Noto Countryside Driving Tour

Out of the city, off the beaten path, and into the Japanese countryside

The opinion of Japan Experience

A successful trip is often made by the people you encounter on the way; spending time with one of our Travel Angels gives you the opportunity to forge a more personal link with Japan and Kanazawa, while preserving your freedom as an independent traveler.

Your Travel Angel's plus

Our Noto guides have been living in the Ishikawa area for years, and love getting out of Kanazawa city to explore the countryside. We will show you our favorite spots, as well as take any requests for places you want to explore.


If you want to get out of the city and explore the Japanese countryside, are not renting a car, love taking photos, or just want a relaxing day traveling, this tour is for you. We will pick you up at your hotel, and take you on a great one day adventure outside of the city and into the countryside.

Every driving tour to the Noto Peninsula is a bit different, but you can get a feel for it with this video.

We leave Kanazawa in the morning and head towards Noto peninsula. After a short drive on the highway, drive 8 km on the sand next to the Japan Sea at Chirihama beach driveway. Here is a wonderful place to stop, breathe in the ocean air, and maybe take a couple of photos on the beach.

From here, we visit the famous Myojoji Temple, a beautiful area with a massive 5 story pagoda. After this temple, we take back roads through small towns, rice paddies, old temples and untouched countryside. There are some great stops for photos of rice paddies and old Japanese houses.

After exploring the back roads, we head up to Noto Island, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. We circle around Noto Island, enjoying the beautiful ocean views and small fishing villages around the island.

After Noto Island, we head to Wakura Onsen. Here, we can enjoy a foot onsen looking over the bay and Noto island.

From there we start heading back to Kanazawa, but not without one more stop at Mikohara’s senmaida. This area has beautiful terraced rice fields, and the views from the top of the hills are wonderful.

After a full day of experiencing life outside the city in Noto Japan, we will drop you back off at the hotel, and be happy to suggest places for dinner and help with reservations.

The tradition of Kanazawa city and the splendid natural surroundings will make this area an unforgettable part of you experience in Japan.

Included in the price of the tour: Guiding, car, and gasoline. Not included in the price of the tour: meals and entrance fees for guests and guide. Thank you.

A note on special requests for our Noto tour. Noto has many great places, for example Wajima city. The drive to Wajima is quite far, so we don’t usually go in our normal tours. If you would really like to see Wajima, or something else in Noto, please inquire with our guides, and we will figure out the best plan for our day together. Shirakawago and Gokayama driving tours are also possible (extra fees apply due to highway fees).


We will pick you up in the morning from your hotel in Kanazawa. Your guide will get in touch with you before the tour by email to decide on the places you would like to visit and things you would like to see on your tour.

This tour is usually for 4 people, determined by space in our guide’s cars. If you have more than 4 people, we might or might not be able to accommodate you. Children are considered as a full participant.

Latest review

Nov 2019

Ces quelques mots pour vous dire à notre retour du Japon, que nous sommes très contentes du tour effectué le 13 novembre 2019 avec Chris Wiggin sur la péninsule de Noto. Les sites visités ont répondu à nos attentes et nous avons bien pu échangé avec le guide.

These few words to tell you that we are very happy with the tour made on November 13, 2019 with Chris Wiggin on the Noto Peninsula. The sites visited met our expectations and we were able to exchange well with the guide.

Nov 2019

La journée à la découverte de la presqu’île de Noto, c’est très bien déroulée...Nous avons vu les lieux que je souhaitais découvrir.

The day to discover the peninsula of Noto, it went very well. We saw the places I wanted to discover.

Nov 2019

I wanted to thank you for the wonderful time that we had as your guests seeing Shirakawago, Gokayama, and Ainokura. Your restaurant selection for lunch was also great.  Elaine enjoyed trying her hand at washi and she now has her hand made postcards to remember it. I especially wanted to thank you for the detour over the Shirakawa pass which let us get a glimpse of the fall foliage and the monkeys that you had so cleverly hidden on the road for us. I know it was a longer day for you than you had originally planned but we are forever grateful.  You were a superb host/guide and you made our trip even more memorable. 

Jun 2019

A big thanks to Chris Wiggin for taking my sister and I out from Kanazawa on a one day tour to Noto Island and part of the Peninsula at the end of May. We saw a part of Japan that was beautiful and peaceful. Chris was very knowledgeable about the area, and took us to some very interesting less-touristy sites, and we had a great lunch in a local restaurant frequented by many people. A bonus was him stopping at the grocery store on our way back to help us translate and buy some items to bring home with us. And he dropped us off at the train station, which was also made it easier for us. We’d definitely recommend Chris and Japan Experience - and their tour price was very reasonable.

May 2019

We would like to thank you very much for your great tour "off the beaten track" discovering the Noto Peninsular. We particularly liked visiting the private temple and enjoying the hospitality given to us by the priest and his wife. The other thing we really enjoyed was the lunch. The bream was so fresh and tasty.

Nov 2018

Had a really nice day. Thank you again for all the pre trip assistance as well. 

Nov 2018

We really enjoyed our day with Chris.  Thanks again for being a great guide!

Aug 2018

Thanks for the wonderful drive. We had a great time. 

Aug 2018

Thanks again Chris for this beautifull day.

Aug 2018

Thank you very much for yesterday’s tour in Noto. I have enjoyed it a lot and it was very relaxing (Wakura onsen and rice fields, Japan sea etc). Thank you so much.

Jun 2018

‌‌THANK YOU Chris. It was a pleasure for us to see the country side of Japan !
And your english is very easy for non english people !!! 

Apr 2018

Many thanks, we had a great day visiting and talking with you, and we were very please to meet you.

Apr 2018

Thank you so much for the Noto peninsula tour we had with you yesterday.
It was very interesting and we enjoyed your explanations.

Apr 2018

The trip to Noto Peninsula was magical. Chris' manner, expertise, kindness and judgement was the guiding force behind the trip. The outdoor onsen, the thread dropped from the heavens between the magnificent boulders in the sea, the Sea of Japan, the Buddha , the zen temple, the lunch , the amazing artists, the conversations and his insights - the conversation with the workers on their land. Needless to say it was an amazing time , a perfect introduction to Kanazawa.
Thank you for your professional and your generous spirit. We are grateful for the work you put into showing us some of the treasures in your Kanazawa.

Apr 2018

Thanks a lot for the excursion that the whole family enjoyed thoroughly.

Aug 2017

Thanks again for the nice and cool tour, it was great to see the Japanese sea and cost side after all the temples in Kyoto and the mountains in Takayama and before the crowded and busy Tokyo !!

May 2017

Thank you for all, it was a fantastic day.

Apr 2017

Thank you for the day in Noto. We had a great time with you. Eager to come back soon and spend more time in Wajima, Kanazawa and the region. Thanks to you!

Jan 2017

Thank you for this day filled with beautiful views.  And for all the information of restaurant and places to visit. 

Nov 2016

Thank you very much for the Noto tour and the information about Kanazawa.

Oct 2016

I had a great day. Thank you for showing me another side of Japan and for being such a good host.