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The Nanao of today came into being as a result of the merging of the old city of Nanao and the towns of Tatsurahama, Nakajima and Notojima. It is located in a roughly central position in Ishikawa Prefecture and has a population of just over 60,000. Facing Nanao Bay and being a good natural harbor, Nanao has prospered as the doorway to the Noto area from olden times and flourished in a central role in the area. With a calm inland sea and resort facilities which include the Wakura Onsen hot spring resort well-known throughout Japan with its 1200 history, an aquarium and a glass museum it is a lively area that bustles with tourists.
Blessed with crabs, tender oysters and yellowtail from the sea and the generous hospitality of the Noto people, it makes for a welcoming and heart-warming town.

In the spirit of enhancing the port’s charm, recent years have seen town planning progressing and Nanao has become a sister city with the city of Monterey in America and every year it holds ‘The Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto’.



From olden times Nanao was the center of the Province of Noto and was the provincial seat of law, government and temples established by the state. Under the Ashikaga shogunate in the Muromachi Period a deputy of the shogunate called Hatayama was entrusted with the protection of Noto and the area prospered with the introduction of culture from Kyoto.
In 1581 the Daimyo (feudal lord) of the area at that time Toshie Maeda built his castle in the Omaruyama area (now the location of Omaruyama park in Nanao) but due to the Tokugawa shogunate policy of one castle per province his castle and the seat of local government was later moved to Kanazawa.
However, the vestiges of the castle town remained and the area continued to be run by a town magistrate while retaining its status as a center of political, economic and cultural importance.
As the city was originally planned as a castle town and due to place names such as the ‘Mountain Temple District' the area still has many reminders of its historical connections with Maeda Toshiie.

Main Industries and Products

Nanao is blessed with an abundance of mountain and marine products so seasonal food is available all year round. These include winter yellowtail, Noto oysters, salted sea-cucumber and boiled fish kamaboko paste. The area is also proud of its local brand products which include Nanao Butsudan (Buddhist altars) and Tatsurahama building materials.

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