Sasagamine Hütte

A Comfortable Stay with Stunning Views, Perfect for Mount Enthusiasts

Sasagamine Hütte of Kyoto University

Myoko city, Nigata prefecture, JAPAN


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).

Access


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).


Weather in the Sasagamine Hütte Area

August


The area in which the hütte is situated typically offers a sunny, dry, and relatively cool climate, with temperature ranging from below 10˚C to 25˚C. Please be sure to bring long-sleeved shirts/t-shirts, full-length pants/trousers, and a jacket; expect cool weather in the night – the temperature can drop by around 10 degrees. For more information about appropriate clothing, please see 'Useful Tips'.

October


The area in which the hütte is situated is chilly even in the daytime, with temperatures ranging from below 0˚C to 20˚C.


Amenities


 

2 shower rooms; 3 toilets; 1 washing machine; 1 tumble dryer; 1 hair dryer; 1 table.





3 tables; 1 projector and 1 screen; large windows affording panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Room Hiuchi   火打山...... 10 person room

Room Myoko   妙高山...... 3 person room

Room Kurohime   黒姫山...... 3 person room

Room Yakeyama & Room Takatsuma   焼山、高妻山 ...... 3 person room x 2

Loft ...... can sleep up to about five people.

Notice: The hütte offers Japanese-style bedding (futon / mattress, blanket, sheets, and pillow).

Outdoor Facilities

There are BBQ facilities. You can also enjoy lounging in a hammock; there is even a swing.


Useful Tips


Recommended Clothing and Equipment

Top 10 Ways to Stay Comfortable in the Summer

1. Long-sleeved shirts/t-shirts and full-length pants/trousers  ESSENTIAL

- 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.


2. Jacket/outerwear

The temperature is much cooler at night - it can drop to around 10˚C.


3. Sun protection: hat, fragrance-free sun-cream

To protect you from the sun/heat during the middle of the day.


4. Waterproof gear: outer shell waterproof/windproof jacket and waterproof pants/trousers ESSENTIAL for trekking

Gore-Tex(R) fabrics tend to be the most reliable and breathable.


5. Flashlight/torch/headlight  ESSENTIAL for trekking

Remember to bring spare batteries, if necessary


6. Trekking/hiking boots  ESSENTIAL for trekking

Foorwear with ankle support and soles with a good grip are important because the climb to Mount Hiuchi, is very slippy in places.


7. & 8. Compass & Map  ESSENTIAL for trekking

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).


9. Daypack  ESSENTIAL for trekking

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.


10. Water bottle /canteen/Sigg bottle  ESSENTIAL for trekking

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.


Clothing

Fabrics of lighter rather than darker colors are best (to avoid getting stung by hornets, and ​so that you can spot ticks easily​). Choose quick-drying clothing, for example, specialist walking trousers made with light-weight but durable fast-drying fabric (cotton/denim takes a very long time to dry, and denim can be restrict your range of movement while hiking).

TOILET

Please note that you are encouraged to use a sanitation kit when relieving yourself outside the hütte. If you are scheduled to visit the hütte as part of a team led by an AACK member, they will provide you with a more detailed explanation.

History of Sasagamine Hütte

The original hütte was built in 1928.
The hütte was renovated in 1999.

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.

Dr Imanishi Memorabilia
In the dining room of the hütte, you can see Dr. Imanishi's autograph, reading: "Yama yo / hütte yo / kenzai nare " (Moutains, and the hütte, retain calm and live happily ever after.)

Sasagamine Trekking Guide Map

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Wildlife in the area surrounding the Sasagamine Hütte


August

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.

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