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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ⑤

Having spent overnight at Wajima, our trip takes on the final course of the western side of the Noto Peninsula. The coastal road, winding, trailing along a spectacular ocean view arriving at a small fisherman village, Osawa.

昨晩は輪島に停泊し、旅もそろそろ終盤に差し掛かります。能登半島の西側を走ります。海岸線を30分ほど絶景の日本海を見下ろしながら走ると「大沢 間垣の里」に到着します。

大沢 間垣の里|Osawa Magaki-no-Sato

‘Magaki’, a fence that consists of cracked bamboo, it’s height of about 5m to protect the houses from the gust wind from the Japan sea during the winter.

This small fishing village, soon to be covered deep snow but the ocean treasured and valued with different type of fish.

竹の垣根でぐるりと囲まれた集落大沢。城壁のようにも感じられる「間垣(まがき)の里」
異境の地に迷い込んだかのような不思議なまち並み。

巌門 | Ganmon Bridge

Ganmon, is a part of Noto’s National Park in which the rough Japan Sea has produced number of caves plugged by erosion on the bedrock protruding into the sea is 6 meters wide, 15 meters high, and 60 meters deep. Pleasure boats are available to explore the caves at sea level.

能登金剛を代表する存在である巌門。海に突き出た岩盤にある、浸食によってぽっかりとあいた洞門は、幅6メートル、高さ15メートル、奥行き60メートルもあり、洞門の上には老松が生い茂っています。遊覧船が出ており、海上から眺める巌門はまた違った迫力があります。

気多大社 | Keta Shrine

Keta Taisha (気多大社) is a Shinto shrine with a history as a holy spot that dates back over 2000 years. During the Nara Period and Heian Period, it was known as the “the first shrine of Noto“.

千里浜なぎさドライブウエイ | Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway is the only area in Japan in which you can drive on the beach, as the sand particles are fine, moderately moist, and packed however directly affected by bad weather.

国内唯一、世界でも珍しい波打ち際を自動車で走ることができる千里浜なぎさドライブウェイ。その秘密は砂の粒子が細かく、適度に湿っており、締め固まっているからです。天候のいい時にしか走れませんので前回は悪天候のため閉鎖されていました。

Officially leaving Noto Peninusula (Ishikawa prefecture), heading towards the Ainokura Gassho-Zukuri Village (Toyama prefecture). Ainokura being the largest village in the Gokayama region, region has been well known for its washi paper since the art was brought here by Taira Clan refugees from Kyoto. Shirakawa-go is another village few kilometers south of this area however over the years it has become packed with tourist, it’s authenticity lost however the Gokayama region is quieter and sees less tourist traffic. Our previous trip to Shirakawa-go can been seen here.

能登半島の周遊を終え、ユネスコ世界遺産「五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落」へ向いました。前回の北陸の旅では「合掌造り集落」白川郷を訪れましたが観光化がかなり進みがっかりした記憶があります。今回の「五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落」はまだひっそりとし、しっとりとした空気の中その佇まいを楽しむことができました。

これで「2019年 能登半島への旅」はここで終わります。

This will be final post on our Noto…Camping Car Travelogue. Thank you for reading the post and I hope this will help provide an insight to some who may be considering visiting Japan in the near future or during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

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