Noto Peninsula

Noto Peninsula
Landsat image with high-resolution data from Space Shuttle.

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, tourism, and nuclear power generation.

Location

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Name

Noto has no meaning in Japanese. It appears to come from Ainu, where not means 'peninsula'; the final -o is presumably a paragogic echo vowel, since the Japanese language does not allow final consonants.[1]

Area and spots

Three Regions

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 (Depths of Noto)
North part of the area. Wajima City, Monzen Town, Suzu City, Noto Town, Anamizu Town, Noto Island

Famous spots

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.
Unoke
Located in Kahoku City, the first office computer in Japan was manufactured by Unoke Electronics (now PFU), which was established in this town.
Anamizu
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 film

The Noto Peninsula features prominently in the Japanese film noir "Zero Focus" (Zero no Shoten, 1961), directed by Yoshitara 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 Koreeda Hirokazu's second film Maborosi.

Transportation

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 Tollway
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.

Products

Wajima-nuri
Famous for beautiful Japanese lacquerware produced around Wajima City.
Ishiri
A special fish sauce used for local dishes.
Kan-buri
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".
Potato cakes
There are many confectioners of this cake located in Oku-Noto.

Events

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

References

  1. ^ Vovin, Alexander (2008). "Man'yōshū to Fudoki ni Mirareru Fushigina Kotoba to Jōdai Nihon Retto ni Okeru Ainugo no Bunpu." Kokusai Nihon Bunka Kenkyū Sentā.

Coordinates: 37°21′N 136°56′E / 37.35°N 136.933°E / 37.35; 136.933



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