From Senmaida, we took the 249 toward Suzu, the northernmost town in the Noto Peninsula. Suzu’s main landmark is Mitsukejima (見附島), also known as “Battleship Rock.” It was cloudy and later in the day when we arrived, so I wanted to share some other photos I’ve taken over the years.
The winters in the Noto are cold and snowy, and nowhere so much as Suzu. The winter sea is harsh, but it makes Mitsukejima and all the shores seem so dramatic, even melancholy.
When the weather is nice and the tide is low, you can walk out along the path close to the island. The rocks are pointy and sometimes slippery, but I like to go out and see the island up close.
And the wildlife!
Summer is by far my favorite season to visit Suzu–it’s cooler up there than in Kanazawa, and there are some quiet public beaches in the area if you like to swim.
Summer is dramatic in a much more inviting way than winter. The sea is a gorgeous color in the summer sun.
Fall, particularly October, is one of the best times to visit the Okunoto. The weather is spectacular for about two weeks in early to mid-October, and I love the cirroculumus clouds against the blue sky.
Ring the enmusubi (fate-tying) bell with your lover for happiness–but not if you value your ear drums. Nearby Koiji Beach has a tragic love story associated with it, so the area is a “power spot” for love. Whether you believe in the bell or not, it’s a gorgeous place to visit.