Noto’s peninsula is characterized by a mosaic of socio-ecological production managed systems referred to as satoyama, terrestrial-aquatic landscape ecosystems comprising secondary woodlands, plantations, grasslands, farmlands, pasture, irrigation ponds and canals, and satoumi, marine-coastal ecosystems comprising seashore, rocky shore, tidal flats and seaweed/eelgrass beds. The communities of Noto are working together to sustainably maintain the satoyama and satoumi landscapes and the traditions that have sustained generations for centuries... (quoted from Food of Agricultural Organizations of United Nations)
We offer a variety of activities where you can experience our life handed down through generations.
"Sansai" can be translated as "Mountain Vegitables" or "Edible Wild Plants". This has been creating the dietary cultures of Japan's rural areas. You can pick up a bunch of Sansai walking in the mountains which have been cared for by the villegers for hundreds of years. There are over 10 kinds of Sansai and you might be able to find most of them through your journey taking roughly 1 - 2 hours with a pick-up tour guide. Please feel the bless of nature, fresh air and presence of animals in the peaceful atmosphere.
"Sado", tea ceremony, is the Japanese traditional culture describing the importance of "politeness" and "hospitality". Its manners and movements do not seem to be gorgeous, on the contrary, "calm" as the Japanese tend to attempt to find "beauty" in quiet spaces and humble attitudes. In Japanease villages, "hermony" has been extremely valued because most work such as farming in the rice fields has been sustained by a teamwork caring for each other. A lot of residents here have been learning Sado since they were children so you can feel their history communicating with them through the Sado taking about 1 - 2 hours. Please take a photo of you too with rental Kimono.
There are a lot of "Zenshu Temples" for "Mind Fulness (Zen) " in Shunran-no-Sato. Each weekend, the residents used to go to the temples and enjoy meditation and communications with friends. Some of the buddist buildings here have histories of approximately 500 years and the priests with traditional spirits handed down through generations have sincere and earnest attitude toward your mind with Zen Stick to hit your soul. So you can experience the authentic Zen with your firm determination spending 1 - 2 hours.
Rice Farming is the core value of Japanese food culture and the same is true of Shunran-no-sato. The rice here grown with its clean pure water has a good reputation and highly evaluated by the visitors.
If the sky is clear and the moon is not so bright, the sky will be completely filled with stars and beautiful. Anamizu-City, a part of Shunran-no-Sato, names itself "the City of Stars" and Noto-City, also a part of us, has Astronomical Observatory bacause of its beauty of the sky sorrounded by few lights near Seas and Mountains. We could guide you to the best spot for your star gazing.
Surrounding mountains supplies beautiful water to Shunran-no-Sato and not only rice but many types of fishes such as "Ayu" "Yamame" are getting the benefits. You can fish or catch them by hands and taste in the "Irori" heating them.