Self Guided Adventure


Shin-Etsu Trail Three-Night Module (Intermediate Hiking)

3 Nights: from US$1027 per person (twin share) Trip Code: SET01

This three-day hiking module introduces you to our favourite sections of the 70km-long Shin-Etsu Trail, allowing you to enjoy hiking through majestic beech forests and along mountain ridgelines. It can be added to many Self-Guided Adventures as it's easily accessible from Tokyo and Kanazawa. Read more >

The Shin-Etsu Trail runs 70km from Madarao Kogen in southeast Iiyama, all the way along the prefectural border between Niigata and Nagano, until it reaches its end at Mount Amamizu in the northeastern tip of Nagano Prefecture.

Hiking the entire route is an intrepid adventure and something we highly recommend, but we realize it's not always possible to spend a full week on a hiking trail. That's why we've cherry-picked our three favourite sections to showcase the best of the scenery for a shorter trip, from shady beech forests to narrow ridge walking with fantastic views. Whether you choose to travel in early July when the forests are lush with new growth, or in autumn amongst the crisp orange leaves, the Shin-Etsu Trail offers an invigorating outdoor experience that is blissfully free from crowds.

It's easy to follow the trail without knowing any Japanese, but in order to help you make the most of your experience, we've included a guided hike on day one. Your guide knows the trail like the back of their hand, and will have plenty of knowledge and insight about the region to share with you.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Train travel to Iiyama
  • All transport between accommodation and the trail
  • Three breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners
  • Shin-Etsu Trail orientation and maps
  • Guided hike of Section 2
  • Luggage forwarding between Iiyama and Togarinozawa Onsen

What's NOT included:

  • Lunch after your arrival in Iiyama

Trip Highlights

  • Hike three scenic sections of the Shin-Etsu Trail
  • Soak in hot spring baths
  • Take in panoramic sea and mountain views along the trail
  • Tuck into tasty local food at a family-run inn
  • Join an experienced guide for day one of your hike
  • Experience the slower pace of rural Japanese life

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Shin-Etsu Trail Three-Night Module (Intermediate Hiking) - 4 Days

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