at 3,500 yen, and reservations are required for both meals. Eating meals served on Suzu ware, Kutani ware and lacquer ware is also a luxurious experience. After eating, visit her husband's workshop and leisurely look over the Suzu ware items he has created.

   

Nanao Fisherman’s Wharf / Noto Shokusai Ichiba (Noto Food Bazaar)

From freshly caught fish to traditional sweets, special products of Noto are all available here.


Address: 13-1 Ingai, Fuchu-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-52-7071
Website: http://www.shokusai.co.jp/
Hours: 8:30-18:00
Closed: Tuesdays (If Tuesday is a national holiday, it will be open. From July to November, open every day.)
Parking: Available
Access: About a 10-minute walk from JR Nanao Station, about 30 minutes by car from the Noto Yuryo (Noto Toll Road) Uwadana Yada Interchange.
 
■From Noto ingredients to souvenirs
This facility combines tourist information, restaurants and other establishments – a boon for travelers. In 2009, it also began serving as a Michi no Eki. In the fresh fish department, which resounds with cheerful shouting, fish and other marine products caught just that morning are lined up. As might be expected in a port city, the prices are very reasonable. The kinds of fish available vary depending on the season, but you’ll still have a hard time choosing between the many species to be had. You’ll truly understand that Nanao Bay is a treasure chest of seafood. The variety of dried seafood, boiled fish paste and delicacies is only to be found in a seaside town.If you’re looking for something to remember your trip to Noto by, check out the souvenir department. Here you’ll find a complete array of local products, many produced by local artisans, including Wajima lacquer ware, Suzu pottery, and Nigyo washi (Japanese paper). Look them all over carefully and select the ones that catch your eye. Japanese sweets and local sakes are also available, making this a one-stop shop for all of your souvenir needs.
 
* A Michi no Eki is…a rest area on a national highway that is registered with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. In addition to parking and restrooms, they contain stores that sell local specialty items, restaurants and other facilities, to make driving more fun.

   

Thatched house Mii no Sato

Enjoy rice bowl dishes and set meals loaded with fresh locally grown vegetables in this old folk house with a thatched roof.


Address: 14-2 Urushihara, Mii-machi Koizumi, Wajima City
Phone: 0768-26-1181
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
Closed: Tuesdays
Parking: 20 spaces
Access: About 10 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange

■Rice bowl dishes loaded with freshly collected ingredients
A 150-year-old folk house with a thatched roof has been dismantled and reconstructed in Wajima City's Mii district. The inside has been preserved as before, with earthen floors and an irori fireplace as seen in a typical old-style folk house, and because of this it's possible to get a glimpse into the lives of the former residents. In the afternoon it operates as a restaurant. If you make reservations, you can also experience such crafts as papermaking and plant dying.
Kayate don is a rice bowl dish mixed with beaten eggs, named after the "kaya" in kayabuki (thatched) and the "te" in ate, Ishikawa Prefecture's prefectural tree. It costs 700 yen, and the ingredients change daily. The main ingredients, seasonal vegetables and rice, are all grown in Mii. The menu is simple, but it allows you to taste the true sweetness and flavor of the ingredients. The Yamazato Teishoku (set meal) costs 800 yen, and is also prepared with generous amounts of Mii-grown ingredients. The ingredients harvested directly from the earth are healthy as well. Eating in this thatched roof private house, which has stood unchanged for so many years, gives the meal a wonderful flavor.