September 15 - 17, 2018


Registrations for the SFMT 2018 begin on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 21:00 JST!



The Shinetsu Five Mountains Trail race  (SFMT),  produced by one of Japan's top trail runners - Hiroki Ishikawa, is one of Japan's most popular ultra-distance trail races . Last year a new 100 mile category was added to the race in addition to the original 110km category. Unfortunately the longer category was shortened due to bad weather in 2017 though. The 10th edition of SFMT 2018 should be the very first year to invite all challengers who are willing to explore the new 100 mile category!  



International/Overseas Race Entries

The official Shinetsu Five Mountains Trail website is only available in Japanese. However, the race organizers would like to welcome participants from around the world and has asked Avid Adventures Japan to provide information about the race in English and to manage their international/overseas race entries.


This year the race will be held from September 15 -17, 2018. 

Non-Japanese racers living outside of Japan (or temporarily living in Japan) can sign up for the race through the international/overseas registration system. Race slots of 30 will be filled on a first come first serve basis. 

Race registrations will begin on June 10, 2018 at 21:00 Japan Standard Time.

About the Race

Shinetsu Five Mountains Trail

Mt. Madarao ~ Mt. Myoko ~ Mt. Kurohime ~ Mt. Togakushi ~ Mt. Iizuna


The Race Course

  • The 100 mile and 110 km race courses connects a series of five mountains collectively called the "Shinetsu Gogaku" located in the Niigata and Nagano prefectures.
  • Both courses were carefully designed to avoid steep slopes and fragile terrain in order to protect environmentally sensitive areas. Over 97% is on trail and much of the terrain is smooth and runnable.



Assistance Points, Pacers & Drop Bags

  • Assistance points - The 100 mile race has 7 assistance points (aid stations) and the 100 km race has 4 set up along the course where family and friends can provide support during the race. Food and drinks will be available at the aid stations for racers. Parking spaces and an area where supporters can set up tables, chairs and tents will also be available. (Support cannot be provided outside these areas.)
  • Pacers are allowed to accompany racers for a section of the race. For the 100 mile category, pacers are allowed from the 3rd cutoff point at Kurohime (102km) and for the 110km category, pacers can join their racers from the Sasagamine (63km) assistant point.
  • Drop bags for the 100 mile category can be left at APA Resort (56km) and Kurohime (102km) and for the 110km category, at Sasagamime Kougen Greenhouse (63km) . You can pick up additional gear or leave behind gear you no longer need during the race in these drop bags. Drop bags can be picked up after the race during the awards ceremony.



Consideration for the Environment

  • In order to minimize the impact on the environment, the race has limited the number of racers and conducts trail maintenance work both before and after the race.
  •  A portion of the race entry fees are also used to maintain the local trails and to support groups involved in environmental conservation activities.