Nagano and Niigata prefectures are known worldwide as meccas for winter sports, but it's not just the powdery winter snows that draw people to this area.
Hakuba, Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen, and Myoko are fantastic resorts in any season. Here you can take part in seasonal activities surrounded by lush nature, ancient temples, and refreshing hot springs.
We invite you to come enjoy hiking and mountain biking in an area replete with nature and Japanese culture.
Along the hiking and mountain bike routes, you'll find lovely alpine plants, crystal clear lakes, and graceful flower gardens. Fall is particularly beautiful as you find yourself surrounded by a cascade of color. Come experience the beauty of rural Japan in any season.
TREKKINGHiking in Nagano and Niigata
Humans, Nature, and Japanese Culture
Whether it's the Shin'etsu Trail’s six sections of various altitudes and lengths, Hakuba's mountainous region with multiple peaks that rise more than 3,000 meters into the air, Shiga Kogen's red torii gates that reflect off the emerald green waters of Onuma Pond, or the forests of Uenotaira Kogen filled with massive beech trees which are just a 30 minute drive from Nozawa Onsen, Myoko is famous for its Akakura Hot Springs, which are steeped in luscious, green forests with over 200 years of history and culture.
Nagano's hiking routes offer something for everyone to enjoy.
We suggest you seek out an unforgettable hiking tour with a guide.
MOUNTAIN BIKEMountain Biking in Nagano and Niigata
Experience the breathtaking views of the Northern Japan Alps.
Hakuba Valley boasts adventurous, downhill courses as well as leisurely, relaxing courses to enjoy the mountains that soar above 3,000 meters.
A calm, serene course in a beech tree forest is also available among the ski areas of Nozawa Onsen and its traditional Japanese hot springs. There are also sections with extremely steep slopes for the daring.
Whether you're a novice rider or a veteran racer, Nagano's mountains can be enjoyed by everyone.
MOUNTAIN BIKE GALLERY