The Teshiodake Hütte is an imposing but comfortable hut at the Teshio-dake trailhead. This large two-story log-building hut is free to stay, it has no warden and can sleep 40. You need to take your own bedding, food and cooking equipment. There is a camping area with taps and a toilet immediately outside. In the summer the hut is accessible by car, but in winter, it is a 9km skin along a mostly flat road to get to the hut (starting around here) – a sled is recommended.
- Access to the hut in winter: In winter, the hut is mostly boarded up, but the door boards can be removed easily. Make sure to put the boards back in place after use.
- Usage of the hut in winter: We called the Shibetsu Town Office before and after visiting the hut, to double-check whether the hut was indeed open for use during the winter. On both occasions, a representative confirmed that people were welcome to use the hut in winter. “Just make sure to return the window and door boards after use, and be cautious with the fireplace,” they said. I (Rob) pressed and asked if it was OK to post this on the Internet, and they said yes, “on the proviso that users understand that the town accepts no responsibility for any accidents or incidents associated with winter use of the road leading to the hut, and the hut itself.”
No booking required, but please sign the logbook in the hut.
Free to use – no hut fees required.
Heating: There is a wood-burning stove inside the hut, with plenty of wood stacked outside on the left, right, and back sides of the hut. When we were there in February 2020, there was some kindling available, but we recommend packing fire lighters to assist in getting the stove going. As a courtesy to the next hut users, please stack some wood from outside into the boxes inside the hut. The stove is quite good in warming the hut in winter. In early 2019, Dominika mentioned “we woke up next to snow,” indicating the hut’s draft-proofing could have done with some work. However, we found the hut in 2020 to be quite well sealed. The stove can melt snow, and it can be used for basic cooking.
Water: In the non-winter months, water is available inside the hut. It is water from a nearby stream, so must be treated or filtered before drinking. In winter, snow has to be melted for drinking water (there is, however, a stream about 5 minutes walk/ski away).
Kitchen/cooking: There are a couple of large nabe pots, and a large kettle, but beyond this, there is no cooking equipment.
Bedding: There is no bedding provided.
Elecricity: There is no electricity.
Toilets: There are long-drop toilets outside the hut.
Cell reception: There is no mobile reception at the hut.
There is no hutkeeper.
NOTE: For number references to official printed topographical maps, check the main route report ( coming soon ).
Special Teshio-dake Hütte Hut Notes
The vast majority of huts in Hokkaido are 100% maintained through passionate volunteer time and effort. While the actual funding of the Teshio-dake Hutte comes from Shibetsu City, day to day maintenance often involves volunteers. If you make a visit, please give the place a clean, replace any firewood used with firewood stacked outside, and make sure to sign the guest book. Always leave a hut cleaner than you found it.
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