Attractions at Nanao-shi in Ishikawa Prefecture Japan

Ishikawa Prefecture located in the Chūbu region. It’s one of the famous attractions is Yukai Resort Kinpaso; Address: 926-0175 Japan, Ishikawa-ken, Nanao-shi, Wakura-machi Yobu 91-1. Yukai Resort Kinpaso is just one of the many resorts using the flowing waters of the hot spring, but the resort is also one of the best in the area for maximizing your enjoyment.

Ishikawa ken kimpaso resort hotel room

Ishikawa ken kimpaso resort hotel room

Accessing the hotel is easy. The recommended route is to take a plane into Noto Airport (also called Wajima Airport), which is a small, domestic airspace on Ishikawa’s Noto Peninsula. If you take a rental car or taxi from the airport, it is about 45 minutes. Optionally, you can take a train to the JR Wakura Onsen station using the JR Nanao Line. From the station, the hotel offers a shuttle service. Call ahead of time to reserve your seat.

Over 1200 years old, the Wakura Onsen in Ishikawa Prefecture was said to be discovered by a fisherman who found a white heron healing itself in the therapeutic waters. Since then, the onsen has attracted people from all over the world to the shores of Nanao city. You too can enjoy the benefits of lounging in an onsen and gazing at the oceans.

You won’t be confined to the resort area either. There is plenty to discover around Nanao city that isn’t in the guidebooks. Don’t be afraid to journey around the historical city to unearth shrines, samurai houses, and parks.

Some examples of nearby attractions include:

ishikawa toy museum

Ishikawa ken toy museum

Wakura Showa Museum and Toy Museum – A short walk from the Wakura Onsen is a pair of interesting retro museums that have everything from 1950s cigarette packages, candy, cards and housing replicas.
Ishikawa ken notojima aquarium

Ishikawa ken notojima aquarium

Notojima Aquarium – The aquarium is probably one of the most notable in the region. 40,000 fish and shellfish dwell here. Dolphin shows are held throughout the day, even at night, under the stars. There’s also a unique jellyfish display that’s been aweing visitors since 2002. Admission is 1320 yen for adults, 400 yen for children.
Ishikawa notojima glass art aquarium

Ishikawa notojima glass art aquarium

Notojima Glass Art Museum – Never before have you seen glass transformed so magnificently. You will not be disappointed by the exhibitions here. On the bottom floor, you can also watch works being made.
Ishikawa Bessyodake Sky Deck Noto Yume Terrace

This photo of Bessyodake Sky Deck Noto Yume Terrace is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Bessyodake Sky Deck Noto Yume Terrace – Close to Notojima and between Wajima and Nanao city, you will find this uniquely built rest stop and observation deck. See the Tateyama mountains and the ocean then visit the gift store, which has specialty items from Ishikawa Prefecture on sale.
Ishikawa Meiji Pavilion Muroki House

This photo of Meiji Pavilion Muroki House is courtesy of TripAdvisor

A hidden gem is the Meiji Pavilion Muroki House, a preserved relic from the samurai era. Because it isn’t a well-known location, there’s not much for tourists, but the interior is quite incredible. The wooden architecture was all built and bent by hand.
o Address: 929-2213, Ishikawa-ken, Nanao-shi, Nakajima-Machi Sode 13
o Phone Number: +81 (767) 66-0175

Nearby Eateries

Noto Peninsula is known for its fresh fish and its produce brought from other towns around the prefecture. You can be assured the sushi or sea domburi (rice bowl) you order is of the highest quality. Aside from the restaurants on site around the hotel, be sure to scour the area for places like the following:

Ishikawa Noto Shokusai market

Ishikawa Noto Shokusai market

Noto Shokusai Market – Compared to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, Noto’s version is much smaller. However, it doesn’t lack in options and energy. Several restaurants are open on the second floor for lunch, and the seaside views are lovely.
Ishikawa ken kozushi

Ishikawa ken kozushi

Kozushi – With people calling it “creative” and “luxe” for an agreeable price (about 10 pieces of sushi for 3500 yen, tax included), how can you not go? This sushi shop has some incredible flavor concoctions that will make your stay at Wakura Onsen truly memorable. Bonus: It’s right by a tranquil Buddhist temple.
Ishikawa ken Il Piatto Hatada

Ishikawa ken Il Piatto Hatada

Il Piatto Hatada – How about some top quality Italian with a touch of Zen? The ingredients are all locally sourced and fresh. The menu’s pasta offering changes daily.

Ishikawa Prefecture and the Noto Peninsula is known for its miraculous onsen, gorgeous greenery, and luscious food. Along the coastline, you can find one of the best places in Japan: the Wakura Onsen. Not only that, you can stay in an affordable yet by no means boring resort. Yuki Resort Kinpaso offers many services on site that make your onsen experience one-hundred percent perfect.

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