Shin-etsu Trail

Section Introduction


Aka Ike pond - Numanohara wetland - Lake Nozomi - Mt. Kenashi – Wakui Village

Section length: 11.2 kilometers Time required: approx. 5 hours

Section highlights

The Trail in this section starts at Aka Ike pond and travels through Numanohara wetlands and Lake Nozomi. A succession of flowers bloom in the wetlands through the seasons, making for a new experience regardless of how many times you hike the section. The terrain here is rather gentle, and even those not confident about their physical strength can enjoy hiking at the section at their own pace here.

Aka Ike pond
  • 駐車場
  • トイレ
  • テント
  • 水
Highway 97 to Yama no Ie, Tarumoto village
Beech forest
Numanohara wetland
  • 駐車場
  • トイレ
Highway 97 to Yama no Ie, Tarumoto village
Inochi no Mori forest; good viewpoint
Lake Nozomi
  • 駐車場
  • トイレ
To Yama no Ie, Wakui village
Gentle slope
Mt. Kenashi <1022m>
Sub-route to observation point; seats available
Larch forest
Wakui Shin Ike pond
Farm road
Spring water is available just below the farm road
  • 駐車場
Highway 292 to Iiyama City, Myoko City

Key points

point1 The Trail from Wakui Shinike pond to Wakui Village is on a farm road; there is very little shade so take all necessary precautions against the heat in summer.

point2 There are many important and rare plants growing in the wetland areas; protect them by staying on the boardwalks in these areas.


Aka Ike pond

Minibus accessible. Parking for 20 vehicles, toilet, water.

Numanohara Wetland

Minibus accessible. Parking for 20 vehicles, toilet.

Lake Nozomi

Large bus accessible. Parking for 30 vehicles, toilet.

Wakui Village

Large bus accessible. Parking for 10 vehicles.

  • Tent site
  • Accommodations

On the Trail, within walking distance of the Trail

  • Aka Ike pond

Off-Trail accommodations

  • Madarao Kōgen
  • Tangram area
  • Shinano-daira
  • Togari Onsen
  • Nozawa Onsen
  • Kijimadaira

Note: Camping is also available at Madarao Kōgen Camping Park and Madarao no Yu Camp Space.

information on the trail and nearby facilities