Charges introduced at summer shared-office in Hirafu district of the Niseko region in a bid to gauge demand for business

The shared office established amid an environment in which the Niseko Annupuri slopes can be viewed through large windows

The Kutchan Tourism Association in the Shiribeshi region of central Hokkaido has this year launched a summer-only shared office project in the Hirafu district of the town of Kutchan, in an effort to promote ‘workations,’ in which people stay in the area for both work and sightseeing. Until last year, the office was open to the public free of charge, but this year, for the first time, a fee will be charged in a bid to explore the possibility of turning it into a business.
Since the summer of 2020, the tourism association has opened the second floor of the Mountain Center at the Niseko Tokyu Grand Hirafu ski resort for use as a shared office. This year, the space will be available from July 4 to September 30. In addition to desks and chairs, the office is equipped with a power supply, copier and Wi-Fi so that about 30 people can work there simultaneously. There are also acrylic partitions as part of COVID countermeasures.

Until last year, when the facility was open to the public free of charge, a quarter of the users were from outside Hokkaido, while almost half were local users. In addition to the number of repeat visitors, this year, the center will charge a fee in order to gauge demand and act as a reference to companies aspiring to operate shared office businesses in the area. The venue will sell one-day tickets for 500 yen, five-day tickets for 2,000 yen, and season tickets for 5,000 yen. The office can be used from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
According to the tourism association, “Some people say that the ‘quality of work improves’ amid an environment in which the great outdoors can be experienced. We hope to make Niseko workations a brand.” Inquiries regarding accommodation for long-term stays are also being dealt with.

For more information, visit the Kutchan Tourism Association website


Niseko Tokyu Grand Hirafu ski resort