Aruku-zaka Street

Hirafu's new downtown


TypeBuilding development
Land development
Large-scale retail development
ServiceProject Management
AreaHirafu, Kutchan town, Niseko
DesignerS.I. Partners Architects Limited
(Concept architect)
(Compliance architect)
BTR Workshop
(Interior design)
BuiltOn hold
Budget> 200 mUSD
  • 29,148 m²
  • 47,353 m²
  • 12 buildings
  • 162 apartments
    126 hotel residences
    60+ retail shops
  • 200+ parking spaces
  • B2F - 6F
  • 3 construction phases


Arukuza-zaka Street is the largest building development in Niseko’s Hirafu area and boasts a dozen buildings centered around a commercial pedestrian street and several public plazas. Developed by a Hong-Kong developer, it is expected to become Hirafu’s lively downtown open year-round.

The project comprises a 200+ place underground car park, an international brand hotel, anchor tenants and a commercial street that will create the cozy outdoor environment that Hirafu village crucially needs.

Aruku-zaka Street is the only project in Hirafu area that requires a large-scale retail development approval.

Franck Giral was the on-ground project manager until his departure from H2 Group (formally Hokkaido Tracks) in July 2020.

Main Features

  • 2 min walk to the ski hills
  • Quiet location along natural creek within Hirafu village
  • Mt Yotei view
  • Ski hills view
  • Development approval
  • Large-scale retail approval
  • Building approval

Other Features

  • Brand hotel
  • Anchor tenant
  • Multiple shopping plazas
  • Diverse cafés, bars & restaurants
  • Lifestyle retails
  • People shopping in street
    Central pedestrian street
  • Covered car park
  • Landscaping design
  • Protected forest
  • Balconies & terraces
  • Bus stop
  • Road heating
  • Private road access
  • Multiple accesses
  • Year-round activities
  • International interior design
  • International lighting design
  • Balconies
  • Owners' lockers
  • Air Conditioning
  • Laundry
  • International brand appliances


  • “This mixed-use, multi-phased development project, being one of the largest in Niseko was challenging in many ways. Franck’s involvement working alongside our own team, included managing the design, working with the team to obtain the necessary approvals, review and assist with costing studies as well as representing us in meetings with local authorities.”

    Christopher Liu
    Head of Development, Metropoly Holdings Limited
  • “Franck’s local knowledge of both building and land development regulations proved critical in negotiating with local authorities in resolving several issues and hurdles which otherwise would have been detrimental to our project. I would recommend Franck to manage large mixed-used projects in Niseko.”

    Christopher Liu
    Head of Development, Metropoly Holdings Limited