The towering Niou guardians upon entering the thousand year old Myoujoji Temple (Nichiren Shu), on the West side of Noto.

Sacred rocks and shinto shrine, brief stop on the road north towards Wajima..

Lunch stop restaurant had its own guardian, a slightly plump dragon with a chainsaw, sculpting a mushroom. Pic on right was the lunch set starter. The delicious deep fried prawns with main were about 15cm long, all for around 1000 yen – no wonder the place was busy.

I was fairly impressed with this bench at Shikamachi, apparently the World’s Longest Bench at 460m, the huge sign proclaimed as we arrived. Very comfortable too, and plenty of space.