Rakko Sanso Hut

Has stove/heating
Has water source
Has toilets
Accessible by bicycle

Posted on Dec 22, 2020
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Posted on Dec 22, 2020

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Rakko Sanso 楽古山荘 hut is a recent and well appointed two-story hut, standing at the trailhead to Rakko-dake in the southern Hidaka Range. It is also possible to camp just outside. The hut is accessed via an 8km forestry road. The nearest shops and other facilities are back down in the coastal towns of Urakawa and Samani.

Last updated Oct 10, 2023


Rakko Sanso Hut sits at the Rakko-dake hiking trailhead, here, about 40km east of Urakawa Town, at the southern end of the Hidaka Range in central Hokkaido.

General notes

This is a relatively new hut, built in 1996. The hut has a wood stove, but sees little use during winter, due to the 8km approach – this 8km approach road is not cleared in winter. The hut is open and unlocked in winter.

Sleeps 40 people.
Official contact
Urakawa-cho Family Sports Center (浦河町ファミリースポーツセンター)
TEL: 0146-22-2451
URL: https://yamagoya.info/rakko-sanso/
Urakawa Town

The hut cannot be booked – sleeping quarters consist of a space on the floor.

Hut Fees

Free, but there is a donation box inside the hut. We would recommend at least 500yen per night as a donation.


Heating: There’s a small wood stove in the hut. Plenty of wood is stacked near the entrance of the hut. To be on the safe side, bring your own means of starting the fire (lighter etc).

Water: There’s stream water available outside the hut, piped into an outdoor kitchen area. As of October 2023, there was also stream water piped into the interior kitchen area. Water must be treated or boiled before consuming.

Kitchen/cooking: There’s a basic cooking/washing up kitchen area inside and outside the hut.

Bedding: No bedding provided.

Elecricity: No electricity. The hut has electric wiring and light bulbs, but requires a portable generator to be plugged in for these to work.

Toilets: There are basic long-drop toilets in the hut.

Cell reception: No. None of the mobile carriers have reception at the hut.


There’s no hutkeeper present at the hut, even in summer.

Related Maps

NOTE: For number references to official printed topographical maps, check the main route report ( Rakko-dake ).

Special Rakko Sanso  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.

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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.