I called Hori-san from Canada before heading to Japan, and described what I was looking for. Fortunately Hori-san’s English is better than my Japanese and I was able to confirm a date + what I was looking for. The tours are run out of the below location in Nagano Prefecture:
Remember the 1998 Winter Olympics? They were held in Nagano. The area is gorgeous and about as green (at least in summer) as you can get.
It was a bit hotter than I am used to in Canada, but nothing excessive. The ride was broken up into four parts.
Ride 1 was up to the top by Gondola, then down the mountain. There were some features up at the top – berms and tabletops. I’m not used to this, but they seemed well done to me.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="800"] From the Gondola[/caption]
The rest of the way down was a mix of singletrack and a little bit of access road. Before we reached the base of the gondola, we did a brief climb to follow some more singletrack. Part of this climb was up a disused road that the jungle was in the process of reclaiming.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"] Ride 1 – I forgot to turn it on for the first part[/caption]