Hirafu-Niseko Infrastructure to Receive Funding

  • Keith Rodgers
  • June 25, 2014
  • Niseko

Very exciting news, as Kutchan Town Government has announced just over 900,000,000 yen in much needed funds (mainly from the central government) for infrastructure in Hirafu Village. Taiga Real Estate and Project Management was appointed as the sole foreign representative on the steering committee, consisting of local businesses, municipal and district government. We believe in active contributions to affect change, even though this often means volunteering for spans stretching into years.


Riccardo Tossani, architect and urban designer of Riccardo Tossani Architecture (Tokyo and Niseko) was appointed as a special observer to the steering committee , advising the committee, comparing master planning strategies in other famous resorts and participating in decision-making processes. Community meetings were held several times last year, and locals had the opportunity to make suggestions. The proposed budget includes the following items:

  • 600,000,000 yen – Community center (police station, post office, conference facilities, ATM)
  • 160,000,000 yen – Parking lot and bus loop works at the WelcomeCenter parking lot
  • 22,000,000 yen – Area signage
  • 10,000,000 yen – Main symbol sign
  • 16,000,000 yen – Street Banner fixtures
  • 50,000,000 yen – Emergency information system
  • 70,000,000 yen – Road upgrades/new sidewalk between Hirafu-zaka (Alpen Hotel) and the gondola

Further community consultations are still needed to refine the budget, but this is a great announcement about new amenities. A fixed timeline has yet to be announced.

Heli Footage of Beautiful Niseko Onsen Sale

You gotta love it when technology takes a jump that is uplifting. Literally so, in the case of the mini drone helicopters, which give you an entirely new perspective of wild spaces and also building sites. A few years ago Taiga Real Estate brokered the sale of an onsen hot spring in Niseko, which sits in the middle of some stunning scenery. At the end of the road, totally private (you cannot see a single neighbour), on top of a cliff above a wild mountain creek, looking up into the backbowls of Annupuri, and also across the value to Mt. Yotei. However, even with a 360 degree panoramic photo, I felt that the pictures did not do justice to this land. Fortunately Glen Claydon of 360Niseko came to the rescue, and for the first time a viewer can get a sense of the breathtaking beauty of the onsen’s topography.

Upper Hirafu Development Site Sold

With an enviable ski-in location just down from the Hirafu Gondola, Yamada 183-40 is a rare site in Upper Hirafu Village. Boasting wonderful views of both Mt. Yotei and the Grand Hirafu Resort, there are plenty of options for future development. Sold March, 2014.

Alpen Ridge 101 Niseko – Sold


Representing the buyer side, Taiga recently brokered the purchase of Alpen Ridge 101 in Niseko. The buyer wanted to be able to wake up and see the lift line before launching into his gear. Alpen Ridge offered this incredible proximity, and the new owner is now happily waxing his boards in preparation for the coming winter.

Konoha House Niseko


Representing the buyer side, Taiga recently brokered the deal of Konoha House in lower Niseko. As long time fans looking for a place to hang their hats in Niseko, the buyers had been watching the market, and saw the value of this well proportioned house. With a little touch-up, Konoha House will be a great pad to wind down the day (or crank up the evening), and to host friends.