Best of Niseko 2011 – 2012 Winners Announced

The much-anticipated annual Powderlife Best of Niseko Awards, have just been announced. The awards produced some surprises and several repeat winners. The prestigious "Best Fine Dining" award went down to the wire with Kamimura regaining his crown narrowly from The Barn. This tops off a top off a great year for Kamimura after he was recently awarded his first Michelin Hat.

Repeat winners included J Sekka (Best Coffee), Elvis Kebab (Best meal under ¥1,000), Rhythm (Best Retail Shop) and Sam Kerr (Best Backcountry Guide). New businesses including the Big Foot Lodge, Saika Yakitori, Temperance Bar and Ebisutei all had strong support.

The Complete List : 

Best meal under ¥1000?: Elvis Kebab
Best street-food van?: Taj Mahal
Best fine-dining restaurant?: Kamimura
Best izakaya?:  A-Bu-Cha
Best bar?:  Gyu +
Best bar tender?:  Tom Soden at Big Foot
Best cocktail in town?:  Jet Li from Barunba
Best coffee?: J Sekka
Best place to take a first-timer in Niseko?:  The Peak
Best onsen?:  Goshiki
Best ski run?: Strawberry Fields
Best retail shop?:  Rhythm
Best back country guide?: Sam Kerr from Niseko Xtreme

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