The Shin-etsu Trail runs for 80 kilometers along the border between Nagano and Niigata Prefectures, following the path of the Sekida Mountain ridge. The forests are perhaps best known for their beech trees. Tall, well-shaped beech trees form a corridor of green along the path. The packed-earth trail also makes for easy walking. Spring (from mid-June to the end of July) and autumn (from mid-September to the end of October) are especially good times to visit the trail. In spring, the last traces of snow can be seen among new greenery and flowers bursting into bloom. In the fall, hikers can enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn leaves.
It takes 6 days 5 nights to hike the all the courses with accommodations. And it takes 5 days 4 nights with tent.
It takes about 2hours from Tokyo to Iiyama (Closest Station) by bullet train "Hokuriku Shinkansen"
. Please refer to JAPAN RAIL PASS
. After having enjoyed trekking, you can go to Kyoto and Osaka via Kanazawa by bullet train and limited express. For more information, please feel free to contact us. E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
【Attention! Shin-etsu Trail Impact of Typhoon (2019-10-14)】
[Traffic road conditions]
Due to landslides and road collapses, many of the trailheads are not accessible.
The area around the Sekida Mountains is rain forecast until 10/15,
so we can not checking the trail to prevent secondary disasters.
Trail conditions can be reported after 10/16.
Considering the situation of the roads for the trail, it seems that the trail is also damaged.
If you plan to hike the trail in the near future, please cancel the mountain trip.
【Attention!! There are multiple asian black bear sightings.】
Please refer to the item "there are multiple asian black bear sightings."
【About the end of the season of the Shin-Etsu Trail in 2019】
The 2019 Shinetsu Trail 's Thru-hike season will be over on November 10.
Because major passages which can access the Shin-Etsu Trail will close.
Also, even before November 10, access to the trail will be impossible if there is snowfall.
(There is a possibility of snowfall even in early November)
About next season, Exact dates vary depending on when the snow melts,
but generally sections 1 and 2 open in mid-May,
sections 3 and 4 open in early June, and sections 5 and 6 open in late June.