Green tourism programs are being developed and becoming established in various parts of Noto. The programs allow tourists to stay in rural areas and enjoy the local nature and culture, and interact with local residents. In 1997, the Shunran-no-sato Executive Committee volunteer group, which aims to revitalize farming communities, launched the farmhouse minshuku Shunran-no-yado in the Miyaji and Sakeo areas of Noto Town. It caused a sensation, and the group was greatly encouraged. In the Onomi area of Nanao City, the Onomi Area Green Tourism Promotion Council takes advantage of local marine, river and Satoyama features to offer a variety of experience-based programs. It serves as a driving force for expanding green tourism. In 2012, the prefectural government designated the Shunran-no-sato area (Miyaji, Sakeo, Odawara, Kashiwagi, Yamada) as an important landscape area in order to preserve its Satoyama features, which are important for green tourism. An effort is also being made to conserve beautiful rows of houses with white plastered walls and black tile roofs.