Wajima City, Ishikawa

The Noto Peninsula has long been a crossroads of economy and culture as a key point of transportation, due to its geographical shape that protrudes greatly into the Sea of Japan. Monzen (Kurojima), Wajima City, is a hub of Kitamae-bune that come and go the Japan Sea taking of such an advantage to peninsula, and a place where many footprints of the Japan Sea culture brought by Kitamae-bune remain. The Kadoumi residence, which was a small-cargo vessel wholesaler, is designated as an “Important Culture Property” as the “Fomer Kadoumi House.” There are luxurious items on display that show the riches of the past, and you can enjoy its former prosperity.

  • ports of call
  • shipowners’ settlement

Cultural Properties of Wajima City

  • Traditional Architectural Preservation District, Kuroshima District, Wajima City

    A village of Kitamae-bune shipowners. It is characterized by the shitami itabari style (wooden board siding with battens) and black tile.

  • Former Kadoumi House

    The house of the Kadoumi family who were Kitamae-bune shipowners that made their wealth through Kitamae-bune.

  • Kuroshima Tenryo Festival

    A festival in which was originally started by the Omikoshi that Kitamae-bune shipowners donated to pray for maritime safety.

  • A group of Kitamae-bune funa-ema

    A votive tablet which the shipowners and sailors of Kitamae-bune dedicated to prayers for maritime safety.

  • Inau Votive Tablet

    These Ainu ritual implements were brought back by the shipowner of Kitamae-bune and dedicated to prayers for maritime safety.

  • Ishizukuri Torii of Sumiyoshi Shrine

    It was dedicated after granite from Shodoshima Island was processed in Osaka and then transported by the shipowner of Kitamae-bune.

  • Directional stone of Hiyoriyama

    A stone used to see directions and the place where Kitamae-bune sailors forecast the weather before departing.

  • Noto's Madara (celebration song)

    A folk song that is said to have originated from the celebration song of the Hizen area of Kyushu, brought by the sailors of Kitamae-bune.