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§7. Railroad came over to HIRAFU. Opening of Kutchan. Part 3

 In 1854 of the late Tokugawa period, MATSUURA TAKESHIRO in response to command of the Shogunate investigates the “HIRAFU” whole area from Iwanai.

 The beginning of Meiji, ground of Kutchan were parts of ABUTA MURA in the wilderness.


 Big event happened for the history of for step of Kutchan and mountains skiing of NISEKO among other things in autumn of 1904. Hokkaido railroad (private.) Existing Hakodate Main Line) was inaugurated, and Kutchan Station and HIRAFU Station (as for the station name at the time of the opening to traffic “OOMAGARI Station “) started a business. Significance that Otaru (Otaru was merchant town much bigger than Sapporo) was linked to Kutchan by rail is big, and cityscape is created before long around Kutchan Station.

 It is succeeded by invitation to Kutchan of SHIRIBESHI branch which unified Otaru Subprefectural Office, Iwanai Subprefectural Office, Suttsu Subprefectural Office in 1907. In addition, it was nationalized, and this age Hokkaido railroad became Japanese National Railways Hakodate Main Line. Kyogoku handy line starts a business between Kutchan – Kyogoku in 1919. As a result of having continued extending, the flight developed in Iburi line which linked Kutchan to Datemombetsu in 1941.


 In history of HIRAFU ski, railroad which linked Otaru, Sapporo played a very big role. We describe the process from now on.