I used to do a lot of mountain biking in Switzerland, but have not really found any nice trails around tokyo. Last weekend I took a trip to Nagano and rode on some nice hiking / single trails but unfortunately crashed on the (road) ride from Nagano to Matsumoto and had to abort my trip. If you know any nice off-road tracks near Tokyo I would be more than happy to join...
I MTB sometimes but due to my knee that likes to pop out a lot I'm not a keen MTBer. Standing on the pedals going down a bumpy hill scares my knee. I need to put the weight of my body on the saddle and not the pedals and it dosn't look like MTBing then. I'll be taking 2 road bikes and a MTB to Nagano over the summer and anybody up that way who wants to ride let me know. I plan on taking my MTB down the beginners ski slope of Hakuba47. It seems to be perfect for MTBing... criss crossing back and forth past the steeper ski slopes.
Hopefully I'll find more tracks when I'm up there as well.
I went up to Hakuba this past weekend and did 2 tours with Evergreen Outdoors since I didn't know the area. Got on some pretty good single track I guess (I haven't mtn biked much) and got GPS coordinates if anyone needs them. Hopefully I can get up a few more times this summer to try them out on my own.
Not near or far.... I'll PM you my details soone and we can talk about it. I'm not 100% sure which days I'll be up there... trying to figure out how to go to a wedding as well without making too many trips back and forth from Nagano... going up for the long weekend tis month...
No1･2 : Proper(man-made) MTB couses. you can enjoy down hill mostly.
No3: I am sorry, but I could not find details on web. but I hope the photos which I attached help you to imagine what kind of course.
No4: For an expert! almost all are single track. partly narrow, rooty and very hilly. However it is great.
No5: Single and natural. I think there are 4 or 5 courses in all. You can enjoy both of up & down hill. Just mind waklers as many hikers walk around.