Maggie Beer's food guide to Noto Peninsula

After leaving Tokyo, Maggie Beer travelled east to Japan's stunning Noto Peninsula. Find out how she spent her time in this beautiful region.

If you’re travelling within Japan, I’d really recommend going by train. They are fast, always on time and can be made even more enjoyable if you buy a bento box before boarding!

These are sold at stations which service long distance trains, so while Tokyo station has a number of vendors, smaller stations like Ginza won’t have any. When sold at train stations or on the train itself, a bento box is called an "ekiben".

After arriving in Noto, we had all our meals at Flatt's -  a guest house that is renowned for its incredible restaurant, headed up by owners Ben and Chikako Flatt.

Flatt's is quite rural and there aren't many tourists around, so apart from a bakery down the road - which had some of the best croissants I've ever eaten! - you won't have many other dining options. However, I can assure you though, you won't be disappointed by the cuisine! The specialty of the area is fermented food and fresh seafood, fished from the sea that surrounds the peninsula.

Waking up at Flatts I was served a full Japanese breakfast, complete with year-old fermented fish. But it was the mix of the owners' heritage - Ben's Italian ancestry and Chikako's Japanese - that caused the meals to really stand out. One night we had pizza with Japanese flavoured toppings, the bonito flakes quivering in the heat from the pizza so that the whole thing looked dazzling. 

After leaving Flatt's, I visited Kanazawa - and the big find there was fantastic coffee!

I found that coffee in Japan overall was a bit hit or miss, but if you're travelling in the Noto area and in need of a caffeine hit, I found a shop at Kanazawa station called Kanazawa Chitose Coffee which sold the best coffee!

If you're looking for food in Kanazawa, there were also some good izakaya near the station. When looking for restaurants in Japan, my best tip is to look up or down: there is a whole range of hidden restaurants above or below street level. If you like crab, try Kappo Murai in Kanazawa Station, a sort of bistro restaurant and a real crab feast!

Watch Maggie visit a breathtaking, isolated temple in Japan:

Follow Maggie's adventures on Maggie in Japan, August 2 at 8:30pm on Lifestyle. 

For more of Maggie's travel tips, try her other Japan travel guides:

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