Eastern Hokkaidō restaurants

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…
Ainu in Kawayu Onsen

Marukibune Restaurant

OK, the food here isn't dramatically different from what a Japanese diner would serve, but you can get a donburi (rice bowl) topped with Hokkaidō venison and gyōja niniku (alpine leek), the local aromatic that has a…
Bar in Shari


Guitars, motorcycles, CDs and 1960s folk all grace this cafe that's all about the sea urchin. If you've been craving sea urchin curry, sea urchin pasta, or sea urchin pretty-much-anything this is the place. Yet it's…
Ice Cream in Ikeda

Happiness Dairy

Since 1949 this popular Tokachi dairy has been serving great ice cream from its small cafe. It makes dozens of flavours – from black sesame to edamame to pumpkin – of which 10 or so are available at a time, dependin…
Seafood in Shiretoko National Park

Rausu Maruo Hamada Shoten

Choose your crab and have it served, or go for the menu, either way it's delicious seafood in a building that's four decades old. Note that the hours can be a bit wonky – your best bet is to call before heading over…
Pub Food in Abashiri

Abashiri Bīru-kan

Traditionalists should put aside all preconceptions when visiting this brewery-restaurant. The yakiniku (grilled meat) served here is pretty good. Abashiri Beer's signature brew is the Ryūhyō (drift ice) Draft, made…
Ramen in Shari


This cute restaurant – the name means 'stage coach' – inside the old wooden Yambetsu train station serves up tasty ramen and is naturally a hit with trainspotters.
Shokudo in Kawayu Onsen


Right in front of JR Mashū Station, this small, cosy restaurant serves up standards such as ramen and buta-don (grilled pork on rice; ¥1080), with a generous dash of colourful organic veggies. Bonus: the coffee (¥45…
Steak in Ikeda

Restaurant Yonekura

The speciality here is Ikeda-gyū – locally raised beef. You can splurge on a steak (paired with Tokachi wine), though there are cheaper options too, like pasta with meat sauce. Yonekura is across from JR Ikeda Stati…
Noodles in Akanko Onsen

Hyaku Mian

Simple but tasty soba, ramen, or udon at a spot that's open later than most in this tiny town. Choose tatami seating or tables, and if you're lucky it will have the sumo match on.