Mozart is a peaceful little café in Izumikyo Village, just outside Hirafu on the way to Kutchan. Its owner Akiko Shimono was introduced to Niseko more than 20 years ago by friends who invited her to go hiking on the area’s mountains in summer. She thought Niseko was absolutely fantastic and decided to start a pension in Annupuri 18 years ago. It too was called Mozart and was very successful with lots of repeat customers. However 13 years ago she got very sick and was forced to close down and take a few years off. When she had recovered enough she decided she wanted to start working again but the idea of running another busy pension was too much. So she decided to start the café. It wasn’t enough however, and she decided to turn it into a restaurant as well. The name comes from her love of Mozart music and generally when you go in his music will be playing. The only exception is when there are a lot of people in there and the atmosphere demands a bit of jazz. Prices are reasonable. To get down there take the free Grand Hirafu Resort shuttle and get off at Unitas II. Closed Tuesdays.