Noto Peninsula

The Noto Peninsula (能登半島, Noto-hantō) is a peninsula that projects north into the Sea of Japan from the coast of Ishikawa Prefecture in central Honshū, the main island of Japan. The main industries of the peninsula are agriculture, fisheries, and tourism.

Noto Peninsula
Native name:
Noto Peninsula Ishikawa Japan SRTM.jpg
Landsat image with high-resolution data from Space Shuttle
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Topographic map of Noto Peninsula
Noto Peninsula is located in Japan
Noto Peninsula
Noto Peninsula
Location in Japan
LocationSea of Japan
Coordinates37°21′N 136°56′E / 37.350°N 136.933°E / 37.350; 136.933Coordinates: 37°21′N 136°56′E / 37.350°N 136.933°E / 37.350; 136.933
PrefectureIshikawa Prefecture


According to Alexander Vovin, the name is derived from Ainu not 'cape' or noto 'big cape'.[1] It is written with two ateji (ad hoc kanji used for an unrelated word): 'ability' and tō/to 'ascend'.

Area and spotsEdit

Three regionsEdit

The area of the Noto Peninsula is divided into 3 regions.

Kuchi-Noto (Entrance of Noto)
South part of the area. Hakui City, Kahoku City, Hōdatsu-shimizu Town, Shika Town
Naka-Noto (Middle of Noto)
Middle part of the area. Nanao City, Wakura Onsen Resort, Naka-Noto Town, Tatsuruhama
Oku-Noto (Deep Noto or North Noto)
North part of the area. Wajima City, Suzu City, Noto Town, Anamizu Town, Noto Island

Notable spotsEdit

Wakura Onsen
Located in Nanao City, this onsen (or "hot springs") is a famous health resort. The JR Nanao Line also terminates here.
Keta Great Shrine
Located in Hakui City and well known as a shrine for finding a lover and for a good marriage.
Wajima Morning Market
This market is held in the center of Wajima City. Shoppers can buy a variety of fresh fish and vegetables cheaply.
Soji Temple
located in Monzen Town, is a head temple of Sōtō Zen Buddhism. Here there are also older cathedrals, as well as a newer one located in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Mitsuke Jima
Meaning "found island" it is located in Suzu City. The name comes from the legend in which Saint Kukai found his magic stick here.
Located in Kahoku City, the first office computer in Japan was manufactured by Unoke Electronics (now PFU), which was established in this town.
Known as one of the places where Percival Lowell made a stay during his visit to Japan, a memorial hall dedicated to him stands on a small hill near Anamizu Bay.

In filmEdit

The Noto Peninsula features prominently in the Japanese film noir Zero Focus (Zero no Shoten, 1961), directed by Yoshitaro Nomura. The film features breathtaking footage of the peninsula's coast, along with an interesting dissection of the area's social distinctions. Noto Peninsula is also the setting of Hirokazu Koreeda's second film Maborosi (1995) and Shōhei Imamura's final film Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (Akai Hashi no Shita no Nurui Mizu, 2001). Suzu, the city located at the tip of the Noto Peninsula is the setting for the 2014 film Saihate Nite.


JR Nanao Line comes from Kanazawa to Wakura Onsen Station via Unoke, Hakui, Nanao.
Noto Railway
Small local railway from Wakura to Anamizu.
Noto Airport
Located between Anamizu and Wajima. Air line to Tokyo International Airport.
Noto Satoyama Kaido
Stretches from Kanazawa to Anamizu Town.
No-etu Expressway (partly opened)
Comes from Oyabe (Toyama) to Wajima via Nanao and Noto Airport.
Suzu Road
A free elongation of the Noto Tollway, from Anamizu to Suzu.
Route 249
National road that stretches around the Noto Peninsula.


Famous for beautiful Japanese lacquerware produced around Wajima City.
A special fish sauce used for local dishes.
A fish (Japanese amberjack) that is eaten in winter. Yellowtails are called by different names as they grow. In Noto, they are called "Kozokura" -> "Fukuragi" -> "Ganto" -> "Buri".
Sweet Potato Candy
There are many confectioners of this cake located in Deep Noto.
Sea Salt
Noto is the only region in Japan to still produce salt using the Agehama method of salt manufacture, where sea water is brought up in buckets from the ocean to salt fields.


On March 25, 2007, the 2007 Noto earthquake shook the peninsula, causing one death and at least 170 injuries.

Heritage designationEdit

The Noto Peninsula was designated as a part of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Japan) in 2011.[2]


  1. ^ Vovin, Alexander (2020). A Descriptive and Comparative Grammar of Western Old Japanese (2nd ed.). Leiden, Boston: Brill. p. 63. ISBN 978-90-04-42211-7.
  2. ^ "World Agricultural Heritages" (PDF). MAFF(Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries).