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Ainu Kotan

This collection of 36 households is actually the largest Ainu village in Hokkaidō. Residents make a living promoting their culture: dancing on the stage at Ikor, cooking pochie (fermented potato dumplings) in restau…
Top Choice Ainu in Akanko Onsen


Poronno, inside the Ainu kotan, has the most interesting menu of the restaurants in town specialising in Ainu cuisine. You can try yukku ruibe (frozen, preserved venison) and dried salmon or pizza with pochie (ferme…
Cafe in Akanko Onsen

Onsen Kōbō Akan

This is brilliant: a cafe with an ashi-yu (foot bath) so you can soak your feet while sipping coffee (¥250). There's food available, too; try the 'zari-bonara' (pasta carbonara with zarigani – freshwater crayfish; ¥…
Museum in Akanko Onsen

Akan Kohan Eco-Museum Centre

At the eastern edge of town, this centre has exhibitions on local flora and fauna, including marimo in aquarium tanks. It also has hiking maps in English and info on trail conditions and bear sightings.
Live Performance in Akanko Onsen


There are several shows daily of traditional singing and dancing at this theatre inside the Ainu kotan. At 9pm nightly, from May through November, performers stage a fire festival, which begins 30 minutes earlier wi…
Museum in Akanko Onsen

Ainu Folklore Museum

At the top of the hill in the Ainu kotan, this small museum has changing exhibitions of contemporary Ainu artisan work, and sometimes thought-provoking shows (such as 2016's 'Rethinking Retro Ainu Tourist Art'). The…
Ainu in Akanko Onsen

Marukibune Akanko-ten

A branch of Kussharo-ko's Ainu restaurant Marukibune, inside Akanko Onsen's Ainu kotan.