Come to Notokashima-eki, also known as Sakura-Eki, on 11 April (Sunday) for a day of hanami (花見) and fun in Anamizu!
Notokashima is known as Sakura Eki because of the cherry trees that line the railroad and lean in such a way as to create a tunnel of sakura in spring.
11 April 2010 (Sunday)
Notokashima Station 能登鹿島駅
Festivities begin at 10 am. There is a light-up from 6 pm to 10:30 pm. Please note that until the trains stop running around 8 pm; there is no parking on site.
Take the Noto Tetsudo from Nanao or from Anamizu to Notokashima Station 能登鹿島駅 (one stop from Anamizu on the Nanao-bound train, the second-to-last stop from Nanao on the Anamizu-eki-bound train).
The event will feature taiko, karaoke, and local bands. As for the festival food, all the seasonal specialties of Anamizu will be available: grilled whole oysters (yaki kaki 焼きカキ); isaza (イサザ), tiny fish that you can eat live; grilled scallops (yaki hotate 焼きホタテ); and, for the vegetarians and faint of heart regarding live fish (myself included), hanami dango.
The event is free to enter; the only necessary costs are your train fare and for your food!
From Anamizu: 280 yen
From Nanao: 660 yen
From Kanazawa (JR Nanao) with a transfer in Nanao to the Noto Tetsudou 能登鉄道: 1860 yen
Sakura-eki blog (Japanese)
Flyer from Anamizu’s website (Japanese)
Leah Zoller is a first-year CIR in Anamizu and has cherry-blossom fever.