Last updated Jan 15, 2019
Some people have the audacity to call Hakuginso Lodge a mountain hut. It is nothing of the sort. It is accessible by car all year round. If you’ve ever experienced European chalets and mountain lodges, then it is more akin to those. It doesn’t offer meals, but has a large communal kitchen, amazing onsen hotsprings, a basement gear drying floor, and comfortable bunk-bed accommodation (each with its own curtain). As such, Hakuginso mountain lodge (also referred to as Fukiage Onsen – Japanese website here) is in my mind one of the best accommodation you can find in the Tokachi region in the winter. If it is ski touring you are into, then the ‘ski touring mecca’ (as they boast on their website) that is Hakuginso should be on your list of places to stay. You can literally ski from door to door.
- Shop: They sell some very basic foodstuffs such as instant ramen, nuts, icecream, alcohol etc.
- Onsen: Hakuginso has a massive gender-separated onsen facility which includes outdoor baths (600yen per person if you’re not staying overnight). There’s also a mixed-gender area (swimsuits required).
- Campground: In summer, there’s a campground nextdoor. 500yen per night per tent.
- Public Transport: From JR Kami-Furano Train Station (location), there is a bus, run by the Kami-Furano Town Bus company, that runs to the Hakuginso Lodge. You’ll want to catch the tokachidake-onsen-yuki (十勝岳温泉行き) bus from the train station and get off at the Hakuginso bus stop (白銀荘). As of March 2017, there were three buses per day going to the lodge (08:52, 12;49, 16:31) and three returning (10:01, 13:51, 17:40). The fare is around 500yen one way, and it takes around 30 minutes. See latest timetable here.
As far as I know, the only way to book is by phone (0167-45-4126 or 0167-45-3251). The staff speak marginal English overall, so be prepared to be patient (see the comments section for one visitor’s experience with booking in English over the phone). Saturdays and Japan public holidays are super busy in the January/February winter months, so it can be best to book ahead.
A night in a bunk bed (12 to a room) costs 2,600yen. In winter, there’s an extra 150yen heating surcharge on top of that.
Heating: The lodge is well heated in winter.
Water: The full-service kitchen has plenty of sinks and taps.
Kitchen/cooking: The large communal kitchen can handle about 10 people cooking at once. There are four or five large gas hobs which require a 100yen coin to operate. There are communal fridges/freezers, as well as microwaves and boiling water dispensers. Cutlery, plates, bowls, chopping boards, pots, pans…everything is provided. If you have a small portable table-top gas hob (like this), it might be worth bringing it if you’re visiting on the weekend; the kitchen can get busy, and having the ability to cook at your own table is a plus.
Bedding: All the bunk beds have their own curtains. They are essentially like your own capsule (if you’ve ever stayed in a capsule hotel). They have a large shelf at the end for storage of gear. Guests are provided with pillows, a blanket, and sheets. For particularly large groups, there are a couple of large tatami rooms. I am not sure what the booking procedure is for these rooms.
Toilets: Flush toilets with the all-important remote-controlled bidet.
Cell reception: Yes. There is also free WIFI available in the lobby.
Staff are present 24 hours.
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