The official Kutchan Tourism Association website



Kutchan is town of nature in vicinity of Mt. Yotei adn the Niskeko mountains, whose main peak is Niseko Annupuri. The clear Shiribetsu river also flows through the town. Please enjoy four seasons of color and beauty. Welcome to Niseko-Kutchan!

Mt. Yotei


【Altitude 1898 m】
【Area 6826 ha】
Mt. Yotei is an active stratovolcano located in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park in Hokkaido. Yotei bears a striking resemblance to Mt Fuji and is one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains. From early July to early August, more than 100 alpine flower varieties bloom at altitudes above 1700 m or so. It is also a habitat for a range of wild birds and mammals. For back country ski or snowboard, going with an official guide is recommended.



【Altitude 1308 m】
Niseko Annupuri is located in Niseko-Shakotan-Otarukaigan Quasi-National Park. Originally named by Hokkaido’s native Ainu people, the word Niseko means gorge or ravine. Niseko resort, located at the base of Mt. Annupuri, consists of three interlinked ski resorts called Niseko United- Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village and Niseko Grand Hirafu including HANAZONO. Niseko Grand Hirafu is the largest of the resorts with a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, bars and snow sports services.

Shiribetsu River

Shiribetsu river
Shiribetsu river

The Shiribetsu River that runs through Kutchan is recognized as Japan's clearest stream. Its abundant flow makes it the ideal place for river activities throughout the year.


This is a volcanic at the northwestern foot of Mt. Yotei approximately 270 m above sea level. Its average depth is 4 meters and the deepest part is 18.2 meters. Situates in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the lake is designated as a national monument. Stay on the walk path. Collection of plants or animals is prohibited. Seasonal views with changing natural feartures can be enjoyed between May adn September.

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Kagaminuma Marsh

This marsh is located on a high moor on the northers hillside of Niseko Annupuri. It is fed mainly with mealted snow, and an almost primeval forest of Mongolian oak, scarlet-tinged ivy, magnolia and other large trees stands on the other side of it. It was named Kagaminuma ( mirrror marsh) because the surrounding view is reflected on its surface on willdless days.