The official Kutchan Tourism Association website



Hirafu Festival 2023

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Hirafu Festival is an annual summer festival held in Niseko Kutchan-cho, Hokkaido.

This year, the festival will be held for two days, and the Mochimaki (rice cake making) and Chambara (sword fighting) contests will be held again!

・Mochimaki with gorgeous prizes!
・Authentic "Syateki" "chanbara"
・Music and live performances by local artists
・Kids will love the trampoline!
・Niseko Gourmet Carnival" featuring over 20 of the Niseko area's most popular restaurants!
・Yotei Daiko and Fireworks will provide the finale to the festival!

Date : Aug 18 (Fri) 15:00-21:00
   Aug 19 (Sat) 11:00-21:00 
Venue: Sun Sports Land Kutchan
Admission: Free

This year, the parking lot has been changed from 【Hirafu Parking Lot 1】 to 【Hirafu Parking Lot 2 (under the gondola)】. Please be careful not to make a mistake.


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This year's Jaga Festival will be held on the street in front of Kutchan Station for the first time in four years!
The Niseko HANAZONO HILL CLIMB will also be held on the same day!

Dates: August 5-August 6
Venue: Kutchan Station Street
Noryo Fireworks :August 6 19:30 - 20:00

In case of light rain, the event may be cancelled in case of stormy weather

Kutchan Town Tourism and Commerce Section
TEL 0136-56-8012

【Niseko Summer College】 Learning from the Leaders Who Will Change the Future of Niseko

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Local legends who have contributed to the development of the Niseko area will speak passionately about the past history and future prospects.

For details and registration, please click here.(Only In Japanese)


Friday, July 21, 13:00-14:30

Norihiko Suzuki, "The Role of DMO/Tourism Potential in the Niseko Area

Friday, July 28, 13:00-14:30
Mr. Satoshi Yoshida, "Changes in the Niseko Area"

Friday, August 4, 13:00-14:30
Mr. Satoshi Nagai, "The Attractiveness of Sports in the Niseko Area and Future Prospects"

Friday, August 18, 13:00-14:30
Mr. Keith Rogers, "Real Estate Transactions and Development Prospects in the Niseko Area"

Friday, August 25, 13:00-14:30
Ms. Junko Watanabe, "Sweets Making and Niseko Hirafu Area Management"

Friday, September 1, 13:00-14:30
Mr. Kohei Futagawara, "The Niseko Area: Past and Present, Hopes and Challenges from a Local's Perspective"