Tea in Japan is a symbol of peace, harmony and happiness – fitting imagery amidst this zen-like, powder snow-covered landscape. Enjoy a modern twist on the ancient traditions of Japanese tea in Niseko.
Green Saso is reviving the artform and product, introducing the elements of traditional tea culture, slightly repackaged for a modern audience. The café is run by certified green tea sommelier, Canadian Stephanie Watanabe and her photographer husband Jun. On the outskirts of Hirafu, the café is a small, peaceful space with large windows that frame views out over a winter forest landscape.
You also have the opportunity to make your own tea using the traditional ingredients, bowls and whisks. Or you can just sit back and admire the elegance of Stephanie’s preparations.
If you want to get your zen on between powder runs, head on down to Green Saso. Not sure if you like green tea? Don’t worry – there are plenty of options including sweet, milky, frothy lattes, parfaits and sundaes.
Open Wed-Sat. Noon–5.30pm