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“A mentally-freeing place to be. Green, green, all that could be seen.”
Review of Noto Peninsula

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Owner description: This highly scenic region is in the far south of Japan.
Kamakura, Japan
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“A mentally-freeing place to be. Green, green, all that could be seen.”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

My wife and I went to the Noto Peninsula from August 12 to 17. First off, yes, it was quite hot at times and I did get a pretty good sunburn probably just because I wanted to get "a little colour" and didn't use sunscreen . Besides that, everything was great. As I live in Kanagawa, which is crowded, going to Ishikawa is a great way to get in touch with nature and get rid of stress. We drove there (first to Kanazawa City) and it took 6.5 hours. The toll was 4,500 yen because we left at midnight. Loaded up the ipod and hit shuffle. Nice drive with very little traffic.
The next five days were spent near the sea, both admiring the beautiful rocky shore, and swimming in the warm, clean Japan Sea. Loved it.
From Go Go black curry, to White gyoza, the food was great and reasonably priced. For two nights we stayed at Route Inn, in Nanao near Wakura Onsen (hot spring). 8,000 yen for two with buffet breakfast. It has a nice onsen bath on the first floor, too.
Noto Island is so sweet. The pace of life slows down as soon as you cross one of the beautiful bridges. A public hot spring or the beach. The choice is yours. Snorkle, go fishing. Gorgeous area (don't look at the "whatever" plant across the bay).
Anyway, without getting into details, I can't wait to go there again.

Visited August 2012
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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“Noto Peninsula , Ishikawa”
Reviewed October 14, 2008

We took the train from Nagoya to Takayama ( very nice city )in the mountains. We stayed at the Best Western Hotel. Very clean, comfy and quiet. With breakfast : 15,400 JPY/ night / for two.
From there we rented a car from Hertz ( called Toyota Rental in Japan - 3 days : 23,940 JPY, fuel- return 6,800 JPY , we drove only 600 kms - tolls about $40.) and we drove throught the alps all the way to the Noto peninsula. We took regular roads and highways (toll roads) where available. We drove all the way around the peninsula mainly on route 249. The views were very pretty : ocean, beaches and cliffs. Fishing ports, lighthouses, small villages.
First night we slept in Hakui, a place knowned for U.F.O.'s. The hotel Qkamura(www.qkamura.or.jp/noto ) was very clean, nice, quiet, by the beach (car driven). Extra large room japanese style. Dinner and breakfast included:21,940JPY / night / for 2 pers.
Then the second night we stayed in Suzu, at the Notojiso Hotel. (www.notojiso.com) Our "special room" # 210 was on the ocean . It was a very nice, modern, extra large japanese style room ( more an apartment )very clean, very quiet with 2 balconies. One had a private "onsen" on it (spa). The views were breathtaking. In the morning the raising sun was superb. We had a fantastic looking/tasting dinner and a surprising breakfast as well.30,330 JPY / night/ 2 persons. It was well worth EVERY penny !!!
Now remember after leaving Takayama we did not hear a single english word and at the top of the peninsula the road signs were only in japanese. It made our trip very interesting ! But it also shows you how the japanese people live in mountains and by the ocean. If you do not mind driving on the left side with a right steering wheel ... Make sure you have a very good bilingual road atlas because their GPS are japanese only.

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