Mt. Musa Sokuseiso Hut

武佐岳憩清荘
Free Hut
Has stove/heating
Has water source
Mobile reception

Posted on Aug 6, 2018

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The Mt. Musa Sokuseiso Hut (武佐岳憩清荘), lovingly maintained by the volunteer Mt. Musa Mountaineering Association (武佐岳登山同好会), has “character”. It does have a really good wood stove, with plenty of wood supplied. It is also free for overnight stays, and booking is not required. The roofing doesn’t appear to leak, and appears to be in good condition. Overall though, as of writing (March 2018), the building itself is a rather dilapidated hut, receiving somewhat palliative care by the passionate volunteers from the club.

Last updated Aug 7, 2018

Location

This hut is perfectly located for a late arrival and early start up Mt Musa. It sits at around 400m, part way up the Mt. Musa summer trail (here), about 400km east of Sapporo City. Interestingly, it is actually about 100m south of where it is marked on Google and official Japan GSI topographical maps.

General notes

As mentioned adove, this hut is in a rather sad state. Some work was done recently to reinforce the roof rafters, and when we were there, there appeared to be some ad-hoc attempts at stymieing drafts (due to quite a few exterior cladding planks being missing) by nailing thin closed-cell sheet around the base of the walls. By the time we stayed there, much of this was full of holes, obviously graciously gnawed at by the resident mice. The raised wooden flooring of the hut is hopelessly warped – photos don’t do the extent of it justice. Officially the hut sleeps 20 people. On our overnight trip there, we only just managed to find enough flat-ish space to sleep for the two of us. There is a loft-like upper area which is flat, but the structural integrity of it is suspect. “The whole thing was flexing when you were up there sweeping,” Hiro said. It was difficult to ascertain the last time the hut had been properly swept and cleaned. Most surfaces were covered in either mice poop or dry dust of mouse poop – nothing half an hour of sweeping didn’t fix though. The sliding doors to the hut don’t close, so the official entrance to the hut is currently a sheet of thin plywood, held upright with a stump of wood. A front window is broken, and the plastic sheet covering it is ripped. To call this a drafty hut is an understatement. If you don’t mind properly roughing it though, this is a nice enough hut, and it is only about an hour from the trailhead.

  • UPDATE: I called the Nakashibetsu Tourist Association to ask about the hut, and they referred me on to the Mt. Musa Mountaineering Club. A representative of the club explained that they do what they can to upkeep the hut. They currently they don’t have any means of collecting donations from hut users.
Capacity
Sleeps 20 people.
Official contact
Nakashibetsu Tourist Association (中標津町観光協会)
TEL: 0153-73-311
Booking

Booking is not required.

Hut Fees

Free.

Facilities

Heating: Wood stove. Wood is provided, as is some newspaper to get the fire started.

Water: There is a stream about 50m northwest of the hut, marked by some signs. In mid-winter you may need to dig a little to reveal the stream. Water needs to be treated before drinking.

Kitchen/cooking: No kitchen area, and no cooking facilities provided. The wood stove can be used for cooking though, and there are a couple of large nabe pots available for use.

Bedding: No bedding or mattresses are provided. The raised wooden sleeping platform is extremely warped, so limits how many people can sleep in the hut. The structural integrity of the loft is suspect – I wouldn’t feel comfortable with more than a few people up there at a time.

Elecricity: There is no electricity in the hut in winter.

Toilets: There is no toilet.

Cell reception: Yes (Softbank and Docomo tested).

Hutkeeper

There is no hutkeeper.

Related Maps

NOTE: For number references to official printed topographical maps, check the main route report ( Mt. Musa and Sokuseiso Hut ).

Special Mt. Musa Sokuseiso  Hut Notes

Despite the hut’s sad state, it is nonetheless maintained 100% through passionate, volunteer time and effort. If you do 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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