Self Guided Adventure


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

4 Nights: from US$1111 per person (twin share) Trip Code: SET02

This four-night module offers the best of both worlds: three days of hiking along scenic sections of the Shin-Etsu Trail, along with a rest day in rural Togarinozawa Onsen where you can enjoy a farm stay experience. This module can easily be tailored to fit into a variety of Self-Guided Adventures. Read more >

At 70km (44 miles) long, the Shin-Etsu Trail is a multi-day hiking trail that snakes along the ridge of the Sekida Mountain chain that separates Niigata Prefecture to the north, and Nagano Prefecture to the south. The 16 passes over this historic trail has been used for centuries by traders from both prefectures, and nowadays it attracts hikers keen to enjoy the peaceful, uncrowded route.

This four-night module includes three of our favourite sections of hiking, showcasing the varied terrain available along the Shin-Etsu from majestic beech forests in sections 4 and 5, to the wooded paths and marshland of section 2. As part of your hike you'll join an experienced local guide for your first day, giving you the opportunity to learn about the area and the trail, so you'll feel confident setting out on your own for the other two days of hiking.  Your accommodation staff will shuttle you to and from the trailheads each day.

In between hiking we've included a rest day in Togarinozawa Onsen, a small town that manages to include ski slopes, hot springs, and farms, all in one place! During your day off at the ryokan inn you can enjoy a farm stay experience and try your hand at making a popular local dish, sasazushi, a type of sushi topped with fresh mountain vegetables, meat or fish, and wrapped in bamboo leaves.

At the end of your trip you'll make your way back to Iiyama which is well-situated on the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line, and from there continue on to your next destination.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Train travel to Iiyama on day one
  • All transport between your accommodation and the trail
  • Four breakfasts, three lunches, and four dinners
  • Shin-Etsu Trail orientation and maps
  • Guided hike of Section 2 (on your first day)
  • Luggage forwarding between Iiyama and Togarinozawa Onsen

What's NOT included:

  • Lunch on day one after your arrival in Iiyama

Trip Highlights

  • Hike three of the best sections of the Shin-Etsu Trail
  • Tuck into delicious homegrown food at a family-run inn
  • Join an experienced guide for day one of your hike
  • Enjoy a day off to experience rural Japanese life
  • Relax post-hike in hot spring baths
  • Take in panoramic sea and mountain views along the trail

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

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