TBA June 2022

Matsumoto, Nagano

Athlete Entitlements

Samurai Sports Advantage

  • Easy registration

    Register in English without creating an account

  • Modify & transfer your entry

    Transfer entry and self-edit up until 3-5 days before registration closes *fees may apply

  • Translated English athlete guide

    Information you need to complete your race safely

  • English email support

    Ask questions - and get answers!

  • Post event follow-up

    Receive links to photos

Race Standard

  • Category awards

  • Event insurance

  • Saturday race packet collection

  • Sunday race packet collection (fees apply)

  • Race commemorative towel

  • Finish area food and snacks

  • Timed race results

    View official results online

about the ride

The Tour de Utsukushigahara Bicycle Race is a popular bike race taking place amidst the vast, green expanse of Nagano Prefecture’s Utsukushigahara Kogen (Utsukushighara 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 and boasting an average incline of 5.9%, the Tour de Utsukushigahara offers a brutally challenging course for cyclists of all levels.

Each year, approximately 2,000 cyclists start at the parking lot of Matsumoto Baseball Stadium, climb towards Asama Onsen, and finish at an elevation of about 2,000 meters at the Utsukushigahara Highlands. After the race, participants can opt to clean up and relax with a soak in the Asama Onsen hot springs.

• Accessible from Matsumoto station, one of Nagano’s main stations frequented by shinkansen (plus, a bus from Shinjuku). Race packet collection and start are less than 5KM from Matsumoto station on easily navigable roads.
• Love a challenge? Nagano is a haven for cyclists and the Tour de Utsukushigahara offers the opportunity to learn a new route that will keep you coming back for more!
• Kick back and loosen up your legs at the Asama Onsen hot springs after the race
• Roads are closed to vehicular traffic for duration of race
• Most bikes and ages welcome – just make sure to read all of the details and remarks to be fully prepared

サムライスポーツは日本国籍以外を対象とした外国人向け専用受付サイトです。日本国籍の方は日本語サイトからお申込みください。日本国籍以外の方がエントリーした場合、無効となる場合があります 。無効となった場合には、返金手数料を差し引き、参加費をご返金させていただきます。

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Registration Period

TBA (February 22, 2020 - May 17, 2020)

Due to COVID-19, this event scheduled for June 28, 2020 and June 2021 has been cancelled.

June 27, 2020 (Saturday)
at Matsumoto City Baseball Stadium Parking Lot
1100…Parking lot opens
1300-1700…Reception, race packet collection
1400…Stage events
1900…Parking lot closes

June 28, 2020 (Sunday)
at Matsumoto City Baseball Stadium Parking Lot
0400…Parking lot opens
0500-0600…Race day race packet collection
0600-0645…Bag deposit (all bags will be taken to the finish area)
0630-0700…Cyclists to start area
0700-0715…Opening ceremony
0730…Race starts
0945…CP 1 COT
1015…CP 2 COT
1100…CP 2 COT
1145…Race COT
1330-1500…Awards, lucky draw
*schedule may change without prior notice

Champion (12+; men and women)
• Men A (16-20)
Men B (21-30)
• Men C (31-40)
• Men D (41-45)
• Men E (46-50)
• Men F (51-60)
• Men G (61-70)
• Men H (71+)
• Women (16+)
• Recumbent bikes (16+; men and women)
• e-Bike (16+; men and women)

• Junior Boys (middle school) 
• Junior Girls (middle school) 

Additional Surcharges
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is more than ¥10,001, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
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. 

Age Eligibility
・Champion: Must be in high school or older.
・Junior: Must be in middle school (grades 6-8)
Recumbent: Must be 16 or older
e-Bike: Must be 16 or older
IMPORTANT: Your age group is determined according to your age on June 23, 2020

About the Champion category
・Register only if you feel confident in completing the course within 80 minutes
・2019 podium winners are automatically part of the Champion category
・Champion category athletes are timed by GROSS TIME, i.e. your time starts as soon as the first person crosses the timing mat (rather than when you cross the timing mat)

Cut-Off Time (COT)
・Checkpoint 1: 2 hours 15 minutes (by 0945)
・Checkpoint 2: 2 hours 45 minutes (by 1015)
・Checkpoint 3: 3 hours 30 minutes (by 1100)
Finish: 4 hours 15 minutes (finish by 1145)

・All participants must be respectful of the natural course environment and demonstrate good cycling manners.
・Be mindful of other cyclists and vehicles on the road. You should understand laws in Japan pertaining to cycling on public roads and cycling insurance.
・Be a responsible athlete. Please make sure you have the physical ability to complete the course.

・helmet (should be JCF or SG approved; common cycling helmets will be accepted)
・gloves (cycling gloves recommended)

・nutrition/hydration (if necessary)
・proof of health insurance
・mobile phone/smartphone (not for use while cycling)
・sleeves or (water resistant) windbreaker
・tools to fix a flat
・water bottle(s)
・lights (front/rear)

・road bicycles
・cross bicycles
・mountain bicycles
・mama-chari/city bicycles, incl. battery-assist types (must have kick stand and basket removed)
・recumbent bicycles
・mini-velo bicycles (tires with a diameter of 24 inches or less)
・e-bikes (in the appropriate category)

・tandem bicycles
・fixies, single gear bicycles

・drop bars
・flat handles

・bullhorn handles
・aero bars, incl. clip on types
・Spinacci handles

・bottle cages
・saddle bags 
・portable pumps
・mobile cups 
・bike computers
・cold weather gear
・small backpack or napsack
・spare tire and/or tube
・spare wheels may be checked at bag deposit (for those who want to swap out wheels for the descent)

・kick stand 
・child/baby seats
・construction helmets
・earbuds and headphones, incl. bone conducting types 
・music players, radios, and noise-emitting devices

View course map/elevation profile here

Elevation: +1,270m (+4166.7ft)

General Route
Matsumoto City Baseball Stadium Parking Lot -> Asama Onsen -> Misuzu Lake -> Takeishi Pass -> Utsukushigahara Kogen Parking Lot (Tengu no Roji)

Matsumoto Baseball Stadium (race packet collection, start)
1 Chome-9-1 Asamaonsen, Matsumoto, Nagano 390-0303
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Utsukushigahara Kogen Parking Lot (Tengu no Roji) (finish) 
Takeshikamihoniri, Ueda, Nagano 386-0507 
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Matsumoto Station 
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Please ensure you have lodging AND transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.

 By Car
From Tokyo, about 3 hours (232km / 144 miles)
From Yokosuka, about 3 hours 30 minutes (261KM / 162 miles)
From Yokota AB, about 2 horus 40 minutes (198KM / 123 miles)
From Nagoya, about 3 hours (217KM / 135 miles)

By Train
• From Shinjuku station, take the Chuo Line Limited Express Train to Matsumoto station. About a 10 minute drive or bike ride from Matsumoto station to the Matsumoto Baseball Stadium.

By Bus

*More information on access here (Japanese)


Individual Awards
・Top 6 in each category

Gekizaka Award
・Top male and female with the fastest time from start to the 4KM mark (not including e-Bike)

2019 Results…click here

Road Rules
・Keep left – unless passing. If passing, alert the cyclist you are doing so.
・If you do not make a checkpoint COT, your race ends there. Follow the instructions of race staff and volunteers. You may be asked to return your bib and timing chip.
・Please be considerate of other riders, spectators, and pedestrians.
・There will be bike mechanics, mechanic vans, and SAG vans roaming for those who cannot finish, do not meet designated cut off times, or encounter mechanical failure.
・Beware of potholes, manholes, grates, slick road paint, and debris on the road.

Race Packet Collection Notes
Race packet collection is only on Saturday, June 27. For an additional fee (¥2,000), you may select the option to collect on Sunday, June 28.
Athletes are permitted to have someone collect his/her race packet for them.
・Athletes registered with a domestic address in Japan will receive a postcard from the race organizers at the end of April. The postcard must be exchanged at race packet collection to pick up your race packet. If you lose or do not receive the postcard, please show photo ID instead. 
・Athletes registered with an international address (incl. FPO/DPO/APO) will not receive a postcard. Please show photo ID at race packet collection to pick up your race packet.

Race Notes
・With the exception of the Champion category, times will be recorded according to NET TIME. This means your time starts and finishes when you cross the timing mats. 
・Use of headphones/earphones (including bone conduction types) during race is prohibited
・Use of cameras (such as a GoPro) while riding is only permitted if it is securely fastened.
・Bicycle inspections will not be performed, but if any poor maintenance or rule violations are found before the start, you may be disqualified.
・Athletes must comply with traffic rules and cycling rules. Know your cyclist etiquette and practice good manners at all times.
・Athletes MUST return timing chips. 
・There will be a bag deposit at the start area. Athletes may collect their bags at the finish area. Further details regarding bag deposit will be included in the athlete guide.

・ No refunds, deferrals, 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.
・Depending on the event, transfers and certain modifications to your entry may be permitted. Generally, entries may be transferable and/or permit modifications until 3-5 days before the last day of registration. After this period, all transfers are considered illegal and modifications will not be accommodated.
・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.

Participants determined to be violating the policies below may be disqualified without a refund:
・Any person found to be bib-swapping (illegal transfer of bib); the person will be held responsible in case of an accident arising from or provoked by the other person during the event.
・Any person found to be registering with inaccurate information, i.e. false declarations of the participants name, age, or gender.

・ 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 organizer is aware of the importance of your personal information. The use of personal information conforms to the organizer’s privacy protection law.
・Your personal information is used to provide you valuable services, such as race information, results, service from race affiliates, result ranking, and etc.
・The organizer may release your personal information when your life or body is in a life-threatening situation.
・The race organizer and its affiliates may contact you regarding your registration information.

Athlete Guides
・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.

Additional Surcharges
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is more than ¥10,001, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
Why the additional charges? 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.

Asama Onsen Tourism Association

Asama Onsen

Tour de Utsukushigahara Kogen Bicycle Race Tournament Executive Committee



Official Website (Japanese)