Last updated Dec 12, 2019
Muine Hut is a two-story hut situated at 1,020m, built to accommodate 30 people. Its location allows for a relatively safe and quick access to the summit of Mt. Muine, but the approach is long – 7km with only 600m altitude gain.
- History: Muine Hut was built in 1931 by the Hokkaido University Ski Mountaineering Club (with the expertise of Sapporo-based Okitsu Construction), and is still maintained by the club. It was designed by Mr. Oota from the Hokkaido University Buildings and Repairs Administration Section, with the design based on another of the Hokkaido University huts near Mt. Soranuma (Soranuma Hut). There is still no road directly to the hut, so all building materials were hauled to the hut by person-power. In February 1949, sons of the Emperor, Prince Takamatsu and Prince Mikasa, stayed in the hut and “enjoyed Muine’s deep snow” (Hokkkaido Uni hut history bookled, p. 46).
In principle, overnight stays must be pre-booked and paid up at Hokkaido University. Either call 011-706-7456 directly to book, or if your Japanese is rusty, then head straight to the No. 2 window on the ground floor at the Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education at Hokkaido University to book and pay (location on Google maps). The hut is not locked in winter.
140yen per person per night.
Heating: Large wood stove, with wood stacked to the left of the kitchen area (extra wood stored under the hut). The stove can take a while to get fully heated, but once the entire chimney is heated, it will heat the entire, well-sealed hut very well.
Water: There is running spring water in the hut, piped direct from the source. No boiling required. It runs constantly into the hut’s kitchen sink.
Kitchen/cooking: There is a small kitchen bench area. Pots, pans, utensils, plates, bowls are all provided. There is a large LPG gas burner, but this is for club and emergency use only. The wood stove is very efficient for boiling water, frying etc. In winter, I’d be happy not to bring any cooking/eating equipment to this hut, cooking on the wood stove.
Bedding: No bedding or mattresses are provided. Sleeping quarters on the second floor.
Elecricity: There is no electricity in the hut in winter.
Toilets: There are no toilets at this hut. “The great outdoors is your bathroom,” I was told by one of the club members when we were there in winter.
Cell reception: No.
There is no hutkeeper, but club members are usually there on weekends.
Boots to be removed before entering the inside door to the hut – no boots to be worn inside. Boots are to be placed behind the stove inside the hut. Like all the huts in Hokkaido, Muine Hut is maintained 100% through passionate, volunteer time and effort. Always leave a hut cleaner than you found it.
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