Kutchan-cho is surrounded by the Niseko Volcanic Group, the main peaks of which are Nisekoannupuri and Mt. Yoteizan, which is also called Yezo Fuji as it resembles Mt. Fuji. It is a town with a rich natural environment through which the clear Shirubetsugawa River flows.
In summer, outdoor sports such as rafting on the Shirubetsugawa River and cycling, climbing and golf at the foot of Mt. Yoteizan are very popular and, in recent years, the number of long-stay visitors coming to pass the summer in the cool is increasing. Agriculture also flourishes; underground water from Mt. Yoteizan is used to grow potatoes, melons and asparagus and so on.
Kutchan-cho, which declared itself a “Ski Town”, is a Mecca for skiing, also called the St. Moritz of the Orient and is visited in winter by skiers and snowboarders not only from Japan but from all over the world, who come to enjoy the high-quality powder.
Winter in Kutchan brings many skiers and snowboarders from Japan and overseas who come to enjoy some of the best powder in the world. That is why there are so many shops and schools related to different winter activities in Kutchan; there are many instructors and guides who provide all kinds of support for skiers and snowboarders from beginners to advanced.
Niseko Hanazono Resort is an all-season resort spread out at the foot of Nisekoannupuri, the highest peak of the Niseko Volcanic Group in the west of Hokkaido. Visitors can enjoy themselves to the fullest with outdoor activities such as water skiing, golf, hiking and cycling while admiring at the imposing figure of Yezo Fuji (Mt. Yoteizan) as well as food from the land and the sea and hot springs.