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Kanazawa & Noto peninsula
Transition of the seasons and colors of the nature are deeply imprinted in the mind of Japanese and that is what they respect with awe.
On the West coast of Mainland Japan, cold and moisture winds off the Eurasian continent bring regular, heavy snowfalls during winter and make the areas one of the snowiest regions in Japan.
Kanazawa city has rather light snowfall fortunately but in some villages nearby, where seasonably have 3 to 5 meters of snow, the inhabitants used to have nothing but endure the long and merciless winter, praying for the God of snow.
Finally winter comes to an end, spring sunshine melts the snow and let it stream down. Limpid rivers run to the sea irrigating lands and fields all summer long, then in autumn red and yellow leaves catch white snowflakes again.
Clear snowmelt water grows good vegetables and fruits, as well as delicious rice. Cold sea currents foster seafood with blessings.
Both Kanazawa and Noto peninsula are located in Ishikawa prefecture, the place where you can enjoy good food, fresh fish, hot springs and beautiful scenery away from every day’s hustle and bustle.
Ishikawa prefecture had been called Kaga by the end of 19th century. Despite its small size, Kaga was a highly productive province having a net worth of 1 million koku (Koku was an old unit of rice production). Roughly10 billion yen/annum.
On the ground of rich economy, Kaga (=Kanazawa) flourished original handicraft industries. Gold crafts, lacquer wares and silk textiles. All traditional handcrafts take their motif from the nature and created with subtle craftsmanship.
UNESCO appointed Kanazawa to the Creative Cities Network in June 2009.
The town of Kanazawa is charming. It is known as the best-preserved major Edo-period city in the country (along with Takayama). Naga-machi district preserves houses of samurai. Chaya machi districts are famous for Geisha. The Kenrokuen Garden is one of the third beautiful gardens in Japan.
Towns on the Noto peninsula such as Anamizu, Wajima, Wakura Onsen hot springs and Suzu uncover the rugged beauty of coastal line and villages live on the sea.
Anamizu is prominent for the oysters in winter, Suzu is a city at the furthest point of the peninsula. Wakura Onsen hot springs have its history goes back to 1200 years.
Wajima is a capital for lacquer wares, yet it is small enough to discover on foot, as you look down on the sea. Especially the morning market is one of the favorite tourist spots for Japanese, where elderly women hawk every conceivable fish and seashells.
There are infrequent bus services from Kanazawa railway station to most of larger towns in Noto.
By rail, there are local services from Kanazawa railway station to Nanao,
other than taking a direct express from Ueno (Tokyo), Osaka and Nagoya to Wakura Onsen hot springs.
Up to the top of peninsula, change transportation at Nanao to the cities such as Wajima, Wakura Onsen hot springs, and Suzu.
To the base of the Noto peninsula from Kanazawa city takes 1.5hours, then to the top of the peninsula it will take another 2-3hours depends on the transportation.
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