Mt. Mokoto Ginreiso Hut

Free Hut
Has stove/heating
Has water source
Has toilets
Mobile reception
Accessible by bicycle

Posted on Oct 2, 2018
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Ginreiso Hut (銀嶺荘, 820m) on Mt. Mokoto is one of the newest huts in Hokkaido. It is small and pokey, but well built and very well insulated. Even in winter, the area teems with birdlife - we saw a beautiful kumagera black woodpecker while we were there. There's a natural spring next to the hut for water (winter will require some digging), and the coal stove is excellent for heating the hut up in winter. The peak of Mt. Mokoto, on Lake Kussharo's caldera rim, gives expansive views across the lake.

Last updated Apr 2, 2020


About 1km down the northern summit ridge of Mt. Mokoto, at 820m in altitude (location).

General notes

In 2013, the old hut was demolished, and a new hut built in its place. Reopening announcement here. It is a basic but very well insulated hut with a coal/wood stove, with a ground-floor raised sitting/sleeping area, and a second-story sleeping loft. Best considered as an emergency hut. It would probably sleep about 15 people in a pinch. The hut is managed by the South Abashiri Forestry Department (0152-62-2211).

  • Entrance to the hut in winter: In mid-winter (February/March), the hut will be half-buried in snow, so the only way to get in may be the second-story window at the back of the hut. Otherwise, if you can dig the front door out, then you will need to remove the plywood board from the front door. This plywood board is held in place using nuts and bolts. You may need to heat the nuts using a lighter or something to melt any ice in the threads before trying to remove the nuts. This plywood board must be put back into place when leaving the hut, to protect the windows from snow.
Sleeps 10 people.
Official contact
South Abashiri Forestry Department (網走南部森林管理署)
TEL: 0152-62-2211
South Abashiri Forestry Department

No booking required.

Hut Fees



Heating: Coal stove. Copious amounts of coal is supplied in the hut; please use sparingly. When we were there in December 2017, there was kindling and fire-starter bricks available to get the coal going. See the stove details below in the trip report for how to efficiently use the stove. To get the coal stove in the Mt. Mokoto Ginreiso Hut running, follow the following steps. All going well, this should result in a roaring fire. Adjust the heat using the grates on the front of the stove as well as the flue damper at the back of the stove under the flue. The flue damper was the most effective for turning down the heat – with that open the stove would just run full-bore, getting red hot.

  1. First, check the chimney outside to make sure it is not iced up or blocked with snow.
  2. Next, back inside, make sure to clear out any ash from the stove from previous users. There is an ash bucket and small shovels in the hut for this.
  3. Open up all the vents as well as the chimney damper at the back of the stove, just under the flue at the top of the stove.
  4. Put some paper or a fire-lighter on the grate in the stove, and pile on some kindling.
  5. Shovel a few scoops of coal on top of all this.
  6. Return the stove-top plate, and light the paper from under the grate.

Water: There is a spring about 10 meters in front of the main hut entrance, but this will likely be buried in about 1.5 meters of snow in mid-winter.

Kitchen/cooking: No dedicated kitchen area or utensils.

Bedding: No bedding or mattresses are provided. There is one main raised platform (sleeps about 5 people), plus a loft that will sleep about 5 people in a pinch.

Elecricity: There is no electricity in the hut.

Toilets: There is a bio-toilet next to the hut, but expect it to be mostly buried under snow in mid-winter. Even if it is not buried by snow, and you can get inside, the bio-material will be frozen, and it will not be possible to mix it using the pedal-assisted mixer. In this case, use the supplied sawdust to cover your waste. Toilet paper can be used in the bio toilet, but do not dispose of other rubbish in there.

Cell reception: Yes (Docomo tested).


There is no hutkeeper present.

Related Maps

NOTE: For number references to official printed topographical maps, check the main route report ( Mokoto-yama Overnight Ski Tour ).

Special Mt. Mokoto Ginreiso  Hut Notes

The vast majority of huts in Hokkaido are 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. The hut is classed as an emergency hut, so keep non-emergency stays short (one or two nights), and clean up after use.

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