The Shin-etsu Trail 信越トレイル
Nestled along the Sekida Ridge (about 1,000m above sea level) on the border of Nagano and Niigata Prefectures, the 80km Shin-etsu trail served as an important link from the coast into the interior areas. The rich beech forests give away to beautiful mountain vistas on this lush trail. The trail is open from roughly mid-April until mid-November.
This route helped transport salt and sea products from Niigata to Nagano. And, mustard seed oil and Uchiyama paper from Nagano to Niigata. During the Warring States period, the famous warlord Uesugi Kenshin reportedly led tens of thousands of men to fight the Battle of Kawanakajima around the mid 1500`s. The trail is divided into 6 sections and can be easily accessed by any of the 5 visitors’ centers. Camping is available along the trail.
Access: For the southern part of the trail via Madarao Kogen:
20 minutes drive from IC Toyota/Iiyama
or 20 minute taxi ride from JR Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Link: Shin-etsu Trail Club
Guided tours are available: TEL: 0269-69-2888 firstname.lastname@example.org