We’re building a new street on a slope. People here like slopes. They like to climb up, ski down; bike up, glide down.
It’s a walking only street starting at Route 343 and running down to Lower Hirafu. Lined with retail shops and hotel residences, it also has apartments above and lots of car park spaces below.
Welcome to Aruku-zaka Street.
A scenic 2-3 hours drive from Sapporo’s Chitose International Airport, Hirafu can be found at the base of Mount Niseko-Annupuri. In Hirafu, we’re on Route 343, 100m from the Ace Family Quad Lift. You can drive here, take the bus, cycle or walk. Enter from above, from below or from the side. There’s lots of ways to get in and lots of stuff to do when you’re here. We’ll let you know when we’re ready to open.Map here
Linking upper Hirafu to lower Hirafu, the lower village to the natural forest, Aruku-zaka Street connects. Connects family, connects friends. Connects the seasons.
We’ll have lots of things to do and great spaces to do them in. To meet, to eat, to gather or to just be. Scroll down the page and we’ll show you what & how these spaces connect.
Open all year round, Aruku-zaka Street is about life. Everyday life and holiday life. Celebrate it. Celebrate with friends, with family or celebrate on your own. You’ll find something you like or someone you know. Listen to music, browse the shops, look at the view. It’s all about life.
Aruku-zaka Street has been designed to be sensitive to the scale and architectural styling of Hirafu Village. Whilst wanting to create a landmark development, building masses and facades have been designed to work harmoniously with the current village environment. This community focused project is sensitive to what has gone before and hopes to create a positive context for the future.
Mid-high positioning with a mix of our favourite
shops that we hope will become your favourites
too. Lots of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, dessert
places. Shops selling shirts, shoes, hats and locally
made stuff. Services like banks and pharmacies
Whether visiting for a short time or staying for the long haul, get your hat, put on your shoes and come walk along the Street.
Shopping and hanging out in the summer months means healthy salads, iced coffee and fabulous barbecue. Walk around with an ice cream as you soak up the sun and enjoy the great outdoor weather that Niseko has to offer. Music groups, street performers and people watching should abound as Aruku-zaka Street simmers with Summer activities.
Soup noodles, vegetable stews, hotpot, hot chocolate. Enjoy the chilly air and the winter adventure lifestyle as the true lifeblood of Hirafu takes over. The Winter season drives the heartbeat of Hirafu and Aruku-zaka Street will add a new dimension to this exciting season.
Village Plaza – the gathering space closest to Route 343. Weekend food
markets, bazaars, craft fairs. Community focused, village driven.
Centro Plaza – the central space. Where we will have our Christmas tree, celebrate the new year, launch fun stuff. There’s a big lawn. Stare at the stars or stare into space.
The Oval – ice skate in winter, roller blade in summer. Run, play, jump, have fun.
Box End – smaller spaces. Work spaces above retail. It’s all here. Freedom of expression, freedom of style. Work while you play or play while you work. You decide.
0-6, A-C – Retail
0-9 – Apartments
A-C – Hotel Residences
Location, location, location! Right in the middle of Hirafu. Close to shops, close to the slopes and close to everything that’s going on. Come and go as you please. We’ll keep an eye on the place for you with our 24-hour security systems and professional management team making sure that everything is running smoothly. Designed and crafted by the wonderfully creative team at BTR, you and your family will love living in one of these beautiful apartments.
Right in the heart of the village that is the focus of a premier tourist destination. The Hotel Residences at Aruku-zaka Street will put you right in the middle of the action. With close proximity to the ski slopes in Winter, hiking and biking trails in Summer and access to shops, restaurants and services, you will have everything to make the most of your stay.
The proposed project located in Central Hirafu, in the Abuta district of Kutchan town, will be an important part of Metropoly's development strategy in Niseko. The mixed-use development seeks to create an environment that complements Hirafu's unique character and atmosphere. The collection of appropriately scaled buildings organized around a vibrant pedestrian street will have residential units, a collection of lifestyle and retail brands as well as a large variety of food and beverage outlets. Public spaces, laneways, terraces all branching off the main pedestrian street will be designed to cater for events and gatherings in winter and summer.
Vehicular transfer from New Chitose Airport in Sapporo is a short two hour journey with breath-taking views of Mount Yotei and Lake Shikotsu along the way. Once completed, owners, visitors and guests will have direct vehicular access off Route 343 and will be able to utilize the substantial amount of parking spaces underground.
The site area is approximately 29,148 sqm and the total allowable developmental gross floor area is 58,678 sqm. The development is anticipated to be delivered in phases. After obtaining the necessary approvals and permits from relevant authorities in Japan, Disaster Prevention Works were completed in 2019 with full construction to follow in 2020. The expected construction completion date of Phase 1 is 2023 with full project completion expected by 2024.
Mixed use (168 apartments, 126 hotel residences, 60+ retail shops, 200+ car park spaces)
53,000 +/- sqm GFA
2 +/- hours to Chitose Airport and Sapporo
• Initialise development concept
• Investment structuring
• Finalise development masterplan
• Appoint architects & seek development approval
• Incorporate investment entity in Japan
• Finalise development plan & project design
• Obtain development approval & construction permit
• Appoint construction contractor
• Project construction period
• Completion of project construction