Piyashiri Summit Emergency Hut
Known as the hut that gets encrusted in ice in winter, this homely hut is regularly maintained in the winter by the local snowmobile club. Officially designated as an emergency shelter, the hut is basic in terms of facilities, but it is open and available for overnight stays. Capable of sleeping up to 10 people comfortably, it is a solidly-build log-house style hut, with double-glazed windows. That said, the fancy windows don’t really make up for the fact that there seemed to be numerous gaps between the framing and the windows and/or between roof and walls. This isn’t an issue when you’ve got the fire roaring for a few hours, but expect to wake up in the morning to liquids in water bottles transformed into slushies, particularly if it is gusting 50km/h winds outside (as was our experience). In the non-snow months, the hut is accessible by both car and bicycle via the paved access road.
There is no booking required, and the hut is unlocked in winter. The official contact point is the Nayoro City Council (TEL: 01654-3-2111). It doesn’t seem to be a popular place for overnight stays in winter or summer – we could only spot one or two groups that had left a note in the visitor’s book saying they’d stayed over.
Heating: The hut is heated by a wood stove. Wood is supplied, and stored inside the hut. Use sparingly. Like most basic stoves in Hokkaido huts, this one has little fine-tuning for adjusting air flow. It is either full-bore or slightly less than full-bore.
Water: There is no running water in the hut. In winter, snow can be collected from outside and melted on the wood stove in a pot. When kept fed with a few large bits of wood, the stove will melt a mountainous pot of snow and bring the water to boil in around 45 minutes to an hour.
Kitchen/cooking: There are no kitchen or cooking facilities (beyond the wood stove). When we were there, there was a large pot which we used to melt snow, but don’t bank on it being there.
Bedding: It is probably best to assume no bedding in the hut. When we were there, there were three single-sized inner-sprung mattresses (pure luxury!), but nothing else.
Elecricity: There is no electricity in the hut.
Toilets: There is one toilet (with toilet paper) inside the hut. It is a basic long-drop.
Cell reception: Yes (Docomo and Softbank tested).
Make double-sure that the entrance door is closed tight when leaving the hut and/or going to sleep – masses of snow will happily fill the entrance otherwise. 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.
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