Club favourites: Coffee Time in Niseko

Max Giutronich, English Speaking Ski/Snowboard Instructor and Guide, Niseko, Hokkaido Ski Club, Japan

After spending 9 winter seasons in Niseko and now a local resident living in Niseko year-round, Hokkaido Ski Club’s ski/snowboard instructor and guide, Max Giutronich, lets us in on the best local spots to grab one of the most important necessities to keep any skier or snowboarder fuelled for the day – coffee.

After spending 9 winter seasons in Niseko and now a local resident living in Niseko year-round, Hokkaido Ski Club’s ski/snowboard instructor and guide, Max Giutronich, lets us in on the best local spots to grab one of the most important necessities to keep any skier or snowboarder fuelled for the day – coffee.

If you are like me and need a dose of caffeine before swinging into gear in the morning, then this blog is for you. I’m going to let you in on some local faves of the coffee world around town. Maybe you’re having a rest day, need a quick fix in the morning or a mid-morning coffee break between lapping the chair.

VILLAGE

A cup of coffee from Rhythm and Beans, Niseko, Japan.
Bring your own coffee cup to Rhythm&Beans in Hirafu Village and receive 50JPY off

Located right in the centre of all the mountain action in Grand Hirafu is RHYTHM AND BEANS. Perfect for a mid-morning break coffee. This Club favourite is situated in 2 places – at their grand new Rhythm Base shop near the Hirafu Gondola station, and in the centre of Hirafu village at Rhythm Main St. Enjoy a coffee here while you get your ski and snowboard equipment rental sorted or shop for a new on-snow outfit.

For a quick coffee stop, head to the quaint timber hut MOUNTAIN KIOSK COFFEE at the Welcome Centre or their partner coffee corner BASE on the second floor of the .Base Building. These are two great stops for refueling before hitting the slopes again. 

GREEN FARM DELI is a locally run cafe using Hokkaido ingredients and freshly roasted beans. A great breakfast option for those craving eggs and bacon a short walk from the main traffic lights inside the Hyatt House building.

For a more relaxing coffee experience with beautiful Mt. Yotei views, visit AN DINING in the Ki Niseko Hotel, also located near the Gondola station. Run by Hokkaido local chef Shin-san, An Dining is an upmarket bar & restaurant serving great coffee through-out the day as well as pastries, bento boxes and local produce.

A cup of coffee from Rhythm and Beans, Niseko, Japan.
Bring your own coffee cup to Rhythm&Beans in Hirafu Village and receive 50JPY off
Hokkaido Ski Club coffee cup

OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE

Sapporo coffee institution Barista Art opens a shop in Niseko
Always remember before going on the snow

For those with a little more time to spare in the day, a trip into Kutchan will lead you to some great little coffee shops. Located on the main road, 1-minute walk from the train station is SPROUT. Selling excellent espresso coffee using freshly roasted beans this quaint shop is a great place to chill out. They also sell a variety of interesting items that would make for a perfect ‘omiyage’ (souvenir) for that someone special at home.

On the other side of town is POW BAR. Newly opened in Niseko town this year, this cafe serves a good brew as well as delicious locally made, vegan-friendly energy bars. 

Last but not least, Sapporo’s coffee institution BARISTA ART is opening up in new luxury villa development Andaru Villas. Located in Kabayama, midway between Niseko Village and Grand Hirafu, this coffee bar overlooks the beautiful grounds. This is a great stop where you can sit back and take your time to enjoy the famous coffee.

Sapporo coffee institution Barista Art opens a shop in Niseko

And Most Importantly!

Remember, when ordering your coffee, be nice to your barista and do not be that person who orders a weak almond cappuccino with no chocolate half full extra hot 2 equals with no lid…

Max Giutronich, English Speaking Ski/Snowboard Instructor and Guide, Niseko, Hokkaido Ski Club, Japan

Max Giutronich is a ski and snowboard instructor, and guide with Hokkaido Ski Club. When not on snow, he is showcasing his bartending and barista talents around Niseko. 

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