TITLE :: Yukitopia events & bus schedule
Kutchan’s two-day winter festival Yukitopia kicks off in Kutchan Central Park on Saturday, February 18. We’ve listed the main events and bus times for you, but if you have more questions please contact Mayumi Kinoshita at the Tourism section of Kutchan town hall. Tel: 0136 56 8009.
Saturday, February 18:
YOSHITAKA and Yukiko Toge left Chiba nine years ago to move to the Niseko area.
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BORN and raised in Kutchan, Katsumi Sasaki started his own salon above his parents hairdressing business 18 years ago, after living and training in Sapporo for 10 years.
KUTCHAN’S Yukitopia (yuki is Japanese for snow) is a community-orientated festival with great events.
THE Potato Festival is Kutchan’s biggest summer festival and a huge taste of Japanese culture.
ON Eki-mae-dori in Kutchan, this restaurant serves up authentic Osaka-style okonomiyaki that is both cheap and delicious.
MANY people are attracted to Niseko because of its year-round activities.Takeshi Yamamoto, owner of Charcoal Yakitori Dining Enya in Kutchan, is no different.