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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.