Kutchan was awesome. Beautiful snow scene, felt like I was in a Russian blizzard the whole time, out of a James Bond movie. Went snowboarding for the first time at Grand Hirafu. People are friendly. Many foreigners (esp. Australians) taking advantage of the awesome slopes and picturesque views.
“Mr Anan is so helpful. He will fetch you from Kutchan station when you reach. Free shuttle service to the ski field by booking one day in advance. Bus stop just outside and it is super easy to get to the town area but if you missed one then you might need to wait for another one hour for the next bus. Everything is great.”
“Esashi and his families are really lovely people. They've taken the care for me, including fantastic various full-size BREAKFAST and DINNER every single day, PICKUP service for Kutchan Station, Grand Hirafu Ski Are and hot spring place, the best price and service of GEAR RENTAL in the town, and sweetest TRAVEL SUGGESTION and information. Moreover, Esashi is a talented musician, good at playing mandolin, guitar, and violin. He is really an impressive host!”