Hakuundake Refuge

Hut fees to be paid
Has water source
Has toilets
Hutkeeper present
Mobile reception

Posted on Nov 30, 2018
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Posted on Nov 30, 2018

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Hakuundake Refuge Hut (白雲岳避難小屋, 1,990m) is a large but basic two-story hut located just under an hour's walk from Hakuun-dake (白雲岳). It is available for use year-round, but a warden is present from June till September. In winter, the ground floor entrance will be buried in snow, so the entrance is from a second-floor winter door. There's also an official campsite nearby.

Extra research contributed by Rob Thomson

Last updated Sep 11, 2021


Hakuundake Refuge (白雲岳避難小屋) is about 20mins walk south from the Hakuundake trail junction in the northern reaches of the Daisetsuzan National Park.

General notes

The hut is available for use in winter (no charge hut fees payable in winter), however there is no stove or other forms of heating. The hut is not locked, and entrance to the hut in winter is via a second-story door accessible by ladder (although it is likely to be at snow-level). For extra (ultra-detailed) details and photos (in Japanese) see Tozan-shoshinsha‘s write up of the Hakuun Refuge Hut here. See additional details about the hut here.

Sleeps 60 people.
Official contact
Kamikawa Shinkokyoku (上川振興局)
TEL: 01658-2-4058
Email: kankou@town.hokkaido-kamikawa.lg.jp
URL: https://www.kamikawa.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/
Kamikawa Division of the Daisetsuzan National Park Council

Booking is not possible. On busy weekends and public holidays, it’s a first-come-first-served affair, so bring a tent just in case the hut is full.

Hut Fees

As of April 2021, 2,000yen for overnight stays during the summer season (mid-June till late September), free outside of this period. The campsite nearby is 500yen per night during the summer season. Note that a 1000yen donation is also requested for use of the trail to the hut.


Heating: No.

Water: Water is obtained from a stream and should be boiled or filtered. In late September and early October, the stream may have dried up. However, there are patches of year-round snow within the vicinity of the hut.

Kitchen/cooking: There is no dedicated area for cooking, and no cooking facilities are provided (bring your own cooker).

Bedding: There is no bedding available.

Elecricity: No.

Toilets: There are bio-toilets located in an outhouse next to the hut; used toilet paper should not be thrown into it but packed out, take a Ziploc bag (you may see that other people have ignored this, however).

Cell reception: There is patchy mobile reception in the vicinity of the hut, but should not be relied upon.


A warden is in residence during the summer season (end of June till end of September).

Related Maps

NOTE: For number references to official printed topographical maps, check the main route report ( Central Daisetsuzan Circuit Hike ).

Special Hakuundake  Hut Notes

Hakuundake Refuge is funded by local administration, but the day-to-day maintenance is largely taken care of by volunteers. 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.

Hakuundake Hut Photo Gallery

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GRADES range from A (very difficult) to D (easy). Hazards include exposure to avalanche and fall risk. More details here. Rating rubric adapted from Hokkaido Yukiyama Guidebook 北海道雪山ガイド.