Hirafu-zaka Redevelopment

The long and highly anticipated redevelopment of Hirafu’s main road Hirafu-zaka has been steadily proceeding throughout the summer. With the demolition of the Kogen Hotel and J First Hotels the landscape surrounding the Welcome Center and upper village has been dramatically altered.

Upper Hirafu-zaka construction , 7 October 2012

Upper Hirafu-zaka construction , 7 October 2012

Hirafu-zakka construction and the reformed upper village, 7 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction and the reformed upper village, 7 October 2012

Upper Hirafu-zaka construction and the new Hirafu mountain center, 7 October 2012

Upper Hirafu-zaka construction and the new Hirafu mountain center, 7 October 2012

In addition to the redevelopment of Hirafu-zaka, Grand Hirafu is in the final stages of building a new Mountain Center at the bottom of the Alpen Run which will be a welcome upgrade to services for skiers and boarders on this part of the resort.

Hirafu-zaka construction - no power cables! 7 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction – no power cables! 7 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction road heating infrastructure, 7 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction road heating infrastructure, 7 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction road heating infrastructure 2, 7 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction road heating infrastructure 2, 7 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction machinery, 7 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction machinery, 7 October 2012

With winter now fast approaching workers are working as fast as they can to finish the first stage of construction before snow blankets the area beckoning the start to the 2012-13 season.

Hirafu-zaka construction in a race against time, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction in a race against time, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction paving the footpath, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction paving the footpath, 22 October 2012

Happy Hirafu-zaka construction workers, 22 October 2012

Happy Hirafu-zaka construction workers, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka tree ready for winter, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka tree ready for winter, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction heavy duty roller, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction heavy duty roller, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction team covering the road heating infrastructure with bitumen, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction team covering the road heating infrastructure with bitumen, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction shoveling bitumen, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction shoveling bitumen, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction laying bitumen, 22 October 2012

Hirafu-zaka construction laying bitumen, 22 October 2012

  1. James Long says:

    So glad to see the 360niseko blog starting to motor again as we get close to the 2013 season. Genuinely loved the daily reports last year and will be following things again closely in the run up to my return to Niseko for Christmas! Really good blog guys! Glen, love your photography too. James

    • Hi James, Thanks very much for your kind comments. It means a lot to me and the other 360niseko members you hear such positive feedback. Can’t wait for the season to begin. Please look us up we have an office upstairs in the Rhythm building on Hirafu-zaka. Cheers

    • Who knows what will be going down in the upper village…i hope someone has a plan. Lots of space…. a community snow art space would be cool. A massive snow potato sculpture.

  2. Always enjoy following your blog Glen!
    Really exciting to see Hirafu-Zaka redevelop.
    A brand new hotel opening this winter too – Please come visit us at Chalet Ivy on Hirafu-Zaka! We look forward to welcoming you soon!!

    • Thanks for sharing a photo of Chalet Ivy today!
      We’d love to show you around inside when we are ready! See you soon!!!

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