September 15 - 17, 2018


Update 2018/5/26: 

The race scheudle was officially announced by the race committee on May 25th. 

Detailed information on international registrations will be announced as soon as we are ready.



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 kategory. 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 catregory!  



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. 

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




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.


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.