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…
Ice Cream in Ikeda

Happiness Dairy

A popular Tokachi stop is this dairy farm, which has a small cafe and ice-cream stand. It makes dozens of flavours – from black sesame to edamame to pumpkin – of which 10 or so are available at a time, depending on …
Ramen in Shari


This cute restaurant – the name means 'stage coach' – inside the old wooden Yamubetsu 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), with a generous dash of colourful organic veggies. Bonus: the coffee (¥350 with f…
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…
Ainu in Akanko Onsen

Marukibune Akanko-ten

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

Kandō Asa-ichi

Open a few weeks in July and August and some weekends in September, this morning market is a good place for a seafood breakfast. It's at the port, east of town.