Hanazono – Modern Cuisine
From ¥2000/person

Experience a different side of Niseko.

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This winter Somoza continues its Hokkaido experiential dining menu with its historically and culturally inspired theme. Somoza is a 150-year-old Japanese farmhouse perched on a cliff above a babbling stream deep in the mountainside beyond the Hanazono ski resort, relocated to the site by long-time local artist Shouya Grigg – creator of Zaborin and Sekka properties.

Upon arriving at the entrance of the property, the sound of a distant mountain stream blends with the aroma of firewood and the scent of dried ‘toba’ salmon from the on-site smokehouse. Flames flickering in a giant steel fire pit lead to a pathway cleared through the snow, with candles set into the metres-high snow walls.

After entering the building, guests are taken downstairs to Somoza’s main gallery space where welcome drinks are served and they can enjoy an exhibition featuring a range of artworks and artefacts collected from Hokkaido calling back to the various cultures that have lived on the island throughout history.

This experience then ties in with the dinner that takes place back upstairs. The
menu incorporates ingredients, techniques and methods used by the people of Hokkaido over the millenia, starting at the pre-historic Jomon period. Local produce that would have been consumed at the time is gathered from the surrounding environment and paired with examples of Jomon pottery of the era.

The Okhotsk people’s reliance on the oceans around Hokkaido is reflected using the island’s now-famous seafood presented using ancient techniques. The Satsumon people first developed agriculture in Hokkaido, so food prepared from local produce is done so with these first farmers in mind. The Ainu are famous hunters, and Hokkaido’s game is perfect winter fare to be enjoyed in the warmth of Somoza. Finally the Japanese brought science and modern farming techniques to Hokkaido. The world famous dairy products from the region are the perfect end to your journey through Hokkaido’s history.

Chashitsu Tea Room is also available for a tea ceremony experience by reservation, and unique gifts such as local handmade pottery and Shouya’s original fine art prints on washi paper can be purchased.

SOMOZA GALLERY DINING OPTIONS

Today’s Cake Set ……………………………… ¥1,500
Somoza’s Lunch Course …………………………. ¥5,000
Tea Ceremony & Bento ………………………. ¥5,000
Dinner & Gallery Experience ………………….¥20,000
Tea Ceremony & Dinner*……………………….¥20,000
*Booking required three days in advance

 

Lunch & Café 11am-4pm
Dinner 6–10pm (reservation only)
Closed Sundays

Location & Contact

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Phone – 0136-55-8741
Email – Not available by email
Address – 倶知安町字花園78–5

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