Lake Nojiri is in an extinct volcano in northern Nagano Prefecture.
We spend a few weeks there every summer.
Views of the lake can be spectacular.
And endless opportunities for hiking.
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Bathing beauties can always be found at the lakefront.
The Matsumoto Castle is a two hour drive south of the lake.
The sky can be quite beautiful as there is little pollution.
A bird's-eye view of the lake can be had by climbing Mount Myoko,
which takes about four hours. There is an outdoor, hot spring bath
at the base of the mountain.
The area is ideal for a mountain bike.