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Cape Suzu – The Most Beautiful Spot in Noto Peninsula

At the northmost part of Noto Penisula, there is a picturesque cape called Cape Suzu (珠洲岬). It is also where the most fanciful ryokan is located in the peninsula!

Cape Suzu is actually a general term for a couple of capes in the area, including Rokkosaki Cape, where the Rokkosaki Lighthouse is located. However, many people nowadays refer to Cape Suzu as Cape Kongō (金剛崎), which is the spot in the photo. It is one of the rare places in the world where the cold current from the north and the warm current from the south meet in the ocean, creating polar and subtropical jet streams interacting in the air.

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Lamp no Yado Ryokan (よしが浦温泉 ランプの宿)

The black houses in the photo above are the Lamp no Yado Ryokan under the cliff at the coast. Just like its name, the onsen ryokan uses lanterns to light up the guestrooms and common areas at night, creating an adventurous but luxurious atmosphere.

The guestrooms in this ryokan come with a private onsen bath. Giving you all the privacy you need to enjoy the stunning view while indulging in the onsen! Apart from the onsen tub in your room, there is also a splendid private bath you can reserve after you check in. As it can only be booked on a first-come, first serve basis, try to get there around 3 pm!

Note that this ryokan, albeit its inconvenient location, is actually really popular that the ryokan can be booked out 6 months in advance. So if you want to stay there, make a reservation as early as possible.

For more information, please refer to ryokan’s website HERE.

Tips:
☛ Let the ryokan know your special dietary requirements. They can cater (^_-)-☆
☛ Pick-up and drop-off services to the nearest bus stop, Yoshigaura (葭ヶ浦), are available. If you want to utilize this service, give them a call before you board the bus at Suzunarikan-mae (すずなり館前)
☛ Ryokan guests get a discount on the admission fees to the Aerial Observatory and the Blue Cave
☛ If you are staying overnight at the ryokan and are driving, park your car in the pink area in the aerial photo on the ryokan website’s access page HERE. The staff should be waiting for you at the yellow area, ready to fetch you to the ryokan between 3 and 5 pm

Aerial Observatory Sky Bird (空中展望台 カイバード)

Standing at the tip of the aerial deck can be quite scary for those who are scared of height, especially when it swings as you walk. If you come on a windy day, it swings regardless if you are on it or not (´▽`*).

But rest assured, the structure is steady as long as there aren’t more than six people on the deck at any given time!

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One thing to note is that accessing the deck isn’t free. It is actually relatively pricey (but very cheap for elementary school students and younger children).

  • 500 yen for adults
  • 100 yen for elementary school students and younger
  • If you want to go to both the deck and the Blue Cave (refer to below), it will cost you 1,500 yen.

Even if you aren’t interested in the observation deck (like us), if you want to see the scenery at the tip of Cape Kongō, you have to go through the promenade that continues from the side of the aerial observatory. In other words, prepare to pay at least 500 yen here… As a side note, it takes around 15 minutes to stroll through the entire promenade.

Tip: The tickets you bought will allow you access to the attraction(s) throughout the day. Just in case you want to head back for a second view.

Blue Cave (青の洞窟)

To get to the cave, you have to pay 1,200 yen for your way. And if you are going to the cave, don’t forget to grab one of the helmets that are placed near the ticket vending machine.

The promenade on the side of the observatory is linked to the path that goes down to the cave. A pole might block the entrance with a “no entry (立入禁止)” sign. So if you didn’t purchase the ticket to the cave, follow the rule and stay clear.

The color of the cave will be the most blue from 7 to 11 am when the light shines into the cave. The blue is really the reflection of the sunlight. If you come later than that, all you will get is a partial artificial cave lit up with blue LED lighting.

Note that some also say that spring and September is the best time to visit the cave for its blue.

Aerial Observatory Sky Bird and Blue Cave’s Opening Hours

  • Both spots are open from 8:30 am to 5 pm
    • In winter, they will be closed at around 4:30 pm

How to Get to Cape Suzu by Public Transport

From JR Kanazawa Station (金沢駅) west exit’s bus stop no. 7, take the Suzu Express Line (珠洲特急線) and get off at Suzunarikan-mae (すずなり館前). From there, change for Suzu City Community Bus (珠洲市コミュニティバス) and get off at Yoshigaura (葭ヶ浦). Cape Suzu will then be a 10 to 15-minute walk away.

  • For the timetable for Suzu Express Line, please refer to the 3rd page of THIS PDF.
  • For the timetable for the Suzu City Community Bus’s Noroshi-iida Sea Route (狼煙飯田 海ルート), please refer to HERE.

Discover Other Awesome Attractions in Noto Penisula

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Click the photo for more information about this amazing spot!

Looking forward to visiting Chirihama Beach Driveway during your next Japan trip? The beach is only one of the many fascinating attractions on Noto Penisula.

For more attractions you may be interested in, refer to our article on Noto Penisula!

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