Seshu - Extraordinary scenery

All year-round

Our Concierge team is always on hand to provide you information about all the places of interest in Hirafu and the wider Niseko area. They can also assist in equipment rental, transport arrangement and other requests that you may have. Do ask them about the closest ‘onsen’ you should visit, it is the best way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Whether you visit Niseko for its powder snow or to appreciate the blooming valley in summer, here are some of our favourite things to do in the region:

  • Hokkaido’s produce is renowned throughout the world and thus it is no wonder that Niseko has a thriving food scene. Meat lovers will appreciate the rare Kobe beef at Steak Rosso Rosso, and if you prefer seafood, we suggest trying out some of Hokkaido’s freshest catch at Ezo’s. Hirafu has not one but two Michelin-star restaurants – Kamimura and Ichimura, both serving exceptional fine Japanese dining.
  • Japan’s volcanic hot springs or ‘onsen’ not only soothe your aching muscles after a long day, but they are also known for their health and wellness benefits. Ask the Concierge team for the best onsen in the region and also some of the dos and don’ts in terms of attire and behaviour.
  • There are several art galleries in Niseko which are definitely worth a visit. Kiyoe gallery in Hirafu village showcases some of Hokkaido best artists, while Somoza gallery in nearby Hanazono also offers a beautiful place in which to relax. Our favourite remains Galerie Ram in Niseko Village, with its exciting collection of steel sculpture and woodwork. Inside the gallery, you’ll also find ‘La Cave’, a cellar with a great selection of imported wines. Now you understand why we love it, don’t you?
  • A little further afield, we can recommend a daytrip to the attractive seaside city of Otaru  any time of the year. Less than two hours away by car from Hirafu, it is best-known for its hairy crab and seafood delicatessen, fish markets and historic buildings.
  • For a more urban experience, you can also visit Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital and central transportation hub. As a relatively recent city, it somewhat lacks the alluring architecture you might find in other Japanese cities. Yet, Sapporo is a vibrant and pleasant metropolitan with lovely tree-lined boulevards, excellent shopping and varied cultural activities, including the world-famous annual snow sculpture competition in February.
  • Experience some of the typically Japanese matsuri festivals any time of the year. The ‘Potato Festival’ in nearby Kutchan town and the Niseko Fireworks Festival are two of our favourites.

Guest Reviews

  • June 22nd, 2020 - June 24th, 2020

    A beautiful house. We were very comfortable. Thank you for preparing the BBQ for us.

    Ayuta O, Japan
  • January 29th, 2020 - February 9th, 2020

    "Thank you" - is manifestly inadequate. There are not enough words or superlatives to say how grateful we are to have had the opportunity to stay in your beautiful home in this beautiful village. The skiing was great fun (even the steep tree runs!), the house simply stunning in every way, and the company absolutely fabulous. Will be tough to top this amazing holiday. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! PS: Thank also to the wonderful Elite Havens crew for making our stay so easy and enjoyable.

    Glen & Janet, Australia
  • January 22nd, 2020 - January 27th, 2020

    You have such a lovely and thoughtful home! Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Our family spent our Chinese New Year reunion here and this beautiful space was filled with our laughter, conversations and joys! Thank you. Wishing you a blessed Lunar New Year of the Rat!

    The Gohs, Singapore
  • January 9th, 2020 - January 18th, 2020

    We had a lovely stay in Seshu. Such a lovely house, great location and the amazing team from Ellite Havens made our stay super enjoyable. Stunning architecture and amazing ambience made for a ‘lush’ week at Seshu. The proximity to funky bars & neighbourhood ramen houses is sensational. We’ve all had an unforgettable week.

    Steve M, Australia
  • December 21st, 2019 - December 28th, 2019

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us! It was a delight to spend Christmas here and your lovely kitchen made it a breeze to prepare a wonderful Christmas dinner for all 9 and a half of us. We truly enjoyed ourselves. We Love Seshu.

    The Brimo Family, Philippines
  • December 12th, 2019 - December 14th, 2019

    Wow wow wow!! We had an amazing stay at Seshu. It is a huge house with more than enough space for the 7 of us, it is just awesome! The team has been keeping the house sparkling clean during our stay! Andrew and the Elite Havens team has prepared milk, juices, bread, eggs and bacon to make sure our first morning breakfast is taken care off before we get familiar with Niseko and get our own groceries, what a thoughtful team!!! In summary, we have an awesome and amazing stay at Seshu and we looking forward to come back here soon!!!

    Steph S, Malaysia
  • December 4th, 2019 - December 10th, 2019

    A big thank you for your hospitality . We enjoyed our 6 night stay here and everything was well equipped. It was very thoughtful on every single detail. My mother enjoyed the fireplace so much and so did the kids. Lovely house, thank you for hosting us, we Love Niseko!

    Chan M, Malaysia
  • November 28th, 2019 - December 1st, 2019

    I just wanted to drop a quick note to thank you and the team for a fantastic stay at Seshu. My family and I had a wonderful time and the place was amazing. If we have a chance in the future we would love to return.

    Lingwei K, Singapore
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