Niseko, Japan


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​SEKKA lab is the latest project by Shouya Grigg, the founder and creator of SEKKASTYLE and ZABORIN.

SEKKA lab consists of Auguri Italian restaurant and lounge plus the SOMOZA cafe and gallery that has been designed and created using a combination of antiques and found objects that give a rustic yet modern earthy feel.

SEKKA lab opened on the 31st Dec 2016. Shouya Grigg founder and Creative Director of Sekka Style, one of Niseko's most iconic hospitality and design houses, has employed the services of Chef Kobayashi an accomplished master of Italian-inspired cuisine to create and bring to Niseko a fresh new concept of dining, art and chilling out.

Shouya Grigg had adopted a very hands-on approach to the construction of SEKKA lab, employing local construction teams with a knowledge of his signature Sekka Style design to complete the fit out, totally transforming the disused warehouse into a unique dining and cultural location in Niseko, Kutchan's CBD. Throughout the space, he has blended reconstituted traditional Japanese materials with the fresh, clean lines of timber, steel and glass, the result is nothing short of mesmerising.

Diners can enjoy viewing the artistry of Chef Kobayashi and his staff of experts working in their open kitchen from the wrap around bar counter seating in front of the kitchen area. Another appealing feature of SEKKA lab is the intriguing gallery space, stocked with Japanese pottery and other unique hand selected artefacts located street side to the front of the building.

Upon entering the building through a specially constructed steel and stained glass door made from reconstituted materials, the eye is drown to the impressive custom built two stories high steel and glass wine cellar stocked with wines from around the world and the impressive scroll made up of photos personally taken by Shouya Grigg. A rustic staircase leads to the second-floor dining and function area with large expanses of glass and an open mezzanine type feel; there are ample seating and space for groups in this area as well.

The sraff and management look forward to hosting you at SEKKA lab. For more information oa links to high-resolution articles and supporting documentation, contact Marketing and Communication from the links below.

Dinner Course: 5,000 yen or 8,000 yen
A la carte menu option start from 800 yen

Trading Hours: Open all year
Weekdays: Cafe 11:00-18:00  Dinner 18:00-23:00
Sat/Sun: Cafe 11:00-18:00,  Lunch 12:00-14:00,   Dinner 18:00-23:00

*Opening times and days may vary depending on the season.

Adress: Japan, Hokkaido, Abuta gun, Kutchan cho, Minami 1 jyo, Nishi 2 chome15-2

Tel; +81-136-23-1139

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Geisha Experience in Otaru

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Geisha Experience in Otaru

Interacting with Geisha is a special experience, even among Japanese people, as practicing Geisha are becoming increasingly rare and the expense can be very high.You’ll get to enjoy free time to explore Otaru. Afterwards you will be transported to Kihinkan to participate in the traditional Geisha experience where you will be greeted by Geisha hosts with dancing and traditional games while enjoying a Japanese set-course meal and drinks.

Geisha Experience in Otaru Geisha Experience in Otaru

▶When: 25th Jan. 2017 / 9th Feb. 2017

   13:00           Pick up from Hirafu Welcome Center, Seicomart
   14:30-16:30 Free time in Otaru
   17:30-20:30 Geisha dinner experience
   22:00           Drop off at Hirafu

▶Price: ¥16,000(open for guests ages 20 and up)

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   TEL: 050-5309-6905
   Email: [email protected]

"Hatsumoude" (Traditional New Year's shrine visit) at Yamada Shrine, 1st January

“​Hatsumoude” is the first visit of the year to a Shinto shrine. While you’re in Japan, why not experience the New Year in a traditional Japanese way?

Yamada Shrine is located in the Hirafu area (please see the map below) and will welcome visitors who wish to pray for happiness in the coming year. 

Those who visit the shrine between midnight and 2am on 1st January 2017 will be offered free “sacred sake”! Yakitori, sweet sake (traditional New Year’s drink), and butajiru (pork miso soup) stalls will be on site, too!

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