Section length: 8.5 kilometers Time required: approx. 6 hours (not including approach to Mt. Madarao)
If the weather is nice, the view from Mt. Madarao provides a complete picture of the Shin-etsu Trail. The terrain and plants are quite varied in Section 1. There are many ups and downs on the Trail, so set a comfortable pace and preserve your strength.
Parking space available for about 10 cars. If extended parking is required, please contact the Shin-etsu Trail Club Secretariat. It will take about 1 hour 30 minutes to climb from here to the summit of Mt. Madarao, or about 1 hour 10 minutes descending from the summit.
A 10-minute hike from the summit will take you to Mt. Daimyojin-dake, a sub-peak with excellent views of Lake Nojiri and the Shinetsu Mountains.
Possible access by car from both Nagano and Niigata.
Seating is available at the summit. Outstanding, wide view of Mt. Myōkō.
Possible access by microbus. Parking for 20 vehicles, toilet, water.
Note: Camping is also available at Madarao Kōgen Camping Park and Madarao no Yu Camp Space.