Kutchan is a town located in Abuta District, Shiribeshi, Hokkaid, Japan. Kutchan lies slightly north of the volcano Mount Ytei, and is approximately 50 kilometers west of Sapporo. The subprefecture government offices are located in this town, making it the capital of the subprefecture. As of 2008, the town has an estimated population of 15,369 and a population density of 61.85 persons per Square kilometer. The total area is 261.24 Square kilometers. Throughout Hokkaid, Kutchan is known for its proximity to the World famous Niseko powder snow region and for its production of quality potatoes and potato products. Among these products, Kutchan is most famous for manufacturing gosetsu-udon, a Japanese noodle made from potato flour. Jagata-kun. The skiing potato that is the cartoon mascot of Kutchan, indicates Kutchan's two most celebrated aspects. Jagata-kun roughly translates as, "little, fat potato boy."