Anamizu is famous for its oysters, and what better way to enjoy the winter oysters than at Anamizu’s annual winter oyster festival?
This year’s 穴水町雪中ジャンボかきまつり (Anamizu Jumbo Oyster Festival in the Snow) is going to be even bigger than last year’s! Grill your oysters (or other seafood) on the extended 300-meter open charcoal grill. If you don’t like seafood, there’s plenty of other delicious food: zenzai, handmade soba and udon, Noto Wine, and more!
Entrance is free; bag of raw oysters for grilling is 1000 yen.
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, 10:00-16:00
Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, 9:00-15:00
Asunaru Plaza on the Anamizu Bay (near Anamizu Town Hall)
The location is in red; the town hall is in blue. The site is between the big bridge by the 大町東 (Ohmachi higashi) stoplight and the bridge that goes to the 役場 town hall. Currently, there is a huge blue structure raised on the site, which looks out to the bay.
Drive to Central Anamizu on the 1, the 249, or take the Anamizu exit on the Noto Toll road ( 能登有料). The site is in central Anamizu.
Bus: Take the Hokutetsu Bus from Kanazawa (bus stop #1 on the East Exit of Kanazawa Station, 1880 yen) OR from Wajima Station (400 yen) to 穴水此の木 (Anamizu Kunogi). (This stop has four bus stops in a central location, so make sure you know which one you’re taking back!). This bus stop is on the far side of town by the Dontaku and Komeri; it’s a 20 minute walk toward central Anamizu.
Train: This is slightly more expensive, but will get you much closer to the location. Take the Noto Tetsudou (能登鉄道） from Nanao to Anamizu, which is the last stop. It’s 810 yen from Nanao; 1940 yen from Kanazawa on the JR Nanao line with a transfer in Nanao one-way. Walk about 10 minutes toward the 大町東 (Ohmachi higashi) stoplight and cross the bridge after the stoplight. You should be able to see it from there.
Official website (Japanese)
Ishikawa JET Blog‘s post on the 2010 festival
Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. She hopes to see you there!