Satoyama・Satoumi

Satoyama・Satoumi
Okunoto, Japanese for "inner Noto", is the region that comprises the northern part of the Noto Peninsula around its tip. The region is remote and rural, and the train lines, that had served the area for decades, have recently been discontinued, leaving the Okunoto even more isolated. Wajima is the region's main city and is located about 25 kilometers from the peninsula's tip.

The coastline of the Okunoto area has a calmer inner side that faces the mainland and a rougher outer side that is exposed to the Sea of Japan. The inner coast has fishing villages and small boats that populate the scenery, whereas the outer coast provides dramatic views of rugged natural terrain. A two and a half kilometer stretch along the outer coast, called the Sosogi coast, is particularly scenic.

The most famous sight along the outer coast is Senmaida, a hillside of terraced rice fields along the Sea of Japan. There are over 2000 small rice fields that must be worked by hand, and senmaida literally means "a thousand rice fields". Located just along the main road, Senmaida is easily accessible and has a parking lot and visitor center for cars and tour buses.

Some photos of Shiroyone Senmaida