A new addition to the resort village’s increasingly metropolitan landscape, stylish Odin Place is a design lover’s dream.
A new landmark had been in the making and finally opened its doors in December 2016. Odin Place is on the corner of bustling Zaka Street, which marks the center of the village, amid alpine chalets and condos. Rising three levels, the contemporary architecture of the mall fits into both the landscape and the surrounding village. Windows in timber walls are highlighted by dark steel frames, offer views of the village as well as Mount Yotei.
Odin Place houses retailers such as Burtan Snowboards, Zaka and Moncler, and several new restaurants and cafés. Complete with ample public space and an indoor-outdoor fireplace at the entrance as an iconic meeting point. This shop-live-dine hub is where culture, leisure and lifestyle smoothly blend together.
The dining outlets are created in collaboration with Eight, whose team is known in Niseko for high-profile projects that include The Barn. They have a knack for connecting modern and practical design that stands out, while still working in harmony with Hirafu’s scenic village vibe. The Alpinist brings a modern take on traditional dining reflected in the old-meets-new interiors, whereas Koko’s restrained palette and ink wash-inspired décor showcases a distinct Japanese influence.
Dining at Odin Place
KOKO | Bakary café on 2F
Koko, whose name is derived from the last character in the Japanese for “Niseko”, is a take-away café that always has an enticing smell of baked goods (a delectable mix of croissants, pastry and cake) and roast coffee wafting through the place.
Mūsu | Bistro and bar on 2F
Next door to Koko, Musu is an unpretentious all-day bistro heated up with the warmth of a roaring fireplace. By day, it is a cozy eatery servicing up healthy plates, from hearty breakfast foods to organic veggie salads. By night, as the crowds on Hirafuzaka begin to show, this friendly hangout becomes an après-ski go-to, where you can people-watch to your heart’s content with a cocktail in your hand.
Sushi Wakatake | Sushi bar on 3F
Recently awarded the Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide (for serving top-notch meals at reasonable prices), Sushi Wakatake moved from Sapporo to Odin Place, offering spectacular views of Mt Yotei and fresh seafood served in sashimi and nigiri sushi style, each round made in front of you at the bar and served directly the traitional way. Best paired with sakes chosen by head chef Hiroyuki Namekawa.
Niseko Taproom | Craft beer + Rotisserie pub on 3F
Niseko Taproom is the only bar in Hirafu to serve local beer on tap. The 22-seater pub offers comfort food that delights meat eaters, including their signature rotisserie chicken. But the real gold lies in that carefully-curated drinks list, prominently featuring the 8-tap bar that is sure to impress beer geeks.
The Alpinest | Alpine cuisine restaurant on 3F
After a long day on the slopes, you will want to settle down here to properly fill up whilst you warm up beside the fire. A modern take on traditional Alpine food, the menu features classics such as authentic fondue, raclette, crepes, soups and salads. The stone and weathered wood interiors is helpful in conveying the romance of a rustic log cabin, while an imposing central communal table make for a good place to enjoy good vibes with family and friends til late.
Morinoma café | All-day café on 3F
With a selection of homemade desserts and comforting light eats, Morinoma café is a sunlit, timber-clad cozy café good for coffee breaks overlooking the snowscape. Morinoma is the kind of spot to enjoy some “me” time, surrounded by the serenity to certainly calm you.