Shika Town is proud to be
a tad removed from modern times.
Here, we guarantee that you can discover
proper relaxation in a place where time stops
before you return to your daily existence.
As you play amongst the wind, sand and nature,
we guarantee that you will recapture a full sense of yourself,
and will resume your everyday life with renewed vigor.
Don’t go on a trip looking to sightsee. Go on a journey seeking rest.
One that leaves you feeling neither hurried nor harried.
One with no set purpose, plan or quota.
Treat yourself or the one you love
to a different vacation than always,
one completely free of preoccupations.
Here, in the west part of Ishikawa Prefecture’s Noto Peninsula,
the people and beaches of Shika Town await your arrival.
Hatago-iwa is a beautiful pair of rocks also known as ’Noto Futami’. Shika has a number of uniquely shaped rocks such as Hatago-iwa; many of these rocks have legends attached to them and are worshipped by the local people.
A Tale of Hatago-iwa: A Parting-gift from the GodsThere is a legend that once upon a time Nunkai-lrihime-no-Mikoto who helped the spread of Noto’s woven fabric industry, ran into mountain bandits and in a panic, he threw the woven fabrics he was carrying into the sea. As he did this fabrics suddenly turned into a rock which became hatago-iwa.
Masuhogaura Beach,known as one of japan's "Most Famous 55 Bathing Spots",is coastline with rich nature and is famous for its good water quality, marine sports and sea bathing.Masuhogaura is also known as one of the 3 japanese beaches famous for small seashells, along with Yuigahama in Kamakura and Wakanoura in Kii. Uou can find a large number of tiny shells,brought ashore by the waves.
The beautiful red ‘sakura-gai’ sea shells decorate the shores of Masuho.The legend has it that when Hachiman Ookami deity of Tsyrugaoka in Kamakura came ashore,many beautiful small sea shells were also brought to this shore.
Selected as one of the"55 Best Bathing Spots of japan",this beautiful resort area can make you forget about your day life and is a highly recommended spot for casual outdoor fun. The mobile homes are equipped with their families.The cabin houses are a bungalow style facility suited to the sea bathing, yacht or surfing enthusiasts.The cabin house are well-equipped with all the facilities used in day-to-day life and are ideal for persons looking for some casual outdoor fun.TEL／0767-42-2125
The rugged scenery crested by steep cliffs and fierce waves is typical of Noto-Kongo coast and Ganmon is the best example of this scenery. Visitors can enjoy the scenery of a seemingly endless sea beyond a fascinating cave mouth created by the erosion and ancient pine trees cyaniding on the cape.
A ride on this sightseeing boat gives you a chance to enjoy a uniquely mystical Japanese Sea. You can also
appreciate the majestic looking rock formations such as Ganmon from a close distance, while enjoying the dynamic winds. As the setting sun paints the skies, it creates a great romantic atmosphere.
■Boat service available from: April-14th November
■Noto Kongo Sightseeing Boat (Ltd.) TEL /0767-48-1233
This is a sea resort area that has more breathtaking scenery and also has the longest bench in the world (460.9m).Highly recommended to those who want to enjoy some romantic mood.
Standing on a sheer precipice, this is the oldest wooden lighthouse in Japan. It is said that the origins of this lighthouse can be traced back to 1608 (13th year of Keicho Era) when Hino Sukenobu lit a bonfire at the top of the Hiyoriyama cliff as a safety precaution for his boats. The lighthouse was looked after by the generations of Hino Family before it was handed over to the old Fukura village for management in 1910 (10th year of Meiji Era). Don’t miss the magnificent view from Hiyoriyama!
A unique festival commonly known as ‘Kujiri Festival’. The name “Hassaku” comes from the fact that a festive ceremony used to be held on the ’Saku-jitsu’ (1st day) of Hachi-gatsu’ (August) according to the old calendar. On the night of the festival,tens of brightly glowing kiriko lanterns are paraded by each local community.
A summer night rendezvous between the male deity and the female deity.The legend has it that once upon a time, the deity of Hachiman Shrine was washed ashore at Masuhogaura and then married the female deity of the local Sumiyoshi Shrine. However, the deity of Hachiman became afraid of the fierce waves and returned home.Since then, the deity is brought to the female deity’s Sumiyoshi Shrine in a portable shrine (o-mikoshi) with all the festivities.
A local specialty which uses saisho persimmons; the saisho are best suited because the core of this type of persimmons is small and the flesh is very soft. With the beginning of autumn, one can see the red fruits of kaki (persimmons) hanging in the sun for drying in the scattered communities of Bijozan’s mountain village, which is a typical seasonal scene in the area. Koro-gaki is also popular as a New Year’s gift item and in recent years it is shipped to various parts of Japan, especially Kansai area.