Enjoy a local fishery experience with fishermen at ‘ Umeya Ryokan’ in Notojima. (Ishikawa)

In 2011, traditional agriculture and fishery life in Noto district was registered as Globally Important Agricultural heritage System. Notojima is located in the mid-part of Noto Peninsula.

2018-09-10   Visit: Charming Towns, Ishikawa,

Fish dishes in Ryokan

Scenery close to the fishing port of Notojima

Let’s travel to experience local culture in Notojima! The Local fishery experience is free of charge!

Notojima has an abundance fresh fish in its port area waters. There’s an interesting Ryokan that provides a fishing experience with local fishermen. If you stay at the Umeya ryokan, you can experience free, fixed net shore fishing. It consists of catching migrating fish using fixed nets. This method allows fish to be caught without injury and you’ll get excited catching a lot of live fish in nets. During your stay at Umeya Ryokan, you can eat fresh, delicious fish and also experiencing a cultural exchange between local fishermen.

Fishing port of Notojima

All are gentle in Noto, including the soil

Noto Penisula, projecting into the Sea of Japan, has been popular as an entrance for continental cultures since ancient times. Even now, they welcome travelers that come from different backgrounds. Visitors from other places are called ‘ Marebito ‘, in Noto. Marebito are given a hearty welcome with Marebito Beliefs. The Eboshioya institution is also present here and unites different kinds of families in order to help each other, creating what feels like more of a real family. Noto expresses that, ‘All are gentle in Noto, including the soil’.

Private house of Notojima

Private house of Notojima

Giving attention to color of the roof tile! The scenery of a fishing village

Notojima Ohashi was a solitary island and was a place used to banish people during the Edo period. It opened 1979 and nowadays, everybody can visit using the bridge. You can feel relaxed and meet many here. While staying on the island, you’ll notice the brilliant black roof tiles, which protect from hard rain and heavy snow during the winter. It’s a peculiar roof tile used specifically for weather and makes for beautiful scenery.


55-30 enome-cho, notojima, nanao-shi, ishikawa-ken

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Address 55-30 enome-cho, notojima, nanao-shi, ishikawa-ken
Access It takes 30 minutes from JR Wagura Onsen station by Notojima Kotsu bus
Phone 0767-84-1315
Website http://umeya-noto.com/index.html