Tokachidake Trail Race
Samurai Sports Advantage
Located in Daisetsuzan National Park in Japan’s northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido, the Tokachidake Trail Run is a unique opportunity to race the trails of an active volcano! The Tokachidake Trail Run starts in the northwest corner of Kami-Furano (well-known for its lavender fields) at Hinode Park where the spectacular views of the Tokachi mountain range require no Instagram filter.
Fuel up on Saturday night at the pre-race barbeque, then run to your heart’s content at the largest national park in Japan! For the ultimate post-race experience, kick back and relax at one of four hot spring resorts within the park. Come for the race, stay for the weekend (or longer)!
TBA (2019: until July 19, 2019)
2019 Race Information
About the 55KM Course
Runners will immediately encounter a steep climb towards an observation deck – even those gunning for the podium will want to take it easy for the long day ahead. Following a path along the side of the observation deck, you’ll continue onto a winding road in a hilly area. Beyond the trees, you’ll see vast farmlands and with every turn, the landscape will change ever-so-slightly allowing glimpses of the Tokachidake mountain range throughout the course.
Along the way, you’ll see a mysterious large, red structure meant to slow down mudflows and prevent landslides from irreversibly damaging the natural environment. Further down, you’ll begin running along a riverside dotted with small plants and pockets of greenery. On a nice day, the waters will dazzle under the rays of warm sunshine and up ahead, you’ll see faint plumes rising lazily above Mt. Tokachi.
Continue running along the embankment and through the stream – depending on the previous days’ weather, this may mean splashing through shallow waters. Upon leaving the river, you’ll encounter paved portions towards the observatory. Soon, you’ll begin to gain elevation as you navigate towards the Tokachidake evacuation shelter, which is also the turn-around point. Don’t forget to admire the panoramic views of the path you’ve already conquered!
Next, you’ll head back to the observatory and towards the Hakuginsou onsen. Soon, you’ll encounter a walk-only segment (no running!). Walk briskly or take your time but do your part in protecting the abundant natural vegetation and take care not to trample the colorful alpine plants nor stray from the trail.
From Hakuginsou, you’ll cut across the Tokachidake mountain range and traverse several rolling hills as you gradually descend to the finish.
2020 schedule TBA
August 17, 2019 (Sat)
at Hinode Park
1500-1900…Check in and race packet collection; pre-race BBQ dinner (add’l fees apply)
August 18, 2019 (Sun)
at Hinode Park
0500-0615…55KM race packet collection
0640-0655…55KM opening ceremony
1300…20KM cut off time
Long Course (55KM)
Short Course (20KM)
Why are there two prices?
・Races organized by Fields include the following charges in this order: (a) entry/registration fee + (b) a flat rate ¥1,000 English support fee (by request from Fields) + (c) Samurai Sports’ service charge (¥1,000 up to ¥10,000; 10% of entry/registration fee above ¥10,001).
・The amounts reflected above and in Samurai Sports’ information are inclusive of all three parts, namely (a), (b), and (c). This is the final sum you should expect your credit card to be charged for one (1) entry/registration without additional add-ons.
・Why does Samurai Sports implement a service charge? They help us cover the cost of operating the registration platform, translation of athlete guides/event information, labor hours required to answer your event inquiries, etc. Depending on the event, the surcharges help to cover the cost of our physical presence at the event. Learn more about Samurai Sports’ service charge.
・55KM…must be 18 or older
・20KM…must be 13 or older
Cut Off Times
・Demonstrate good manners. All participants must be respectful of the natural course environment and do his/her best to preserve it. Be mindful of other climbers and hikers on the trail.
・Be a responsible athlete. Please make sure you have the physical ability to complete the course.
55KM and 20KM: ・bear bell・gloves・rain wear with waterproof seams・head lamp・at least 1L of water・nutrition/food・personal cup・health insurance card (not a ・mobile phone/smartphone with service in Japan
* 55KM only:・emergency sheet
2020 Course map/Elevation profile TBA
55KM, 20KM (2019)…refer to this PDF
55KM Aid Stations (2019)…9.5KM, 21KM, 33.5KM, 42.5KM
20KM Aid Stations (2019)…7.5KM
55KM (2019): +1,730m or +5,676ft
Click for 2019 elevation profile
20KM (2019): +530m or +1,739ft
Click for 2019 elevation profile
Hinode Park (start/finish)
27 Higashi 1 Senkita, Kamifurano, Sorachi District, Hokkaido 071-0521
From Sapporo, about 3 hours
From Asahikawa Airport, about 45 minutes
From Sapporo, about 3 hours (190KM / 118 miles)
From Asahikawa Airport, about 90 min (80KM / 50 miles)
From Kami-Furano station, about 2KM or 1.25 miles (roughly 30 min.)
Free; up to 300 vehicles
The parking lot has no specific address; please refer to “Start and Finish Line” for map guidance.
・ No refunds or credits will be issued.This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances of the participant (including illness and injury) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions or natural disasters.
・ Event entries are non-transferable. Any person doing so will be held responsible in case of an accident arising from or provoked by the other person during the event. Participants determined to be violating this policy will be disqualified without a refund. The event organizers will reserve the right to exclude both parties from future events.
・You will not sue the event organizers nor its affiliates (including Samurai Sports) for any injury or death caused during the event.
・ You consent to and will give all authorities and copyright to the event organizer and affiliates for the use of photography, motion pictures, articles, recordings or any other record of this event (including personal information such as name, age, gender, personal record, portrait, and etc.) for legitimate purposes and use in newspapers, TV, magazines, internet and any media publishing such as Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and pamphlets.
・ Those participating and coming from abroad must be enrolled in medical and/or travel insurance in case of accident, injury, and medical emergencies.
・ Before signing up, please carefully read all rules and regulations of the event. If the rules and regulations cannot be followed, participation may be denied by the event organizers. If anything is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact us – it is your responsibility to be prepared.
・The race organizers have purchased accident insurance to cover participants’ accidents and injuries. The compensation is as follows: in case of death or lasting disability: ¥3,000,000. Hospitalization (per day): ¥3,000. Outpatient treatment (per day): ¥2,000
・In most cases, athlete guides in English will be sent via email approximately 7-21 days before the event. However, the delivery of athlete guides is entirely dependent on the timeliness of the event organizers. Samurai Sports takes approximately one to two days from receipt of the Japanese athlete guide to translate into English.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
・Do not leave the course or enter any off-course areas. When you pass another participant, hiker or local resident, be sure to stay on the course as a means of preserving the natural habitat and also preventing unfortunate incidents.
・No littering. Keep an eye out for your personal belongings! Please pick up any trash that you find on the site.
・Collecting or damaging plants or wildlife on the course and in the surrounding areas is strictly prohibited.
・Poles are permitted, but please attach rubber caps to the points. If we determine that the course is in poor condition, we may prohibit use of poles and similar equipment to prevent further deterioration. Be aware of those around you when using poles.
・You must walk sections marked as “Walking only” – this may be only
・Please use the toilets at each aid station, or use a portable toilet.
Consideration for Hikers, Local Residents, and Other Race Participants
・You are likely to encounter hikers and local residents on the course. When passing them in either direction, be sure to call out in advance and to exchange greetings to maintain good relations with the local community.
・Remember that the race is made possible thanks to the support of local residents and volunteers. Please show appropriate gratitude to them.
・If you decide that you are unable to continue due to injury or illness, please contact the nearest race staff member or race headquarters. The emergency telephone numbers are printed on your bib. In case the race officials find the race too difficult to continue, the race may be suspended or called off.
・The entire course is in a natural environment and the conditions are constantly changing. Pay attention to the circumstances around you as you run and do not force yourself into any difficult situations.
・Weather conditions on the course are likely to change suddenly, and participants can expect to face rain, strong winds or similar conditions that can cause hypothermia. Please make adequate preparations for such conditions in advance.
・Medical staff will be on-hand at race headquarters to deal with first aid for injuries and illness. Rescue vehicles are also on standby at each aid station to transport injured participants and those who drop out.
Dropping Out / DNF
・If you drop out during the race for any reason, be sure to tell course marshals or aid station staff member your name and bib number.
・If you are unable to do so at the time, please inform race headquarters as soon as possible and return your timing chip.
・If you arrive at a checkpoint past the cut off time, your race ends at this point. You MUST follow the instructions of the race staff and/or volunteers.
・Guide signs every 250 to 350 meters and guide tape (10cm-wide vinyl tape with a yellow “Fields” logo) are installed all along the course. Tape is attached to tree branches and in other visible locations at intersections and hazardous points on the course.
・If you lose sight of the guide tapes, return to the spot where you last saw it and follow the correct course. Course marshals will be at key locations such as intersections and road crossings, but following course markings is the responsibility of each participant.
Returning Your Timing Chip
・Your timing chip is attached to the rear side of your bib number. Please make sure to detach it and give it to race staff or put it in the chip return box after you finish the race.
・If you drop out during the race or decide not to start the race, please make sure to return your timing chip to race headquarters.
・There will be a ¥10,000 charge for lost or unreturned timing chips.
・Participants who fail to check in before the check-in time will not be allowed to join the race.
GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION
・Participants who show inadequate respect for the environment and area by dumping garbage, entering areas off the course or other actions.
・Participants who fail to comply with instructions from race officials or course marshals.
・Participants who falsely declare their age, gender, and identification on their applications.
・Participants who commit wrongdoing.
・Participants who miss the starting time.
・Participants who fail to clear checkpoint cutoff times or those who do not reach the finish line by the final time limit. (Cutoff times are the times when you leave each checkpoint)
・Participants who fail to bring mandatory equipment.
・Participants who do not wear their bib appropriately. Attach your bib to your front without bending or otherwise manipulating it.
・Participants who run with headphones or similar items that block external sound, excluding hearing aids.
GROUNDS FOR CANCELLATION OF EVENT
・The race may be canceled for various reasons, including when a weather warning is issued, the course is in poor condition due to extreme weather, or participants’ safety cannot be guaranteed.
・Depending upon weather conditions, the race may also be delayed, rescheduled or the course may be changed to assure participants’ safety.
・No refunds, deferrals, transfers, or credits will be issued. This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances (such as illness) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions or natural disasters.
Official Website (Japanese)