Tarumaezan 7-gome Hut

Emergency Use Only
Free Hut
Has stove/heating
Has water source
Has toilets
Hutkeeper present
Mobile reception
Accessible by bicycle

Posted on Mar 1, 2019
10 0

Posted on Mar 1, 2019

10 0
The Tarumaezan Hut is unique in Hokkaido. It is located on the northern slopes of Tarumaezan in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, and there is a year-round hut keeper, but the hut is officially classed as an emergency hut so cannot be used for overnight stays (except in an emergency). The hut, kept warm with a giant coke stove, is a welcoming place to stop by for a quick visit on a day trip. Get the hut keeper talking about photography (his gorgeous photos adorn the hut walls), and you'll get on like old friends.


The Tarumaezan 7-gome Hut is located in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, at the main summer trailhead to Tarumae-zan, here. This is on the northeast side of the mountain, accessed via a gravel road from Route 141.

General notes

There are only two other huts in Hokkaido with year-round hut keepers (Ginreiso Hut and Hakucho Hut). However, this Tarumaezan Hut is unique in that officially, overnight stays are not allowed, except in an emergency (see here for details in Japanese). The hut keeper is at the hut irregularly, but is there four days of the week. The hut keeper is a lovely chap, and will happily welcome cold and weary hikers in to warm up next to the large stove. The bottom floor of the hut where the stove is located is small though – any more than three or four people, and there won’t be room to sit.

NOTE: The main image above shows a snowmobile next to the hut, however snowmobiles are, as a rule, not allowed in the national park (the one pictured is for the hut keeper’s use).

Sleeps 10 people.
Official contact
Tomakomai City Tourism Department (苫小牧市商業観光課)
TEL: 0144-32-6448
Email: kanko@city.tomakomai.hokkaido.jp
URL: https://www.city.tomakomai.hokkaido.jp/kankojoho/kankoannai/tarumaezan/tarumaezannitsuite/profile.html
Tomakomai City Council

This hut is classed strictly as an emergency hut, so overnight stays cannot be booked in advance.

Hut Fees

Free for overnight stays and daytime visits.


Heating: The hut is heated with a large coke stove. The hut keeper takes care of the stove.

Water: There is water available for emergencies in the hut.

Kitchen/cooking: There is a kitchen area, but this is mostly for the hutkeeper’s use.

Bedding: There is emergency-use bedding available.

Elecricity: The hut has mains electricity.

Toilets: Basic long-drop toilets.

Cell reception: Yes.


The hutkeeper is at the hut year-round, but only four days a week. A schedule for when the hutkeeper will be at the hut can be obtained from the Tomakomai City Council.

Related Maps

NOTE: For number references to official printed topographical maps, check the main route report ( Tarumae-zan Ski Touring ).

Special Tarumaezan 7-gome  Hut Notes

Just to reiterate, as a rule the Tarumaezan Hut is not available for overnight stays.

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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.