One thing I think Hirafu is randomly good at is burgers. Naturally the town offers a wealth of exceptional Japanese delicacies to sample, but if you have been battling with chopsticks all week and need a break, I suggest you head to Green Farm Café on the corner of Hirafu’s main intersection.
Green Farm has a small menu, typical of many Japanese cafés, but it contains belly-warming dishes such as yellow curry, tomato cream fettuccine with prawns, and of course the big beef burger. Served with a side of famous Hokkaido potatoes, this juicy burger is a satisfying handful and a gratifying mouthful.
With an emphasis on organic local produce, Green Farm offers veggies and pickles for sale, literally fresh from the farm. Lovely staff member Yuka (seen in feature image) also creates her own jewellery, which is on display in one corner of the cute café, adding further to its charm and individuality.
A recent extension has increased the window seating, which looks out onto Hirafu’s main thoroughfare and right through to the ski hill on a clear day. I can definitely see myself here in the near future, downing one of Green Farm’s soft serve ice creams or sipping on a cheeky beer as I check out the new stream of seasonals to grace our snowy streets.