Experience the extraordinary: A new generation of Japanese hospitality and culture

Aisatsu 挨拶

Welcome to our new SHIGUCHI newsletter (previously the SEKKASTYLE newsletter).

A lot has happened over the last few years, and we hope this mail finds you all in good health and spirits.
We have been kept busy here in Niseko with constructing our kominka (traditional Japanese farmhouses) villas and are pleased to announce that we opened them back in May of this year.
As the snow starts falling on the mountaintops surrounding us, we begin to feel the excitement build as we anticipate another approaching winter full of the dry powder snow that Niseko is so famous for.
The added excitement this year comes with the recent opening of the Japanese borders, which means we will finally get to see your smiling faces again.
If you still need to book your stay, please get in touch, as we are sure you would enjoy relaxing in one of our private hot spring baths inside each of our five villas.

– Shouya & Shiguchi team


An unrivalled experience of a unique world of architecture, art and nature.

A blend of traditional design and contemporary comfort, our five villas offer peaceful, spacious accommodations with a private onsen and a terrace. Each villa has panoramic views over the valley and forest with no other buildings in sight.

SOMOZA / そもざ

Savour a splendid array of seasonal Hokkaido produce prepared by Chef Ozeki Tatsuya, whose culinary creativity places SHIGUCHI at the forefront of Niseko cuisine. SOMOZA sommelier Katsuyuki Sasaki’s encyclopedic knowledge of wine pairs with the cuisine, giving new insights into Hokkaido wines, craft beers and whiskies.
Shiguchi in-house guests enjoy complimentary breakfast and priority bookings for our ‘Hokkaido thru the ages’ experiential dinner course.


People, places and found objects that inspire us from our travels within Japan and around the world.

Tsujimura Shiro

One of the leading ceramic artists of Japan, Tsujimura’s art and approach are founded on the beauty and purity of the earth and its relationship and transformation with nature and fire. Tsujimura’s creative and artistic personality is anything but conventional. Inspired, in 1965, by a classic Ido tea bowl from the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, ancient Japanese and Korean techniques and traditions, and from his experience in the Zen temple of Sanshoji, Tsujimura’s work is based on a strict relationship with the past and his uncompromising individuality.


For every issue, we will introduce a word, object or ‘something’ from Japan that we find interesting and hopefully, you will too.


Probably one of the most defining of the Japanese aesthetic sensibilities, wabi-sabi, as writer Leonard Koren wrote in his book Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, “is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete; a beauty of things modest and humble; a beauty of things unconventional…”
Anyone who has visited any of Shouya’s projects in the past would see many examples of wabi-sabi as it is, without doubt, the underlying design aesthetic but, more importantly, the underlying philosophy behind what he creates.
Introducing a little wabi-sabi into our daily lives can help us navigate the modern-day struggles of striving for perfection.


The beauty of Hokkaido as seen through the eyes of Shouya Grigg, Somoza and Shiguchi’s creative director and founder.

Shouya’s work is on permanent display in the Somoza and Shiguchi galleries and limited edition fine art washi prints are available for purchase.