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The Noto Peninsula makes up the northern half of Ishikawa Prefecture, extending about 100 kilometers into the Sea of Japan. The peninsula is known for its coastal scenery, particularly along the Okunoto Coast and the Kongo Coast, as well as for its rural atmosphere. Because the area's public transportation is limited, exploring the area is best done by rental car, which allows visitors much more freedom in exploring the region's attractions. The coastline of the Okunoto area has a calmer inner side that faces the mainland and a rougher outer side that is exposed to the Sea of Japan. The inner coast has fishing villages and small boats that populate the scenery. On the contrary, the Kongo coast is on the outer, western fringe of the Noto Peninsula facing the rough sea, the exposure to which has given the coast a distinctively rugged landscape. It is often considered the most dramatic section of the Noto Peninsula's popular coastal scenery.
The secludedness of the Noto Hanto is one of the main features that draws visitors, and it has been an enduring characteristic of the peninsula for hundreds of years. In the 12th century, members of the Taira family were banished to the area after their defeat in the Gempei War. The residences of some of the family's descendants, the Tokikuni Residences, have been preserved and are open to the public.Much of the coastline of the Noto Peninsula has been given Quasi-National Park status. Small sections of the coast are marked as "pocket parks", and visitors are likely to come across some of them while traveling around the area. The peninsula's two main centers for tourists, Wajima City and Wakura Onsen, provide a relaxed atmosphere different from other cities in Japan.
Founded 1583 by the Maeda Clan and located next to Kenrokuen Garden
One of three great night pleasure spots in Kanazawa district
Great museum to view works of acclaimed contemporary artists
Large Fresh Food Market composed of approximately 200 stores