Recommendation by Lemi
The mountain views of Niseko are best paired with a soul-soothing cup of coffee at The Day: Mountain Kiosk Coffee Stand. When counter space is scarce, their small deck is a fun perch to revisit your ski runs while looking out on the winter wonderland. Hirafu Welcome Center is right next door and the coffee shack receives and sends off skiers with a recharged spring in their step. The caffeine will give you a kick for sure, but the enveloping flavors of their roast seeps deep into the palate. The little café is owned by Ihara Hiromasa, a pro-snowboarder, who grew up in nearby Kutchan, just a town over. His collaborator is a former city-slicker turned roaster, and also the man behind Takano Coffee. Their tandem gives Mountain Kiosk the charm and excellence to be Niseko’s best cup of coffee.