Traveled Noto Peninsula by car

It was cold.  The news said it was stormy all around in Japan.

From Nov. 1st to Nov. 3rd, traveled Noto Peninsula. 

1st day:  After the day I had fought against fever, it got better and I decided to go to travel as I had planned before the weekend.  Went to the office and printed out travel information.  Left home around 16:30.  Get on Joetsu Shinkansen at Ueno.  It took about an hour to Echigo-Yuzawa.  From there, got on Hokuhoku line, two hours to Takaoka.   Stayed at the hotel near the station.

2nd day:  Left the hotel around 7:30.  Rented a car around Takaoka station and headed to the destination.

I don’t drive usually and I have only a 5-times experience on the public road.  So I had thought that it would be very tough travel when I had planned it.  However, it had begun anyway.

The first trouble I got happened just after I left the car rental agent with the car I had just rented.  I heard beep sound ringing scince I had started driving.  I didn’t know what happened but after I stopped the car, I realized that I had been driving with the emergency brake on.

I’d like to abbriviate the detal, but I managed to make it to Amaharashi Shore, the first destination. You can see the Tateyama peaks over the horizon if you have good weather, but because of thick clouds of the day I could see only a tiny part of them.

Because I had little time to be relaxed and look around the place, I headed to Mitsuke island, the second destination.  The weather got worse and worse and made driving condition worse, too.

The trouble I got next happened when I was going to go over the mountain between Ishikawa and Toyama.  Because of construction taking place, only one lane was available and it was shared by the both direction.  My car met another car coming from the opposite direction and there was a little space.  I thought I could pass through, but as I passing by, my car hit a sign by the side mirror with "bonk" sound.  Fortunatelly, the sign was thin and was not fixed hard at the place, so the damage on the car was very little.  I dissappointed but continued driving.

The third trouble happened also at the narrow road.  While driving on the narrow mountain road, met a truck.  Being paniced at the situation, backed the car a little.  Mistook handling and drove the tires on the left into a ditch.  Stucked. Stucked in this cold rain….  Three kind men on the truck got out of their car and helped my car get out of the ditch.  I really thanked them.

Arrived at Mitsuke island around 12:30.  Around this time, the weather was unbelievably bad and very cold.   There were very little tourists.  Ate hot ramen and relaxed a little. 

At this time, I hesitated whether I should come back and return the car or head to the third destination.  In this bad weather, I was not confident that I could go back safe.  However, there was more than 6 hours left until the return time and above all, I didn’t want to go back via that mountain road again.  So I decided to head to the third destination. 

Noto Kongo is the name of rugged coast line which is on the east side of Noto Peninsula.  It is about 30km long, so I first mistook the destination.  I wanted to go to the place called Yase-no-Dangai, but it took as much as 1 hour to get there after arrived at Noto Kongo.

At Yase-no-Dangai, it was real typhoon.  The wind and rain was the heaviest, so even taking a picture was difficult, not being able to fix the position.

After that I went back to the rental car agent.  It took 2 hours from there, making the total running distance of the day 321km in 7.5 hours.

3rd day:  Went back to Tokyo.  I saw snow falling around Echigo-Yuzawa.




  • イスラム教が支配する世界。
  • 人々は概して優しい。
  • 飯がうまい。味付けは薄め。
  • アラビアンコーヒーが独特の風味。もてなすときには必ず振舞うようだ。水につけるだけのかんたんな洗浄
  • 一般家庭でも使用人を雇っている。使用人は外国人労働者のケースが多い。
  • 女性が働いている姿を見ない。
  • お祈りする時間は1日5回。計算方法はよくわからないが日の出、日没時間に応じて毎日異なるようだ。ただし、時間きっかりに行う必要はない。仕事の関係でできないことや計算が難しいケース(飛行機の中等)があるため、運用は個人に任されている
  • 幹線道路はよく整備されている。ツアーバスは警察が先導してくれる。道端にタイヤが転がる。
  • 市街地では宗教警察が目を光らせている。通常警察とは異なるようだ。
  • いたるところに現国王、初代国王、皇太子の写真が必ず1セットとして飾られている。写真をとることはご法度のようだ。
  • 夜の砂漠は神秘的である。
  • 砂漠はハエが多い。外にいて気になることはないが、バスの中に入ってきたら厄介。
  • 全体的に街の色彩感に欠ける。特に緑色が少ないように感じた。遺跡も同様。土色が支配する。
  • アラビアの音楽がもう少し流れているかと思ったが、音楽はあまり聞こえてこなかった。
  • 浮浪者、ホームレスが見た限りいなかった。非常に珍しいと感じた。
  • お祈りを複数名で行う際は、代表者が一番前に立ち、後ろの人たちはそれに合わせているような感じだった。
  • お祈りはモスクまたは自宅で行うのがメインであるが、それに限らない。(etc. 砂漠、飛行機内、飛行機のすぐ隣、公園、仕事場)
  • モスク内は異教徒が立ち入ることはできない。
  • 旅行者が非常に少ない。
  • 市街地は車の数が非常に多い。
  • 信号が少なく、横断するときはタイミングが重要
  • 砂漠を4WDで走ると非常に面白い。
  • 物価は、日本と近いが若干やすめ。
  • ガソリンは1リットル0.5リアル(=約15円)
  • 酒は闇市で買えるらしい。
  • 全体的にがっしりした人が多い。極端に太っている人は少ない。

郡司 みさお

角川学芸出版 2006-11
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