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Ishikawa Prefecture
Itineraries

Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Itinerary Type :
Architecture, Scenic Drives
Number of Stops :
8
Est. Drive :
30 km / 18.5 miles - 49 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 40 minutes and 2 hours 40 minutes
Flathead Fishing Watchtowers are a unique, historic cultural element in the Anamizu area of the Noto Peninsula. They were first reported in the West by the young Percival Lawrence Lowell (1855-1916) who later went on to fame as an astronomer at Harvard University, his alma mater. (The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona was founded by him.) As a young man from a wealthy and prominent Boston family he traveled extensively in Far East in the 1880s, including an overland trilp from Tokyo to the Noto Peninsula where he was one of the first non-Japanese to visit. As a result of his experiences on that trip he wrote "Noto: An Unexplored Corner of Japan" published in 1891. It is in that book that he describes seeing the Flathead Fishing Towers.

This itinerary begins at the Anamizu Station. It includes stops at all the flathead mullet fishing towers in the Anamizu and Hosu area. Several are not easily seen from the road.

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Itinerary Type :
Golf
Number of Stops :
22
Est. Drive :
749 km / 465.4 miles - 14 hours and 56 minutes
The golf courses in this DriveJapan "itinerary" (which is not meant to be comprehensive) are listed in alphabetic order rather than in any "routing" or other order.

This itinerary/activity can be combined/customized with various other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access these courses from various "gateways" in Ishikawa, the Kanazawa JR Station (if arriving by train), or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports (if arriving by air). All three locations have multiple rental car outlets onsite or nearby.

The very helpful website "www.golf-in-japan.com" is a comprehensive guide in English to golf courses in Japan. It features detailed information on reportedly "all" 2,349 courses of eighteen-holes or more in Japan. The site also includes information on about 500 driving and practice ranges in the central Kanto, Chubu and Kansai areas with additional areas continually added. Over the years its members have rated many of the courses they have played providing a reliable all-around guide from an international players perspective.

In addition to ratings (not all courses have been rated), the site provides price ranges to play each course, the number of holes and the par ratings, the year it was established, the designer, and the address. When you click on a specific course on their site it will also provide the contact information/phone number to make a reservation, plus an access map. It is best to make a reservation to be sure you can play on your desired date and time.

Another helpful website is "www.air-golf.com/travel/before-you-go/whats-it-golf-japan". Their page on what to know before you start is very useful and well written. They also have a list of the courses in Japan but it looks almost identical to the www.golf-in-japan.com website listing.

Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Applicable Dates :
Available June through the 10th of November
Itinerary Type :
Autumn Colors Viewing, Cycling, Hiking/Walks, Scenic Drives
Number of Stops :
19
Est. Drive :
27 km / 16.5 miles - 1 hours and 15 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 2 hours 40 minutes and 5 hours 15 minutes
This itinerary covers the Hakusan-Shirakawago White Road, a scenic highway stretching over 24 kilometers (15 miles) through the beautiful Hakusan National Park. There are 7 significant waterfalls and 13 parking areas for observations and hiking trailheads. Estimated driving time, without stops, is about 60 minutes.

This itinerary only covers the road from the Hakusan Nature Conservation Center/Chugu Museum a little west of toll booth at the west end (in Hakusan City in Ishikawa Prefecture) and the toll booth at the east end (in Shirakawago in Gifu Prefecture) as there are many points of interest along this section.

The road is open from 07:00 - 19:00 (meaning the exits close promptly at 19:00) from early June through August. The road is open from 08:00 - 18:00 (meaning the exits close promptly at 18:00) from September through about November 10th (subject to the road being closed due to early snow or landslides). There are 14 locations with emergency telephones, spaced about 2 kilometers apart along the road. Toilet facilities that include Western-style toilets can only be found at the Nakamiya (Chugu) Onsen Nature Center at the west end of the road, and the Rennyo Teahouse near the east end of the road. Not all stops/parking areas have any restrooms so do try to plan ahead.

The toll for a one-way drive is currently JPY1,400-1,600 (about US$12-16) per passenger car. Cash only. No credit cards accepted (no telephone signal in most places along the route).

Notes: Night parking or camping is prohibited. Visitors must not collect plants or animals as this is a national park. Take any litter out of the park with you. Pedestrians and two-wheeled vehicles (bicycles and motorcycles) are not allowed to enter the road. The road is normally closed in the winter from about November 10th through early June (check the website for specific opening and closing dates each year).

See the above website for more information.

Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Applicable Dates :
Available June through the 11th of November
Itinerary Type :
Autumn Colors Viewing, Hiking/Walks, National Parks, Scenic Drives
Number of Stops :
19
Est. Drive :
33 km / 20.5 miles - 1 hours and 27 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 2 hours 40 minutes and 5 hours 15 minutes
This itinerary covers the Hakusan-Shirakawago White Road, a scenic, two-lane highway stretching over 33.3 kilometers (21 miles), 24.5 kilometers (15 miles) of which are toll-road, through the beautiful Hakusan National Park. There are 7 significant waterfalls and 13 parking areas for observations and hiking trailheads. Estimated driving time, without stops, is about 60 minutes.

This itinerary only covers the road from the toll booth at the east end (in Shirakawago in Gifu Prefecture) to the Hakusan Nature Conservation Center/Nakamiya (Chugu) Museum a little west of the toll booth at the west end (in Hakusan City in Ishikawa Prefecture) as there are many points of interest along this section.

The road is open from 07:00 - 19:00 (meaning the exits close promptly at 19:00) from early June through August. The road is open from 08:00 - 18:00 (meaning the exits close promptly at 18:00) from September through about November 10th (subject to the road being closed due to early snow or landslides). There are 14 locations with emergency telephones, spaced about 2 kilometers apart along the road. Toilet facilities that include Western-style toilets can only be found at the Rennyo Teahouse near the east end of the road and the Nakamiya (Chugu) Onsen Nature Center at the west end of the road. Not all stops/parking areas have any restrooms so do try to plan ahead.

The toll for a one-way drive is currently JPY1,400-1,600 (about US$12-16) per passenger car. Cash only. No credit cards accepted (no telephone signal in most places along the route).

Notes: Night parking or camping is prohibited. Visitors must not collect plants or animals as this is a national park. Take any litter out of the park with you. Pedestrians and two-wheeled vehicles (bicycles and motorcycles) are not allowed to enter the road. The road is normally closed in the winter from about November 10th through early June (check the website for specific opening and closing dates each year).

See the above website for more information.

Itinerary Type :
Art, Castles, Gardens, Historic Sites, Museums, Onsens, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
12
Est. Drive :
306 km / 190.0 miles - 6 hours and 57 minutes
This itinerary attempts to list as many of the deluxe accommodations in Ishikawa Prefecture, keeping in mind that there are different standards for hotels, ryokans, minshukus, etc. The concept is that visitors can make a circle, arriving in Komatsu Airport, and departing from Kanazawa by train. Although it can be done with only one night per accommodation, the ideal itinerary would include 2-nights at each selected accommodation one chooses along the way to truly enjoy what they have to offer. This itinerary should then be combined with the city or other "sightseeing" itineraries to be found on this website to truly experience the beauty of Ishikawa Prefecture.

Copyright Hokutetsu
Itinerary Type :
Architecture, Art, Castles, Cherry Blossom Viewing, Gardens, Historic Sites, Markets, Museums, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines, Tour, UNESCO Sites
Number of Stops :
18
Est. Drive :
15 km / 9.1 miles - 60 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 8 hours and 32 hours
This sightseeing route covers notable sites in Kanazawa City. It is not necessary to "drive" around in the city to all these sites. You may find it more convenient to take public transportation, particularly the Kanazawa Loop Bus in either direction.

1) The "Kanazawa Loop Bus" (running daily every 15 minutes from 08:30 - 18:00; the orange route going clockwise, and the green route going counter-clockwise around the city);
2) The "Kanazawa Shuttle" (running daily every 20 minutes from 09:30 - 17:50; making a counter-clockwise circle around Kenroku-en Garden) all departing from the Kanazawa Station, East Gate Bus Terminal, Bus Stop "#0");
3) And/or taxis.

Hokutetsu bus fares are JPY200 per ride, but you can purchase One-Day Pass for hop-on hop-off privileges on the Loop Buses for JPY500, in advance, at their office at the Bus Terminal.

Copyright Hokutetsu
Itinerary Type :
Architecture, Art, Castles, Cherry Blossom Viewing, Gardens, Historic Sites, Markets, Museums, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines, Tour, UNESCO Sites
Number of Stops :
18
Est. Drive :
14 km / 9.0 miles - 58 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 8 hours and 32 hours
This sightseeing route covers notable sites in Kanazawa City. It is not necessary to "drive" around in the city to all these sites. You may find it more convenient to take public transportation, particularly the Kanazawa Loop Bus in either direction.

1) The "Kanazawa Loop Bus" (running daily every 15 minutes from 08:30 - 18:00; the orange route going clockwise, and the green route going counter-clockwise around the city);
2) The "Kanazawa Shuttle" (running daily every 20 minutes from 09:30 - 17:50; making a counter-clockwise circle around Kenroku-en Garden) all departing from the Kanazawa Station, East Gate Bus Terminal, Bus Stop "#0");
3) And/or taxis.

Hokutetsu bus fares are JPY200 per ride, but you can purchase One-Day Pass for hop-on hop-off privileges on the Loop Buses for JPY500, in advance, at their office at the Bus Terminal.

Itinerary Type :
Castles, Cycling, Festivals, Hiking/Walks, Museums, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
10
Est. Drive :
31 km / 19.5 miles - 1 hours and 15 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 2 hours 15 minutes and 8 hours
This itinerary covers sites in and around Nanao and Wakura Onsen. Nanao is a city on the southeast coast of the Noto Peninsula and Wakura Onsen is the very popular onsen (hot spring bath) resort area in Nanao.

It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Nanao. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52). All have several rental car outlets. There are also local trains from Kanazawa Station to Nanao and Wakura Onsen Stations.

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a variety of accommodation options in Nanao, the most recommended ones being in the Wakura Onsen area. There are several first class and deluxe hotels/ryokans along the coastline of the Wakura Onsen, including in order from west to east: Tadaya Ryokan; Kagaya; Matsu no Midori Ryokan; Aenokaze; Hotel Kaibo. There are even more economy and budget hotels, ryokans and minshukus as well.

You can also easily reverse the itinerary, if you wish, just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

Itinerary Type :
Architecture, Farm Stays, Onsens, Unique Accommodations
Number of Stops :
8
Est. Drive :
297 km / 184.6 miles - 6 hours and 24 minutes
The accommodations listed in this itinerary are noteworthy for a variety of reasons. The order is only that of a circle to display them easily on the map. Some are outstanding deluxe properties, while others offer the simplicity of a temple stay, or a farm stay, but all provide unique insights into the local culture of Ishikawa Prefecture. We apologize if we have left any other noteworthy accommodations off this list. Please feel free to email us (info at drivejapan dot info) any suggestions for additions.

Courtesy of Oak: My Everyday Life Journeys
Itinerary Type :
Beaches, Hiking/Walks, Historic Sites, Museums, Onsens, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
11
Est. Drive :
91 km / 56.6 miles - 2 hours and 10 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 2 hours 5 minutes and 6 hours
This itinerary is part of a set of 8 itineraries that circle the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, following the coastal roads as much as possible. You can choose to only follow this itinerary, or you can combine this itinerary with as many of the other "Noto Peninsula" itineraries, and/or "Festival" itineraries, as you like and have the time for.

This itinerary covers the western side of the Noto Peninsula from Kanazawa to Shika. It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Wajima. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52).

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a variety of accommodation options in the Shika City (Shika-machi) area of Hakui District (Hakui-shi) of Ishikawa Prefecture (Ishikwas-ken) where you can spend the night, if you wish. There are considerably less accommodation options between Shika and Wajima.

You can also easily reverse the itinerary, if you wish, just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

Courtesy of Oak: My Everyday Life Journeys
Itinerary Type :
Autumn Colors Viewing, Beaches, Hiking/Walks, Historic Sites, Museums, Onsens, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
19
Est. Drive :
78 km / 48.5 miles - 2 hours and 8 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours 45 minutes and 12 hours 10 minutes
This itinerary is part of a set of 8 itineraries that circle the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, following the coastal roads as much as possible. You can just follow this itinerary, or you can combine it with as many of the other "Noto Peninsula" itineraries, and/or "Festival" itineraries, as you are able.

This itinerary covers the northwestern side of the Noto Peninsula from Shika to Wajima. It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Wajima. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52).

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are relatively few accommodation options between Shika and Wajima. Therefore we would recommend you stay in either the Shika Town area or Wajima City. For something different, however you may want to try a temple stay at the Sojiji Soin Temple (MapCode: 283 422 024*74) in Monzen Town (Monzen-machi); advance reservations required.

You can also easily reverse the itinerary just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

Courtesy of Oak: My Everyday Life Journeys
Itinerary Type :
Historic Sites, Markets, Museums, Onsens, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
13
Est. Drive :
27 km / 17.1 miles - 56 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 3 hours 10 minutes and 10 hours 55 minutes
This itinerary is part of a set of 8 itineraries that circle the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, following the coastal roads as much as possible. You can choose to only follow this itinerary, or you can combine this itinerary with as many of the other "Noto Peninsula" itineraries, and/or "Festival" itineraries, as you like and have the time for.

This itinerary covers sites in and around Wajima City on the north coast of the Noto Peninsula. It is not necessary to "drive" to all the places in the city. You may find it more convenient to walk some since some of the sites are close together.

Note that, if possible, we highly recommend you also visit the Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces at dusk for a "light up", if operating during your visit (usually the winter months). You can then still return to Wajima City to see a performance of the Gojinjo Daiko.
It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it.

It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Wajima. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52). All have several rental car outlets.

If you have extra time you can spend any extra time in Wajima enjoying the local public onsen (hot bath) at the Noto no Sho Ryokan at the east end of Wajima along the coastal highway #249. In the evening you should definitely take in a performance of the Gojinjo Daiko at the Noto Wajima Onsen Hotel (MapCode: 283 800 875*25). Nightly performances are at 21:10.

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a variety of accommodation options in Wajima City where you can spend the night, if you wish. There are considerably less accommodation options, other than local minshukus (B & Bs), between Wajima and Suzu to the east. One of the nicer hotels/ryokans in Wajima is the refined Noto no Sho Ryokan (MapCode: 329 193 788*85) with its own onsen, located to the east of the city proper. Another noteworthy option further to the east is the beautiful Lamp no Yado Ryokan (MapCode: 913 056 436*47), an isolated, 15-room ryokan located right on the northeast Noto coast.

You can also easily reverse the itinerary, if you wish, just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

Courtesy of Oak: My Everyday Life Journeys
Itinerary Type :
Art, Beaches, Festivals, Hiking/Walks, Historic Sites, Museums, Onsens, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
23
Est. Drive :
69 km / 43.0 miles - 2 hours and 50 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours 10 minutes and 13 hours 20 minutes
This itinerary is part of a set of 8 itineraries that circle the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, following the coastal roads as much as possible. You can choose to only follow this itinerary, or you can combine this itinerary with as many of the other "Noto Peninsula" itineraries, and/or "Festival" itineraries, as you like and have the time for.

This itinerary covers the northern and northeastern sides of the Noto Peninsula from Wajima to Suzu City. It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Wajima. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52).

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a variety of accommodation options in Suzu City where you can spend the night, if you wish. There are considerably less accommodation options between Wajima and Suzu with the very notable exception of the deluxe Lamp no Yado Ryokan.

You can also easily reverse the itinerary, if you wish, just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

Courtesy of Oak: My Everyday Life Journeys
Itinerary Type :
Art, Beaches, Festivals, Hiking/Walks, Historic Sites, Markets, Museums, Onsens, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
19
Est. Drive :
24 km / 15.1 miles - 59 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 3 hours 5 minutes and 10 hours 45 minutes
This itinerary is part of a set of 8 itineraries that circle the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, following the coastal roads as much as possible. You can choose to only follow this itinerary, or you can combine this itinerary with as many of the other "Noto Peninsula" itineraries, and/or "Festival" itineraries, as you like and have the time for.

This itinerary covers sites in and around Suzu City on the northeast and east coast of the Noto Peninsula. The sites are fairly spread out so it is best to drive between the sites.

It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Suzu. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52). All have several rental car outlets.


ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a variety of accommodation options in Suzu City and between Suzu and Anamizu where you can spend the night, if you wish. There are considerably less accommodation options between Suzu and Wajima with the outstanding exception of the beautiful Lamp no Yado Ryokan (MapCode: 913 056 436*47), an isolated, 15-room ryokan located right on the coast. One hotel located fairly centrally in Suzu is the Suzu Beach Hotel (MapCode: 329 684 436*60). Another hotel in a good location south of Suzu city is the Notojiso National Lodge (MapCode: 329 524 409*33), a national park lodge overlooking Mitsukejima Island. A beautiful and luxurious option even further along, closer to Anamizu, is the Hyakurakuso Hotel overlooking the Tsukumo Bay (MapCode: 329 193 788*85).

You can also easily reverse the itinerary, if you wish, just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

Courtesy of Oak: My Everyday Life Journeys
Itinerary Type :
Beaches, Hiking/Walks, Museums, Onsens, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
19
Est. Drive :
98 km / 60.8 miles - 3 hours and 30 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 3 hours 5 minutes and 11 hours 40 minutes
This itinerary is part of a set of 8 itineraries that circle the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, following the coastal roads as much as possible. You can choose to only follow this itinerary, or you can combine this itinerary with as many of the other "Noto Peninsula" itineraries, and/or "Festival" itineraries, as you like and have the time for.

This itinerary covers sites from Suzu City to Anamizu on the east and south coast of the Noto Peninsula. It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Anamizu. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52). All have several rental car outlets.

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a variety of accommodation options in Suzu City and between Suzu and Anamizu where you can spend the night, if you wish. There are considerably less accommodation options between Suzu and Wajima. One hotel located fairly centrally in Suzu is the Suzu Beach Hotel (MapCode: 329 684 436*60). Another hotel in a good location is the Notojiso National Lodge (MapCode: 329 524 409*33), a national park lodge overlooking picturesque Mitsukejima Island. A beautiful and luxurious option closer to Anamizu is the Hyakurakuso Hotel overlooking the beautiful Tsukumo Bay (MapCode: 329 193 788*85).

You can also easily reverse the itinerary, if you wish, just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

Courtesy of Oak: My Everyday Life Journeys
Itinerary Type :
Beaches, Hiking/Walks, Museums, Onsens, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
15
Est. Drive :
48 km / 29.7 miles - 1 hours and 21 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 3 hours 35 minutes and 8 hours 25 minutes
This itinerary is part of a set of 8 itineraries that circle the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, following the coastal roads as much as possible. You can choose to only follow this itinerary, or you can combine this itinerary with as many of the other "Noto Peninsula" itineraries, and/or "Festival" itineraries, as you like and have the time for.

This itinerary covers sites from Anamizu to Notojima Island on the east and south coast of the Noto Peninsula, ending in Wakura Onsen. It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Notojima. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52). All have several rental car outlets.

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a variety of accommodation options around Anamizu where you can spend the night, if you wish. There are less accommodation options between Anamizu and Notojima/Wakura Onsen, mostly small minshuku (Japanese style bed & breakfasts). One hotel located before the bridge to Notojima is the Noto Omakidai National Lodge (MapCode: 590 480 761*03). Wakura Onsen, in Nanao City across the south bridge from Notojima, does have a complete range of accommodations, most with relaxing onsen baths. The most famous hotel in Wakura is the historic Kagaya (MapCode: 590 305 425*52). A deluxe hotel nearby is the Matsu no Midori Ryokan overlooking Nanao Bay (MapCode: 590 305 373*74). It features a small museum in the lobby dedicated to the famous local lacquer-ware artist Kado Isaburo, as well as a beautiful tea house with a view of the bay.

You can also easily reverse the itinerary, if you wish, just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

Itinerary Type :
Castles, Cycling, Festivals, Hiking/Walks, Museums, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
10
Est. Drive :
31 km / 19.5 miles - 1 hours and 15 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 2 hours 15 minutes and 8 hours
This itinerary is part of a set of 8 itineraries that circle the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, following the coastal roads as much as possible. You can choose to only follow this itinerary, or you can combine this itinerary with as many of the other "Noto Peninsula" itineraries, and/or "Festival" itineraries, as you like and have the time for.

This itinerary covers sites in and around Nanao and Wakura Onsen. Nanao is a city on the southeast coast of the Noto Peninsula and Wakura Onsen is the very popular onsen (hot spring bath) resort area in Nanao.

It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Nanao. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52). All have several rental car outlets. There are also local trains from Kanazawa Station to Nanao and Wakura Onsen Stations.

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a variety of accommodation options in Nanao, the most recommended ones being in the Wakura Onsen area. There are several first class and deluxe hotels/ryokans along the coastline of the Wakura Onsen, including in order from west to east: Tadaya Ryokan; Kagaya; Matsu no Midori Ryokan; Aenokaze; Hotel Kaibo. There are even more economy and budget hotels, ryokans and minshukus as well.

Unless you are taking this series of 8 Noto Peninsula itineraries in reverse order this will be the last itinerary in the series. You can combine it with other itineraries, but you can return to Kanazawa or travel on to Toyama Prefecture.

You can also easily reverse the itinerary, if you wish, just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Applicable Dates :
Available the 1st of January through the 31st of December
Itinerary Type :
Art
Number of Stops :
16
Est. Drive :
214 km / 133.2 miles - 4 hours and 60 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 2 hours 25 minutes and 7 hours 35 minutes
The Oku-Noto Triennale art festival can be combined/customized with various other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access these sites in Ishikawa from various "gateways," the Kanazawa JR Station (Mapcode: 41 558 874*22 if arriving by train), or either the Komatsu (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or Noto Satoyama Airports ( (MapCode: 283 475 067*52 if arriving by air). All three locations have multiple rental car outlets. Due to crowds, be prepared to park away from the actual festival sites. There are normally people directing traffic near the site(s).

Highlights of the festival:

This Itinerary includes all the 2017 Oku-Noto Triennale 2017 art sites that are still open (13) as well as several art museums along the way. For more information visit the website above.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Note that Suzu City, the geographic center of the string of art sites, has a variety of accommodation options.

Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Applicable Dates :
Available the 5th of September 2020 through the 25th of October 2020
Itinerary Type :
Art, Festivals, Oku-Noto Triennale, Scenic Drives
Number of Stops :
10
Est. Drive :
1 km / 0.4 miles - 2 minutes
POSTPONED UNTIL 2021. THE 2020 FESTIVAL WAS POSTPONED TO 2021 DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

The Oku-Noto Triennale art festival can be combined/customized with various other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access these sites in Ishikawa from various "gateways," the Kanazawa JR Station (Mapcode: 41 558 874*22 if arriving by train), or either the Komatsu (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or Noto Satoyama Airports ( (MapCode: 283 475 067*52 if arriving by air). All three locations have multiple rental car outlets. Due to crowds, be prepared to park away from the actual festival sites. There are normally people directing traffic near the site(s).

Highlights of the festival:

This Itinerary includes all the 2017 Oku-Noto Triennale 2017 art sites that are still open (13) as well as several art museums along the way. For more information visit the website above.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Note that Suzu City, the geographic center of the string of art sites, has a variety of accommodation options.

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Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Courtesy of Walter L. Keats
Applicable Dates :
Available the 4th of September 2021 through the 24th of October 2021
Itinerary Type :
Art, Festivals, Oku-Noto Triennale, Scenic Drives
Number of Stops :
23
Est. Drive :
1 km / 0.5 miles - 3 minutes
DETAILS TO BE DETERMINED - FINAL DETAILS OF THE 2021 TRIENNALE ARE NOT AVAILABLE YET. THE 2020 FESTIVAL WAS POSTPONED TO 2021 DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

The Oku-Noto Triennale art festival can be combined/customized with various other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access these sites in Ishikawa from various "gateways," the Kanazawa JR Station (Mapcode: 41 558 874*22 if arriving by train), or either the Komatsu (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or Noto Satoyama Airports ( (MapCode: 283 475 067*52 if arriving by air). All three locations have multiple rental car outlets. Due to crowds, be prepared to park away from the actual festival sites. There are normally people directing traffic near the site(s).

Highlights of the festival:

This Itinerary will include all the Oku-Noto Triennale 2021 art sites that are open (#) as well as several art museums along the way. For more information visit the website above.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Note that Suzu City, the geographic center of the string of art sites, has a variety of accommodation options.

Itinerary Type :
Art, Beaches, Festivals, Hiking/Walks, Historic Sites, Markets, Museums, Onsens, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
19
Est. Drive :
24 km / 15.1 miles - 59 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 3 hours 5 minutes and 10 hours 45 minutes
This itinerary covers sites in and around Suzu City on the northeast and east coast of the Noto Peninsula. You can choose to only follow this itinerary, or you can combine this itinerary with one or more of the "Noto Peninsula" itineraries, and/or "Festival" itineraries, as you like and have the time for. The sites are fairly spread out so it is best to drive between the sites.

It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Suzu. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52). All have several rental car outlets.

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a variety of accommodation options in Suzu City and between Suzu and Anamizu where you can spend the night, if you wish. There are considerably less accommodation options between Suzu and Wajima with the outstanding exception of the beautiful Lamp no Yado Ryokan (MapCode: 913 056 436*47), an isolated, 15-room ryokan located right on the coast. One hotel located fairly centrally in Suzu is the Suzu Beach Hotel (MapCode: 329 684 436*60). Another hotel in a good location south of Suzu city is the Notojiso National Lodge (MapCode: 329 524 409*33), a national park lodge overlooking Mitsukejima Island. A beautiful and luxurious option even further along, closer to Anamizu, is the Hyakurakuso Hotel overlooking the Tsukumo Bay (MapCode: 329 193 788*85).

You can also easily reverse the itinerary, if you wish, just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

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Itinerary Type :
Autumn Colors Viewing, Scenic Drives, Tour, Trains
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
72 km / 45.0 miles - 1 hours and 12 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 3 hours and 4 hours
The Hanayome Noren Train is a special, luxury liner, reserved seat, express train that only runs twice a day on weekends and holidays between Kanazawa Station and Wakura Onsen Station in Nanao on the Noto Peninsula. The train’s two carriages are decorated with designs inspired by the region’s traditional crafts. The first carriage is fitted with semi-private booth seating and the second with a more open space suitable for large groups. It offers a wonderful, immersive experience in Hokuriku traditions and beauty. The 2 round-trips on days they operate, are numbered from 1-4, i.e., train #s 1 & 3 depart (start) from Kanazawa Station and train #s 2 & 4 depart (return) from Wakura Onsen Station. Depending on the train you reserve, you can also order some beautiful, delicious food and beverages, but only in ADVANCE, at least 4 days prior to departure. Be sure to check dates of operation (see website) far in advance as the train is very popular.

Train #1 leaves Kanazawa Station at 10:15 and arrives at Wakura Onsen Station at 11:42.
Train #2 leaves Wakura Onsen Station at 12:07 and arrives at Kanazawa Station at 13:21.
Train #3 leaves Kanazawa Station at 14:15 and arrives at Wakura Onsen Station at 15:32.
Train #4 leaves Wakura Onsen Station at 16:30 and arrives at Kanazawa Station at 17:54.

Note:. You can combine this train with a rental car itinerary at either end. There are numerous rental outlets in Kanazawa around the train station, as well as several outlets in Wakura Onsen and/or in Nanao City. Please consider spending 1-2 nights enjoying the onsens in Wakura Onsen.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Travel
Courtesy of Ishikawa Travel
Courtesy of Ishikawa Travel
Courtesy of Ishikawa Travel
Courtesy of Ishikawa Travel
Courtesy of Ishikawa Travel
Courtesy of Ishikawa Travel
Itinerary Type :
Autumn Colors Viewing, Cherry Blossom Viewing, Tour, Trains
Number of Stops :
1
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes
The Noto Satoyama-Satoumi Sightseeing Train travels a 33-km/20 mi scenic route on the Noto Peninsula between Nanao Station and Anamizu Station. The route provides panoramic views of the sea and countryside along Nanao Bay. The two carriages include two- and four-person booth seats with tables as well as counter-style seats that face directly toward the window.

Passengers can reserve a bento box of local cuisine in advance. Food options depend on the departure time.

The train makes two round-triips per day, except on Wednesdays. Each one-way trip takes about one hour. It is very popular so do book in advance to be assured of getting a seat. It makes one stop each way at Wakura Onsen Station.

You can rent a car at either end of the line, at Nanao Station or at Anamizu Station to continue your travels in the Noto Peninsula..

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Itinerary Type :
Historic Sites, Markets, Museums, Onsens, Scenic Drives, Temples/Shrines
Number of Stops :
13
Est. Drive :
27 km / 17.1 miles - 56 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 3 hours 10 minutes and 10 hours 55 minutes
This itinerary covers sites in and around Wajima City on the north coast of the Noto Peninsula. You can choose to only follow this itinerary, or you can combine this itinerary with one or more of the "Noto Peninsula" itineraries, and/or "Festival" itineraries, as you like and have the time for. It is not necessary to "drive" to all the places in the city. You may find it more convenient to walk some since some of the sites are close together.

It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it. If you plan to continue on, you can add other Noto Peninsula itineraries starting from Wajima. Although we recommend beginning the string of Noto Peninsula itineraries from the Kanazawa Station (MapCode: 41 558 874*22), you can begin it from other nearby "gateways," e.g. the Komatsu Airport (MapCode: 120 529 748*33) or the Noto Satoyama Airport (MapCode: 283 475 067*52). All have several rental car outlets.

Note that, if possible, we highly recommend you also visit the Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces at dusk for a "light up", if operating during your visit (usually the winter months). You can then still return to Wajima City to see a performance of the Gojinjo Daiko.
It should take about one-day. Once you select it and save it, you can change/customize it.

If you have extra time you can spend any extra time in Wajima enjoying the local public onsen (hot bath) at the Noto no Sho Ryokan at the east end of Wajima along the coastal highway #249. In the evening you should definitely take in a performance of the Gojinjo Daiko at the Noto Wajima Onsen Hotel (MapCode: 283 800 875*25). Nightly performances are at 21:10.

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a variety of accommodation options in Wajima City where you can spend the night, if you wish. There are considerably less accommodation options, other than local minshukus (B & Bs), between Wajima and Suzu to the east. One of the nicer hotels/ryokans in Wajima is the refined Noto no Sho Ryokan (MapCode: 329 193 788*85) with its own onsen, located to the east of the city proper. Another noteworthy option further to the east is the beautiful Lamp no Yado Ryokan (MapCode: 913 056 436*47), an isolated, 15-room ryokan located right on the northeast Noto coast.

You can also easily reverse the itinerary, if you wish, just by following the MapCodes in the reverse order.

2020 Calendar
Applicable Dates :
Available the 1st of January 2020 through the 31st of December 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
This CALENDAR lists in chronological order all the 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held in 2020 in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture. For information on a specific festival, please see that festival's own itinerary.

These festivals can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access these festivals from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for these popular festivals, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

For additional background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Ishikawa Prefecture - Noto Kiriko Festivals - 2020 Calendar
Dates:Festival Name:City/Town:Location:Kiriko #:
            
Fri Jul 3-Sat Jul 4Abare FestivalNoto TownUshitsu Area23
Sat Jul 11Nanso Gion FestivalNanao CitySanno-machi04
Sat Jul 18-Sun Jul 19Tsurugiji Hachiman Shrine FestivalWajima CityTsurugi Area of Monzen-machi10
Sun Jul 19Koiji Fire FestivalNoto TownKoiji Area24
Mon Jul 20-Tue Jul 21Iida-machi Toroyama FestivalSuzu CityIida-machi12
Sat Jul 25-Sun Jul 26Doiyasa FestivalNoto TownHime Area25
Sat Jul 25Matsunami Dol Kiriko FestivalNoto TownMatsunami Area29
Sat Jul 25Notojima Koda Fire FestivalNanao CityKoda-machi, Notojima02
Sat Jul 25Shiotsu Bonfire Lovers' FestivalNanao CityShiotsu Area of Nakajima Town03
Thu Jul 30-Fri Jul 31Minazuki FestivalWajima CityNajima Area09
Fri Jul 31-Sat Aug 1Nafune Grand FestivalWajima CityNafune-machi07
             
Sat Aug 1Issaki Hoto FestivalNanao CityIshizaki-machi01
Fri Aug 7Horyu Tanabata Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityUkai Area of Horyu Town11
Fri Aug 14-Sat Aug 15Okinami Tairyo FestivalAnamizu TownOkinami18
Fri Aug 14Saikai FestivalShika TownFuto & Kazanashi Areas16
Fri Aug 14Shingo Noryo FestivalNanao CityFujise, Nakajima Town05
Sat Aug 15-Sun Aug 16Myosenji Kiriko FestivalAnamizu TownMyosenji Area21
Mon Aug 17-Tue Aug 18Sosogi Grand FestivalWajima CitySosogi Coast, Machino-machi08
Sat Aug 22Niwaka FestivalNoto TownUkawa Area27
Sat Aug 22-Tue Aug 25Wajima Grand FestivalWajima CityAma-machi, Fugeshi-machi, Wajimazaki-machi06
Sat Aug 29Nakai Kiriko FestivalAnamizu TownNakai Area22
Sat Aug 29-Sun Aug 30Togi Hassaku FestivalShika TownTogi, Higashi, Masuho & Hiezukuri Areas17
             
Thu Sep 10-Fri Sep 11Takojima Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityTakojima-machi14
Sat Sep 12Jike Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityJike Area of Misaki-machi13
Sat Sep 12Omachi & Kawajima FestivalAnamizu TownOmachi & Kawajima19
Mon Sep 14-Tue Sep 15Shoin Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityShoin-machi15
Wed Sep 16-Thu Sep 17Yanagida Grand FestivalNoto TownYanagida Area28
Sat Sep19-Sun Sep 20Maenami Hikiyama FestivalAnamizu TownMaenami Area20
Sat Sep19-Sun Sep 20Ogi-sode Kiriko FestivalNoto TownOgi Area26

2021 Calendar
Applicable Dates :
Available the 1st of January 2021 through the 31st of December 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
This CALENDAR lists in chronological order all the 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held in 2021 in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture. For information on a specific festival, please see that festival's own itinerary.

These festivals can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access these festivals from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for these popular festivals, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.
For additional background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Ishikawa Prefecture - Noto Kiriko Festivals - 2021 Calendar
Dates:Festival Name:City/Town:Location:Kiriko #:
            
Fri Jul 2-Sat Jul 3Abare FestivalNoto TownUshitsu Area23
Sat Jul 10Nanso Gion FestivalNanao CitySanno-machi04
Sat Jul 17-Sun Jul 18Tsurugiji Hachiman Shrine FestivalWajima CityTsurugi Area of Monzen-machi10
Sun Jul 18Koiji Fire FestivalNoto TownKoiji Area24
Tue Jul 20-Wed Jul 21Iida-machi Toroyama FestivalSuzu CityIida-machi12
Sat Jul 24-Sun Jul 25Doiyasa FestivalNoto TownHime Area25
Sat Jul 24Matsunami Dol Kiriko FestivalNoto TownMatsunami Area29
Sat Jul 24Shiotsu Bonfire Lovers' FestivalNanao CityShiotsu Area of Nakajima Town03
Fri Jul 30-Sat Jul 31Minazuki FestivalWajima CityNajima Area09
Sat Jul 31Notojima Koda Fire FestivalNanao CityKoda-machi, Notojima02
Sat Jul 31-Sun Aug 1Nafune Grand FestivalWajima CityNafune-machi07
             
Sat Aug 7Horyu Tanabata Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityUkai Area of Horyu Town11
Sat Aug 7Issaki Hoto FestivalNanao CityIshizaki-machi01
Sat Aug 14-Sun Aug 15Okinami Tairyo FestivalAnamizu TownOkinami18
Sat Aug 14Saikai FestivalShika TownFuto & Kazanashi Areas16
Sat Aug 14Shingo Noryo FestivalNanao CityFujise, Nakajima Town05
Sun Aug 15-Mon Aug 16Myosenji Kiriko FestivalAnamizu TownMyosenji Area21
Tue Aug 17-Wed Aug 18Sosogi Grand FestivalWajima CitySosogi Coast, Machino-machi08
Sun Aug 22-Wed Aug 25Wajima Grand FestivalWajima CityAma-machi, Fugeshi-machi, Wajimazaki-machi06
Sat Aug 28Nakai Kiriko FestivalAnamizu TownNakai Area22
Sat Aug 28Niwaka FestivalNoto TownUkawa Area27
Sat Aug 28-Sun Aug 29Togi Hassaku FestivalShika TownTogi, Higashi, Masuho & Hiezukuri Areas17
             
Fri Sep 10-Sat Sep 11Takojima Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityTakojima-machi14
Sat Sep 11Jike Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityJike Area of Misaki-machi13
Sat Sep 11Omachi & Kawajima FestivalAnamizu TownOmachi & Kawajima19
Tue Sep 14-Wed Sep 15Shoin Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityShoin-machi15
Thu Sep 16-Fri Sep 17Yanagida Grand FestivalNoto TownYanagida Area28
Sat Sep18-Sun Sep 19Maenami Hikiyama FestivalAnamizu TownMaenami Area20
Sat Sep18-Sun Sep 19Ogi-sode Kiriko FestivalNoto TownOgi Area26

2022 Calendar
Applicable Dates :
Available the 1st of January 2022 through the 31st of December 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
This CALENDAR lists in chronological order all the 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held in 2022 in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture. For information on a specific festival, please see that festival's own itinerary.

These festivals can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access these festivals from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for these popular festivals, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.
For additional background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Ishikawa Prefecture - Noto Kiriko Festivals - 2022 Calendar
Dates:Festival Name:City/Town:Location:Kiriko #:
            
Fri Jul 1-Sat Jul 2Abare FestivalNoto TownUshitsu Area23
Sat Jul 9Nanso Gion FestivalNanao CitySanno-machi04
Wed Jul 20-Thu Jul 21Iida-machi Toroyama FestivalSuzu CityIida-machi12
Sat Jul 16-Sun Jul 17Tsurugiji Hachiman Shrine FestivalWajima CityTsurugi Area of Monzen-machi10
Sun Jul 17Koiji Fire FestivalNoto TownKoiji Area24
Sat Jul 23Shiotsu Bonfire Lovers' FestivalNanao CityShiotsu Area of Nakajima Town03
Sat Jul 23-Sun Jul 24Doiyasa FestivalNoto TownHime Area25
Sat Jul 23Matsunami Dol Kiriko FestivalNoto TownMatsunami Area29
Sat Jul 30Notojima Koda Fire FestivalNanao CityKoda-machi, Notojima02
Sat Jul 30-Sun Jul 31Minazuki FestivalWajima CityNajima Area09
Sun Jul 31-Mon Aug 1Nafune Grand FestivalWajima CityNafune-machi07
             
Sat Aug 6Issaki Hoto FestivalNanao CityIshizaki-machi01
Sun Aug 7Horyu Tanabata Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityUkai Area of Horyu Town11
Sun Aug 14-Mon Aug 15Okinami Tairyo FestivalAnamizu TownOkinami18
Sun Aug 14Saikai FestivalShika TownFuto & Kazanashi Areas16
Sun Aug 14Shingo Noryo FestivalNanao CityFujise, Nakajima Town05
Mon Aug 15-Tue Aug 16Myosenji Kiriko FestivalAnamizu TownMyosenji Area21
Wed Aug 17-Thu Aug 18Sosogi Grand FestivalWajima CitySosogi Coast, Machino-machi08
Mon Aug 22-Thu Aug 25Wajima Grand FestivalWajima CityAma-machi, Fugeshi-machi, Wajimazaki-machi06
Sat Aug 27Nakai Kiriko FestivalAnamizu TownNakai Area22
Sat Aug 27Niwaka FestivalNoto TownUkawa Area27
Sat Aug 27-Sun Aug 28Togi Hassaku FestivalShika TownTogi, Higashi, Masuho & Hiezukuri Areas17
             
Sat Sep 10-Sun Sep 11Takojima Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityTakojima-machi14
Sat Sep 10Jike Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityJike Area of Misaki-machi13
Sat Sep 10Omachi & Kawajima FestivalAnamizu TownOmachi & Kawajima19
Wed Sep 14-Thu Sep 15Shoin Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityShoin-machi15
Fri Sep 16-Sat Sep 17Yanagida Grand FestivalNoto TownYanagida Area28
Sat Sep17-Sun Sep 18Maenami Hikiyama FestivalAnamizu TownMaenami Area20
Sat Sep17-Sun Sep 18Ogi-sode Kiriko FestivalNoto TownOgi Area26

2023 Calendar
Applicable Dates :
Available the 1st of January 2023 through the 31st of December 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
This CALENDAR lists in chronological order all the 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held in 2023 in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture. For information on a specific festival, please see that festival's own itinerary.

These festivals can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access these festivals from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for these popular festivals, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.
For additional background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Ishikawa Prefecture - Noto Kiriko Festivals - 2023 Calendar
Dates:Festival Name:City/Town:Location:Kiriko #:
            
Fri Jul 7-Sat Jul 8Abare FestivalNoto TownUshitsu Area23
Sat Jul 8Nanso Gion FestivalNanao CitySanno-machi04
Sat Jul 15-Sun Jul 16Tsurugiji Hachiman Shrine FestivalWajima CityTsurugi Area of Monzen-machi10
Sun Jul 16Koiji Fire FestivalNoto TownKoiji Area24
Thu Jul 20-Fri Jul 21Iida-machi Toroyama FestivalSuzu CityIida-machi12
Sat Jul 22-Sun Jul 23Doiyasa FestivalNoto TownHime Area25
Sat Jul 22Matsunami Dol Kiriko FestivalNoto TownMatsunami Area29
Sat Jul 22Shiotsu Bonfire Lovers' FestivalNanao CityShiotsu Area of Nakajima Town03
Sat Jul 29Notojima Koda Fire FestivalNanao CityKoda-machi, Notojima02
Sun Jul 30-Mon Jul 31Minazuki FestivalWajima CityNajima Area09
Mon Jul 31-Tue Aug 1Nafune Grand FestivalWajima CityNafune-machi07
             
Sat Aug 5Issaki Hoto FestivalNanao CityIshizaki-machi01
Mon Aug 7Horyu Tanabata Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityUkai Area of Horyu Town11
Mon Aug 14-Tue Aug 15Okinami Tairyo FestivalAnamizu TownOkinami18
Mon Aug 14Saikai FestivalShika TownFuto & Kazanashi Areas16
Mon Aug 14Shingo Noryo FestivalNanao CityFujise, Nakajima Town05
Tue Aug 15-Wed Aug 16Myosenji Kiriko FestivalAnamizu TownMyosenji Area21
Thu Aug 17-Fri Aug 18Sosogi Grand FestivalWajima CitySosogi Coast, Machino-machi08
Tue Aug 22-Fri Aug 25Wajima Grand FestivalWajima CityAma-machi, Fugeshi-machi, Wajimazaki-machi06
Sat Aug 26Nakai Kiriko FestivalAnamizu TownNakai Area22
Sat Aug 26Niwaka FestivalNoto TownUkawa Area27
Sat Aug 26-Sun Aug 27Togi Hassaku FestivalShika TownTogi, Higashi, Masuho & Hiezukuri Areas17
             
Sat Sep 9Jike Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityJike Area of Misaki-machi13
Sat Sep 9Omachi & Kawajima FestivalAnamizu TownOmachi & Kawajima19
Sun Sep 10-Mon Sep 11Takojima Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityTakojima-machi14
Thu Sep 14-Fri Sep 15Shoin Kiriko FestivalSuzu CityShoin-machi15
Sat Sep 16-Sun Sep 17Yanagida Grand FestivalNoto TownYanagida Area28
Sat Sep16-Sun Sep 17Maenami Hikiyama FestivalAnamizu TownMaenami Area20
Sat Sep16-Sun Sep 17Ogi-sode Kiriko FestivalNoto TownOgi Area26

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 3rd of July 2020 through the 4th of July 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
22 km / 13.9 miles - 27 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 35 hours and 47 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Lively dancing of 40 kiriko floats around pillar torches.
● Rampage with throwing of the portable shrines into fire and water.
● Unvarnished kiriko floats made of local hiba wood.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 2nd of July 2021 through the 3rd of July 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
22 km / 13.9 miles - 27 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 35 hours and 47 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Lively dancing of 40 kiriko floats around pillar torches.
● Rampage with throwing of the portable shrines into fire and water.
● Unvarnished kiriko floats made of local hiba wood.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 1st of July 2022 through the 2nd of July 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
22 km / 13.9 miles - 27 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 35 hours and 47 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Lively dancing of 40 kiriko floats around pillar torches.
● Rampage with throwing of the portable shrines into fire and water.
● Unvarnished kiriko floats made of local hiba wood.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 7th of July 2023 through the 8th of July 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
22 km / 13.9 miles - 27 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 35 hours and 47 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Lively dancing of 40 kiriko floats around pillar torches.
● Rampage with throwing of the portable shrines into fire and water.
● Unvarnished kiriko floats made of local hiba wood.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 25th of July 2020 through the 26th of July 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
31 km / 19.5 miles - 36 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 20 hours and 37 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Thrilling scene of huge lanterns being carried onto boats.
● Distinctive shape of the sleeve-kiriko floats.
● Magnificent figure paintings that have taken two months to complete.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 24th of July 2021 through the 25th of July 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
31 km / 19.5 miles - 36 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 20 hours and 37 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Thrilling scene of huge lanterns being carried onto boats.
● Distinctive shape of the sleeve-kiriko floats.
● Magnificent figure paintings that have taken two months to complete.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 23rd of July 2022 through the 24th of July 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
31 km / 19.5 miles - 36 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 20 hours and 37 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Thrilling scene of huge lanterns being carried onto boats.
● Distinctive shape of the sleeve-kiriko floats.
● Magnificent figure paintings that have taken two months to complete.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 22nd of July 2023 through the 23rd of July 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
31 km / 19.5 miles - 36 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 20 hours and 37 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Thrilling scene of huge lanterns being carried onto boats.
● Distinctive shape of the sleeve-kiriko floats.
● Magnificent figure paintings that have taken two months to complete.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Applicable Dates :
Available the 7th of August through the 8th of August
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
32 km / 20.0 miles - 35 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 8 hours
This festival (#11) is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of the festival:

● Gigantic, 14-meter high kiriko with decorations that help people to cool down.
● Kiriko carried by about 100 people dancing wildly.
● Kiriko and fireworks create a spectacle of swinging lights that are reflected in the water.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism Leagu
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 20th of July through the 21st of July
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
36 km / 22.6 miles - 37 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Gorgeous toroyama with a doll and numerous paper lanterns.
● Beautiful reflections of the lights of toroyama and festival floats on the river.
● Evocative tune of the festival song “Kyarage”.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 1st of August 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
94 km / 58.3 miles - 1 hours and 28 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 6 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Well-controlled movement of one hundred men.
● Fantastic large Chinese characters and pictures of samurai figures.
● Overwhelming heroic performance by fishermen.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 7th of August 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
94 km / 58.3 miles - 1 hours and 28 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 6 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Well-controlled movement of one hundred men.
● Fantastic large Chinese characters and pictures of samurai figures.
● Overwhelming heroic performance by fishermen.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 6th of August 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
94 km / 58.3 miles - 1 hours and 28 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 6 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Well-controlled movement of one hundred men.
● Fantastic large Chinese characters and pictures of samurai figures.
● Overwhelming heroic performance by fishermen.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 5th of August 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
94 km / 58.3 miles - 1 hours and 28 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 6 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Well-controlled movement of one hundred men.
● Fantastic large Chinese characters and pictures of samurai figures.
● Overwhelming heroic performance by fishermen.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 12th of September 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
36 km / 22.6 miles - 37 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Gorgeous huge kiriko decorated with gold-leaf coated carvings.
● Beautiful kiriko in the glow of the morning sun.
● Awe-inspiring “Fire-waking Shinto ritual”.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 11th of September 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
36 km / 22.6 miles - 37 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Gorgeous huge kiriko decorated with gold-leaf coated carvings.
● Beautiful kiriko in the glow of the morning sun.
● Awe-inspiring “Fire-waking Shinto ritual”.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 10th of September 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
36 km / 22.6 miles - 37 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Gorgeous huge kiriko decorated with gold-leaf coated carvings.
● Beautiful kiriko in the glow of the morning sun.
● Awe-inspiring “Fire-waking Shinto ritual”.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 9th of September 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
36 km / 22.6 miles - 37 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Gorgeous huge kiriko decorated with gold-leaf coated carvings.
● Beautiful kiriko in the glow of the morning sun.
● Awe-inspiring “Fire-waking Shinto ritual”.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 19th of July 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
33 km / 20.7 miles - 35 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 7 hours 40 minutes and 12 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:





For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 19th of September 2020 through the 20th of September 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
22 km / 13.9 miles - 31 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 24 hours and 36 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Kiriko lead the portable shrine on the first day and floats lead it on the second day.
● Wild dance of unique kiriko lanterns with paper strips.
● Floats decorated with unique dolls that are created every year.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 18th of September 2021 through the 19th of September 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
22 km / 13.9 miles - 31 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 24 hours and 36 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Kiriko lead the portable shrine on the first day and floats lead it on the second day.
● Wild dance of unique kiriko lanterns with paper strips.
● Floats decorated with unique dolls that are created every year.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 17th of September 2022 through the 18th of September 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
22 km / 13.9 miles - 31 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 24 hours and 36 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Kiriko lead the portable shrine on the first day and floats lead it on the second day.
● Wild dance of unique kiriko lanterns with paper strips.
● Floats decorated with unique dolls that are created every year.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 16th of September 2023 through the 17th of September 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
22 km / 13.9 miles - 31 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 24 hours and 36 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Kiriko lead the portable shrine on the first day and floats lead it on the second day.
● Wild dance of unique kiriko lanterns with paper strips.
● Floats decorated with unique dolls that are created every year.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 25th of July 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
31 km / 19.4 miles - 35 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 8 hours 20 minutes and 13 hours 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Gorgeous lacquered kiroko floats decorated with dolls.
● Judging of handmade dolls for their workmanship.
● Variations in the drumming rhythm according to the parade speed.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 24th of July 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
31 km / 19.4 miles - 35 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 8 hours 20 minutes and 13 hours 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Gorgeous lacquered kiroko floats decorated with dolls.
● Judging of handmade dolls for their workmanship.
● Variations in the drumming rhythm according to the parade speed.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 23rd of July 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
31 km / 19.4 miles - 35 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 8 hours 20 minutes and 13 hours 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Gorgeous lacquered kiroko floats decorated with dolls.
● Judging of handmade dolls for their workmanship.
● Variations in the drumming rhythm according to the parade speed.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 22nd of July 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
31 km / 19.4 miles - 35 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 8 hours 20 minutes and 13 hours 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Gorgeous lacquered kiroko floats decorated with dolls.
● Judging of handmade dolls for their workmanship.
● Variations in the drumming rhythm according to the parade speed.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 30th of July through the 31st of July
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
27 km / 16.7 miles - 32 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 12 hours and 17 hours 10 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● A typical kiriko festival based on the Shinto ceremony for surviving the summer.
● Fighting for the gohei on top of the bonfire.
● Four types of festival music for the parade.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Copyright Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto
Copyright Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto
Copyright Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 18th of July 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals, Music
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
50 km / 31.1 miles - 50 minutes
* * CANCELLED * * - Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the 32nd Monterey Jazz Festival (2020) has been CANCELLED.

This festival can be combined/customized with various other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access these sites in Ishikawa from various "gateways," the Kanazawa JR Station (if arriving by train), or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports (if arriving by air). All three locations have multiple rental car outlets. Due to crowds, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally people directing traffic near the site(s).

Highlights of the festival:
Founded in 1989, this festival is designed to promote international exchange with Nanao’s sister city, Monterey California. The Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) has given Nanao City sole rights to use the title and join them in one of the world’s three most famous jazz festivals, held every year at the end of July. In addition to the amateurs and professionals that play, there are a variety of musicians to enjoy including the MJF All Star Band selected from Monterey High School Big Band.

For more information visit the website above.

Copyright Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto
Copyright Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto
Copyright Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto
Applicable Dates :
Only Available July 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals, Music
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
50 km / 31.1 miles - 49 minutes
DATE TO BE DETERMINED: This festival can be combined/customized with various other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access these sites in Ishikawa from various "gateways," the Kanazawa JR Station (if arriving by train), or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports (if arriving by air). All three locations have multiple rental car outlets. Due to crowds, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally people directing traffic near the site(s).

Highlights of the festival:
Founded in 1989, this festival is designed to promote international exchange with Nanao’s sister city, Monterey California. The Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) has given Nanao City sole rights to use the title and join them in one of the world’s three most famous jazz festivals, held every year at the end of July. In addition to the amateurs and professionals that play, there are a variety of musicians to enjoy including the MJF All Star Band selected from Monterey High School Big Band.

For more information visit the website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 15th of August through the 16th of August
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
23 km / 14.1 miles - 29 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 24 hours and 36 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● 9 m/30 ft high giant white wood kiriko with a refreshing atmosphere.
● Kiriko moving backwards, facing the portable shrine to be polite.
● A peaceful, simple kiriko festival.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 31st of July through the 1st of August
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
27 km / 17.0 miles - 33 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 24 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● The solemn Shinto ritual of meeting and taking the deity on a boat.
● Powerful people carrying kiriko lanterns up a steep hill.
● Scary demon masks and loud sound of Gojinjo drums.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 29th of August 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
11 km / 6.5 miles - 18 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 6 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● “Folding Screen Festival” — Treasured folding screens on display in each house.
● Singing of a distinctive festival song while the portable shrine is carried.
● Riverside fighting among Kiriko carriers to obtain the gohei.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 28th of August 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
11 km / 6.5 miles - 18 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 6 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● “Folding Screen Festival” — Treasured folding screens on display in each house.
● Singing of a distinctive festival song while the portable shrine is carried.
● Riverside fighting among Kiriko carriers to obtain the gohei.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 27th of August 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
11 km / 6.5 miles - 18 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 6 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● “Folding Screen Festival” — Treasured folding screens on display in each house.
● Singing of a distinctive festival song while the portable shrine is carried.
● Riverside fighting among Kiriko carriers to obtain the gohei.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 26th of August 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
11 km / 6.5 miles - 18 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 6 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● “Folding Screen Festival” — Treasured folding screens on display in each house.
● Singing of a distinctive festival song while the portable shrine is carried.
● Riverside fighting among Kiriko carriers to obtain the gohei.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 11th of July 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
50 km / 31.1 miles - 48 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 12 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Eleven lantern floats dancing around bonfires.
● Each lantern float is well-controlled by a leader with a red sash.
● Singing of “Nanao Madara” as the finale of the festival.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 10th of July 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
50 km / 31.1 miles - 48 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 12 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Eleven lantern floats dancing around bonfires.
● Each lantern float is well-controlled by a leader with a red sash.
● Singing of “Nanao Madara” as the finale of the festival.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 9th of July 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
50 km / 31.1 miles - 48 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 12 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Eleven lantern floats dancing around bonfires.
● Each lantern float is well-controlled by a leader with a red sash.
● Singing of “Nanao Madara” as the finale of the festival.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 8th of July 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
50 km / 31.1 miles - 48 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 12 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Eleven lantern floats dancing around bonfires.
● Each lantern float is well-controlled by a leader with a red sash.
● Singing of “Nanao Madara” as the finale of the festival.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 22nd of August 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
19 km / 11.6 miles - 25 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 5 hours and 8 hours 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Dynamic scene of nine kiriko floats lined up in Mioroshino-hama Square.
● Beautiful reflection of samurai pictures on the river when kiriko floats cross Ukawa Ohashi Bridge.
● Powerful dancing of kiriko floats that continues through the night, expressing wishes for the safety of fishermen.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 28th of August 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
19 km / 11.6 miles - 25 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 5 hours and 8 hours 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Dynamic scene of nine kiriko floats lined up in Mioroshino-hama Square.
● Beautiful reflection of samurai pictures on the river when kiriko floats cross Ukawa Ohashi Bridge.
● Powerful dancing of kiriko floats that continues through the night, expressing wishes for the safety of fishermen.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 27th of August 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
19 km / 11.6 miles - 25 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 5 hours and 8 hours 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Dynamic scene of nine kiriko floats lined up in Mioroshino-hama Square.
● Beautiful reflection of samurai pictures on the river when kiriko floats cross Ukawa Ohashi Bridge.
● Powerful dancing of kiriko floats that continues through the night, expressing wishes for the safety of fishermen.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 26th of August 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
19 km / 11.6 miles - 25 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 5 hours and 8 hours 20 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Dynamic scene of nine kiriko floats lined up in Mioroshino-hama Square.
● Beautiful reflection of samurai pictures on the river when kiriko floats cross Ukawa Ohashi Bridge.
● Powerful dancing of kiriko floats that continues through the night, expressing wishes for the safety of fishermen.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 25th of July 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
3
Est. Drive :
45 km / 27.9 miles - 49 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 8 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Dynamic scene of the largest torch in Noto burning.
● The audience can participate with a hand torch.
● A variety of music livens up the festival.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 31st of July 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
3
Est. Drive :
45 km / 27.9 miles - 49 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 8 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Dynamic scene of the largest torch in Noto burning.
● The audience can participate with a hand torch.
● A variety of music livens up the festival.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 30th of July 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
3
Est. Drive :
45 km / 27.9 miles - 49 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 8 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Dynamic scene of the largest torch in Noto burning.
● The audience can participate with a hand torch.
● A variety of music livens up the festival.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League.
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 29th of July 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
3
Est. Drive :
45 km / 27.9 miles - 49 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 8 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Dynamic scene of the largest torch in Noto burning.
● The audience can participate with a hand torch.
● A variety of music livens up the festival.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 19th of September 2020 through the 20th of September 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
32 km / 19.7 miles - 37 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 20 hours and 37 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:
● Mysterious beauty of the lanterns lining up at Ogi Port at night.
● Dynamic carrying of the lanterns up to the shrine.
● Maneuvers in the fight between the lanterns and the portable shrine.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 18th of September 2021 through the 19th of September 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
32 km / 19.7 miles - 37 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 20 hours and 37 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:
● Mysterious beauty of the lanterns lining up at Ogi Port at night.
● Dynamic carrying of the lanterns up to the shrine.
● Maneuvers in the fight between the lanterns and the portable shrine.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 17th of September 2022 through the 18th of September 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
32 km / 19.7 miles - 37 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 20 hours and 37 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:
● Mysterious beauty of the lanterns lining up at Ogi Port at night.
● Dynamic carrying of the lanterns up to the shrine.
● Maneuvers in the fight between the lanterns and the portable shrine.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 16th of September 2023 through the 17th of September 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
32 km / 19.7 miles - 37 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 20 hours and 37 hours 40 minutes
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:
● Mysterious beauty of the lanterns lining up at Ogi Port at night.
● Dynamic carrying of the lanterns up to the shrine.
● Maneuvers in the fight between the lanterns and the portable shrine.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Available the 14th of August through the 15th of August
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
25 km / 15.3 miles - 35 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 36 hours and 48 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Unusually, it takes place in the daytime.
● The kiriko dance performance takes place in the sea under the blue sky.
● The kiriko lanterns are inscribed with auspicious characters.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 12th of September 2020
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
11 km / 6.8 miles - 15 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 7 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Largest kiriko festival in Anamizu Town.
● 11 kiriko and 10 floats parading like a band of light.
● Float lanterns decorated with popular animation characters.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 11th of September 2021
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
11 km / 6.8 miles - 15 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 7 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Largest kiriko festival in Anamizu Town.
● 11 kiriko and 10 floats parading like a band of light.
● Float lanterns decorated with popular animation characters.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 10th of September 2022
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
11 km / 6.8 miles - 15 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 7 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Largest kiriko festival in Anamizu Town.
● 11 kiriko and 10 floats parading like a band of light.
● Float lanterns decorated with popular animation characters.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Applicable Dates :
Only Available the 9th of September 2023
Itinerary Type :
Festivals
Number of Stops :
2
Est. Drive :
11 km / 6.8 miles - 15 minutes
Est. Site-Seeing :
Between 4 hours and 7 hours
This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.

This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.

Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.

Highlights of this festival:

● Largest kiriko festival in Anamizu Town.
● 11 kiriko and 10 floats parading like a band of light.
● Float lanterns decorated with popular animation characters.

For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.

Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League
Courtesy of Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League