Nafune Coast and Sosogi Beach

Enjoying nature on the Noto Peninsula

By Alena Eckelmann    - 2 min read

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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Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @alena.eckelmann

Born East of the Wall and South of Berlin, I am celebrating my 15th year anniversary in Japan in May 2020, the country that I call home now. I lived in crazy Tokyo for 6 years and since 2011 I call the beautiful Kii Peninsula (Kumano, Koyasan and Yoshinoyama) my home.I have been a JapanTravel Partner since the conception of the platform in 2011! In Tokyo I worked in market research at AIP Corporation and in business education at JMEC. For the last 10 years I have been a guide for foreign visitors at Venture Japan, on top of being a Freelance Writer and a Business Researcher.  Apart from work, I trained at the Yoshinkan Aikido Dojo and at the Oedo Sukeroku Taiko Dojo for several years each, and I ran the 1st Tokyo Marathon and enjoyed cycling around Tokyo. During the last 10 years I am working with local authorities to improve their hospitality to foreign visitors and I have participated in many monitors as a media representative.  My current interest is in Japanese nature and spirituality. I love spending time in the forest and mountains, and I love visiting temples and shrines.   I am a licensed guide for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails  and for Koyasan, the Buddhist monastery, in addition to being a practitioner and licensed guide for Forest Therapy (Shinrin Therapy).  As a guide for walking tours, I have taken visitors to walk the Kumano Kodo trails, the Nakasendo trail and the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage trail.  Being grounded during this COVID-19 crisis, I enjoy gardening, baking bread in my new Japanese bread-maker and going for walks around 'my' village.  Take care, keep well, stay safe!