Suzu City and Noto Town

Tsukumo Bay

A beautifully continuous indented coastline.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery from the sea on a Noto Tsukumo Bay Pleasure Cruise.


Noto Tsukumo Bay Pleasure Cruise
Address: 1-83-12 Ichinose, Noto-cho, Hosu-gun
Phone: 0768-74-0261
Hours: On demand, from about 8:30 – 16:30 (Operates from April 1 – November 30)
Fare: 1,500 yen for 35 minutes
Parking: 50 spaces
Access: About 40 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange

■A calm landscape created by the gods
Beautiful Tsukumo Bay is ringed by a deeply indented coastline, and has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 scenic spots. The verdant green of the mountains and the emerald green of the sea make a lovely contrast for the indented coastline. If you’re lucky and the weather is clear, you will be able to see the mountain range in Toyama Prefecture against the horizon.
From a Noto Tsukumo Bay Pleasure Cruise boat, you can also view the scenery inside the bay from the surface of the ocean. The glass-bottomed boat allows you to observe the scenery under the ocean and see fish such as horse mackerel and black sea bream swimming leisurely through the crystal-clear water. After the underwater sightseeing, the boat heads for the best spot to observe Horaijima Island, floating beautifully in the bay. The scenery, which looks just like that in a painting or photo, will make you forget all about the passing time. When sightseeing in Tsukumo Bay, a camera is absolutely essential.
 

   

Mitsukejima Island

A symbol of Noto Peninsula, created from diatomaceous earth


Address: Ukai, Horyu-machi, Suzu City
Parking: 200 spaces
Access: About 40-50 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange

■A massive rock shaped like a battleship
On Noto's east coast, where the waves are gentler, one of the representative sights of Noto, Mitsukejima Island, floats in the sea 250 meters off Mitsuke Beach. Its claim to fame is its shape – the pointed tip looks just like the prow of a battleship plowing through the water, and that led to its other name, Battleship Island.
One of the special products of Suzu City, with its islands, is diatomaceous soil, formed by the accumulation of the remains of plankton over tens of thousands of years. Mitsukejima Island itself is made of this diatomaceous soil.
When the tide is low, a path composed of rocks appears, and this can be used to walk from the beach to the base of the island. The view from the beach against the backdrop of the ocean is very impressive, but it is also magnificent when seen from up close. The island seems as though it is about to steam away at any moment.
Walking paths and parks are maintained around the beach. One of the best times is at sunrise or sunset, when the rays of the sun turn the seas the color of flame.
 

   

Rokko Saki (Rokko Point)

The sun rises, the sun sets
Over the tip of Noto Peninsula


Location: Noroshi-machi, Suzu City

■A quasi-national park with outstanding scenery
Rokko Saki is the northernmost point of the Noto Peninsula, which stretches from north to south. The sea is spread out before you in three directions, and on a clear day, you might be able to see the mountain range in Toyama Prefecture or Sado Island. It’s a very romantic spot, from which you can watch the sun both rise and set. The area is part of the Noto Peninsula Quasi-National Park. There is a lighthouse located on the tip of the cape, and the area surrounding it is maintained as a park.
 
■A white lighthouse stands on the cape
Warm and cold currents collide in the waters off the Rokko Saki coast, making the area an ideal fishing ground, as well as a corridor for marine travel. The white lighthouse overlooks the sheer cliffs of Rokko Saki, and although the design is modern-looking, it was built in the Meiji period. Even today, it is in active duty, protecting those who travel the sea.

   

Ushitsu Abare Matsuri (Rampage Festival)

A festival in which people rampage to meet the gods’ desires


Phone: 0768-62-1000 (Noto-cho Town Hall)

■To herald the advent of summer, a majestic fire festival
Every year, on the first Friday and Saturday of July, a festival is held to usher summer in to Noto. According to one tradition, the festival began about 330 years ago, during the Kanbun era (1661-1672), but there are many different stories about how it started.
On the day of the festival, more than 40 festival lanterns, 7m tall, and portable shrines, or mikoshi, are paraded through the town. The feature of this festival is the violence – two of the mikoshi are thrown into the sea and later into blazing flames while people rampage around. It is an explosion of the power of the people of Noto. In this mischievous festival, the wilder you rampage, the better, so it’s best for visitors to stay well away from the mikoshi and the lanterns!

   

Aenokoto

An agricultural folk ritual thanking the gods of the fields.
It was registered in September 2009 as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage. 


Phone: 0768-62-8532 (Noto-cho Town Hall Furusato Promotion Division)

■A traditional event giving thanks for the harvest
In this traditional folk event of North Noto, the gods are invited into people’s homes and treated as if they were really there. Every year, on December 5, the head of the household goes to the rice fields that have been harvested, and invites the husband and wife deities of the field to his home and serves up a meal as thanks. The deities spend the winter with the family, or so it is believed, and on February 9, they return to the fields.

   

Suzu Ware Museum

Introduces the history of the Suzu ware that was formerly made in Suzu. 


Address: 1-2-563 Takojima-machi, Suzu City
Phone: 0768-82-6200
Website:
http://www.city.suzu.ishikawa.jp/suzuyaki/index.htm
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
Fees: Adults 310 yen, High school age and under, 150 yen
Parking: Available
Access: About 60 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange

 
■Closing in on the mysteries and charm of Suzu ware
Suzu ware is a kind of pottery made in Suzu from the latter half of the 12th century to the end of the 15th century. It was mass-produced by community group work, and because it was tough and could be used for a long time, its use spread. Along with the development of sea routes, the market for the pottery spread to East Japan and Hokkaido. Because after the Middle Ages it suddenly disappeared from the history timeline, this pottery also is somewhat of a mystery.
The reduction firing it underwent gave the pottery a distinctive ash-black color, and simplicity was another feature of Suzu ware. At the museum, models and dioramas are used to explain in an easy-to-understand way the roots and history of Suzu ware. Many valuable Suzu ware items are on display as well, including artifacts excavated from old kilns and ruins at 10 sites in the city, those retrieved from shipwrecks, and hidden finds from sheds and barns of private homes. 

A diorama of a Suzu ware workshop
A diorama of a Suzu ware workshop
  A cleverly planned exhibition
A cleverly planned exhibition
  The lobby is decorated with an objet d’art of Suzu ware created by a modern artist.
The lobby is decorated with an objet d’art of Suzu ware created by a modern artist.

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.

   

Michi no Eki Sakuratoge

A Michi no Eki that’s a favorite of locals as well, thanks to the sense and ideas of the station master.
It’s possible to connect to the Internet in the parking lot via wireless LAN.


Address: 2-24-24 Aza Tome, Noto-cho, Hosu-gun, Ishikawa prefecture
Phone: 0768-76-1518
Website: http://www3.luckynet.jp/michinoeki/
Hours: 8:30-17:00 (Restaurant open until 16:00)
Closed: Wednesdays
Parking: Available
Access: About 10 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Interchange
 
■Selecting “only really good things”
This Michi no Eki is only about 5 minutes by car from Noto Airport, going in the direction of Suzu. It is located in a mountain pass in a part of Noto that sees some of the heaviest snowfalls in this area. Behind the shops there is a wide expanse of green land in the style of a traditional Japanese landscape. It’s a truly soothing spot for drivers.
The products on sale in the shops are those made in the region from Suzu to Notojima. A wide variety of products are available for sale, from wines and jams made with the famous Yanagida blueberry to bread produced by a small bakery in Suzu, and there’s even firewood from Noto-cho. The Station Master, Matsumoto-san (also called Makky) has established a rule that only items she is truly interested in and satisfied with can be sold in the store – it’s just like a select store inside. You’ll want to pick the items up, one by one, and examine them closely.
Try the popular soft-serve ice cream, which blends in Yanagida blueberries, or the coffee made from Suzu’s Nizami coffee beans – it has fans all across the nation! 
 
* 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.

   

Noto Yanagidaso

Hot springs surrounded by greenery in the mountains.
Accommodation is also available.


Address: 1 Aza Yanagida, Noto-cho, Hosu-gun, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone: 0768-76-1550
Website: http://www.yanagidasou.com
Hours: 7:30 – 21:30 (from 14:00 on Mondays), last entry at 21:00
Bathing fee: adults 400 yen
Closed: Open every day
Parking: Available
Access: About 60 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange 
 
■Accommodation available. Enjoy high-quality spring water.
Noto Yanagidaso is a public inn located in the area formerly known as Yanagida Village, which was the only municipality without coast in the Noto Peninsula. The Japanese style building with black roof tiles blends in with the surrounding greenery, providing a tranquil atmosphere. The bath, open from 7:30, invites visitors to stop by for hot springs from early morning.
The clear and colorless hot-spring water of Yanagida Onsen, coming from the in-house source, feels slippery to the touch. Containing sodium sulfate, the hot water seems to cling to the skin to warm the body up from the core. The words by the reception clerk, “Some people even come to take the bath twice a day,” are quite convincing. With the green landscape beyond the window, the clean baths provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Also, the hot spring water is drinkable and warms the body from inside.
Shampoo and body-wash are provided in the baths. Washcloths (sold at 150 yen) and bath towels (rental at 100 yen) are also available at the front desk. Therefore, you don’t need special preparation to take a hot-spring bath here.
If you want to luxuriate in the hot spring, stay here overnight. Rates are from 7,290 yen for an adult for one night accommodation with dinner and breakfast, and from 4,455 yen without dinner and breakfast. The Japanese-style rooms provide peaceful and relaxing space.

The surrounding thicket greenery can be viewed from the guest rooms.
The surrounding thicket greenery can be viewed from the guest rooms.
  Home-grown ginkgo nuts are sold at the shop inside the facility. Wild vegetables are also sold in spring.
Home-grown ginkgo nuts are sold at the shop inside the facility. Wild vegetables are also sold in spring.
  The dressing room represents the concept of the facility: “An old yet clean inn”.
The dressing room represents the concept of the facility: “An old yet clean inn”.

Jomon Mawaki Onsen (Hot Spring)

From this onsen, you can see both the Sea of Japan and historic Jomon ruins.


Address: 19-39 Aza Mawaki, Noto-cho, Hosu-gun, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone: 0768-62-4567
Hours: 13:00 – 21:00
Closed: Mondays
Parking: Available
Access: About 50 minutes by car from the Noto Yuryo (Noto Toll Road) Anamizu Interchange
 
■This hot spring inside a park containing historic ruins boasts excellent views
The Mawaki ruins are one of the Hokuriku region’s largest examples of Jomon historic ruins, and have been designated a national historic landmark. Jomon Mawaki Onsen is located inside Mawaki Iseki Koen (Mawaki Ruins Park), where you will also find such attractions as the Mawaki Iseki Jomon Kan (Jomon-Mawaki Ruins Museum), which houses artifacts from the ruins, and KamuKamu Land, a playground that uses the sloping ground to great effect.
The building is reminiscent of Jomon houses, and there are two bath facilities inside. One is the Asunaro no Yu, which symbolizes masculinity. The dynamic design features a 12m-tall open ceiling space, through which an asunaro (hiba arborvitae) tree grows. The Iraka no Yu, on the other hand, uses the curves and smooth surfaces of rocks to symbolize femininity. Both are equipped with outdoor baths that use the hot spring water in undiluted form. During the day, bathers can view the Sea of Japan and the Mawaki ruins, while at night they can see the lights of fishing boats below and a sea of stars above. Relax both your body and soul.

KamuKamu Land, a park that uses the hilly terrain.
KamuKamu Land, a park that uses the hilly terrain.
  The onsen is connected by a corridor to the Jomon Mawaki PorePore lodgings.
The onsen is connected by a corridor to the Jomon Mawaki PorePore lodgings.
 

Ebisu Yu

This retro sento (public bath) in located on the tip of the Noto Peninsula.
The water is heated with firewood, in the same style as old sento.


Address: 19-45 Shoin, Shoin-machi, Suzu City
Phone: 0768-82-0402
Hours: 14:00 – 20:00
Fee: adults 420 yen
Closed: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Parking: None
Access: About 90 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange
 
■A sento where Ebisu–sama (the god of fishing and commerce) greets customers
This sento is only open three days a week. But the people in the town have been waiting patiently, and flock to the door as soon as it opens. Ebisu Yu sento, located on the tip of the Noto Peninsula in Suzu, is very well known among onsen (hot spring) enthusiasts. It still looks like sento did back when people took baths at sento as a matter of course. At the entrance there’s an illustration of Ebisu, holding a large red sea bream and laughing, and in the bath room, there’s a picture of Mt. Fuji made out of tiles. The lockers have large numbers on them, and there are baskets to put your clothes in after you take them off. Everything seems to have been taken great care of and have its own style. Of course, as in a traditional sento, there are no showers. Use the hot and cold faucets to adjust the water to the temperature you like, and slowly wash your sweat away.
Because the water is heated by firewood, the proprietress bustles back and forth between the attendant’s booth and the boiler room. If a voice calls out from the bath, “The water’s a bit lukewarm,” back she goes to the boiler room. Attention to doing things the traditional way is more important than efficiency – that’s the charm of Ebisu Yu.

   

Minato Yu

Located in the center of a port town. Enjoy a hot bath while gazing at a mural of Mt.Fuji.
An excellent, old-style Japanese sento.


Address: Ushitsu-shin, Noto-cho, Hosu-gun, Ishikawa Prefecture
Hours: 14:00 – 22:30
Fee: Adults 420 yen
Closed: Days with an 8 in them
Access: About 60 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange

■A place for socializing and bathing in Minatocho
Minato Yu was built in 1948 and the original building is still standing. Here, the fishermen and working women of Ushitsu, a major port town in Noto, are able to relax for a short space of time. As you pass through the short curtain hanging at the entrance, a snug changing room and bath room appear before you. Here is where the local residents gather to socialize. As they leave the bath, talking to each other animatedly, steam rises from their heated bodies.
A tile mural of Mt. Fuji, a standard sight in traditional Japanese sento, is of course present. It's a truly luxurious feeling to soak in a hot bath while gazing at Mt. Fuji.
The old building, the tile mural, the fans in the ceiling and the massage chair - all of these remain unchanged from the old days. And just as in the old days, firewood and sawdust is burned to heat the water for the bath. Here you can find the history of Japan's sento.

   

Suzu Beach Hotel

All rooms in this magnificently located hotel have ocean views.
There is a heated pool, and Internet access is available.


Address: 1-2-480 Takojima-machi, Suzu City
Phone: 0768-82-7000
Website: http://www.suzu-beachhotel.jp/index.php
Hours: Check-in 15:00, Check-out 11:00
Rates: Beginning at 10,500 yen for Japanese and Western-style rooms, with breakfast (Price per person for double occupancy)
Parking: Available
Access: About 50 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange
 
■A fully equipped classic resort hotel
A wonderful view of the beautiful deep blue Sea of Japan is available from the windows in every room. If the weather permits, you might even be lucky enough to see the Tateyama mountain range in Toyama prefecture. Hachigasaki Beach is nearby, and we recommend that you take the time to relax and spend time in these natural surroundings, enjoying the breeze and the sounds - things you can't usually do in your busy life.
Both breakfast and dinner are available in our in-house restaurant, the Camellia. The menu is overflowing with Suzu-style dishes made from fresh local ingredients.
Most rooms come with twin beds, but for those who want to enjoy the feel of Japan, Japanese-style rooms are also available. Internet access is possible. A fitness gym overlooking the sea is located inside the hotel, and there is also a 25m heated pool and Jacuzzi. Our goal is to provide what you need to meet your travel goals and desires. For a true resort hotel at the tip of the Noto Peninsula, look no further than the Suzu Beach Hotel!

   

Flatt’s By The Sea Guesthouse

Staying at this minshuku (guesthouse) feels just like being invited into a private home in Noto. The evening meal is Italian cuisine prepared by the Australian owner, using fresh local ingredients.


Address: 20-95-2 Hanami, Noto-cho, Hosu-gun, Ishikawa
PrefecturePhone: 0768-62-1900
Website: http://www.flatts.jp/english.html
Rate: 1 night (with 2 meals) from 8,500 yen per adult
Parking: 10 spaces
Access: About 40 minutes by car from the Noto Yuryo (Noto Toll Road) Anamizu Interchange
 
■Noto Italian in a Japanese Home Setting
Unlike hotels or ryokan, minshuku are located in private houses, and provide more of the experience of staying in an ordinary home. Flatt’s By The Sea is a small minshuku, with only three rooms available each day. In 1997, a husband and wife team (she was born and raised in Noto, he’s from Australia) bought an abandoned former minshuku, set in an old Japanese home, and reopened it for business.
Flatt’s claim to fame is its delicious Italian cuisine, prepared with skill by Ben, the male half of the team. He uses fresh Noto seafood and a local traditional fish sauce to create an original style. Enjoy Noto Italian while sitting in a tatami room and listening to jazz music. Each day’s cuisine is determined by the fish caught that morning and the seasonal vegetables available, so it’s essentially chef’s choice.
You’re welcome to come for just a meal as well, but because each meal is hand-prepared using the day’s ingredients, reservations are required by the day before. For a light meal, we recommend Flatt’s Bakery & Café on the premises, where you can buy freshly baked bread.

   

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.

   

Yume Ichirin Kan

Nature, people, tradition - Noto combines them all in this soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant!


Address: 28-1 Aza Tome, Noto-cho, Hosu-gun
Phone: 0768-76-1552
Hours: 11:00-17:00 (Open after 17:00 by reservation)
Closed: Mondays (except when Monday is a national holiday)
Parking: 10 spaces

■Searching for "the real thing"
The owner of this restaurant, Takaichi Noriyuki, is dedicated to protecting "the real thing." He stores at low temperature freshly-ground gen-soba (buckwheat with blackish husks) brought in from Togakushi, in Shinshu, and he hand-roasts flying fish to produce a stock called ago-dashi. All his efforts are in pursuit of the true soba flavor.

■A taste of Noto
Recommended dishes include Oroshi soba (soba with grated Japanese radish) at 1,050 yen, and Tenita soba, which comes with wild greens tempura in spring and summer, and mushroom tempura in fall and winter for 1,800 yen. Every item on the menu is made with deep respect for the ingredients raised in the nature of Noto and by people there. The building, a historic private house in Suzu that was dismantled and moved to its current location, adds to the charm.

■Development of products from local ingredients
New products developed from local ingredients, such as kitchen cheese made from smoked tofu for 525 yen and jam made just from blueberries and sugar for 630 yen, have also been well received. Takaichi-san's desire not to create fake products has taken root.

Itamori soba 945 yen. The garnishes are also handmade.
Itamori soba 945 yen. The garnishes are also handmade.
  Takaichi Noriyuki making soba. He is an enthusiastic proponent of using local ingredients to develop products.
Takaichi Noriyuki making soba. He is an enthusiastic proponent of using local ingredients to develop products.
 

Noto Japanese-style Dining SHO-TATSU

Enjoy novel and playful food prepared using Noto and Ishikawa Prefecture ingredients.


Address: 15-38 Iida-machi, Suzu City
Phone: 0768-82-0310
Website: http://www.suzu-city.jp/sho-tatsu/
Hours: 17:00 - 22:00 (Last order at 21:30) For course meals and lunch, reservations are required the previous day
Closed: Sundays (Will open if reservations are made the previous day)
Parking: None
Access: About 60 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Noto Airport Interchange

■Carefully planned SHO‐TATSU style
Okara (soy pulp) from Ohama soybeans grown in Suzu, soybean gyoza (pot stickers), and hamburgers made from Noto soybeans and not a bit of meat are some of the varied and original dishes on offer using Noto and Ishikawa Prefecture ingredients. The different sauces, including dessert sauce, dressings and ponzu sauce, are also all handmade. The chef pays close attention to details such as the ingredients and cooking temperature when planning foods that can only be eaten at SHO-TATSU.
He doesn't cut corners on any dishes, but always serves the food in its top condition, so reservations are required for lunch and course dinners. A la carte dishes can be enjoyed at any time, without reservations. The modern building catches the eye in this neighborhood, and three types of seating are available - open-air tables seating, seating at the calm, relaxing counter, and seating at Japanese low tables with an opening underneath to stretch out your legs.

   

Nizami Coffee Café

Enjoy highly-rated coffee at the directly-managed shop of a popular roaster.


Address: 7-30-1 Iida-machi, Suzu City
Phone: 0768-82-7023
Hours: 10:00 - 19:00 (- 18:00 in winter; please call)
Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays
Parking: 7 spaces
 
■Gourmet flavored coffee can be enjoyed in a casual setting.
This is the second shop of "Nizami Coffee Shop Funagoya", which Yoko Nizami opened in Kinoura after she returned home to Suzu from Tokyo, where she learned coffee bean roasting. Her coffee became popular by word of mouth, attracting enthusiastic fans throughout Japan, and this cafe was opened in response to strong demand for a place to taste her coffee. The shop interior has a bright atmosphere featuring white plaster walls and wood grain. The concept is to provide a space where anyone, including local old men and middle-aged women, can feel free to come and relax.
Placing great importance on freshness, beans are sent directly from Kinoura every day. There are roughly 14 kinds of beans in the display-case to select from, including special blends and straight coffees from various counties. The most popular brand is the Funagoya Blend (500 yen), which has an exquisite balance between bitterness and acidity. Along with the coffee, the handmade cakes are not to be missed (from 300 yen; three types available; changed daily).

   

Salt

Salt making is a traditional industry in Noto. The natural salt, made from clean seawater, is rich in minerals, and brings out the flavor of ingredients in food.


■Natural product full of minerals
The beautiful sea of Noto gives people not only seafood, but also salt, which is an essential component in people's diets.  The Agehama-shiki Seien (banked-terrace salt production method) is a traditional method of salt production, which has been practiced for over 400 years in the Suzu area of Noto, and is not carried out anywhere else in Japan. This primitive method of salt production involves solar evaporation of seawater and requires a lot of time and effort. The faint sweetness hidden behind the sharpness is evidence of the fact that the salt contains a lot of naturally-derived minerals, and simple dishes such as grilled fish or rice balls taste clearly different when seasoned with it. The salt enhances the original flavor of ingredients.
 
<Visitors are invited to watch banked-terrace salt production (spring – summer)>
Kakuhana Family (national intangible cultural treasure)
Address: 1-58 Nie-machi, Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture
Suzu Salt Farm Village
Address: Aza 12-1, Nie-machi 1, Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture