Chirihama is the only beach in Japan where you can drive your car on the sand. It's a popular and unusual attraction that should be part of any scenic road trip through the Noto Peninsula.
The best way to enjoy Chirihama is by rental car or private vehicle.
The journey takes about one hour from Kanazawa, and is located just off of the Imahama Interchange and Chirihama Interchange from Noto Satoyama Kaido, the highway running parallel to the beach.
From Hakui, a stop on the JR Nanao Line running from Kanazawa to Wakura Onsen, it is a 10-minute taxi ride.
The sand on Chirihama is so tightly compacted that it is firm enough to drive on. Cars, bicycles, motorbikes and buses can drive on the beach.
If you're traveling by car along Noto's coastline, a 40-minute drive to the north is the Ganmon Sea Cave, and about an hour and a half away are the Senmaida rice terraces.