Known for its mountain scenery and fragrant flower fields, Kutchan’s natural setting promotes year-round outdoor activities. Its picturesque landscapes are popular for skiing and water sports, while its history museums and art galleries provide a dose of culture.
Things to do in Kutchan
Snow sports enthusiasts should visit Niseko Grand Village, as it offers access to the area’s best ski slopes in addition to restaurants and bars. Not confident with your skiing skills? Visit the Niseko Grand Hirafu to take a lesson from an expert.
If you visit Kutchan outside winter you’ll find various outdoor activities on offers, such as river rafting, tubing, hiking and biking. Visit the 130-hectare Lake Hangetsu Nature Park and stroll through the woods to reach a picturesque lake for a refreshing swim.
During spring, Kuchan is covered in a blanket of colorful blooming flowers at the Mishima-san’s Shibazakura Garden. Sitting at the base of Mt. Yotei, the garden is known for its pink and purple flower fields that produce a pleasant fragrance.
When you need a break from the outdoors, explore Kutchan’s range of cultural attractions. The Shu Ogawara Museum of Art is dedicated to Sho Ogawara, a famous painter from Kutchan, and showcases his beautiful art. Learn more about the region’s history at Kutchan Natural History Museum, where a “Life and culture of Kutchan people” exhibit highlights the area before World War II.
Getting around Kutchan
It’s easy to get around Kuchan using the well-connected bus system and footpaths. Trains connect to Sapporo in three hours, while New Chitose Airport is 100 kilometers away.