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 . Now in it's 9th year, the 110 km race has sold out within hours every year since it started and is expected to sell out again for 2017. This year however, is particularly a very special year as a new 100 mile category has been added to the race!
A dream come true - 100 miles!
This long awaited 100 miler will take racers deeper into the Myoko mountains and although very beautiful, will also be very challenging. As such, there are specific racer qualifications required to enter the 100 mile category (see Race Info section). If you have the quals, please come join us for this special inaugural race. Also click here for a message from Hiroki Ishikawa explaining his 100 miler "dream come true".
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 16 -18, 2017. Registration starts on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 21:00 JST (Japan Standard Time).
Non-Japanese racers living outside of Japan (or temporarily living in Japan) can sign up for the race on this website. Race slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
Official SHINETSU FIVE MOUNTAINS TRAIL Website:
Shinetsu Five Mountains Trail
Mt. Madarao ~ Mt. Myoko ~ Mt. Kurohime ~ Mt. Togakushi ~ Mt. Iizuna
The Race Course
Assistance Points, Pacers & Drop Bags
Consideration for the Environment