Hokkaido
Backcountry Huts

Hokkaido
Backcountry Huts

Hokkaido Mountain Huts: A list

A growing list of English information about mountain huts in Hokkaido for ski touring, hiking, and bikepacking.

Hokkaido is unique within Japan when it comes to mountain huts. Whereas huts in most other regions in Japan are privately owned and operated, huts in Hokkaido are usually owned by local mountaineering clubs and managed by either local councils or universities. As such, they’re generally rustic, basic, and cheap – if not free. Only three within Hokkaido have year-round hutkeepers. Most others either have no rostered hutkeepers, or there’ll only be overnight hutkeepers in the weekends.

NOTE: This list is a work in progress. For a full list of Hokkaido huts (in Japanese), take a look here. Leon Roode also has some information on some huts in the Daisetsuzan National Park here. BackcountryHuts.net also has a couple extra huts listed in Hokkaido here.

Important

Most huts in Hokkaido are maintained 100% through volunteer passion and effort.

If staying at any of these huts, give the place a sweep out after use. Always pack out your own trash. If you use wood stacked inside the hut, replace what you use from the woodstack outside. Make sure to sign the guestbook (even if only in English); funding decisions by the authorities are made based on usage.

Always leave a hut cleaner than you found it.

Important

Most huts in Hokkaido are maintained 100% through volunteer passion and effort.

If staying at any of these huts, give the place a sweep out after use. Always pack out your own trash. If you use wood stacked inside the hut, replace what you use from the woodstack outside. Make sure to sign the guestbook (even if only in English); funding decisions by the authorities are made based on usage.

Always leave a hut cleaner than you found it.

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