Sekka Ni - Skiing

Experience

Our Concierge team is on-hand to give you all the local information you need. They can also make restaurant reservations for you or help rent sports equipment as well as arrange ski lift passes. With our competent team at your service, leave all your worries behind. Though the area has a plethora of activities, here are our top choices for things to do in Niseko, regardless of the season you visit:

All year round
  • The village of Hirafu is at the centre of a flourishing food scene, so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. Nothing but the best Kobe beef is served at Steak Rosso Rosso and if you prefer seafood, we suggest trying out some of Hokkaido's freshest catch at Ezo's.
  • For a bespoke elevated dining experience, Niseko Gourmet can arrange for a special meal to be cooked in your own chalet by one of Japan’s finest chefs. From a traditional sushi bar to an intimate sukiyaki meal, this is indulgence to the next level. Gourmet food delivery and grocery shopping are also offered in case you prefer to self-cater. 
  • Hirafu has steadily built a reputation as one of Hokkaido's prime health and wellness resorts. Relax those sore muscles in Hotel Niseko Alpen's volcanic hot spring (or 'onsen') – a popular choice due to its stunning mountain views, 25-metre pool and high-tech infrared light stone sauna. Japanese custom requires that you enter the gender-specific onsen without any clothes on, not even a swimsuit.
  • For discerning diners, Hirafu has not one but two Michelin-star restaurants – Kamimura and Ichimura – both serving exceptionally fine Japanese fare.
  • For a night out around town, we suggest sampling rare Japanese whiskies at Bar Gyu or the vast selection of Japanese craft beers at Mick's. If you still have energy left, be sure to check out Wild Bill's for live music and late-night DJ sets.
  • Explore some of the area's local museums on a rainy afternoon. The architecturally striking Shu Ogawara Museum of Art in nearby Kutchan is an ode to one of Hokkaido's most famous painters. With its display of colourful art pieces by the artist himself, as well as its seasonal exhibits and regular classical concerts, it is well-worth a visit any time of the year. Located right opposite the Museum of Art is the Kutchan Natural History Museum which hosts fascinating exhibits about the local fauna and the area's rich local history.
  • Hokkaido has many festivals around the year and it is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of the country. From Jaga Matsuri to Niseko Fireworks Festival, there’s plenty to choose from. Make sure you check the festival calendar for your vacation dates.
Winter
  • The property is located one kilometre from the Grand Hirafu Gondola which gives you access to some of the area's steepest slopes, as well as some great beginner runs. A complimentary shuttle service is offered during winter from your doorstep to the gondola. From the gondola, there are other free shuttle buses that will take you to any of the other Niseko resorts.
  • Whether you're a first-timer trying to familiarise yourself with a pair of skis or an accomplished snowboarder trying to perfect your turns, the Niseko Grand Hirafu Snow School has a wide range of lessons and programmes available which cater to all levels.
  • Driving a snow mobile is an exhilarating way to explore Hirafu's incredible scenery. From adventurous guided tours speeding down forested trails, to skidding along the snow on a banana boat, there are plenty of options available for safe and exciting family fun.
  • Kids love tobogganning and tubing down the slopes. Indulge them at Kids Land Annupuri, Niseko Kids at Niseko Village or Hirafu Alpen Kids Park and Zoo, which also has a mini-zoo with penguins, rabbits and llamas.
  • For those slightly more adventurous we can recommend Niseko's specialist mountain guides. Highly trained in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and off-piste skiing, their incredible knowledge and understanding of the local terrain will provide you with an unforgettable experience of the area's wild backcountry in the safest possible way.
Summer
  • Regularly hosting Japan's largest cycling race – the 'Tour de Hokkaido' – Hirafu is a much-loved cycling destination thanks to its stunning landscape, comfortable summers, excellent cycling facilities and wide variety of cycling trails which cater to all skill levels.
  • Come spring, the snowmelt raises the water levels of the Shiribetsu River by almost two metres, making it ideal for white water rafting. A 12 km-long course runs from Hirafu Station to Niseko Station across Japan's cleanest river. Although it will take you past a number of exciting challenges, the course is easy enough to navigate while enjoying the valley's stunning beauty.
  • With its elevated rope courses, zip-lines, free-fall platforms, bouncy slides and horse rides, the recreational park PURE provides a wonderful day-out for children and adults of all ages.
  • The 18-hole, 73 par Niseko Village Golf Course is considered the jewel in the crown of Hokkaido's golf scene, thanks to its excellent facilities and the area's dry and pleasant summers. With the photogenic Mount Yotei in the background, we really can't think of a better place for practicing your shots or improving your handicap.

Sekka Ni - Things to do 1
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Sekka Ni 3 - Modern kitchen design

Guest Experience

  • February 21st, 2020 - February 27th, 2020 Sekka Ni 1

    The help from the staff at elite havens was tremendous. From check-in, when Alice drove us to and from our previous accommodation to grab our stuff, to the check-out courtesy ride to the welcome centre, the stay was as easy as could be! Great staff at Elite Havens, everyone was very helpful and nice :)

    Victor H, Australia
  • February 4th, 2020 - February 8th, 2020 Sekka Ni 3

    Thank so much for having us! We had a fantastic time. This apartment could not have been more perfect for us. We can't recommend the accommodation and the team highly enough. Nothing was too much to ask and we really appreciated all of the help and tips they provided. Looking forward to coming back again soon. AAA+

    Christopher T, Australia
  • February 4th, 2020 - February 10th, 2020 Sekka Ni 1

    Our stay at Sekka Ni 1 was amazing! The property has Elite Havens drivers that can take you to the Hirafu lifts each day and they even helped with transportation to and from the property. We were a short walk away from many restaurants and the main part of town. We were also provided a package of breakfast food for a few days. This is the perfect spot for a couple to stay!

    Alana E, United States
  • February 3rd, 2020 - February 7th, 2020 Sekka Ni 2

    Thank you so much for your amazing hospitality. We can’t express how helpful you have been during the planning stages and throughout our stay. Everyone has been amazingly friendly. Niseko has been wonderful! The kids loved ski school and were sad to have to leave. Off piste skiing after a heavy snowfall was incredible. The mountain was full of adventure. The kids say its one of the best vacations they have ever had. They loved it here. Hope to be back soon. You and your staff in Niseko were all amazing and I will recommend Elite Havens to all of my colleagues and friends. Your assistance and effort were much appreciated. Thank you so much.

    John M, Japan
  • January 26th, 2020 - January 31st, 2020 Sekka Ni 2

    Dear Elite Havens team - Thank you for making our trip to Niseko unforgettable! Not only were you all so helpful, you are all welcoming and kind people. The accommodation was perfect! Clean, homey and relaxing! We couldn't be more grateful for the lifts to and from places around the mountain (saving us from slipping on the ice). We will be back. Thanks again.

    Jessey & Jayden, Australia
  • December 30th, 2019 - January 6th, 2020 Sekka Ni 3

    A super duper trip for all. We have had a great time. So much snow. Snowed 5 days straight! Amongst the skiing we have had many funny moments on the mountain! Night skiing was excellent powder, very cool, bars great. We shall be back one day. Thank you team Elite Havens for looking after us all so efficiently.

    Yvonne B, Canada
  • December 28th, 2019 - January 7th, 2020 Sekka Ni 1

    We had a wonderful time! Thank you for the stay! The service from the Elite Havens pick up/ drop off team was lovely! Location was central and easy to get to places on foot.

    Rachael T, Australia
  • December 23rd, 2019 - December 30th, 2019 Sekka Ni 2

    Thank you for looking after us so well. We have had a great trip. Homeward bound now. Enjoy the rest of the season and see you next year.

    Gary C, Australia
  • December 18th, 2019 - December 22nd, 2019 Sekka Ni 2

    We've had the most wonderful stay in Niseko - from waking up to powder, sitting down to our complimentary breakfast and coffee. The ease of the free lifts from the fantastic team - we could not have wanted more. To Julia, Daniel, Emma - such friendly and energetic people to greet us every morning when we are spirited and eager and every afternoon when our legs are weary. We cannot wait to come back to Niseko again and will be recommending everyone to do so in the mean time. Best Honeymoon destination ever!

    Martin C, Australia
  • December 14th, 2019 - December 21st, 2019 Sekka Ni 1

    A massive thank you for all the kindness and attention to detail you have provided in making this a killer time for us (we are having a belated/extra 20 year wedding anniversary of sorts). You have all far exceeded our expectations and we are just so content with everything (some extra snow would be nice if you can swing that too). Also wanted to say a particular shout out for taking care of our trash and washing up our kitchen and everything else. We weren’t aware that that level of service was part of the accommodation so it was a very pleasant surprise.

    Justin D, Australia
  • December 5th, 2019 - December 10th, 2019 Sekka Ni 1

    The place is super Japanese style, very cozy. They have cleaning people come every day to wash my dishes and clean my room. They have a concierge team, OMG! They helped me book lift tickets and bus tickets (hard to do as foreigner and if you miss the timing, you have to pay 300 USD for private ride from Sapporo). They also have private shuttle service that takes you from home to lift, to supermarket, and to random places free of charge as long as the destination is within Hirafu region. They have 2 cars running the the area. Finally, the highlight, they prepare newly bought bread, eggs, milk, bacon, juice, and butter in the fridge before I arrived! I have never been to an Airbnb that buys me food. Would definitely come back!

    Yifan X, United States
  • November 29th, 2019 - December 2nd, 2019 Sekka Ni 1

    Wonderful, cosy studio apartment in great location close to restaurants - good for a couple. Well equipped with a kitchen and washing machine - they even had some complimentary breakfast foods. Andrew was very generous to pick us up at Kutchan station on arrival and also take us to the coach for an early morning check out. Highly recommended.

    Chen Y, China
  • November 25th, 2019 - November 29th, 2019 Sekka Ni 3

    This is a lovely apartment with an excellent view of Mt. Yotei - especially in the morning when you wake to start a day at Niseko. Even though, throughout our stay here, we didn't have a lot of snow on the slopes, Sekka Ni makes up for it. The amazing kitchen area let us have a lot of brightness during our dinner and breakfast moments. I will recommend to all my friends.

    Raymond M, Hong Kong
  • November 6th, 2019 - November 8th, 2019 Sekka Ni 3

    Such a wonderful place and view from the room. The rooms are huge and the kitchen is so well equipped. Amazing place.

    Deborah C, Hong Kong
  • October 23rd, 2019 - October 25th, 2019 Sekka Ni 1

    The home is modern and comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped. It is also very thoughtful of you to provide food for self cooking of breakfast. The little touches like condiments and butter is much appreciated. The location is also very good as it is close to many streets. Also appreciate the personal attention of Andrew to meet us at the house and show us around and to arrange for collection of a parcel that was sent here. Thank you Andrew for your attention to detail.

    Nan Jie C, Singapore
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