Lake Nojiri is a part of the Myoko Togakushi Renzan National Park. The lake lies just across the border of Myoko in Shinanomachi in Nagano Prefecture. The lake is a 5-minute drive from Myoko and is easily with in cycling distance. There is a route around the whole lake which makes it an excellent area to cycle. Situated in the middle of the lake is Biwa Island. On the island is Uga Shrine which was founded in 730AD. The main sanctuary area of the shrine was constructed in 1655. The island can be reached by the small ferry that travels the lake or you can canoe or peddle boat out to the island.