THOUSANDS of people pass over Boyoso every day, but only a lucky few end up inside. Boyoso is the log cabin halfway up the hill under the Hirafu gondola. By day it’s one of Niseko’s few on-hill restaurants and by night it’s Niseko’s only on-hill accommodation – you actually have to get the ski lift there! It was built in 1965 as a safety hut for people who were lost. Current owners Toshimi and Hiroko Funaba have been running it since 1986. For lunch they serve a wide range of Japanese ski hill favourites (including Powderlife’s favourite ski lunch, katsu curry) in generous portions. Specialties are ‘ikura’ or crab on rice! www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~bo-yo-so/.