Here is some information that will be helpful for you in planning your hike along the Shin-etsu Trail, whether you’re taking on the whole route at once, hiking the Trail at different times, or simply enjoying one or more sections. You’ll find advice on how to approach your trek, useful contact information, some hints for being safe and comfortable along the way, and much more. We hope this will be useful as you begin to plan for your adventure on the Shin-etsu Trail!
How to hike
A wealth of information on the hiking seasons, equipment, attitudes and precautions for travel in the mountains. Be sure to read this as you make your plan.
An overview of all the sections of the Shin-etsu Trail. Here you’ll find basic information on each of them, as well as more detailed highlights, trail distance information, and more.
Information on getting to the starting points for different sections of the Trail, the surrounding areas and more. Details on public transport, taxis, and car forwarding services.
Manners & Rules
Some of the rules for the use of the Trail, and of the Leave No Trace movement. Please be sure to read this section, and help is preserve the precious natural world of the Shin-etsu Trail.
Find places to stay along the Shin-etsu Trail, including tent sites, and make reservations.
A convenient section with a variety of information on the areas around the major towns along the Trail, including accommodations, dining spots, sightseeing highlights, shopping and supply options and more.
Trail guide service
Hiking with a registered Shin-etsu Trail guide is a great way to learn much more about the nature, culture and history of the Trail and the surrounding areas.
The Shin-etsu Trail visitor centers, located in several areas along the Trail, are a reliable source of the latest information; they also sell Trail maps and other tools and souvenirs.
Certificate of Achievement
Those who have completed the entire Shin-etsu Trail area eligible to receive an official certificate of completion. The names of all through-hikers will also be posted on this website.
Impressions & Opinions
Look over the impressions of others who have hiked the Trail and want to share their experience.