Niseko has much more to offer than the great skiing and for those interested in discovering the hidden cultural gems of the area and learning about Japanese Arts, Niseko Cultural School is offering a diversified program.
Owner Margo Bartley has just opened the school above her gallery, Momiji Art Gallery. “I want visitors to make the most of their holiday here. We can show them so many great authentic Japanese places in Niseko and Kutchan and all our classes are run by English speaking teachers from the area,” she says.
Gourmets can learn how to make authentic Japanese food like sushi and sukiyaki and for the outdoor enthusiast there are regular tours of Shinto Shrines and Buddhist temples. Small classes on the traditional tea ceremony, calligraphy and on how to wear a Kimono are also held every week. For accompanying partners who don’t take part in the classes, on the ground floor, Momiji Art Gallery has different exhibitions throughout the season. The art on display is created by Hokkaido artists and has drawn art critics from as far afield as Tokyo.
Momiji Art Gallery is a 2-minute walk from convenience store Seicomart in Hirafu. Reservations for all tours and classes are necessary. Phone 0136 55 8585.