Above Hirafu Village from the Shiki Crane

Anyone who has visited Niseko in the last year would not have missed the large Shiki construction site dominated by the huge orange crane on the main road of Hirafu Village. Niseko Resort Design Construction is managing the project and asked me to join them on an inspection.

Matt and Aiko from RDC leading the way, 27 June 2012

Matt and Aiko from RDC leading the way, 27 June 2012

With perfect weather, ascending to the highest point on the end of the boom was a great chance to get some interesting shots from a unique angle of the village and surrounding mountains.

Eager to climb as high as possible from the roof of Shiki, 27 June 2012

Eager to climb as high as possible from the roof of Shiki, 27 June 2012

Matt lending a hand, 27 June 2012

Matt lending a hand, 27 June 2012

Hopes of climbing out along the boom ladder quickly faded as we inspected the view.

The daunting view along the boom ladder, 27 June 2012

The daunting view along the boom ladder, 27 June 2012

We climbed as high as we could on the main body of the crane and were treated to some spectacular views.

The final ladder to the top, 27 June 2012

The final ladder to the top, 27 June 2012

The final ladder from inside, 27 June 2012

The final ladder from inside, 27 June 2012

Hirafu Village, 27 June 2012

Hirafu Village, 27 June 2012

The view from the top railing looking over the crane boom, 27 June 2012

The view from the top railing looking over the crane boom, 27 June 2012

Making the most of the chance, I was able to set up my tripod and panoramic set up to shoot this panorama taking in the entire view – click and drag on the image to look around.

Thanks to RDC for the invite and construction company Iwata Chizaki for allowing me up the crane. The team patiently looked after me making sure I was locked in by safety harness when necessary and even carried some of my gear for me.

The mighty crane and Mt.Yotei, 27 June 2012

The mighty crane and Mt.Yotei, 27 June 2012

Niseko RDC and Iwata Chizake's site manager reviewing floor plans, 29 June 2012

Niseko RDC and Iwata Chizake’s site manager reviewing floor plans, 29 June 2012

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.