Sasagamine Hütte is located on a high-altitude plateau called Myoko kogen, lying at an elevation of 1,300 m. Surrounded by the Northern region of the Japanese Alps – Mount Myoko (2,454 m), Mount Hiuchi (2,462 m), and Mount Kurohime（2,053 m) – Sasagamine huette affords a spectacular view of the mountains; providing respite from the hot, busy, noisy city!
Important: Internet connection is NOT available in and around the hütte.
Network coverage for some Japanese-based mobile phone companies is available, though with variable signal strength. Coverage for NTT Docomo and KDDI is acceptable; no network coverage for SoftBank. Availability of overseas-based networks is unknown, but coverage is likely to be poor or non-existent.
The hütte offers accommodation to non-AACK members as well as to AACK members during the open season (N.B. advance application is required).
From Myoko-kogen Station
Take a bus from Myoko-kogen Station to Kyoto University Sasagamine Hütte (45 min, 1,000 yen).
From Nagoya Station to Myoko-kogen Station
Take the "wide view Shinano" train from Nagoya Station, transfer to a local train (Shinao Railway "north Shinano-sen" line, towards Myoko-kogen) at Nagano Station and get off at the Myoko-kogen stop (4 hr, ～8,000 yen).
- to protect your legs and arms when walking through thick vegetation
- to guard against insect bites/stings
- to keep warm: Sasagamine is situated at high altitude, so it can get chilly, especially in the evening and overnight and, of course, higher up in the mountains.
The temperature is much cooler at night - it can drop to around 10˚C.
To protect you from the sun/heat during the middle of the day.
Gore-Tex(R) fabrics tend to be the most reliable and breathable.
Remember to bring spare batteries, if necessary
Foorwear with ankle support and soles with a good grip are important because the climb to Mount Hiuchi, is very slippy in places.
Vital for finding your way and checking directions. A compass is especially useful in bad weather (especially with low visibility) and a compass design that allows you to take bearings is the most useful (compass with a large housing showing a ruler, heading arrow and a turnable compass-housing).
It is important to be able to carry you own supplies (food, water) and gear. Carrying essential gear with you prepares you for sudden changes in weather.
It is important to keep hydrated while walking, especially because you will be sweating more than usual in the heat and exertion from exercise. As an alternative to the suggested items, you could buy a PET plastic bottled water at the supermarket near the Myoko-kogen Station and refill it, however the water will not stay as cool as in a metal canister.
The hütte was built originally in 1929 by several members of the Kyoto Imperial University Travel Club, including the late Kinji Imanishi (1902-1992). In 1999, the hütte was renovated into a wonderful three-storey lodge.
This area offers a spectacular range of wildlife. In August, you may be lucky enough to spot eastern buzzards (Buteo japonicus), red foxes (Vulpes vulpes japonica), Japanese badgers (Meles anakuma), and/or chestnut tigers (Parantica sita). There is also a wide variety of other fauna to see.View Photos