Amaharashi Coast 雨晴海岸
Age old muse to poets and artists
With its winning combination of coastal views and a mountain backdrop, the Amaharashi Coast defines scenic beauty in Toyama Prefecture . It's an essential stop on journeys across the Noto Peninsula , and a great side trip from nearby cities.
- A trip to the coast on a clear day and admiring the Sea of Japan up close
- Taking pictures of the Onnaiwa rock with the mighty Mt. Tsurugi in the background
How to Get There
Reach Amaharashi Coast by train or car.
By train: Take the JR Himi Line (covered by the Japan Rail Pass) to Amaharashi Station and walk five minutes to the seaside.
By car: Get off the Naoetsu Expressway at the Takaoka Interchange and drive 15 minutes to the coast.
Culture, history, and legend
Celebrated for its white sand and stately pines, the Amaharashi Coast has long given inspiration to poets and artists. Famed poet and Takaoka native, Otomo no Yakamochi, wrote verses praising the “pristine beaches,” and inviting a friend to ride there on horseback to enjoy the view. The legendary warlord Yoshitsune no Minamoto is also said to have taken refuge at Amaharashi and given his name to a prominent rock which you can still see today.
Easily accessed from Toyama City or Takaoka and right on the popular Noto Peninsula coastal drive, Amaharashi attracts admirers year-round. On clear days, especially in winter when the haze is minimal, you can capture one of the best views in Toyama: the Onnaiwa (literally, “Woman Rock”), with the iconic Tateyama Mountains in the background.
When to go
You can visit the coast year-round, free of charge. In winter, the cold wind may deter some, but the clear views of the snow-capped Japan Alps are worth it.