Our Path to Noto explores the Hokuriku region of Japan along the western coast, which would include journeying through Ishikawa, Toyama and Fukui. With sheer cliffs, diversified rocks and mountainous terrain seen along the picturesque coastline from Wakasa Bay, Echizen-misaki Point, Tojinbo and Noto-hanto Peninsula, the Hokuriku region offers some of the most spectacular scenery, unique culture and amazing seafood in Japan.
The journey begins in the remote Noto Peninsula, where we embark on an amazing experience visiting markets and fishing villages as we feast on some of the best seafood in Japan; while staying at a special inn, who specialise in Italian food cooked with Noto produce—delightful!
Continuing down the coast, we make our way to Kanazawa, home to Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s most beautiful traditional Japanese gardens and studios of artists and craftsmen. After which, our journey continues south to Komatsu for a very special dining experience before arriving in the onsen town of Yamashiro Onsen.
With onsen and hikes into the hills and forests of Kaga, this part of the journey will certainly relax and soothe the mind and body.
After Yamashiro Onsen, we journey along the dramatic coastline to the small seaside town of Mikuni, a base for us to explore the area famous for Echizen Crabs, stunning castles and magnificent temples.
As we drive to Lake Biwa, we stop in Mihama to visit one of Japan’s best sake breweries. We visit Miho Musuem and the small towns along Lake Biwa before the journey concludes at Kyoto.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Located near a fishing village, Flatt’s is a guesthouse and restaurant operated by an Australian chef and his local-born wife. There are four guest rooms with tatami-mat floors, futon bedding and views over the garden and out to the sea, with both indoor and outdoor bathhouses.
More than a century old, Asadaya Ryokan accords itself with the "Sukiya" style of simplicity to provide exceptional hospitality and unforgettable dining experiences.
One of Aman's finest that prides itself on being located within a natural park on the pure shores of Ago Bay. As part of a local area well known for pearl cultivation and fresh seafood, its lush natural surroundings and its elegant practice of the Japanese onsen tradition makes Amanemu a terrific offering for relaxation, activity and dining.
Preserving its machiya charm and tenor, a drugstore built a hundred and ten years ago has been reborn to accomodate guests. Equipped for modern comfort, the building's refined interior presents a private and cozy space.