Bankei Sanso Hut

万計山荘
Hut fees to be paid
Has stove/heating
Has water source
Has full kitchen
Has toilets
Mountain bike accessible

Posted on Aug 8, 2018
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Posted on Aug 8, 2018

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The Bankei Sanso Hut was built in 1965 as a forest workers’ hut, and is currently managed and maintained by the Bankei-sanso Hut Volunteer Society. The spacious two-story hut sleeps approximately 100 people. It is located about 3 hours up the Mt. Soranuma summer trail.

Last updated Oct 21, 2020

Location

About three hours up the summer trail that goes to Mt. Soranuma (here).

General notes

Built in 1965 as a forest workers’ hut, the hut is currently managed and maintained by the Bankei-sanso Hut Volunteer Society. The spacious two-story hut sleeps approximately 100 people. For any details not outlined below, call the Bankei-sanso Hut Volunteer Society (万計山荘友の会) on 011-571-7728 (I would imagine you’d have to be prepared to speak Japanese only). Entrance in winter to the hut is from the left side entrance to the hut (not the front-facing main entrance).

Capacity
Sleeps 100 people.
Official contact
Bankei-sanso Hut Volunteer Society (万計山荘友の会)
TEL: 011-571-7728
URL: https://mamisu.web.fc2.com/
Maintenance
Bankei-sanso Hut Volunteer Society
万計山荘友の会
Booking

No need to book in advance, and there is no caretaker present in the winter. The doors are not locked.

Hut Fees

Free to stay overnight, however there is a suggested donation of 1,000yen per person per night (source). A donation box is located inside the hut.

Facilities

Heating: The hut is heated with a wood stove, with copious amounts of wood available for use.

  • Please use wood sparingly. Wood is transported to the hut in summer by truck, and meticulously stacked by volunteers.
  • There is a stack of wood and kindling inside the hut. Replace any wood used with wood stored under the hut, accessed from the outside. You may need to dig snow out of the way in order to access the wood piles under the hut. In 2020, there was also a stack of wood on the right side (if facing the hut).

Water: There is a large stainless-steel kitchen with sinks on the first floor, but water cannot be poured down drains in winter (it will freeze). An assortment of pots, pans, and plates are available for use. Please wash and return. There is no lighting, stoves, or bedding in the hut. Toilets (basic longdrops) are accessed from inside the hut.

Kitchen/cooking: There is a large stainless-steel kitchen with sinks on the first floor, but water cannot be poured down drains in winter (it will freeze). An assortment of pots, pans, and plates are available for use. Please wash and return.

Bedding: No.

Elecricity: No.

Toilets: There are three basic but clean long-drops, accessed from within the hut.

Cell reception: No.

Hutkeeper

During the summer months, there is a Bankei-sanso Hut Volunteer Society member present on the weekends as hutkeeper. On weekdays and during the winter, there is no hutkeeper, but as mentioned above, the hut is always unlocked and available for use (no booking required).

Related Maps

NOTE: For number references to official printed topographical maps, check the main route report ( Soranuma-dake Overnight Ski Touring ).

Special Bankei Sanso  Hut Notes

As is the case with most huts in Japan, no boots/outside shoes to be worn inside the hut. Bankei Sanso Hut is 100% maintained through passionate volunteer time and effort. If you make a visit, please give the place a clean, and make sure to sign the guest book. Always leave a hut cleaner than you found it.

Bankei Sanso Hut Photo Gallery

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Bankei Sanso Hut Difficulty Rating

Category

Grade

Points

Strenuousness

Vertical Gain

D

25

Time ascending

D

0

Technicality

Altitude

D

0

Hazards

D

Navigation

D

Totals

25/100

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