Seigakuso Hut

Hut fees to be paid
Has water source
Has full kitchen
Has full bedding
Has toilets
Hutkeeper present
Mountain bike accessible

Posted on Apr 13, 2020

Posted on Apr 13, 2020

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Standing at the main Shari-dake hiking trailhead in eastern Hokkaido, Seigakuso is a large, bunker-like concrete building masquerading as a trailhead hut. It was built in 2004 after the old hut burned down. The hut has power, lighting, an immaculate interior, full kitchen, and bedding for rent. It's only open from mid-June till early October. The views from the raised outdoor deck across to the Okhotsk Sea are incredible.


Seigakuso hut is located here, at the main Shari-dake hiking trailhead in eastern Hokkaido.

General notes

The old Seigakuso Hut used to stand about 1km further up into the forest. It burned down, so it was replaced with the current hut in 2004. Along with the new hut came a massive new parking area, clean public toilets, and a park-like area at the trailhead.

Sleeps 50 people.
Official contact
Kiyosato Tourism Association (NPO法人きよさと観光協会)
TEL: 0152-25-4111
Kiyosato Tourism Association

Overnight stays do not need to be booked in advance, but in the busy mid-August period (10th till 20th August), it would pay to book in advance just to be sure that you have a spot to sleep. Call the Kiyosato Tourism Association to book (TEL: 0152-25-4111).

Hut Fees

Hut fees are 2,120yen for adults (high school age and older), 1,040yen for elementary- and middle-school children, and it’s 520yen to sleep in your car in the carpark overnight.


Heating: The building is centrally heated.

Water: There is water available in the hut, but it’s not potable. It must be filtered or treated before consuming. There are drink vending machines in the hut.

Kitchen/cooking: There’s a kitchen with a couple of low tables, as well as a microwave, boiling water dispenser, and refrigerator. There’s also very basic foodstuffs available for purchase, such as instant cup noodles etc.

Bedding: The hut can supply basic bedding (camping mats and sleeping bags) for 300yen per night.

Elecricity: There is electricity available in the hut.

Toilets: There are toilets accessible from within the hut.

Cell reception: We didn’t test for mobile reception when we were there – best to assume there isn’t reception.


There is a hutkeeper present.

Related Maps

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

Special Seigakuso  Hut Notes

Unlike other huts we list on the site, we’ve never actually stayed at this particular hut. So if you do happen to stay, any feedback or extra information you can let us in on would be much appreciated!

Seigakuso Hut Trip reports

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2 thoughts on “Seigakuso Hut”

  1. Maitrisiddhi Carter

    I’m staying at the Seigakuso hut now – it has good mobile reception, and sockets so you can charge devices. I didn’t book (start of August) and it was full when I arrived. They are still taking reduced numbers since Covid, which is probably why. Current capacity: 32 They very kindly let me sleep in a storeroom. Camping is strictly not permitted.

    A very beautiful, well cared for hut with extremely helpful and friendly staff.

    I’m on public transport, but I shared a taxi up with Japanese two hikers I met on the train, so it was very cheap (4500 yen split between three). Also, to walk downhill, back to the train station, only takes a bit over two hours. So it is very possible without a car.

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