How to travel between the Noto Peninsula and Tokyo
By shinkansen and train via Kanazawa
Take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kanazawa (2.5 to 3 hours, 1-2 trains/hour) and transfer to a JR limited express train to Wakura Onsen (one hour, every 2-3 hours). With a favorable connection, the entire one way ride takes under four hours, costs around 16,000 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
By shinkansen and bus via Shin-Takaoka
Take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Takaoka (around 3 hours, 13,500 yen one way, one train/hour) and transfer to a bus to Wakura Onsen (90 minutes, 1300 yen one way, departures every 2-3 hours). The shinkansen ride is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but the bus ride is not.
ANA operates two flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Noto Airport. Flight duration is about one hour. The regular one way fare is around 25,000 yen, but discount tickets are usually available for between 11,000 and 18,000 yen. With an air pass you can fly for even less.
The Furusato Taxi service serves the entire Noto Peninsula with rides to/from the airport and charges between 900 and 2100 yen one way per person depending on the destination. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance. Last but not least, rental car outlets are also found at the airport.
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The Noto Peninsula juts out roughly 100 kilometers from Japan's main island of Honshu into the Sea of Japan. The cities of Kanazawa and Toyama are located within 20 kilometers of the peninsula's base.
Public transportation on the Noto Peninsula tends to be infrequent and inconvenient. Consequently, a rental car is the recommended means of getting around, as it allows you to explore the scenic coastlines and towns at your own pace. Rental car outlets are located in Kanazawa, Toyama, Takaoka and Wakura Onsen, as well as at Noto, Komatsu and Toyama Airports.
Another method of exploring the Noto Peninsula is by bicycle, although this is recommended only to experienced touring cyclists. Note also that good rental bicycles are difficult to find, and it is probably easier to bring your own bicycle to Japan. The peninsula is popular enough as a cycling destination that the "Tour de Noto" attracts hundreds of participants every year.
Japan Railways (JR) operates trains as far as Wakura Onsen, from where the Noto Railway leads further to Anamizu Station halfway up the peninsula. Railway lines, further extending to Wajima and Suzu near the peninsula's tip, were unfortunately discontinued in 2005.
Buses, operated by Hokutetsu, serve the rest of the peninsula with a relatively dense network of lines that connects all major tourist attractions. However, buses do not run very frequently, and a number of transfers may be required to travel between two places. A map of the most important bus lines is located above, with the approximate number of buses per day written between major bus stops.
Located in the center of the peninsula, Noto Airport can be convenient for accessing the Noto Peninsula, but note that it gets served by only two daily round trips from Tokyo's Haneda Airport.