Last updated Nov 30, 2018
The hutkeeper(s) is generally at the Kurodake Refuge (or 黒岳石室, literally Kurodake Stone Hut) from the last weekend of June till the last weekend of September. Outside of this period, people are also welcome to stay at the hut (no fee). However, the hut becomes completely buried in winter. One of the hutkeepers told me that considering the time it would take to find the entrance and dig the 4 meters down to it, it would be quicker and more comfortable to dig a snow cave in winter. In the non-snow months, there’s also space around the hut for up to 20 tents (500yen per night). The hut sells a very basic selection of drinks, including water, beer, whiskey, sake, soft drinks etc. Cup noodles are also available for purchase (you’ll need to supply your own boiling water). A limited supply of sleeping bags are available for rent for 1,000yen per night. All hikers must pack out their own garbage.
There is no need to book. The Kurodake Refuge operates on a ‘no person turned away’ policy. So even if you have to sleep on the floor, you will have a roof over your head.
2,000yen for overnight stays, 500yen for a tent site (these prices apply to the non-snow season when the hutkeepers are present). Outside of this period, stays are free (the hut becomes classed as an emergency hut).
Heating: The hut is heated, with the stove operated by the hutkeepers. In the winter there is no fuel provided.
Water: In the non-winter months, there is a water supply at the hut. All water must be filtered or boiled.
Kitchen/cooking: There is an outdoor cooking area.
Bedding: Bedding is included in the 2,000yen overnight fee.
Elecricity: There is no electricity at the hut.
Toilets: There are basic composting bio-toilets.
Cell reception: No.
Hutkeepers are, in principle, present from the last week of June till the last week of September.
NOTE: For number references to official printed topographical maps, check the main route report ( coming soon ).
Special Kurodake Refuge Hut Notes
Outside of the non-snow months, there are no hutkeepers present. If you use the hut when there are no hutkeepers present please sign the logbook and clean up after use.
Kurodake Refuge Hut Trip reports
Kurodake Refuge Hut Photo Gallery
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