For a different kind of lunch, head to the Ainu Kotan Village and look on the right-hand side for a souvenir shop called Mingei Kissa with a sign reading HANDMADE FOLKCRAFT AND AINU TRADITIONAL FOOD. In the back you'll find two tables, a counter, and funky ethnic decor and music. The menu lists rataskepu, a cold vegetable dish with beans, corn, and pumpkin; pochimo, a fried potato cake (a bit hard); Ainu curry with venison and local vegetables; pumpkin cakes; and drinks such as bark tea (shikerebe). Or order the Ainu teishoku set meal (rice with red beans and deer soup last time I was there). It's definitely not your usual meal: I did not love the food, but I found it interesting to eat food gleaned from the natural surroundings.
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- tel: 0154/67-2159
- Ainu Kotan Village, Akanko Onsen
- Daily noon-11pm (noon-9:30pm winter)
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