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Getting there & around

In the Centre of Oku-Noto, the Noto airport (NTQ; 0768-26-2100) connects the peninsula with Tokyo’s Haneda airport. ANA (0120-029-222) offers two return flights daily (one way ¥19, 800, 65 minutes). The Furusato Taxi (0768-22-7411) is a van service to locations around the peninsula. Fares start at ¥700 to nearby communities including Wajima.

A stay along Noto’s west coast should appeal to cyclists as the terrain is mostly flat. However, on the Noto-kongō coast on the west coast, and anywhere east of Wajima, roads can be quite steep and have blind curves. The tourist information offices have a very good map (in Japanese) called Noto Hantō Kankō Rōdo Mappu (), which covers the area on a scale of 1:160, 000.

Hokutetsu Kankō bus company (076-234-0123) Oku-noto express buses run between Kanazawa and Wajima (¥2200, two hours, 10 daily), with a couple continuing to Sosogi (¥2510). Buses leave from outside Kanazawa station. There are four buses daily between Wakura Onsen and Wajima (¥1200, one hour).

Given the infrequent service, many visitors opt for the daily tour busesfrom Kanazawa, with one way/return fares from ¥3500 to ¥7200. Depending on the itinerary, the ticket price includes transport, lunch, Japanese-speaking guide and admission fees. Some tours operate all year, others from May to November, and the guide’s rapid-fire commentary can be peppered with recorded jungle noises, songs and breaking waves.

Given the lack of bus service, hiring a car has become a popular option. Try Nippon Rent-a-Car (076-263-0919) in Kanazawa. Driving the Noto Toll Rd between Kanazawa and Wajima takes about two hours; the toll road goes only as far as Anamizu: take Rte 1 the rest of the way. If you’re planning to visit sights on the west coast, allow a full day to reach Wajima.

Although there are trains – JR Nanao from Kanazawa to Wakura Onsen (¥1280, 1½ hours) and private Noto Tetsudō line to Anamizu (¥660, 30 minutes) – you still have to reach the sights by road. For the west Noto coast, get off the train at Hakui, Noto’s western bus hub. Whatever your plan, check departure and arrival times to avoid long waits.