Yama-no-Koryukan Tomura Cottages
These two-story cottages are no huts per se, but they are an excellent budget option for a large group seeking accommodation for big forays into the Daisetsuzan Range from the east side. Budget in the sense that each cottage sleeps six people, so if you’ve got six people it’s 2,750yen per night (16,500yen per cottage). Note that having six people in a cottage would be OK for one night, it might feel a bit cramped if staying longer than just one night. The cottages are fully kitted out with bath and shower (endless supply of gas-heated instant hot water), full kitchen including cutlery, pots, gas burner etc. Bring a box of food, and it’s self-catering heaven. There’s no restaurants in the village, but the post office does offer basic light meals during the day.
- Closest onsen: Tomuraushi village is equidistant from Tomuraushi Onsen トムラウシ温泉 (location, 600yen, 12pm-8pm) to the north, and Osoushi Onsen オソウシ温泉 (location, 600yen, 10am-8pm) to the south; they’re both a 20 minute drive away. If you had to choose one or the other, we’d recommend Tomuraushi Onsen, but if you’re headed down towards Shikaoi Town, Osoushi Onsen is also nice.
It’s best to book in advance, as the staff require time to clean and prepare the cottages for visitors. That said, we showed up unannounced at just before 5pm on a Saturday night, and they were still happy to set one up for us at short notice. They asked for an hour to get a cottage ready, so we used the time to head up to Tomuraushi Onsen for a soak. It’s also possible to book online: https://reserva.be/kamuimintara2000
The base price for each cottage is 13,200yen per night, regardless of how many people stay. There’s a 1000yen per night heating surcharge in winter. There’s also a 1,000yen surcharge for stays on nights before public holidays. So that’s about 2,500-2,750yen per night if splitting the cost between six people in winter.
Heating: The cottages are really well insulated, so even cooking using the gas stove will heat up the ground floor nicely. There’s also a large external-vented kerosene heater, with kerosene provided.
Water: The cottages are connected to the village potable water mains.
Kitchen/cooking: There’s a full kitchen with a normal two-hob gas cooker. Pots, pans, cups, cutlery etc are provided. Guests can also use the nearby BBQ house – BYO charcoal.
Bedding: There’s full futon bedding for six people. Sleeping quarters are on the second floor. It’s just one large room, with everyone sleeping on the floor.
Elecricity: Full mains electricity.
Toilets: One clean, flush toilet with heated seat and bidet.
Cell reception: Tomuraushi Village has good cellphone reception.
The managers (a mother/daughter team) life in the village, and were very accommodating to our last-minute request to stay. They also manage the post-office/cafe next door.
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