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Early summer in Nagano's mountains


Norikura Hill Climb | August 29-30, 2020

Join the 2020 Norikura Hill Climb as it takes cyclists on a 20.5KM course through Norikura Kogen (Norikura Highlands) on the border between Gifu and Nagano prefectures. Challenge yourself against the best as you climb to an elevation of 2,720 meters or about 8,924 feet.  Very few climbs compare to scaling Mt. Norikura, with it’s difficult yet beautiful course.

2019 Tour de Utsukushigahara cyclists

Tour De Utsukushigahara | June 27-28, 2020

[NOTE: Registration for this event is paused until further notice.] The Tour de Utsukushigahara Bicycle Race is one Japan’s most popular bicycle races, taking place in the Utsukushigahara Highlands.  Considered one of Japan’s biggest hill climb races, the Tour is held in the early summer each year.  Covering just under 22KM (about 13.5 miles) with an elevation gain of about 1,270 meters, the Tour de Utsukushigahara offers a brutally challenging course for cyclists of all levels.

runners during Shinshu Togakushi trail race

Shinshu Togakushi Trail Race | July 5, 2020

Escape to the green mountains for a memorable weekend on the trails at the 2020 Shinshu Togakushi Trail Race.  Blessed with an abundance of nature, stimulate your senses in Nagano as you run along the historical Togakushi trail. The course takes athletes through the Myoko Togakushi Mountains National Park and boasts 3 courses: 45KM, 35KM, or 5KM.

48th nagoya

Nagoya Smile Marathon

50th Edition | April 25, 2020
51st Edition | May 30, 2020
52nd Edition | June 20, 2020

Looking for a casual park run event without too much competition? Need a little bit of a push but don’t want to run with thousands of runners? The Nagoya Smile Marathon is a monthly casual park run taking place at Shonai Ryokuchi Park in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Beginners will enjoy a flat and scenic course around the park while more seasoned runners have a great opportunity to obtain a PR.

Runners at the Ise Half Marathon


Road and trail races from Hokkaido to Hiroshima. Distances include 5KM, 10KM, half marathon to full marathon and ultra.

Cyclists riding through Miyazaki


Cycling races and tours from Osaka to Nagano. Find the course for you with distances of 25KM to 150KM.

swimming course of triathlon

Triathlon & Swimming

Open water swims, sprint triathlons, Olympic Distance, and 70.3  - -dive into the world of multi-sport in Japan