Kutchan has a population of 16.500 and is just a short drive from the Niseko ski area and Hirafu village. Kutchan offers visitors a range of conveniences; supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, hospital and clinics, photo processing, banks and a post office. Kutchan is a great place to shop for all those unique Japanese items and sweets to take home.
A visit to Kutchan for dinner is a must for those looking for a taste of the local scene. Experience over 50 restaurants including sushi, noodles, Japanese BBQ and Izakaya (bars with tapas style Japanese bar food). Nihonbashi serves sushi and sashimi sets that rival some of Japan’s best sushi bars. For the younger crowd, bars such as Loaf Lounge or Be Bar are popular hang outs. The local Kutchan post office provides an ATM that foreigners can withdraw cash.