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Skiing Town

Kutchan presents itself as a skiing town, and is a winter sports mecca sometimes referred to as the St. Moritz of the east. Austrian Lieutenant Colonel Theodor Edler von Lerch, who is known for his role in introducing skiing to Japan, came to Kutchan in 1912. Von Lerch's party climbed Mt. Yotei on April 17. The story was reported in the newspaper with the headline "An achievement unprecedented in Japan - successful ascent on skis," which helped to raise the profile of Ezo Fuji (Mt. Yotei). Today, over 100 years after Lieutenant Colonel von Lerch skied in Kutchan, Niseko's high-quality powder snow is known worldwide, making the area a favorite destination of skiers from Australia.

St. Moritz and Kutchan

Kutchan have been a sister city relationship with St. Moritz, Switzerland since 1964. Since then, Kutchan and St. Moritz have continued mutual exchanges under an oath of eternal friendship.

St. Moritz

Kumi Saintmoritz

Secret of powder snow

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写真提供:ニセコマウンテンリゾート グラン・ヒラフ

Seasonal winds from the Eurasian continent pick up moisture over the warm currents of the Sea of Japan to from snow clouds and in turn some of the driest, lightest powder in the world. With its rich variety of terrain and beautiful winter woods, Niseko offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of skier/snowboarder.

Niseko Rules
Niseko Avalanche Information

Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort

写真提供:ニセコマウンテンリゾート グラン・ヒラフ
写真提供:ニセコマウンテンリゾート グラン・ヒラフ

With the largest area of the 4 resorts, Grand Hirafu boasts an unforgettable powder snow experience. A wide range of facilities can be found at the base of the mountain including hotels, condos shops and restaurants. Grand Hirafu’s amenities will have everyone enjoying their snow holiday more than ever.

TEL 0136-22-0109

Niseko HANAZONO Ski Resort

Powder, piste, pipe and parks: HANAZONO has it all! A variety of courses including dedicated learning areas for beginners, terrain parks, FIS half pipe and the exciting tree runs of Strawberry Fields. Additionally, the HANAZONO 308 Centre offers an inviting apres ski experience.




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Quiet, small, but make you so relax. 10 mins walk from JR Kutchan station, as 10mins drive or take a bus from Niseko Grand-Hirafu. Nordic Ski with shoes is available for free.
TEL 0136-22-2288