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Okuma Kabuto Festival

A festival held in Noto Nakajima.
Giant wakubata (flag banners) are paraded through the village. 


Address: 1-148 Yokota, Nakajima-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-53-8437
Hours: 8:30 – 17:00 (Last entry at 16:00)
Closed: Mondays (If Monday is a national holiday, closed the next day) and from December 1 to March 9
Fee: Entry 500 yen
Parking: Available
Access: About 1 minute by car from the Noto Yuryo (Noto Toll Road) Yokota Interchange

■Nakajima’s magnificent wakubata festival
Four times a year in Nakajima-machi, a festival is held in which giant crimson banners are carried through the town. The Okumo Kabuto festival is the largest of the four annual festivals held at Shinto shrines in the area, and attracts many sightseers.
The festival is held every year on September 20. The procession, marching to the rhythm of Japanese drums, is led by a man dressed as Sarutahiko (a Japanese Shinto deity), wearing a bright red tengu (goblin) mask with a long nose. The tail of the procession includes 40 to 50 people carrying giant crimson wakubata banners. The waving banners make a magnificent sight. This is a beloved tradition, protected for years by the local residents. The usually quiet village becomes a scene of gaiety for this period of time.
The real thing can only be seen once a year, but at the Noto Nakajima Matsuri Kaikan (Festival Hall), the banners, Sarutahiko’s mask and costume and other items from the festival are on display, and you can watch videos of previous festivals. Experience the same enthusiasm people feel on festival day!

   

Uma Odori (Horse Dance) / Neko Odori (Cat Dance)

Strange festivals held on Notojima in Nanao Bay


Location: Notojima-Hannoura-machi, Nanao City
Parking: None
Access: About 20 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Wakura Interchange
 
■Uma Odori
Niwaka is an ongoing tradition in the six areas of Notojima. Niwaka are the traditional short skits that include mikoshi (portable shrines), lion dances and other dances. Each region has its own traditional program.The Uma Odori held in Hannoura on the west coast is one of those niwaka. Every year on October 13, it is presented as part of the autumn festival. The performance depicts a fight between Kumagai Jiro Naozane, mounted on a black horse, and Taira no Atsumori, on a white horse, in a re-enactment of the Genji and Heike wars. The final scene, where Kumagai, in tears, kills the 16-year-old Atsumori is a highlight of the play.
 
■Neko Odori
The Neko Odori niwaka is the climax of the autumn festival held in Notojima-Bessho-machi. The actors play a samurai dressed in a happi coat and carrying a sword, and a monster cat wearing a headdress. The dance is based on a novel from the Edo period, in which a samurai seeks vengeance on a monster cat that killed his parents. To the sounds of a flute playing, the actors leap and bound around the stage, imitating a fight.

   

Notojima Glass Art Museum

Introducing a variety of glass art, from modern artwork to sculptures based on designs by the world’s master artists


Address: 125-10 Notojima-Koda-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-84-1175
Website: http://www.city.nanao.ishikawa.jp/glass/home.html
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (To 16:30 from December to March)
Fee: Entry 800 yen, free for middle school students and younger
Closed: Every 3rd Tuesday (the following day if Tuesday is a national holiday. Open every day in August.)
Parking: Available
Access: About 20 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Wakura Interchange
 
■A collaboration of glass and architecture
The museum is located on a low hill overlooking the Noto Peninsula and Nanao Bay. A variety of glass works are on display, from pieces by modern artists to artifacts from the Qing Dynasty of China. Even among all of these amazing pieces, the ones that draw your eye are the glass sculptures created by Venetian maestros based on drafts by such master artists as Picasso, Chagall, and Jean Cocteau. Just gazing upon such works, created through the combination of original ideas and the techniques used to cast them into shape, is a thrilling experience.
The building itself, with its futuristic design, is also worth looking at. Traditional Ishikawa crafts, such as lacquer and Kutani ware, have been adopted in the building’s details. In addition, many unique ideas have been incorporated into the building, such as a small window that lets light in and projects an architectural diagram of the museum onto the floor. There’s a lot to see and enjoy at this museum!



 


   

Noto Cloth Hall

This museum introduces the manufacturing process for Noto Jofu cloth.
You can also try your hand at weaving.


Address: 134-1 Notobeshimo, Nakanoto-machi, Kashima-gun, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone: 0767-72-2233
Website: http://www.town.nakanoto.ishikawa.jp/webapps/www/section/detail.jsp?id=105
Hours: 9:30 – 16:00 (to 15:00 from October to March)
Fee: Entry free; Hands-on experience from 1,500 yen
Parking: Available
Access: About 10 minutes on foot from JR Notobe Station
 
■Hand-woven cloth created from a complex manufacturing process
Noto Jofu is a traditional Nakanoto-machi handicraft, and it has been registered as an intangible cultural asset of Ishikawa Prefecture. It is said that the technique for making this cloth was brought by the imperial princess of Emperor Sujin, roughly 2,000 years ago. The features of this cloth are the detailed splashed patterns, the breathability of the fabric, and its light, gentle touch on the skin. At the beginning of the Showa era, this area was the top producer of hemp fabric in the nation, but now only this hall and one textile manufacturer remain.
In the hall, visitors can observe the entire manufacturing process, all done by hand. The process of making Noto Jofu involves a series of complicated operations, such as dyeing the thread different colors according to the pattern, and matching the warp and weft of the intricate designs. The more intricate the splashed patterns, the higher the level of skill required.
If you make a reservation in advance, you can try weaving using the looms yourself. There are two courses – you can weave a 30cm long piece of cloth, or a 70cm long piece. It takes about two hours to weave a 30cm length of cloth. This experience brings you closer to this traditional craft.

   

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.
 

   

Canoe Island

Enjoy nature on Noto’s sea


Address: Ho-18 Notojima-Koda-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-84-0303
Website: http://www.dab.hi-ho.ne.jp/canoe-island/
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
Website: http://www.notodive.jp/
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
  Image of experience
Image of experience
  Image of experience
Image of experience

Ipponsugi Shotengai (Shopping Street)

This shopping street has been in existence since the Muromachi period (1336-1573).
Many specialty shops with long histories stand side-by-side. 


Location: Ipponsugi-machi, Nanao City

■A shopping street where history and humanity mingle
JR Nanao Station is the last stop on the JR Nanao Line and the first stop on the Noto Railway. Ipponsugi Shotengai is located a three-minute walk from this station. The entrance to the shopping street is at the red bridge that crosses the Misogi River, which flows through the town. The bridge is named the Sentai Bridge. The street is lined with elegant shops and crisscrossed with alleys laid out in a Kyoto-style grid; here and there, you can feel vestiges of the prosperous castle town visited by people from all over the nation.
Along the street, specialty shops look much as they did in the past, selling soy sauce, Buddhist alters, candles, tea, konbu (kelp), clothing, sweets and more. And these shops don’t simply sell goods. Each one has its own storyteller, who talks about the history of the store and what Nanao was like in the past – be sure to speak to them. Interacting with the people who love Nanao and the Ipponsugi Shotengai is sure to create a lasting memory of your trip. 

   

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.

   

Tsumakoibune-no-Yu

A free footbath with a superb view of Nanao Bay and Notojima Island


Address: 1-1 Hibari, Wakura-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-62-1555 (Wakura Onsen Tourism Association)
Hours: 7:00-19:00
Fee: Free
Closed: January 10 – End of February
Parking: Available
Access: About 7 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Wakura Interchange
 
■Refresh yourself with the sea view and the hot spring
Tsumakoibune-no-Yu is a part of Yuttari Park, a seaside facility overlooking Nanao Bay. This is located in the Wakura hot-spring resort area, which is bristling with hotels and Japanese inns. Anyone can use this footbath for free. The clear and colorless hot-spring water comes from the source of Wakura Onsen. Soaking your feet for ten minutes will warm not only the feet but also the whole body, relieving the tiredness from walking around.
Perhaps the greatest charm of the facility is its location. The long bathtub, laterally facing the seashore, gives you a view of Nanao Bay and Notojima Island directly in front of you, wherever you are seated. The area can be enjoyed not only on fine days, but also when the sky is cloudy, which is common for the region, as this gives a relaxed feeling. This is a special place within Wakura Onsen resort, where visitors can enjoy both the hot springs and the sea view at the same time.

   

Wakura Onsen Soyu (public hot-spring bath)

Wakura hot springs were discovered about 1,200 years ago.
The "soyu", located roughly in the center of the town, is a nonresidential public bathhouse.


Address: Wa-5-1, Wakura-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-62-2221
Website: http://www.wakura.co.jp/
Hours: 7:00-22:00
Entry fee: Middle school students and older: 480 yen
Parking: Available
Access: About 10 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Wakura Interchange
 
■Non-residential hot-spring baths
According to legend, Wakura Onsen was discovered when someone saw a wounded egret trying to heal itself. The hot springs have been carefully conserved since a long time ago. During the Edo period, for example, the hot springs were maintained by the Maeda clan, lords of the Kaga domain. A soyu is a public bathhouse, and visitors can enjoy the Wakura hot springs without needing to stay at a hotel or a Japanese inn.
The main component of the water in Wakura Onsen is sodium chloride. The soyu has various facilities to help visitors get the most out of the hot water, which contains abundant natural minerals. The baths' design is based on Ryugu-jo, the undersea palace of a dragon king. In addition to large bathtubs, there are saunas, cold-water baths, and vibration baths. Each of the men's and women's baths is equipped with an outdoor pool made of stone, which makes them have a different atmosphere from the indoor baths.

This is a “walking bath”, which is a footbath that people walk through. Perfect for relieving fatigue from walking around.
This is a “walking bath”, which is a footbath that people walk through. Perfect for relieving fatigue from walking around.
  Soyu’s hot-spring eggs are made using water from a special tap. They are 50 yen each.
Soyu’s hot-spring eggs are made using water from a special tap. They are 50 yen each.
  Towels are also available at a price of 200 yen each, so you don’t have to bring your own bathing set.
Towels are also available at a price of 200 yen each, so you don’t have to bring your own bathing set.

Kagaya

KAGAYA has been ranked No. 1 for 30 consecutive years on the "Pros Select Japan's Best 100 Hotels and Ryokan" list.
It's the one place everyone wants to stay.


Address: Yo-80, Wakura-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-62-1111
Website: http://www.kagaya.co.jp/en/
Check-in: 15:00  Check-out: 11:00
Rate: 1 night (includes 2 meals) from 22,200 yen
Parking: Available
Access: About 10 minutes from the Noetsu Expressway Wakura Interchange
 
Based on votes by travel agencies across Japan, the judges in the "Pros Select Japan's Best 100 Hotels and Ryokan" poll have chosen Kagaya as the top ryokan. The ranking is based on scores in four categories - hospitality, food, facilities, and design. In addition to individual categories, the overall ranking is also determined. For 30 years, Kagaya has held the overall top position, making it Japan's No. 1 place to stay.
In the lobby, artworks such as Kutani porcelain and Wajima lacquer ware by some of Ishikawa prefecture's best artisans are on display. It's very much like being in a museum. The perfection of the facilities, including the Matsuri Koya, a room where performances are staged, and the aesthetic salon with its Zen motif, makes it hard for visitors to say goodbye to this ryokan.
The meals make plentiful use of the sea's seasonal bounty, while great care is given to the presentation, from the dishes used to the arrangement of food on the dishes. Even the timing of the meals is calculated. Everything, from the large public bath with its carefully arranged view of the sea to the yukata (light cotton robes) delivered to your room after check-in in just the right size, provide you with a true feeling of hospitality.

   

Tadaya

At this inn, enjoy the beautiful view while eating delicious meals and relaxing in the onsen.


Address: 3-29 Okuhara-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-62-3434
Website: http://www.tadaya.net/
Hours: Check-in 15:00, Check-out 10:00
Rates: 1 night (with 2 meals) from 15,900 yen
Parking: Available
Access: About 7 minutes by car from the Noetsu Expressway Wakura Interchange

■Rooms, meals, onsen – there are many ways to enjoy yourself 
This quiet, secluded inn lies in the back of Wakura Onsen Street. Located on the spine of a low hill, it looks out over Nanao Bay, and the beauty of the scenery deserves special mention. If you're very lucky, you'll be able to see a wondrous scene – the surface of the sea dyed crimson by the setting sun.
In addition to regular rooms, there are several special rooms – a sukiya (tea ceremony arbor) style room, a room that blends Japanese and Western styles, a room with its own outside bath, a room with a tea room attached, a room with a Japanese-style hearth, and one with a veranda you can fish from. Select the one that suits your taste and travel goals. The meals stress quality over quantity, and the ingredients are carefully scrutinized before use. The dishes and the arrangement of the food are also carefully planned, and you'll enjoy your meal with your eyes as well as your taste buds. You won't be able to stop talking about it!
The selection of baths is also luxurious, from the huge great bath and the outside bath, which allows you to feel at one with the ocean, to the hinoki cypress bath and the ceramic bath. The wide variety of onsen is sure to satisfy you.
 

VIP room  Rikyu
VIP room Rikyu
  Guest room with outdoor bath  Hogetsu
Guest room with outdoor bath Hogetsu
  Image of the food
Image of the food

Noto Omakidai

This public inn is located on the shore overlooking Nanao Bay.
The oyster dishes, available only in winter, are very popular.


Address: Ibu 55 Omaki, Nakajima-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-66-1121
Hours: Check-in 15:00, check-out 10:00
Rates: Japanese-style room from 6,300 yen per person (adult), Western-style room 5,775 yen per person (adult),
           evening meal from 2,100 yen, breakfast from 1,050 yen
Parking: 55 spaces
Access: About 10 minutes by car from the Noto Yuryo (Noto Toll Road) Yokota Interchange

■This inn prides itself on its natural onsen and Noto ingredients
The affordable prices of this local government-run inn mean that anyone can afford to stay here. It's located on an elevated area in the Noto Peninsula Quasi-National Park, and on a clear day you can see the Tateyama mountain range in the distance. The lookout deck at the back of the lobby is the perfect place to look at Nanao Bay. The sunrise from here is spectacular. All guest rooms have an ocean view. In addition to Japanese-style rooms and Western-style rooms with twin beds, there are deluxe suites with a bedroom and an attached tatami room. (for 2 or more people only)
The main appeal is the natural onsen in the building. Enjoy the hot water, slippery to the touch, in the large public bath and the outdoor bath, which has a great view. Guests of the inn can descend to the beach, use the onsen (Iyashi no Yu) in the annex for free. It's about a five-minute walk along the promenade. The evening meal is a multi-course meal prepared using ingredients from Noto's ocean and mountains. From November to March, the Nakajima special oyster roast course, at 4,200 yen per person, is highly recommended.

   

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.

   

Soba Restaurant Kuki

Meals are prepared carefully and with integrity.
A taste-conscious soba restaurant run by a parent-child team.


Address: Ra-bu 69 Kochi, Omaki, Nakajimacho, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-66-6690
Website: http://www.kukisoba.com/
Hours: 11:30 - 18:00
Closed: Wednesdays, every 3rd Tuesday (the following day if it is a national holiday)
Parking: 12 spaces

■Soba made possible by home-made flour
The base of the soba known as Gen soba is the buckwheat crushed using a stone mortar every morning. Three kinds of buckwheat flour are made using old types of buckwheat with varying grain sizes, and these are blended to produce different characteristics. Translucency, a mochi (sticky rice cake)-like texture and fragrance - when all three factors have been achieved, Kuki soba is ready. 
The most popular version is the Inaka Seiro, at 1,050 yen, made from 100% soba flour. The fattish noodles are have a mochi-like when chewed, and release an appetizing fragrance. The Seiro, cold noodles dipped in sauce, are the standard dish, but there are six hot versions, including tempura soba at 1,500 yen. If you're really hungry, try the set that includes Seiro soba topped with grated Japanese yam and accompanied by a bowl of rice, for 1,200 yen.
The restaurant, which is in a remodeled private home that was built in 1888, used to be wife Miwako's family home. The Kukis lived here as newlyweds, and the house must hold many memories for them. There's definitely a nostalgic air about the place.

Kamo (duck) Seiro 1,600 yen. Get 100% soba flour noodles for an extra 200 yen.
Kamo (duck) Seiro 1,600 yen. Get 100% soba flour noodles for an extra 200 yen.
  The cushions around the table give it a nostalgic aie, as though you
The cushions around the table give it a nostalgic aie, as though you're visiting a relative's house.
 

Il Piatto Hatada

Italian cuisine prepared from local ingredients by a Noto-born chef.


Address: 1-5 Daikaichi, Kojima-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-58-3636
Website: http://www5.plala.or.jp/Hatada/index.html
Hours: 11:30 - 14:30 (Last order), 17:30 - 21:00 (Last order)
Closed: Wednesdays
Parking: 20 spaces

■Experiencing Noto's flavors the Italian way
This Italian restaurant was opened by the Noto-born chef, who fell in love with the ingredients of his home town. On Noto Peninsula, ingredients come from the sea and the mountain. Vegetables are flavored with the hard work of farmers and the seafood comes fresh from the treasure chests of the coastal waters off Nanao City and from the oceans all around Noto. This chef takes pride in drawing the fragrance and flavor from these ingredients, prepared simply but carefully.
Lunch consists mainly of pasta sets starting at 980 yen. If you would like a full-course meal, try the chef's suggested lunch at 2,800 yen. This includes an appetizer, pasta of the day, main dish, dessert and drink, for a meal that should fill anyone up. For dinner, full-course meals are available starting at a reasonable 2,000 yen, as well as a la carte dishes that include hand-kneaded pasta and seasonal vegetables. Wine made from Noto grapes is also available.

   

Fish & Chips

Located on the second floor of Noto Shokusai Ichiba, which is a base of sightseeing in Noto, this restaurant specializes in seafood dishes.


Address: 13-1 Ingai, Fuchu-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-54-0450
Website: http://www.shokusai.co.jp/floor/2f-fac.html
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 (16:00 - 17:00 on weekdays: teatime)
Closed: Tuesdays (Unless Tuesday falls on a national holiday) and January 1; Open every day from July to November
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.
 
■Western-style dishes with a generous amount of seafood
This restaurant is located on the second floor of Noto Shokusai Ichiba (Noto Food Bazaar), adjacent to Nanao Port. With background jazz music, you can relax and enjoy the splendid view of the port and the sea. Noto Shokusai Ichiba is also known as Nanao Fisherman's Warf. In keeping with its title, there are a large variety of seafood dishes, such as fresh fish carpaccio, pizza, and pasta. There are also good-value daily lunch specials (from 998 yen) available. This restaurant is popular with a wide range of people, from local families to tourists.
Fish & Chips, which is the name of the restaurant, is a traditional British dish consisting of deep-fried cod fillet and fried chips. This is the restaurant's most popular item, and it goes very well with all kinds of alcoholic drinks served here, such as wines and beers.

  An example of the set lunch menu
An example of the set lunch menu
 

Tsujiguchi Hironobu Confectionery Art Museum Le Musee de H

He won a victory in the world cup of western sweets, La Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.
He wants to produce patisseries that spread their wings from Noto to the world.


Address: Wa-bu 65-1 Wakura-machi, Nanao City
Phone: 0767-62-4000
Website: http://www.kagaya.co.jp/le_musee_de_h/contents/wakuraConcept.html
Hours: 9:00 - 19:00 (Museum is open from 8:00 - 17:00)
Closed: Open 365 days a year
Fee: Museum entry 600 yen (includes entry to the Kado Isaburo Museum)
Parking: 20 spaces

■An array of Noto-only sweets
At the age of 29, Hironobu Tsujiguchi won the prestigious La Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie, establishing himself as the top sweets maker in the world. He opened his own Museum and Café, where he offers a variety of sweets, from jelly rolls to Japanese confectioneries.
The café space has a very open feel, with a great view of Nanao Bay. Enjoy something to drink while trying the variety of cakes available. Noto-only sweets made from Noto ingredients, such as milk from organically raised Noto cows and natural salt from the Agehama Salt Farm, are particularly recommended. Try the Vogue, a cheese mousse filled with a compote of figs stewed in Noto wine at 550 yen, or the Kaga Bocha Roll, which is a Kaga bocha-flavored cake rolled around Noto Dainagon azuki bean paste, at 420 yen, or any of the many other varieties. The lineup changes with the seasons, so the anticipation of not knowing which sweets will be available just adds to the enjoyment.
In the museum are displayed works that fuse sweets and art, such as a 6m tall mural created using candy.

   

Japanese candles

Candles made from vegetable wax extracted from tree nuts


Takazawa Candle Co., Ltd.
Address: 11 Ipponsugi-machi, Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture
 
■Eco-friendly candles embodying the wisdom of living
Japanese candles are made from vegetable wax. They are made by winding Japanese paper with a candlewick made from rushes and pouring vegetable wax extracted from nuts of trees such as wax trees and lacquer trees. Melted wax is sucked up through the wick as it burns, so the candle burns completely until the end. Also, the thick wick helps the flame keep burning even if it is blown by the wind. Furthermore, using plant-derived material generates less soot. They are economically and ecologically friendly lights created with time-honored wisdom.
Ishikawa Prefecture used to be a religious region. In particular, there were many temples in the Noto area, which created a high demand for candles. Candles used to be essential items, however, production has declined since then. Takazawa Candle in Nanao City is the only shop in the prefecture that still makes Japanese candles using the traditional method. Items with designs, such as those of seasonal flowers, are also popular as interior decorations.