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Hit the road on an incredible coastal drive

This Toyama road trip boasts a diverse range of landscapes and attractions, from the sandy Chirihama Nagisa Driveway beach drive to the expansive bridges across the scenic Nanao Bay. Stop at Himi Banyagai to sample some fresh local seafood, and visit Notojima Aquarium to interact with its marine life.

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Toyama Station

In Japan, you can find rental car companies located at various main train stations. Pick up your desired vehicle from Toyama Station, which is a major station linked with a number of JR and local lines, including the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen that connects directly to Tokyo.

  • About 50 mins by car

    Himi Banyagai

    Himi Banyagai
    Himi Banyagai
    Himi Banyagai

    Savour Toyama Bay’s freshest seafood as well as Himi’s udon, beef, and other fresh produce that come direct from the fertile inland. Bring back a tasty souvenir and have a relaxing foot bath before heading to the observatory with a panoramic view of the Tateyama Mountain Range.

    Information
    Address 25-5 Kitao Town 25-5, Himi City, Toyama Prefecture 935-0004 Japan
    Opening Hours 8:30-18:00 (shops, wet market, food court)
    10:00-18:00 (Sushi restaurant)
    11:00-18:00 (Restaurant)
  • About 50 mins by car

    Notojima-ohashi Bridge

    Himi Banyagai

    Access Notojima Island via the beautiful Notojima-ohashi Bridge. Before crossing the bridge, stop by the Notojima Ohashi Road Park where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the bridge and island.

  • About 15 mins by car

    Notojima Aquarium

    Himi Banyagai
    Himi Banyagai

    The aquarium boasts one of Japan’s longest underwater tunnels, and houses thousands of marine species from the surrounding waters . In addition to watching wildlife performances and illuminations, this hands-on facility also lets you hand-feed adorable river otters.
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    Information
    Address 15-40 Notojima Magari Town, Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture 926-0216 Japan
    Opening Hours 9:00-17:00 (20th March ~ 30th November)
    9:00-16:30 (1st December ~ 19th March)
  • About 15 mins by car

    Twin Bridge Noto

    Himi Banyagai

    Enjoy a picturesque drive across Twin Bridge Noto as you soak in the beauty of Noto Bay and its lush islands.

  • About 50 mins by car

    Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

    Himi Banyagai

    At Noto Peninsula’s west coast is the 8km-long Chirihama Nagisa Driveway – Japan’s only “road” that is actually a beach. No 4WD (4-wheel drive) is required as the sand is compacted; however, the beach does close if conditions are unsafe. Enjoy gorgeous sunsets and sample grilled shellfish from the food stalls lining the beach.

  • About 40 mins by car

    Kanazawa Station

    Drop the car off at the striking Kanazawa Station or continue on your road trip to other scenic destinations along Ishikawa’s coastline.

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