Umi-tei Notokichi has been a popular local haunt for generations – you'll be hard pressed to better experience seafood elsewhere in Japan. Purists should keep it simple and go for the sashimi moriawase (sashimi of t…
This modern museum about a 15-minute walk west of the former train station, has a large, rotating collection of lacquerware in galleries on two floors. Phone ahead, as it closes between exhibitions.
Here you can view a selection of the impressive illuminated lacquered floats used in the Wajima Taisai festival, some up to 15m tall. Take the bus to Tsukada bus stop (¥150, six minutes).
This restaurant near the Asa-ichi serves local specialities including zōsui (rice hotpot), yaki-zakana (grilled fish) and seasonal seafood, surrounded by folk crafts.
This entertaining morning market features a few hundred ageing fishwives hawking fresh-off-the-trawler seafood, lacquerware, pottery and souvenirs, with sass and humour that transcends language. Haggle politely if y…
Wajima's famous, towering, illuminated kiriko festival floats parade through the streets to much excitement in late August.
This festival features participants wearing demon masks and seaweed head gear and culminates in a frenzy of wild drumming.