Tsurugi-zan Trailhead Hut
The Tsurugi-zan Trailhead Hut appears to be part community center and part mountain hut. It is well-built and well maintained. In reality, there’s not really much point staying here. Unless perhaps you’ve got a peak in the Hidaka Range you’d like to climb, and you want to make an early start. You could conceivably drive from Sapporo to the hut on a Friday night, stay the night, and get an early start towards your destination the next morning. Whatever the reason is for staying, it is a pleasant spot if you don’t mind roughing it.
There is no need to book – the hut is unlocked and available year round for use by the public.
Free for overnight stays.
Heating: The hut is heated using a wood stove, with wood provided. When we were there in March 2019, there were bags of dry juniper pine cuttings that made lighting the stove a breeze.
Water: In the non-snow months, there is a mains water tap between the shrine and hut. In winter, this tap cannot be used, so water can be sourced from the nearby stream (treat/boil water before consuming).
Kitchen/cooking: There are no cooking facilities.
Bedding: There are tatami-covered sleeping platforms, but no bedding is provided.
Elecricity: There is mains electricity and lighting. It turns on automatically at nightfall, and turns off during the day.
Toilets: There are toilets in a separate building nearby.
Cell reception: Yes.
NOTE: For number references to official printed topographical maps, check the main route report ( coming soon ).
Special Tsurugi-yama Trailhead Hut Notes
While this hut is managed by the Shimizu Town Council, the day-to-day maintenance falls on the shoulders of the volunteer Shimizu Mountain Association. If you make a visit, please give the place a clean before you leave. Funding decisions for huts like these are made based on visitor numbers, so please make sure to sign the guest book. Always leave a hut cleaner than you found it.
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