The Shin’etsu Shizenkyo Actitity Center, located on the ground floor of Iiyama Station, is the perfect place to start your adventures. They have maps, information on all sorts of places and activities, and all the gear you could need to explore the area.
They rent hiking boots, helmets and just about everything in between. Rain gear and camping equipment is also available so you don’t need to lug all that stuff on the plane and around Tokyo before you check out the mountains.
Their selection of bicycles is very good too. All looked really clean and high quality. A city cycle for around town is only like 1500 yen for a day. They have sweet road bikes, fat bikes, and even some tandems! The products for purchase are pretty neat too. I picked up an all-natural insect repellant body spray and it really worked!
I spoke with the staff about cycling routes, canoe ports, and hiking trails. Satoru, a staff member, was really helpful and enthusiastic about explaining everything and he gave me some hints that I probably would have never found on my own. They can even help with booking, so you don’t have to worry about arranging everything too much in advance.
If you are coming to Iiyama or starting your adventures from the station, I definitely recommend checking out the activity center and talking with the staff before you venture off.