NORTHSTAR’s guided MTB tour’s are limited to 4th grade and up, so we are offering a special “Fun Ride” product just for kids, families and anyone else who wants to enjoy riding a bike in Norikura Kogen. We also get requests from couples and women’s groups who wants to go mountain biking in Norikura Kogen but are not ready for a full on off-road tour.
The Fun ride is a 90min guided ride around cycling paths and info the meadow of Ichinose (a local park area). It’s a chance to get out, exercise, and enjoy the fresh air on a mountain bike. Please Click here for more details.
In May and June, we are releasing a new package plan for MTB lovers. (more…)
We are finally thawing out in Norikura and getting ready to enjoy the beautiful spring season. Come enjoy Golden Week with us in Norikura.
Bike season in Norikura will finish soon. We are planning a “Thank You MTB Tour” to celebrating the end of the bike season.
Norikura is famous for beautiful autumn colors. We have some great activities to help you enjoy the autumn atmosphere even more here at NORTHSTAR.
Autumn colors are starting gradually from the top of the mountain. Of course we would like to recommend a mountain bike tour but we also offer our MTB fun ride to go around to some famous autumn color spots. You can also go for a hike or a trail run through the beautiful trails covered with golden leaves. There are so many ways to enjoy autumn colors in Norikura.
These are the weekend schedules.
- 10/5-6：ART SPORTS ANNEX MTB Tour（We have empty spot for MTB Tour and Fun RIde.)
Tokyo Okachi machi, ART SPORTS ANNEX’s tour. Anybody is welcome to join.
- 10/12-14：peter☆pan MTB Tour（We have empty spot for MTB Tour and Fun RIde.）
Osaka, peter☆pan’ s tour. Anybody is welcome to join.
- 10/19-20：ePerformance Road Bike Tour
This is ePerformance‘s road bike camp that we had good reputation last time. Fix the riding form with theory and practice.
- 10/26-27：Transition Bikes Fan Meting
Our sponsor Transition Bikes’ fan meeting. You can try on 2014’s new model, riding with DH elite rider, and more.
- 11/2-3：Thank You Tour（We have empty spot for MTB Tour and Fun RIde.）
We will up date the details later. You can enjoy the end of the season with great deal.
We will have the peak of Fall season. Come and lets enjoy this beautiful autumn together.
We’ve been having some rain during the weekend cycling events and because of the rain, the goal to Kuraigahara for the annual Norikura Hill Climb. We also had to cancel some MTB tours. But we are planning an exciting tour to help you take revenge on your road bike or mountain bike.
Hill Climb Revenge
We only could ride to Kuraigahara because of rain. So lets challenge to ride all the way to the top this time.
*The fee for luggage transportation by microbus and supply support.
Please time on your own. Microbus will be station at Kuraigahara Sansou.
13:00 Start the last descending
Mt.Norikura – Hirayu – Abo Touge – Sawando – Shirahone – Norikura Kogen.
*The fee for luggage transportation by microbus and supply support.
13:00 Shirahone Onsen
Total Distance: 72km / Total Climb: 2,720m
This tour will be a full-scale tour with riding on the local Norikura trails. Only well experienced riders are allowed to participate. Basically the riding will be self support. Equipment needed for the long ride: back and front lights, clothes to keep you warm, tire tube, tools, food supply, etc.
Hard riding course for fast riders in beautiful Norikura. Clinic course for riders who want to skill up. NORTHSTAR guides have IMBA mountain bike instructor / guide license.
2013/9/28 (Sat)−29 (Sun)
- The price is for a shared room. (Private room will be plus ¥3,000). Two people room will be plus ¥1,500 per parson.
- Fee include 1 night 2 meal (BBQ Dinner!) , guide fee, accident insurance.
Hard riding course ：Riders who can enjoy riding on the trail with under 50cm width, steep hill, able to ride smooth with drops and bumps of 30cm-1m of rocks and tree roots, can up and down hill.
Clinic course：Skill up for beginners and intermediates.
8 Riders per group
Please visit our Reservations Page to start your reservation.
NORTHSTAR Outdoor Adventures is running MTB guided tours in Norikura Kogen! We offer tours for beginner riders to advanced riders.
Mountain bike season has in started in Norikura and our trails are open to great riding. It’s a great chance to learn how to mountain bike or improve your riding ability or just enjoy the fun of single track. Come and enjoy mountain biking this summer in Norikura with friends and NORTHSTAR staff.
We offer MTB tours for beginners starting with a lesson and then heading out on a double track trail (about 2m wide) and if you are up to the challenge we may even get you on some single track. We are sure out MTB 101 Lesson & Riding will leave you wanting more.
For the more experienced rider who wants to enjoy rolling single track and a bit more of a challenge we offer MTB Guided Tours.
This year we are running our annual Norikura Century Charity Ride on Sunday Sep. 15th,
The focus of this event is to (A) increase awareness of cancer research and prevention (Shine On! Kids, an organization for child cancer care and their program for the Tohoku; “Shine On! Kids” ) (B) ride with friends and make new friends, and (C) to be physically challenged. (THIS IS NOT A RACE but a personal challenge to be done with your friends.) **Once NORTHSTAR Alpine Lodge is full, participants will be lodged at a neighboring lodge.
Please visit the Event page for more details.
Pro road bike racing team, PEUGEORT is coming to NORTHSTAR!
This week it’s really feeling like Fall. Cooler mornings and evenings and some leaves on the trees are starting to change. (more…)
The “Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour” will be showing again here in Norikrua this Fall. This year will feature the mountain bike film “From the Inside Out”. You might say “I’ve already seen that film” but watching a film outside with your friends in beautiful Norikura Kogen is totally different, it really is an amazing experience.
We are also offering a Banff Lodging Packages (¥8,800 for 1 night lodging with 2 meals and film festival ticket).
Activities will be, MTB tours for both beginners and experienced riders, Pilates Clinic buy a Paul Star Pirates instructor and Shower Climbing and Nordic Walking by ODSS.
Here is the contents of this years showing.
- On Assignment: Jimmy Chin（Climbing）
- Eastern Rises（Fishing）
- From the Inside Out（MTB）
- Living the Dream（Climbing）
- The Swiss Machine（Speed-climbing）
The film called “The Swiss Machine” below is crazy. This year is going to be good.
Spring is finally here and we are enjoying some warmer weather. The cherry blossoms have started here in Norikura Kogen and things are getting more green by the day. I love this time of year in Norikura.
The second day of our MTB guide training went well with good weather and some good new teaching skills being added. The training is being put on by an IMIC master coach named Shaums March.
This morning we broke into two groups and practiced teaching some basic per-ride skills. This is something we normally do at NORTHSTAR but it’s always good to brush up and improve our teaching skills.
We spent the afternoon in the classroom covering the some technical stuff in the manual and then headed back outside to learn and study some more skills on our bikes. This training has been both challenging and fun for all of us and we are all looking forward to sharing many of the skills we have learned here with you on our MTB tours and in our beginner lessons.
Some of also went on a little ride after class, here is a clip from the ride.
Mountain biking is not just for boys! Girls ride bikes too. This camp will help you go to the next level by learning some bike mechanic tips that are sometimes hard to learn from guys, special riding tips for girls, Onsen and special meals by NORTHSTAR’s chef, Kayo. You can also try Pilates and Bouldering on our climbing wall. Beginners welcome!
2012年6月2日(土) – 3日(日)
¥19,000 (including; 1 night lodging, 3 meals, Transportation and Insurance)
Rental bikes are available for 3000 yen
Limitations: Jr. High and older / 20 people
*For participants who are 18 years old and younger need to have sign on waiver release form by a guardian and a guardian must participate with.
Day 1 • 6/25
Location: At Swan Garden near the Toyoshina IC on the Nagano Highway
- 12:30 Reception
- 13:00 Riding in Toyoshina
- 16:00 Head to NORTHSTAR
- 17:00 Free Time
- 18:00 Special Dinner
- 20:00 Pilates & Bouldering
Day 2 • 6/26
- 8:00 Breakfast
- 9:00 Riding in Norikura
- 12:00 Lunch
- 13:00 Riding in Norikura
- 15:00 Finish Riding and Closing
Organizers：KONA & NORTHSTAR
- From Online Reservation Form, fill “Dates” as “Girls MTB”, and fill other columns. If you are a group, please fill “Size of Party” with “Each participant’s Name and Date of Birth”. Also please fill out information for allergy , rentals, etc if you need.
- We will respond to you with a bill and waiver release form.
- Transfer reservation fee [¥3,000/person; non refundable] or all camp fee then your reservation will be confirmed.
- Bring rest of camp fee [¥18,000/person] and waiver from.
*Please check our Reservation Page for cancellation fee, etc.
Mountain bike season will be started from Golden Week. (more…)