UPDATE 15 JANUARY: HAKUBA TRAILS 2019 HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE EVENT RETURNS IN JUNE 2020!
Note from the Organisational Team in Hakuba, Nagano: Due to unusually heavy rainfall in autumn 2018, including during our 2018 event edition, several trails have got serious damage. As a result of the climatic conditions in autumn, we had already decided to change the race schedule from beginning of September to middle of June in 2019. However, we have insufficient time to allow for the recovery of trails and to restructure the race operation to three months earlier. We've decided therefore to postpone the race to 2020. We will hold the next edition of Hakuba Trails in the middle of June 2020.
Hakuba offers a scenic and spicy 53 km course with 2800 metres of elevation gain (in 2017). As you can see from the images below, the race takes place in the mountains. Several rivers need to be crossed as well. About 1700 runners are expected to take part in the event that also offers three shorter distances to cater for the whole family. The first start is at 7:00 a.m. and the COT for the 53km is 10 hours, which does imply participants need to move on during the race.
The nearest city to Hakuba is Nagano, host city of the Winter Olympics in 1998.
Check the official event website for details and fine print
Fly into Tokyo is probably the best choice for international runners. From Tokyo, you can take shinkansen trains towards the Japan Alps. Nagano will be your base.
Accommodation options will become available in early 2019