Race Date: Sept 14 - 16, 2019


Registrations for the SFMT 2019 begin on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 22:00 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 . The race has categories: 110km and 100 miles. 


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 14 -16, 2019. 

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 Sunday, May 19, 2019.

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 (65km) 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 (65km) . 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.



May 23, 2019

SFMT 2019 race registrations are still available for international racers as of today.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


May 14, 2019


Shinetsu Five Mountain Trail 2019 race registrations for both overseas/international racers and Japan will begin on SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019 at 22:00 Japan Standard Time

Overseas racers can register for the race from the Avid website (a registration button will be available on May 19).

See Race Info for further details.

We look forward to seeing you there!


March 31, 2019


The overall race schedule for the 2019 SFMT has been officially announced as follows:

September 14-16, 2019

 - Race start for 100 mile category: 18:30, Saturday September 14

 Race start for 110 km category: 5:30, Sunday September 15