Tarumaezan 7-gome Hut
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).
This hut is classed strictly as an emergency hut, so overnight stays cannot be booked in advance.
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.
Just to reiterate, as a rule the Tarumaezan Hut is not available for overnight stays.
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