Support needed for Hirafu Town Makeover

By 1st June 2010 August 27th, 2013 Uncategorized

ANYONE with an interest in Niseko’s future is urged to lend their support by signing a petition to ensure the Hirafu main street upgrade goes ahead as planned.

– Signatures can be made online at before the next public meeting on the project on Friday –

The Hokkaido Government had given the green light to funding a full redevelopment of Hirafu-Zaka Street in line with a master plan by Riccardo Tossani Architecture.

The plan consisted of under-grounding infrastructure, road and sidewalk heating, landscaping with trees and themed paving, custom-designed street furniture including light poles, directional signs, benches, kiosks, bus shelters and other characteristic elements.

The government has now signalled it wants to cut back on significant aspects of this original plan.

The petition urges the government to undertake the redevelopment to as high a standard as possible to ensure maximum benefit to the village and the region:

“In addition to expressing our full support by our signatures below, we also wish to highlight our desire and hope that the Town Makeover is undertaken in a high-class manner that not just beautifies the village but also sets it apart as a clear destination highlight in Hokkaido, a ‘must see’ village in summer and winter and a venue for festivals all year round.”

Hirafu-Zaka Project Community Meeting
Design Presentation and Issues Discussion
Friday June 4
Sun Sports Kutchan (Hirafu)
Japanese 10.00am, English 1.30pm

Sign petition online at

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