Travel by local buses from Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture - Part 2

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Travel by local buses from Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture - Part 2

Kamioka used to be a prosperous mining town. Spend the night here. Since it is a small town, there are no big hotels but only small inns, so you can choose to stay overnight at the beautiful Minabe Inn. For dinner, head to a restaurant nearby to try a popular local dish called Kamioka Tonchan. It used to be a favourite among miners in the 1950s and is still loved by the locals.

On the third day, head by local bus to Toyama. The bus connects the prefectures of Gifu and Toyama. After enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Japan Alps from the bus, you will cross the border and reach Toyama. From here, hop on another local bus and make your way to Takaoka Station. Transfer buses and head to Himi at the foot of Noto Peninsula. There are several routes you can take from Himi but the best option is to go to Waki next. However, you’ll have to walk 20 minutes to go to Himi Chuo first and then catch the local bus to Waki. The journey to Waki takes about 30 minutes, during which you can admire the beautiful scenery.

From Waki, take the Hokutetsu Noto Bus to Nanao, located at the centre of Noto. The ride lasts about 40 minutes and the bus crosses the border into Ishikawa Prefecture. After this, head to Takahama next and transfer to another local bus to head to Togi, which is 40 minutes away. Spend the night at Togi, where you may wish to stay at the Seaside Villa hotel. It has Western- and Japanese-style rooms.

On the fourth and final day of this local bus trip, walk along the Masuhogaura Shore at Togi before boarding the bus to Monzen. While strolling, look out for what is believed to be the longest bench in the world, spanning 460m. Over 1,300 people can sit on this bench at the same time. After this, go to the Togi-Nokyomae bus stop to take the bus to Monzen. The local bus runs along the west coast as it heads north. You will notice several houses with black roofs along the road. Noto is famous for producing roof tiles. The tiles are smooth, allowing snow to easily slide down.

The bus ride to Monzen takes over an hour. Once you arrive at Monzen, head by another bus to Wajima, which is 30 minutes away. The next destination is Sosogi and if you have some time to kill before the bus departs, do some sightseeing around Wajima. A recommended place to visit is the morning market, which has a history of 1,000 years. It is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs which showcase the town’s famous lacquerware style known as Wajima-nuri - products include hand mirrors and even chopsticks. If you are hungry, you can grill food items you have bought from the market at an open-air lobby. There is also the Yurari-Yu foot hot spring nearby which visitors can use for free.

After taking in the sights and sounds of Wajima, board the local bus which will take you to Sosogi. At Sosogi, transfer buses to go to Kinoura. The journey to Kinoura takes about 40 minutes. From Kinoura, take the final bus of this entire trip and head to Ukai Station. Alight at the Noroshi bus stop, from where you will have to climb a steep slope to reach the goal - Rokkosaki Lighthouse. During this four-day adventure which began from Nagoya, we have travelled 600km on 29 local buses.


Tips:

1) Get a leaflet from the information centre to find out about a town’s attractions and lodging places

2) Check out the Wajima-nuri-style lacquerware when visiting the morning market at Wajima

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