SSH PROGRAM

Art and architecture tours, organic farm visits, bespoke ski experiences, insider introductions, fireside talks – welcome to Shishi-Iwa House Program. Our monthly schedule of customized events, tours and activities is carefully curated and brought to life through a wide network of local friends and deep insider knowledge. Every visit can be tailor-made with bespoke activities – all designed to ensure that guests have a unique and unforgettable stay.

CULTURE

Tap into the creative world of SSH

Design-loving guests can enjoy insider tours of SSH, highlighting its groundbreaking architecture, artworks and design details. Beyond the hotel, staff can also craft bespoke creative itineraries, exploring Karuizawa’s world-class contemporary galleries and local craft ateliers.

FOOD AND DRINK

Explore Karuizawa’s finest flavors

SSH staff can arrange private access to a raft of culinary gems – from local bee farms to generations-old sake breweries. Back at the retreat, guests can also enjoy world-class cocktail, wine and whisky tastings, plus a Japanese roasted tea experience, with our in-house tea master.

SPORT AND WELLNESS

Inhale, exhale - and recharge in nature

Nature plays a key role at SSH – and guests can tap into this through a spectrum of sports and wellness activities. Bespoke highlights include skiing, snowboarding, golf, tennis, horse-riding, waterfall walks, hot spring onsen soaks and private morning yoga overlooking our gardens.

FIRESIDE CHATS

Intimate talks in your home from home

We also host an in-house talk series, with guests invited to join our fireside chats with a string of SSH friends – from Pritzker Prize-winning architects, whisky distillers and winemakers to local farmers – for an experience which is both intimate and informative.

EVENTS

From architect talks by the fire to pop-up dinner events, explore what’s on the schedule at Shishi-Iwa House.

WINTER FOREST BATHING
WALKING TRAILS




Available from January to March. SHISHI-IWA HOUSE offers a customized tour of winter forest bathing experiences to our staying guests as part of our seasonal monthly program. Please inquire at the front desk.

JANUARY TO MARCH

ASCENDING
MT. ASAMA & KAMIKOCHI

Shishi-Iwa House (SSH), a collection of architecture masterpiece retreat houses celebrated for its commitment to refined craftsmanship and immersive cultural experiences, proudly presents "Ascending Mt. Asama & Kamikochi, ” an exclusive 4-night / 5-day program offering a profound journey into the heart and soul of Japan's spiritual landscape during the autumnal koyo season from 27-31 October.

For more details, please contact inquiry@shishiiwahouse.com.

27 to 31 OCT, 2024

KARUIZAWA
EPICUREAN ESCAPE

Shishi-Iwa House (SSH), a collection of architectural masterpiece retreat houses celebrated for its commitment to refined craftsmanship and immersive cultural experiences, proudly presents the “Karuizawa Epicurean Escape” , an exclusive 4-night/5-day programs from October 6 – 10, offering a culinary expedition celebrating the gastronomic specialties and traditions of Nagano. Against the breathtaking canvas of Japanese maple and ginkgo trees, embark on an exquisite dining journey into region’s rich food and farm culture at renowned restaurants presenting the authentic tastes of Nagano with high-quality local produce.

For more details, please contact inquiry@shishiiwahouse.com.

6 to 10 OCT, 2024

THE ANCIENT
ART OF KINTSUGI

The retreat offers an intensive two-day experience in hon-kintsugi, a traditional Japanese ceramic restoration technique using natural materials. Participants will learn all key steps of the repair process, usually taking 2-3 months, compressed into 48 hours. This rare opportunity provides a formal overview of the technique and its cultural context, empowering participants to continue the practice at home. Activities include dining experiences that express a high level of culinary craftsmanship revolving around the local food and farm culture of Nagano

Book your authentic kintsugi experience today by sending an email to inquiry@shishiiwahouse.com.

19 to 22 APRIL, 2024

PREMIUM SAKE TASTING
GASTRONOMY DINNER

Join us for an exclusive evening with Mr. Yasutaka Daimon, the 6th-generation owner and Master Brewer (Toji) of Daimon Sake Brewery. Daimon Brewery is a pioneer Sake Brewery from the Osaka region. While sampling specially selected pre-dinner sake, gain personal insight into the essence of Daimon, what makes brewing sake so special, and what rice varieties, skills techniques, unique location and pristine stream water converge to shape a 190-year legacy.

23 FEBRUARY, 2024 @5pm

ARTISANAL TASTING DINNER
WITH MICRO FARMERS

It is our privilege to present two distinguished guest speakers, Mr. Ito from Davos Cattle Ranch and his close friend Mr. Osawa from Osawa Poultry Farm, both from Nagano to this special speaker series to discuss what constitutes safe, sustainable and delicious meat. The talk will be followed with a delicious gastronomic farm tasting dinner prepared by Chef Masashi Okamoto.

17 JUNE, 2023 @5pm

Fireside Chat: Coffee

Enrich your daily life through coffee in an intimate talk session with Yudai Kosuge of Beard Coffee Roaster – with topics including drip coffee expertise, planet-friendly coffee and home roasting methods

22 APR, 2023 @4pm

Sake Tasting: IWA 5

IWA 5 Sake is a modern innovator. Enjoy a special talk by brewery CEO Charlie Picard, followed by an exquisite sake tasting dinner by SSH Executive Chef Masashi Okamoto.

18 MAR, 2023 @5pm

Fireside Chat: Architecture

Ryue Nishizawa, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, shares his personal insights into the creation of SSH No.03 and his influential collection of architectural projects in an intimate talk.

24 DEC, 2022 @5pm

PRIVATE
RETREAT

There are few more peaceful settings for a private gathering, be it a corporate wellness break or a multi-generational family gathering. The hotel can be rented out in its entirety, or in the case of SSH No.01, by Villa, depending on the group size.

WEDDINGS

SSH is perfect for weddings, with its versatile interior spaces, bespoke menus and scenic natural backdrop.

CORPORATE

SSH can also help companies craft the ultimate corporate retreat, fusing design, nature and wellness, with the highest quality food and wine in a stunning setting.

Please contact us to receive the latest monthly schedule of SSH Program activities.