Section length: 12.7 kilometers Time required: approx. 6 hours
This section is full of highpoints, including historical sites such as Tomikura Tōge pass and the ruins of Taishojin; Mt. Kuroiwa, a beautiful nature feature and itself a designated natural monument; Katsura Ike pond with beautiful autumn leaves, and more. There are portions of ongoing travel through the forest, but also changing areas of beech and cedar forests and wetlands. There is a small, roofed shelter on Mt. Kuroiwa that offers not only a good spot for a break, but a sweeping view of the Iiyama basin and Chikuma River.
The starting point for Section 2 and 3 is located on highway 292, and can be accessed by car.
Access from the Nagano side is possible, but the approach is often in poor condition and should be avoided when making plans.
Access is possible from both the Nagano and Niigata sides. A toilet is available at the Katsura Ike tent site.
Accessible by car from Togari Onsen. Tent site is available. In the same area is the Togari Onsen Hoshifuru (Starry) campground; the facility’s toilet may be used. From here, walk 30 minutes on the ski area to the Hotoke ga Mine trailhead.
Note: In the Tondaira area, the Togari Onsen Hoshifuru (Starry) campground is also available.