Nafune Coast is on the northern side of the Noto Peninsula near Wajima City. This area spots a scenic ocean landscape with rocky stretches and small sandy beaches. The strong waves and current make for a dramatic scenery.
A road runs along the ocean from where you will have nice views but stopping here and there to have a closer look is even better. Drive on Prefecture Road 249 from Wajima Onsen to Senmaida and then continue to ride along the coast toward Sosogi.
You will pass by a torii gate by the ocean at Nafune Coast. This is the birthplace of the Gojinjo Drumming.
Next you will see a long stretch of beach, Mitsugo-hama, and a rocky outpost that separates it from another beach, Okawa-hama. Before you reach the next beach, Sosogi-hama, a rock formation attracts your eyes. This is the Madoiwa Rock. Pass through a tunnel and you will reach the next coastline attraction, Tarumi Waterfall.
Madoiwa literally means “window and rock”. A hole of two meters in diameter in the middle of the rock looks indeed like a window. Come here in the evening and you can try to catch the sunset through this window.
Tarumi waterfall is an unusual seaside waterfall in Japan. It is said that its water splashes upward in strong wind.
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