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US $192

Middle Hirafu – Apartments
1, 2 Bedrooms

J-Sekka Suites are are stylish, luxury apartments in a renovated boutique hotel.

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J-Sekka Suites are are stylish, luxury apartments in a renovated boutique hotel.

J-Sekka Suites is a boutique hotel style building that ticks plenty of boxes for the all-round Hirafu holiday experience. Apart from being a vogue, modern building with amenities galore onsite and in the surrounding precinct, it’s directly across the road from the base family lift where beginners can ski, and where intermediate and advanced skiers can get further up the mountain. Everything here is oh so convenient!

Sleeps: 2- 4 guests (5 max)
Size: 18 – 60m²
Built: 1980s

J-Sekka Suites

Family/Kid Friendly
Reception/Concierge On-Site
Ski Locker / Drying Room
Onsite Restaurants
Onsite Cafe
Onsite Bars
Walk to Restaurants

Walk to Cafes
Walk to Bars
Walk to Onsens
Walk to Groceries
Deep bathtubs
Guest Lounge room

On-Site Laundry
On Village Shuttle Route
On Inter-resort Bus Route
Private Ski Lift Shuttle
Free Parking
Welcome Centre Transfers

Niseko J-Sekka

J-Sekka was previously an old hotel called J-Second, the younger brother of the now demolished J-First Hotel which was just up the road. Both were built in Hirafu’s previous heyday in the 1980s. Shouya Grigg, a long-time Hokkaido-based expat designer, photographer and developer, completely stripped the the J-Second hotel, took out some walls, and transformed it into a smaller number of larger suites, rather than hotel rooms. There was also space for many onsite rooms to be converted for other purposes, including two large restaurant spaces, a lounge bar, a retail wine cellar, massage rooms and now even a small gym. All created in Shouya’s signature “Sekka” brand of stylish design.

The 1 and 2-bedroom apartments have full kitchens with cooktops, ovens, and dishwasher, as well as Nespresso coffee makers. The studio apartments have cooktops, a microwave, and a smaller fridge. All apartments come with laundries with washing machines and dryers

J-Sekka Suites can sleep up to 28 people in nine rooms, in studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedrooms suites. The 1-bedroom apartments in particular are very spacious and all rooms are large and well equipped with all mod cons you could ask for. Most of the rooms have split beds that can be made up as two singles or a king size double. However there are two rooms that only have queen size doubles that can’t be separated. Be sure to check which you are booking to avoid an awkward realisation when you rock up with your buddy!

Please note the bedrooms in the 2-bed apartments (E&F) are a little tight and the king bed configuration rather than the twin single will give most room.

Also the bedroom of one of the 1-bedroom apartments (D1) doesn’t have enough space for twin beds, therefore a fixed king-size bed is the only option.

J-Sekka Suites

  • Housekeeping Every 2 Days
  • Mid-Clean/Linen Change Every 5 Nights
  • Centralised Heating
  • Mt Yotei Views (some apartments)
  • Village Views
  • Phone (free local calls)
  • Mp3 Connection
  • In-Room Safe
  • Slippers
  • Ski Storage
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Plasma/LCD TV
  • DVD Player
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • DVD Library
  • Mp3 Connection
  • Dining Table
  • IH Cooktop
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine
  • Coffee Pods on arrival
  • Rice Cooker
  • Cutlery + Plates
  • Oven
  • Cooking Utensils (extensive)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishwashing Powder
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Western Bedding
  • Closets
  • Hangers
  • Alarm Clock
  • Shower
  • Deep Bathtub
  • Japanese Washlet Toilet
  • Towels
  • Body Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shared Bathroom

* Studio apartments do not have a dining table, dishwasher, Nespresso machine.

J-Sekka Suites


The studio apartment sleeps up to two guests in a king double bed, that can be split into two single beds at request. There is a kitchenette with microwave, stovetop and kettle, and a full-feature laundry in the apartment. The Studio Deluxe apartments are slightly less spacious than the Studio Premium and on lower floors.

2 Guests (2 max)
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
18m² approx

Bedroom 1 ES: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
(Extra guests not permitted)


The studio bedroom sleeps two guests in a king double bed, that can be split into two single beds. Another extra person can be added, sleeping on a Japanese futon, for extra payment. There is one Studio Premium apartment, on the third floor.

2 Guests (3 max)
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
20m² approx

Bedroom 1 ES: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
(Extra guest +¥4000/night on futon)


The one bedroom deluxe apartments feature ample living space connected to a single bedroom, with en-suite bathroom and bath. The bedroom sleeps two guests in either two single beds or one king double bed. There is a full-featured kitchen, a dining table with seating for six, and a generously-sized living suite with TV and views across the village. The 1 Bedroom deluxe apartments are situated on the second and third floors.

2 Guests (3 max)
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
20m² approx

Bedroom 1 ES: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
(Extra guest +¥4000/night on futon)


The premium apartments feature more room than the deluxe apartments, and with better views. There is one bedroom with either one king double or two single beds (warning that you may be tight for space if you choose the two single bed option). En-suite is a bathroom with shower and deep bathtub. Then in the living space, there is a generous sofa suite and coffee table with LCD TV, a full-featured kitchen and dining table, and a study desk.

2 Guests (3 max)
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
25m² approx

Bedroom 1 ES: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
(Extra guest +¥4000/night on futon)


The two bedroom deluxe apartment reaches across third and fourth levels. The lower level is dedicated to two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms – the master bedroom features a shower and deep bathtub, while the second bedroom has its own shower. Up on the higher level are a generously proportioned, open-plan living space with sofa lounge, dining table and full-feature kitchen in functional U-shape arrangement.

4 Guests (5 max)
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
45m² approx

Bedroom 1 ES: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 2 ES: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
(Extra guest +¥4000/night on futon)


The two bedroom premium apartment stretches across the third, fourth and fifth floors. There is a bedroom with en-suite bathroom and tub on the third and fourth floor, then a spacious open-plan living space on the fifth floor, across the top floor of the building. One side of this long room is taken up by an entertainment area – an expansive lounge suite, flat-screen TV and DVD player. The other side features dining and kitchen areas, with dining table and a full-featured kitchen in island arrangement.

4 Guests (5 max)
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
60m² approx

Bedroom 1 ES: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
Bedroom 2 ES: 1 King Double or 2 Singles
(Extra guest +¥4000/night on futon)

J-Sekka Suites


J-Sekka Suites could best be described as virtually ski-in/ski-out but without the price tag. It is also located right on the corner of the two main streets of Hirafu Village, so that shopping, restaurants, and everything you need is within easy reach.


You’re just 100m from the ski slope but don’t pay the premium price that absolute SI/SO attracts. If you want to get straight to the upper lifts, you can jump on the free village shuttle bus which stops across the road. It will whisk you 500m up the road and straight to the Ace Quad, or stay on until the next stop at the Hirafu Gondola.


The hotel is on the crossroads of Hirafu’s two main streets which mark the centre of the village. There are restaurants or cafes on three of the four corners of the intersection, the Seicomart convenience store is just nearby as well as Explore Niseko activity booking centre. The main rental shop Rhythm is just above the crossroads, and within five minutes walk is probably 20-plus restaurants and a dozen bars.

Need to Know

  • Extra futon/bedding: ¥6,600 pp/night
  • Baby Cot: ¥3,500 for 7 nights, ¥5,000 for 8+ nights
  • Highchair free to use (limited availability)
  • Children aged 7+ count as adults
  • Children aged 6 and under count as guests, no extra cost if bedding not required
  • Min stay: Low/Shoulder Season: 3 nights, Powder/Peak Season: 5 nights
  • Lift passes, airport transfers must be booked with this supplier
  • Check-in time: 3 pm
  • Check-out time: 10 am
  • We offer the best rates online
  • Rates include Government tax and services (other websites add this on at the end of the booking)
  • Rates quoted in JPY Japanese Yen
  • 50% deposit due at time of booking
  • 50% balance due 60 days before arrival
  • Pay by credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
  • See our full terms and conditions

Please note all information provided is representative and subject to change. If there are features or services that are imperative to your stay, please contact us before booking.

3 reviews for J-SEKKA SUITES

  1. Avatar for Georges888


    J-Sekka is the best run hotel in the Niseko area. It is close to all activities including skiiing. The management and its staff are more than happy to accommodate and anticipate their guests’ wishes. Nothing is out of reach. The staff speaks impeccable English. The rooms are fully equipped for families and couples alike. This is not only a boutique hotel, but one which is the admiration of chain branded hotels. A visit to Niseko would be amiss without a stay at this boutique hotel. The view from the rooms of the surrounding mountains is simply breathtaking and spectacular. It is a backdrop reminiscent of films. Quintessentially the best hotel in Niseko by far. Again, it’s not only the view, and accommodation but their staff that is eager to please that sets it apart from the rest. A stay here would not go amiss.

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 28 March 2018

    Stayed in March 2018

  2. Avatar for Amanda M

    Amanda M

    J Sekka is not ski in, ski out… but this is literally the best location you could ask for. Well appointed accommodations, right above a Pizza restaurant, next to a massage place, a few bars, and more. Just a short walk to the slopes and Rhythm for all of your other needs. Staff was also very helpful, no complaints and would definitely book again.

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 7 March 2018

    Stayed in February 2018

  3. Avatar for Sandytravels_10


    So much room for 2 people! Booked a 1 bedroom apartment, but would do a study next time. Beautifully appointed. Great location (not quite ski in ski out, but you pay for that!) Easy walk to the chair lift. Pizza restaurant downstair, and lovely cafe next door with plenty of other food options within easy walk.
    Huge kitchen, lounge and dining area in apartment. Separate toilet which is always a plus! Big bath and shower in wet room. Laundry area to wash clothes handy.
    Definitely would stay again!

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 7 November 2017

    Stayed in February 2017

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