INSIDE Niseko Town’s classic European-style train station is a classic little European-style coffee shop. Owner Tamotsu Matsuda was born in the area became a professional skier in his late teens. He travelled the world competing, and while in Europe became interested in its café culture. He decided when he settled down he would one day have his own café. After retiring from the ski circuit he travelled Japan with his wife, living out of a camper van, looking for the perfect place to call home. At the end of it all, they ended up right back where they started in Niseko and have been here ever since. To meet a great local character and eat some excellent local food and coffee, jump in a taxi and head for ‘Niseko Eki’. Closed Wednesdays.